Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
40Trip End Jul 06, 2009
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My fortune changed after a few debacles the day prior. After unsuccessfully being to able to work all the gadgets in my camper, and after referring to the manual which was not for the right vehicular and calling the van peeps (who coudn't help)...i stopped for petrol. A guy approached me who happened to work for the company that my camper was from and he said he was happy to see me and i said the same thing. He needed a lift to the next major town as he just did a drop-off for some peeps who's camper had broken down so he was stranded. So that was just bloody lovely as i got him to show me how to work everything in the fancy camper. It's funny how things work oot..otherwise, i would've been stuffed and wouldn't been very disappointed with my camper's performance. But to the contrary, i was very happy!
I stopped at one of many rest stops along the highway for lunch. The rest stops are grand, most of them have loos, picnic tables, trees and some you can camp overnight for free...they are every few kms along the (only) highway that goes half way around oz. So for the first time i successfully worked my handy stove and sink that pulls oot the side of my camper (i can't believe i had a wee water tank and everything, it's da simple things) and myself a wee spot of tea and a lovely picnic for one.
I made it all the way up to Airlie Beach as i had hoped by the end of my second day. Airlie Beach is the point where you can sail to the very popular Whitsundays Islands. There are many islands that they consist of (i don't know how many) and it's a national park and protected. So you can only camp on them and it's very primitive..and there's a few remote resorts on a few islands but that's the other end of the spectrum, for very rich people. So i took a one day trip around the islands...ocean rafting!! It was quite a quick way to get there compared to a sailing boat or catarman let's say, still took aboot an hr to get to the first spot though. We swerved in and oot of the waves and got some serious air on some of them...it was like a funride so it was like! I was too slow and didn't get a seat so i was sitting on the side of the raft, hanging on like a mofo.
We stopped at two different spots to go snorkeling, the visibiilty wasn't the best but still spotted a turtle and a few huggge fish, at least a metre long. Then we proceeded to Whitehaven beach which is apparently voted the world's #2 most beautiful beach (by who i don't know). It was absolutely magnificent, pure white sand made 99% of silicon so it never gets hot, gorgeous blue water...purely paradise! Too bad there were so many other tourists around but you can't have everything eh. And we got to wear these sexy stinger suits so we get killed by the jellyfish, relatively unlikely but completely possible at the same time.
That's the thing aboot Oz..there are way too many creatures that put your life (or my life) in danger, just in the water alone that makes swimming an adventure - jellyfish, crocodiles, sharks, stingrays. And then the land..spiders and the legless lizards (which i can't say the word and have been very fortunate in avoiding thusfar).
So i camped in Airlie beach for 2 nights...made myself some lovely grub, watched the beautiful sky full of bright stars and chilled. In Airlie itself, just a small touristy port town..not too much to do. Whitsundays is the main attraction and i can certainly see why!