So we ended up going to two places in Airlie.. after our last entry we headed to Base in Airlie. We chilled first day and night. The next day we got up and headed to the lagoon, the sea has too many stingers in so you are not allowed in to swim, so there is a massive really good lagoon to swim in... very warm! We chilled there all day, then later went to our bar 'DownUnder' and when I was stood in the que I turned around and saw Sarah Cooke!!! Amazing!! So Cookie, Tim, Lee and I had some tea and drinks!
The following day we all spent the day at the lagoon again chilling, and plaing bat and ball. Tim and Lee were far better than Cooke and Me, it took us about an hour to hit it 10 times. When we finally reached 10, we all went to the downunder bar for a drink and pizza 7$. This is when Lee and Tim noticed the cricket was on, so Cooke and I headed back to chill by lagoon whilst lads watched cricket! That evening we met up again with them and had a meal and many many drinks, 8$ jugs so Lee was very happy.
Our last morning in Airlie we had to get up with a little hangover and head to the Greyhound bus stop, and headed for Magnetic Island. We arrived at Townsville and got the ferry over to Magnetic Island, then a bus to 'Bungalow Bay' koala Village and had to put up our tent again :(. We headed to the local shop, it had nothing in and was really expensive, some how managed to get food for a stir fry that night, we were so tired from the day of travelling that we headed for an early night.
Ohhhhhh no the next morning we woke up... I WAS ON THE FLOOR.... the dam lilo has broken and its flat, not good! There was not much to do at this resort so we just chilled by the pool all day. We both decided that this camping was getting us a little down and we only have ione lilo that actually hasair in it, so we went on internet and cancelled mission beach camping and booked a very cheap hopstel in Cairns. We got talking to some girls from Swansea Sophie and Rachel and agreed to play bingo that night in a team. In the evening we played Bingo and unfortunatly did really bad, we didnt manage to win anything, so we drank our free tap water and headed back to the tent and one lilo.
We woke up a little happier this morning as we knew tonight will be our last night in the tent until New Zealand. Although now the other lilo has broken as well so we have two flat lilos. We spent the day chilling by the pool again, but this evening we decided to have a go at the free quiz. We teamed up with the two welsh girls Soph and Rach. When they were asking the questions we really thought we didnt have a clue! Lee was the only one able to answer any questions, but some how we managed to come joint first! We then had a tie break challenge, I had to run around getting as many items of clothing from people on me! We won!!!! Woohooo thats a 30$ tab behind the bar so got 2 jugsof beer and wine :)
The following day 12.12.12 (scary) we headed out to Base on Magnetic, it meant we could pack the tent away and not get it out for a while!! very happy people! We got the bus to IGA to get some better food in then headed to Base. It looked extremely pretty, with little huts for our dorms. We bumped into another welsh couple we have seen anlong the way Laura and Mitch, they were actually in our dorm. That evening we had a really nice meal, Steak, potatoes, carrots and pepper sauce, a few people commented saying we look like flashpackers. We sat that night chatting to some girls from Oz, drinking free goon and getting attacked by a possum.
Today we woke up in a bed, so we were happy. We spent the day by the pool, a really pretty location just next to the sea. We had chicken fajitas that nights it was soooo good, we were so happy. We had a go at the quiz night, but we were not so lucky this time. Although the Irish couple next to us won!
Our last day on Magnetic Island. We decided to go for a walk but we walked up a massive hill and because it was so hot we didnt manage to get much further, so we once again chilled by the pool. We decided not to cook that night we got a 10$ meal from the bar which was alright, as well as a few drinks of course. We played the drinking games but didnt do so well, so no free drinks for us. :(
In the morning we got up, checked out and needed to head to Cairns. The Irish couple gave us a lift in the Barbie Car they had won rental of from the quiz. We got the ferry over to Townsville and waited for Greyhound. When it got to us the crazy driver stepped out and started calling out instructions, hes so funny! Kept reminding us to say Cairns when we hand in our luggage! Luckily he then swapped with another driver, and we had him all the way to Cairns. It took 6 hours to get the Cairns, when we arrived we had a short walk to our new hostel 'Global Backpackers' and checked in!
Hope all is well at home, sorry its really brief but I only had 30minutes.
Will update you on Cairns, Barrior Reef, Syndey for Christmas and New Years on the 2nd Jan.
Love to all,
Zoe and Lee xxx