Off to the Whitsundays

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
Trip End Apr 12, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, March 4, 2013

We checked out of Nomads early and walked our bags down to Peter Pans where we could store our backpacks while we were out at sea. As we weren't leaving until 2.15, we had the morning to do as we liked. As the weather was nice again - seemingly a good sign for our trip - we went back to the lagoon for a while.

At about 1pm we went to go and get some lunch and stock up on some alcohol for the trip. On the way we bumped into Becky and Courtney who we'd met on our Fraser Island tour. They had just got back from their tour of the Whitsundays and they'd been on the same boat as the one we were about to go on, the Tongarra. They told us how much fun they'd had and informed us that the lead guide, Dave was a bit of a livewire. We bid them farewell and went to get food and drink. We then walked along the boardwalk to the marina and our meeting point.

We were there for about 30 minutes before the infamous Dave turned up and greeted us. Becky and Courtney were right. Straight off the bat, he was full of energy and enthusiasm. We handed him our boarding passes and then he led us down the docks to where the Tongarra awaited us. Already onboard and waiting to welcome us, was our skipper Johnny.

When everyone was on the boat, Johnny started the engines and we were on our way. Dave asked everyone to sit out on the front of the boat also known as the Muster Station, for the safety briefing. During this talk, it started to rain - a clearer sign of things to come. We got our coats on and continued the talk before heading inside the cabin. Unfortunately, the cabin isn't really big enough to house the 20 or so people staying on the boat which meant it got incredibly stuffy and hot down there very quickly. Rikki and I went and sat out on the end of the boat which had a tent covering it which kept out the rain but not the water that would splash over the sides of the boat.

Apart from stopping for dinner at about 6pm, the rest of our afternoon and evening was spent travelling to our anchorage point. Although it was a long journey in choppy conditions, it meant we wouldn't have to do any more the next morning and instead can go straight to Whitehaven Beach. It was about 8 or 9 o'clock when we finally made it to our anchorage point and thankfully the rain eased off throughout our journey. Rikki noticed these weird things in the water that would light up, they looked like Christmas tree lights in the water. Dave told us no one knows what their purpose is but they light up when disturbed in the water.

Once we had anchored down, Dave and Johnny set up a tent like thing that covers the entire front section of the boat meaning if we wanted to we could sleep outside. Having experienced the heat inside the cabin, everyone opted to sleep outside. Rikki and I, along with four others, opted to place our mattresses on the roof of the cabin. I was on the end and ill be honest, a little worried I might roll over and fall out but Dave assured me it wouldn't happen!

By about 10pm everyone was exhausted and ready for bed. We lugged our mattresses and sleeping bags outside and bedded down for the night. It took a while but eventually I managed to sleep. Tomorrow we will go to Whitehaven Beach and in the afternoon we get to go snorkelling which I'm very excited for.
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