Having slept most of the journey here, we checked in at a quaint little hostel. Amy didnt sleep the entire journey and took a nap, so i made my way down into the town armed with my book and towel and hit the lagoon. Turned out to be a really hot day so made the most of it. Airlie is a port but very picturesque. I'll try get the pics on here sometime soon to prove it! It was impossible to swim in the sea like in cairns because of jellyfish (althought Cairns was because of crocs)Â but the lagoon was nice anyway.
Next day we were off to the Whitsundays sailing for 3 days and 2 nights. Was boarded the Tallarook III with 20 other avid travellers and realised the vessel was incredibly small! Amy and I did well by acquiring a double (kind of ) bed in our own little compartment, stark contrast to others who had a tiny bunk with minimal space to breathe let alone move. If youre chlostrophobic this wasnt the place for you!
We set sail and were provided with great food surprisingly, steak (such a treat in comparison to my now staple diet of tuna and sweetcorn pasta!) and goon (cheap wine in a box 4 litres for about 4 quid-quality stuff i can assure you). People all seemed nice, although one glass of goon was enough for me so i people watched for the rest of the eve!
We woke up at 8 am. No one could figure how we'd both slept so long with the engine room next to us (everyone else was up with the skipper at 5am!) so we took pride in our ability to sleep whatever (sure mums were aware of this already!). Well anyway, we weaved our way throught the islandsÂ towards Whitehaven beach which was deserted on our arrival. It was incredible, so beautiful, white white sand and clear blue sea, blue skies, just so picturesque (proof of all this to follow also!). We visited a few more sites and i learnt a wee bit about the navigation of the areas from Tony the skipper. We lay up on deck figuring the stars which again (and i apologise for overuse of the word) were incredible. Because we were so far away from light and mankind the sky was a blanket of black with more stars than i could have ever imagined. Did kind of make me feel small knowing that there was so much out there...
The next day we were up fairly early and went diving. Visibility was poor though and the reef was so shallow we would have been better off snorkelling it as i was constantly paranoid about kicking and damaging the corals. We gave up after about 20mins, but did see some wildlife which was cool. Then back around for some more sailing. Did really enjoy the whole experience, despite not showering for 3 days!
We got back to airlie and spent more time by the lagoon and had a night out with some of the girls form the trip. One entered a wet tshirt comp (she was drunk when she signed up), and actually won 200Â pounds in it (she was even more drunk during it) and got in a few rounds after. It was quite a giggle, but was slightly horrified at some of the girlsÂ 'dance moves'Â and the reaction of the men in the crowd. Realised i was surrounded by desperados with hormone problems....
Next day was again spent sunning it (we did v.well with the weather there) and then another 12hr overnight trip to Rainbow beach where we would eventually go and explore Fraser Island.