16.05.2007 - 19.05.2007 30 °C
We arrived at Airlie beach wrecked after our 13 hour bus journey and had prebooked into magnums which was a bit of an oversight as it has now reached our top 3 worst hostels list... but hey each to their own..
We had booked to head out sailing the following day so after we checked in slept , showered and visited the beauty salon - waxing the legs is a tedious job which for me is just as boring as having to put petrol in my car, and which Ger is beginning to detest as well haha, but once complete we were ready to go...
We chose a pro sailing boat to go on which had previously taken part in the sydney to hobart race, it was class, 28 of us were on it including the 3 crew but it was a big boat...
As part of the sailing we the visitors got to join in as well as each day we would hoist up the sails for a day of relaxing, swimming, snorkelling etc..ger got well into the sailing lark and each day practically fought his way up to help with the sails..however getting into bed for him was slightly harder as we had been put in a double bed at the back of the boat, which is usually the best spot apart from the fact that it was like getting into the boot of a car, and at 6ft something this was no mean feat...hilarious to watch though, but he did get to share the room with 5 women so enough said!
The first night was like sleeping inside a hot water bottle, the noises from outside were exactly the same and it rocked constantly second night was much calmer though as we moored in a cove, but scenery and sunsets were great though.
The lads on the boat were all cool, we met 2 lads from Bath Adam and Steve and also hooked up with a group of girls, one of which works in Intel (and was given 6 months off by her boss!!), so we all had massive craic and they got a good kick out of Ger as he couldnt swim but yet with the help of a tube kind of float thing he was always the last one out of the water.. it was like calling him in for his tea and he wouldnt come!! (another fear overcome by Ger..)
One of the snorkellilng area we went to was called Hayman island and Luncheon Bay, which was just like swimming inside a huge aquarium, absoultely fab and our quest for the day was to find Elvis! - an old but huge fish with big rubber lips..
We visisted loads of Islands and of course Whitsunday islands - whitsundays is just paradise and the sand actually squeaks because it is made up of miniscules bits silicon/glass...here we got to see reef and black tip sharks and sting rays however they kept swimming away from us for some reason, i always thought it should have been the other way around.. but it may have been the sight of us in our stinger suits that we had to wear that may have done it..definitley getting one of those for back home - sooo atractive!
We spent most of our time on whitsundays lounging around and trying to play frisbee, but all we managed was to break a tree - oops!
We returned to dry land from the boat, (still swaying for a few hours from being on the boat so long..) and lounged by the lagoon pools at airlie beach until we had to catch our next over nighht bus to take us down to hervey bay for Fraser island and some 4WD carry on!