The City of Townsville
Trip Start Jun 16, 2006
35Trip End Nov 11, 2006
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After a not too early start we checked out, put our backpacks in storgae and headed to the bus stop
We had damn good quiche for lunch courtesy of masterchef Alison and I got special treatment because of my semi-vegi status (filling my plate before the others arrived!) We then motored over to Langford Spit for an explore and to stretch our legs. The coral beach was very sharp and whilst I walked with Paul, Heather, Elizabeth and Michelle, Nay played frisbee with Adam and Verena. Then we headed over to Stone Haven (off Hook Island) where we anchored for dinner - tasty chicken satay, rice and salad. After dinner we hit the "esky" (coolbox) and socialised - I told the self-inflating boob job joke and we played the dreaded spoon game we were taught in Fiji. Our French boat-mates were awesome at the game - Lucas cracked it in double quick time swiftly followed by Colas, Laura and Caroline
We were sharply awoken the next morning by the sound, smell and vibrations of the engine so we tucked into some delicious cereal and hung out on the deck whale spotting as we headed over to Tongue Bay (off Whitsunday Island). In the bay we saw a fabulous turtle poke his head up for air and were shuttled to the beach for a guided bush walk. We saw an awesomely impressive Goana in the bush and admired the stunning view from the lookout before following Alison back down to the path to the turnoff for Whitehaven Beach. The beach was absolutely spectacular, white fluffy sand, pure turquoise sea and little white fish. We walked, swam, played and frisbeed for a couple of hours before we had to head back to the yacht. The sand police ordered us to take a swim so we didn't knacker the boat's equipment (it's 98.8% silica at Whitehaven!) so we had a bit of a diving display and I bravely threw myself off the side of the boat with a bit of encouragement from the team! Back on the boat we had lovely sausage sandwiches and salad before stopping at a rocky outcrop known as Dumbell Island for a snorkel. The coral was absolutely incredible, in every colour you could imagine and all looking absolutely deadly
Nathan helped hoist the main sail along with other manly menfolk Kyle, Colas and Paul. Our second team of Lucas, Heather, Adam and Verena helped hoist the head sail and we were away! It was super relaxing at the back of the boat with the rest of the 'deck fluff' and the 'bilge rats' had a great time scurrying over the boat as we tacked a couple of times to make the most of the wind. Nathan did some kind of cranking thing on a pedestal with Kyle and wiggled his bum around a lot! All the while we were listening to Sublime on the stereo - could it be a more perfect boat?! We tried to race another yacht from the same company but they weren't playing so we anchored in Nara Inlet (after a traditional Southern Cross bare arse salute from the skipper at some other sailors!) Dinner was a fab barbecue (I think all Aussie boats come with one fitted already!) and we all pondered some more riddles and games of deception over a few drinks. The night sky was breathtaking from the boat - we could see the milky way, Mars, the Southern cross constellation and shooting stars and everyone was mesmerised.
We woke up a bit later the next day and had a lazy breakfast on deck looking out for more Whales and being entertained by a friendly pair of Swallows
We were woken way too early by our androgynous dorm-mate the next day and with painful heads and wobbly stomachs we showered some of the alcohol away and checked out
The next day we had a bit of lie-in and enquired about day trips to nearby Magnetic Island. We were pointed in the direction of the ferry terminal where we purchased a ferry-bus combi ticket and jumped aboard the boat for a 25 minute journey to the Island. On "Maggie Island" we jumped aboard a bus headed for Horseshoe bay where we had some lunch and admired the Horseshoe shaped bay. There was also a pretty cool monstrous green tree ant. We then took the bus to the 'Forts walk' walking track which was a great couple of hours adventure through the bush with our eyes peeled for rock wallabies, koalas, death adders and all manner of other creatures (that we failed to see!) We checked out the WWII gun emplacements and lookouts with glee and Nathan spotted a thin wriggling type snake. There were also some of the biggest most beautifulest butterflies and dragonflies we've ever seen. We caught the bus back to the ferry terminal and attempted a walking track that promised echidnas, tree frogs and a creek. We found none of these things and so headed back to look at the rock wallabies which also didn't exist. Having enjoyed our day we caught the ferry back to Townsville where all the supermarkets were shut, hurrah! It was super noodles for dinner, playing about on the net and then bed.
Today we got up, checked out and came here to update the blog for you ungratefuls (we want more comments!) I can't believe we're only in Oz for another week! Still to come - rainforest adventures, barrier reef diving, shopping, visiting Nathan's relatives and posting crap home!
We love you all,
Ella and Nathan xxx