Easy going Airlie

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Jan 04, 2012

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Took in all that Airlie has to offer

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, October 16, 2011

Preparing for our 2 night sailing trip in the Whitsundays we had a free day in Airlie. Not too much planned in this little town we popped down to the YHA to join up for a years membership. I'd found a relatively good deal for a Fraser Island tour when signed up as a member and looking at some of the hostels we are likely to stay in from here on out, it works out economical for us to join up.
The YHA were great and got us booked on the tour. The main thing I started to notice though from the YHA was the friendliness of the staff.
We had popped into Airliebeach.com's office just before going to the YHA to pick up our tickets for the sailing and were treated very well. The staff had a knack of making you feel special and were extremely cheery. We thought this was a one off but then we got much the same treatment at the YHA. The girl and guy behind the desk were chirpy and fun (and clearly flirting with one another) but seemed to enjoy their work. A small boy who was the son of someone else working there kept trying to 'help' them and was truly getting under their toes but they dealt with him brilliantly. I'm starting to get Australia and why people like it.
The third place we visited was to pick up some seasickness tablets as we had been advised. At $10 a packet, they are pretty pricey but the woman behind the desk was nearly insistant giving the impression she would be actually dissapointed for us if we spent the entire two days sailing throwing up overboard. Once again great service.

We went for a walk along the millenium boardwalk towards the harbour to keep ourselves busy for a bit longer and with the lesser humidity we could cope with the sun easily. Yet another lady in a small shop made us feel welcome "Good Afternoon Darl', How's your day going?, What can I do to help ya'?" and positive feelings all round.

The lagoon next to the front at Airlie is similar to that at Cairns and gives everyone a place to hang out. Busy, but not cramped we spent the remainder of the afternoon into the early evening sunning ourselves next to the pool.

On getting back to our room we found the the Canadians stuff from the night before was still there even though they were getting a late Greyhound - we assumed they must have booked another night just so they had somewhere to crash. The free bed that had been vacated by a Finnish girl this morning was now filled by a young German girl who was sitting on the floor apparently waiting for the toilet.

We asked her if there was anyone in the bathroom and she replied that she thought someone was having a bath in there. We all waited patiently as we needed showers too post swim, and 30-40 minutes passed. I started to get a little frustrated as its proper selfish for someone to keep a bathroom like this for so long. Me and Kate both wanted showers, as well as this German girl who had clearly been waiting much longer.
I asked the German girl if she knew who was in there and she replied "No, but she'll check again"
On knocking on the door she recieved no reply, and then with a gentle push the door swung open to reveal - no-one. We had all been waiting outside this room for 40 minutes thinking someone was in there on the word of this German girl. I felt sorry for her as she had been waiting over an hour, and it was just a case of the door being a little stiff.

After we had had some dinner we got back to the room and bumped into the nice Canadians who had been spending the day out in the sunny islands on a raft tour - they had had a great time but were going to try and stay up until their greyhound left at 2am. I watched the Arsenal game live while Kate slept and at 1.30am I said goodbye to the Canadians. They had said how beautiful the islands were basking under the sun - I laid back a little nervous of the potential sea-sickness but looking forward to the blue skies and sunshine we had experienced every day of the Australia segment. Lets hope the travel pills work! :)

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