Trip Start Jun 05, 2008
99Trip End Jun 14, 2009
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The staff at Brisbane Airport were very friendly, even going through Security was a doddle. Normally when I go through Security the suspicious glare makes me feel guilty for carrying asprin! Anyhoo,1 hour 40 minutes of flying past the stunning views of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, we arrived safely at the gorgeous Airlie Beach. The Airport was something else! Tiny isn't the word!! Smaller than Swansea Airport (If you're not from Swansea and you're reading this blog, yes we do have an Airport!). We stepped off the plane, walked past a crowd of people who were sat outdoors on the floor (mixture of grass and sand) in a fenced in area, similar to a school playground, without any brats, outdoor toys or nasty Yard Supervisor
We were dropped off to our new digs by Airport Shuttle. Magnums Backpackers! The hostel is set in a gorgeous tropical environment with windy walkways, tropical plants, trees, flowers and scary insect noises. Scattered around the trees and picnic benches, are wooden huts, our bedrooms. They come in different shapes and sizes depending on how many beds they hold. We were very disappointed with our room. It was located in an area that never sees daylight and when you enter the room, there was a pungent waft of cats pee
Convienently there is a Chippy directly opposite Magnums and we were starving by now. Desperate to get out of the room, we got ourselves a take-away and walked a further 2 minutes to the Man-Made Beach, to scoff as much of the massive portions they'd given us as possible. If Phill doesn't see a wave soon he's gonna flip!! He's been to loads of beaches, bless him but there's not a sniff of surf in these areas and signs clearly stating the dangers of swimming in the sea! As soon as the crocodile warnings stop, new jellyfish one's arise! He needs to go to Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise or Manly, but we've moved here for work!! Speaking of which, it's was too late to phone our contact "Owen from Bowen" for work today. We hope he's a devoted businessman and works on a Saturday! Some how I doubt it!
We decided to have a couple of drinks in the Hostel Bar this evening. The live entertainment was up to it's usual Australian standards. A double act called "Felicity and Steve". A mid-age, dark long haired, hippy, swaying her hair around in beat to the maracas, singing really bad songs. An un-impressive bearded guitarist (my 8 year old Nephew Jacob, can play the guitar better!) and not forgetting the "Special Guest", a 12year old playing the Pink Panther theme song on the didgeredoo! Maybe there's a business opportunity in Australia! With my talents, my beautiful voice and my angelic looks, maybe I could become the biggest, most successful big pub/club entertainer they've ever had! Maybe I'll become famous? Maybe I'll be the next Kylie!! Watch this space!!
Love you dudes xxx Goodnight! xxxx