I was initially worried that this trip wouldn't match up to Fraser island as we had had such a great time there but luckily it was really good and an altogether very different experience. Airlie beach itself wasn't that nice and the hostel we stayed in called Koalas was horrible. the room smelt of urine even after they moved us 3 times and there was a dead rat in the kitchen as well as another running around!
We were really lucky to sail in the end as the previous 2 weeks it had rained constantly as it was cyclone season and many trips were cancelled. For us it was continuously sunny and gorgeous weather. We sailed on a Maxi yacht of 32 people and I was a bit nervous I was going to get sea sick but i dodnt feel queesy once and it was in fact onnce we had got back onto land that I was swaying!
The first afternoon we sailed out and did some snorkelling before dinner which was pretty amazing. We got to see so much and it was exciting to think we were on the Great Barrier Reef. Once we were back on the boat and the sun was setting we saw dolphins, flying fish and plenty of Sea Eagles.
It was great being cooked for and the food was so good. Once it had gone dark there isnt alot to do on a boat but luckily there were a group of Irish lads on there so they kept us amused and one had a guitar with him so we all had a good sing along! To sleep there were open bunks and Nick and I shared a tiny double bunk. At night the boat got so hot that one night Nick went to sleep up on deck.
The next day we sailed toHill Inlet where the views were amazing though the tide was in so we didnt get to see the famous view of all the beaches connecting. We were dropped off there for a couple of hours so once we had gone to the look out point we went on the beach. We snorkelled twice in the afternnon and the first time Nick was in the second boat to come back and that group got to swim with a sea turtle so i was pretty disappointed to miss out again! The second time was so funny as the crew took fish food with them so once they started throwing that in I have honeslty never seen so many fish in my life! The crew and a few of the Irish lads then decided to start aiming at people and managed to get some in my hair so i had fish all over me! There were so many you were afraid to put your hands out! It was comedy especially as we were all giggling through the snorkels!
Our final day as we were heading back to Port we finally managed to do some proper sailing and got up to 18 knots and the boat was really tilted to one side.
After we got back we all arranged to meet up that night in a Bar for some socialising which was great fun nd we got to dance too which made me happy as we havent been clubbing in so long and I do like a good boogie!