Whitsundays at last

Trip Start Sep 28, 2003
Trip End Sep 29, 2004

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Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Well we finally have got to Airlie Beach!

The journey up to Airlie Beach was quite long and we were welcomed with the sight of a blue-green sea that looks like it has come straight off a postcard. (Hopefully will get a chance to get some Whiotsunday photo's on soon.)

We had known that Airlie Beach = Whitsundays = Boat Trip, so the very first thing that we did upon arrival after checking into to the Koala Hostel here, was to visit some travel agents to work out which trip to go on. We discovered that if you are prepared to leave in the next couple of days, it is often possible to get standby rates on trips yet to be filled.

We soon found a trip which lasted for three nights (most are only 2) which had been reduced by around $100. So the three of us: James, Jay and myself (Joel had just departed for Cairns)booked onto that trip.

It was a bit different to many of the other trips because our boat was a racing or Maxi yacht, that also was equipped with diving equipment, so dives could be made directly from the boat. You would normally go on a specific diving trip, or the racing yacht you are on may meet up with a diving boat a couple of times on the trip. The main advantage being that anyone wishing to go diving will get the opportunity to go on upto 6 dives.

The boat we booked onto was called "Broomstick" and was run by a company called Prosail.

We had a couple of days left at Airlie Beach before the trip commenced, so we spent the time sampling life there. We soon found out that there is not an awful lot to do at Airlie Beach. The tourism focus for the town is getting people onto boat trips, and some associated watersport activities (parasailing...)

During the day there is a really nice lagoon in which to while away the hours (Airlie Beach - does not actually have a beach as such!). However, as any location with loads of young people around does, there are many bars and drinking establishments in which to spend your cash. (No other activities though... like a Cinema, bowling ....)

So days were spent in the lagoon and evenings in a bar or perhaps having a barbecue (there are free gas barbecues near the lagoon) with others from the hostel.

After going out a couple of evenings on the trot we discovered that a couple of the venues play the same music in the same order every night, in fact there was not even a DJ! I guess that this helps to save on Performing Rights Fees or their entertainment licence somehow!

The choice of music was interesting, including "hits" from the Proclaimers, Men at work and Jive Bunny (yes I had forgotten all about them as well).
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