The Whitsundays

Airlie Beach Travel Blog

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First road day, left Cairns and headed south.  No interstate highways here, most roads are two lane, and pass through all the small towns.  There was 3700 kilometers ahead of us to Melbourne, and we expect to be there in a week, insane!  Passed through lush scenery, and miles after miles of sugarcane.  Lots of mini railroad tracks abound, the method of moving the cane.  We stopped off in Mission Beach for a few hours, had a swim and went on a walk in the woods, we came across a huge goanna in the trail!  Passed a cassowary crossing sign, but didn't see any.  There was a huge stinger net across the beach.  Had lunch in Tully, then arrived in Airlie Beach after 8:00.  Just in time to book a tour for the next day and have a huge steak for dinner ($60 for tour).

Jan 18, 2000
All day on the Whitsundays tour, the water was the most amazing color blue, and the islands were pure green and unspoilt.  Spent a few lovely hours on Whitehaven Beach, a true paradise.  Soft white, squeaky sand, clean blue water and a single palm, with goannas wandering about.  Next we went snorkeling and then all too soon we headed back to port.  Not too much nightlife in Airlie Beach unless you like to drink, it is a major backpacker stopover.  Spent another night in the campervan park ($16).
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