Arlie Beach and the Whitsundays!

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Brushing my teeth at the bus stop - you do what you have to do

I have to leave this afternoon.  I’m catching the bus to Airlie Beach.  The great news is my two Canadian friends are taking the same bus.  We’ll get into Arlie at midnight so they’re going to let me stay with them in their apartment that they’ve rented!  Sweet deal because I haven’t booked as place to stay and I was not looking forward to trudging through downtown Airlie looking for a place in the middle of the night. 

Our bus arrives over an hour late, gah!  We thought it would never show up!  I am dying because I need to pee.  Have I mentioned that a lot of places in Aus (cafes, fast food places etc) don’t have washrooms in them?  Good times when everything closes in Ayr at 3:30pm, our bus doesn’t arrive until 9:30 and I have had to pee for hours.

Andrew and Anoop's apartment, the couch is my bed for the night
  I’m not going to delve into details, but let’s just say the bathroom wasn’t in good shape on the bus.  I’ve stood on toilet seats before but this was an entirely new experience.  Just get back to your seat as quickly as possible I said to myself.  I made it.  And we made it to Arlie. 

Andrew and Anoop’s place is AMAZING.  It’s a home with a living room, full kitchen, bath and two huge bedrooms.  I take the couch and I love it!  They’re off on a 3-day trip to the Whitsundays in the morning so I’m staying in the apartment by myself this the morning, enjoying the place until check out at 10am.  Sweet!

I find my way into downtown to get a place to stay.

The view from their place
  I opt for another party hostel, this time it’s Magnums another massive hostel complex with a big bar facing the street.  I’m in a 10 person dorm room.  When I enter my room first thing I notice, its empty, I’m the only person staying here so far!  Then I really look around, wow this place is a site to been seen.  It’s not exactly the apartment I just left, but for $18 a night is awesome in my books!  I settle in, get into bed and rest.  I really don’t feel like going anywhere.  My first roommate arrives.  Her name is Justyna and she’s from Poland.  She’s traveling alone around Aus.  We hit it off instantly.  We both lounge in bed, talking and talking.  We don’t get moving until 2pm.
The lagoon
  I checked out the town, do laundry, get groceries.  I meet Justyna, and friend from Ayr that I ran into, named Tasha for dinner.  Fish and chips baby! Then I escape Tasha’s nonstop talking to spend my evening emailing with family. :) 

Airlie was on my list of places to potentially stop and start working for a few months.  I’m here to just sit, let the place consume me and find out if I want to stay.  I do yoga in the morning, ready to face my new city, knowing I’m going to find out the answer soon.  Justyna and I get three new roommates and together the five of us become a team for the next week.  Nolan, Toby, Luke, Justyna and I party and hang out all day.  We go to the lagoon during the day, playing cards, get wine, start parties, eat, close bars, dance like crazy all night and drink too much.

Inside our hostel room
  What a good time! 

I did fit in a day trip to the Whitsundays through this time! The Whitsundays are the main reason people come to Arlie so I need to check them out!  The Whitsunday Islands are beautiful sandy islands that provide some of the best resorts, beaches and views in Aus.    Some of the 74 islands have accommodations which are usually luxury hotels, which of course I’m not staying in.  I’ll do a drive by on a boat though, waving at the lucky people who get to stay at them.  A lot of people go on multi-day trips but I just want to see a few special spots, do some snorkeling and just be out on the water again.
  I loved being on the boat!  Loved the hum of the engine, the lap of the water on the sides of the boat, and the views.  The islands are beautiful.  We take the boat around some of the Whitsunday Islands stopping to get out and take a hike to a lookout overlooking Whitheaven Beach, a stunning estuary (and a highlight of the Whitsundays).  The water is a perfect blue here and the sand a sparkling white.  As the tide goes out more white sand is revealed.  We’re there around noon, when the tide is still high and the view is still spectacular!  I spend time taking photos, hiking the trails on the island, reading on the beach, swimming in the hot water (stinger suit on of course).  The sun is hot, and the beach is full of people basking in the rays.  I read for a while under the shade of a tree.  Life could not be better.  Back on boat we head out to another island to do some snorkeling.  It was surprisingly good.  There were lots of fish, plenty of new coral formations of me to see and a huge maori wrasse that came to visit.  On the ride home to Arlie I stayed on the top deck of the ship.  Riding with the captain, watching the world go by.  Who knew I loved boats so much!
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Brushing my teeth at the bus stop …
Brushing my teeth at the bus stop…
Andrew and Anoops apartment, the …
Andrew and Anoop's apartment, the…
The view from their place
The view from their place
The lagoon
The lagoon
Inside our hostel room
Inside our hostel room
Justyna and I enjoying our Wolfbla…
Justyna and I enjoying our Wolfbl…
Nolan, Luke and Toby
Nolan, Luke and Toby
Out at the bar
Out at the bar
Pink!  A sparkling wine we like to…
Pink! A sparkling wine we like t…
Justyna enjoying some
Justyna enjoying some
A party we started
A party we started
Everyone enjoying them selves
Everyone enjoying them selves
Justyna making us a Polish drink
Justyna making us a Polish drink
Cheers!
Cheers!
Dancing it up
Dancing it up
My home at Magnums
My home at Magnums
Toast and PB, the breakfast of cha…
Toast and PB, the breakfast of ch…
Arlie Beach lagoon
Arlie Beach lagoon
And more lagoon
And more lagoon
View of the water from the lagoon
View of the water from the lagoon
Arlie Beach
Arlie Beach
Downtown Arlie
Downtown Arlie
Our boat for the day
Our boat for the day
On the water again and loving it!
On the water again and loving it!
Hanging out at the beach
Hanging out at the beach
Going snorkeling
Going snorkeling
My view on the ride home
My view on the ride home
Airlie Beach
photo by: Anouksreizen