Airlie Beach Travel Blog› entry 12 of 33 › view all entries
After the long bus journey from Cairns we arrived around midday and checked in to Magnum's Backpackers Hostel and the first dorm room of our trip! During the affternoon we checked in for our boat trip and did a few other bits and pieces.
The next morning we nearly missed the boat as we both slept in and when we finally got down to the marina, it was only to discover our boat Enid, a classic sailing yacht, had been cancelled and we had been put on another boat Matador, a maxi racing yacht. This meant we had a bit less comfort than we'd hoped for, but on the other hand we got a free dive and still had a great time.
The weather was pretty gloomy as we left the marina, with choppy waters and strong winds. We were a bit worried about the forecast as there was a cyclone in the area, but as it turned out the weather just got better and better over the next few days.
Over the following two days we sailed all around the Whitsunday's and visited the famous Whitehaven Beach, where the sand is 99% pure white silica and apparently NASA use it for their telescopes and are the only ones who are allowed to remove sand from the beach. Well there's a useful fact!
We arrived back in Airlie Beach in the afternoon on New Years Eve and checked in to our new hostel, which was a bit out of town, but very nice. In the evening we went out for dinner at Fish d'Vine, which is run by Mark, an old boyfriend of James' sister Sally. And then on for a few drinks of course!
We decided to stay on for a couple of nights at the hostel before moving on to Noosa and Australia Zoo.