We needed to make some headway today and so had a LONG day of driving. We drove 9hrs and made it to Airlie Beach! Airlie Beach is a beautiful beach town in the Whitsunday region of Queensland. Airlie Beach has long been considered the best departure point for excursions to the Great Barrier Reef and sailing holidays. Sailing amongst the calm, protected waters of the Whitsunday Islands is an experience on many traveller's lists of top things to do in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible from Airlie Beach, with many different types of tours available. And we were planning on seeing these beautiful islands I have heard so much about. This was a great and very fun, happening beach town that is popular with backpackers.
The beach area was very nice but small, and the sea is inhabited by marine stingers, the box jellyfish from November to May. So we were in the middle of Box Jellyfish season...oh boy! In order to provide somewhere for the visitors & tourists to swim, the town has built a small - medium sized swimming lagoon on the foreshore, similar to the lagoon found in Cairns
. Anyway, we checked in at the Big 4 campsite...very nice with gardens and bird sanctuary feeding area. These birds were very exotic red, green, blue that would fly on your arm and hand if you have food for them. This area of australia from airlie to Cairns also has these HUGE fruit bats flying overhead and hanging in trees. These things have a 3 foot wing span and had a chilling screech! We were feeling like we were really in the tropical jungle now. Our campsite also had a pool, so when we checked in we went for a swim before dinner. We got cleaned up and went into town and had dinner at a fantastic steak & seafood place. Karli had the steak and I had Red Emporer Fish..delicious! Before we headed back to the park we booked our boat trip to Whitsunday islands for the next day.