Day 18 of Australia Adventure - Whit Sundays, Australia - May 3rd 2010

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beach in Cardwell Australia

Day 18 of Australia Adventure - Whit Sundays, Australia   - May 3rd 2010

Get up this morning and take advantage of the included buffet breakfast that is at the hotel. The breakfast is very good with eggs and bacon, of course.
We board the bus and this is actually the first time after a few days for all of us to be totally together as a group. Everyone is on the bus including Ariel, who is always late for everything.
We leave city of Cairns and the day song is played for most of the crew on board.

We have a morning stop in a town called Cardwell which is near the coast. For the time we have , I make it down to the beach and take many photos. It is a nice sunrise over the nice beach area.
As well a quick bathroom break and some snacks from the store, notice the prices of items in road side stops are much lower compared to the Northern Territory.

amazing view


We leave Cardwell and later on make our way to the city of Townsville which is in the state of Queensland, in case you were wondering. It is a high roller town, as many homes are built right on the side of the nearby mountains. We stop for an hour at the grocery store and pick up supplies for the boat we are going to spend 2 nights on. A whole whack of chips, fruit, Coke and a few cases of beer. Perhaps probably too much for the 2 days on the boat.

Anyways, back on the bus and continue our journey to the town of Whitsundays. We arrive into the town and have some time before reaching our boat. It is a very rich town, with many house built on the hill sides and lots of fancy shops all around. The beach area is very spectacular and looks like a very young town as everyone walking about is under age 30 almost.
first night on Condor on water

I buy some last minute snacks and get a Snickers bar for a pre dinner snack as it is late afternoon.
We make our way on the bus just to other side and get to the dock. Here we grab are small bags and beer and get onto the boat. The sailboat is called the Condor, which was used to race in the America�s Cup, very neat. There is about 17 of us who are doing the Whitsundays Sailing Experience. The boat is very neat, and the quarters are very simple, very makeshift with my sleeping area a hanging metal slab almost. Supper is served and its like a chicken something and veggies served by the crew, very simple but good. Then we go on top and are briefed by the Captain of the Condor. He tells us the history of the Condor and how it operates, as well rules. He explains for about 20 minutes the mechanics of how the on board toilet system works, quite interesting actually.
Then rest of the evening is just hanging out on  deck and watching the sun set. As well, many of us sit on deck and play cards all night. Many silly drinking games all night, in which too many funny things happen, but for some things, what happens in Australia, stays in Australia.
Stay tuned for the next day.

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beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
amazing view
amazing view
first night on Condor on water
first night on Condor on water
leaving Cairns
leaving Cairns
cloud cover in distance
cloud cover in distance
rainbow in distance
rainbow in distance
interesting house
interesting house
another house
another house
giant lobster
giant lobster
town of Cardwell
town of Cardwell
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
beach in Cardwell Australia
proof of being there
proof of being there
Cafe in Cardwell
Cafe in Cardwell
cloud cover
cloud cover
the Contiki bus
the Contiki bus
river
river
arrive into Townsville
arrive into Townsville
a house on stilts, very demanding …
a house on stilts, very demanding…
interesting mountain in Townsville
interesting mountain in Townsville
an interesting and rich mans home
an interesting and rich mans home
a clock tower
a clock tower
the surround area
the surround area
going across a bridge
going across a bridge
interesting hill
interesting hill
Whitsundays town
Whitsundays town
beach at Whitsundays
beach at Whitsundays
Whitsundays town
Whitsundays town
lots of boats
lots of boats
palm trees
palm trees
rules of the beach
rules of the beach
nice beach
nice beach
main street in the town
main street in the town
main street
main street
some local shops
some local shops
more fancy shops in this town
more fancy shops in this town
interesting walk to the beach
interesting walk to the beach
the beach at another angle
the beach at another angle
trying to do a fancy shot
trying to do a fancy shot
rich mans house on the hill
rich mans house on the hill
our night on the Condor sailing Wh…
our night on the Condor sailing W…
inside the Condor
inside the Condor
Contiki group in side Condor
Contiki group in side Condor
evening view of the Whitsundays
evening view of the Whitsundays
bow of the boat in the water
bow of the boat in the water
islands in the evening
islands in the evening
great water
great water
sailing
sailing
a great view
a great view
amazing boat
amazing boat
just chillin on the sea
just chillin on the sea
Hannah , Sarah and Marie
Hannah , Sarah and Marie
chillin on the seas
chillin on the seas
Captain at the helm
Captain at the helm
map of the route
map of the route
a great challenge
a great challenge
Whitsunday Islands
photo by: kimpigott