Sam and Angela's Excellent World Adventure travel blog

Airlie Beach - Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands

The Big Blue.

Our camp for the first few days.

These guy's were wandering around the campsite all day!! About 4 feet...

Hand feeding wild Possum's. Cute!

Our nightly campfire.

The spa resort we checked into for Angela's birthday. Pretty nice eh?

Beats a campsite!

The view from our balcony.

Angela's birthday! Accompanied with a sparkling engagement ring!

X-rated!!! A picture of Angela's ring!! Hee hee!

The boat we sailed round the Whitsunday's on, The Ileola.

Sam at C&A. Geddit?

The newly engaged couple at the helm.

Sunsets don't get much better......

Life on the open water.....smooth.

Whithaven Beach in the Whitsunday's.

Another view of Whitehaven.Stunning.


Airlie beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays and we'd had been planning on coming here since being in Bundabery so we were very excited to arrive. We camped in a nice little site, which we shared with huge Goana's and lots of cute posums and planned the next week or so's fun & activites (including my birthday). We decided it would be nice to move into a resort for a few of days over my birthday before embarking on our 3 day cruise on a sailing ship around the Whitsundays - luxury. So we enjoyed the nightlife and the day before my 28th we moved into our apartment, it was fantastic and we relaxed all day by the pool and then all evening in our flashy pad! On the morning of my birthday I woke up to a big kiss and a question...... Would you like your birthday present? I of course said YES, at which point Sam proposed! I wont tell the whole story on the website, but it was very romantic, and beautifully planned, I of course said Yes straight away and we drank Champagne, ate strawberries and got a little bit tipsy (at 8am is the morning!!).........

We enjoyed a gorgeous meal that night (it had been a couple of months since eating out) and drinks and then another sunny day relaxing by the pool. Then we set sail on The Ileola and headed out into the ocean for our cruise around the Whitsundays. The boat was a beautiful old schooner sailing boat which is over 50 years old and has pretty much sailed around the world. We stayed in a little cabin which very cosy and we enjoyed 3 days of luxury, snorkelling, swimming & relaxing on deck. We snorkelled over some fantastic reef and saw some amazing (and some very big) fish and sea creatures... The time we spend in Airlie beach and the Whitsundays was definitely a highlight for us - especially as we got engaged there!

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