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Oct 5, 2017 - Free dessert!

Got back to shore, jumped on the bus and drove to the hotel. Dropped off the bags in the room and headed to the pool with a few others. Quick changed before dinner and walked to this little place called Banjos. Ordered a version of chicken parmaginia and a few of us ordered dessert... sticky date! 25 minutes later still no dessert and a staff girl comes over to apologize that no one had given the order to the kitchen. On top of that, there were no more sticky date desserts! So she gave us our money back, but offered us any other dessert, for...

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Aug 17, 2016 - Coral, Coral and Fish

With our “partying” over in the backpackers resort of Airlie Beach, we positioned ourselves at Butterfly Bay overnight for an early morning (yes 6 am) start to Bait Reef in the Outer Reef. The travel time was a bumpy 3 hour trip either way. Just as well it was well worth it. Arriving just before the low neap tide allowed us to have morning tea before swimming out. Being low tide meant that there was the least amount of water between us and the coral gardens making for a wonderful experience with good visibility. Jim was out there with his...

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Aug 14, 2016 - Backpackers haven

Hi Everyone Our hot water tank is fixed, the leak has been plugged! And its all thanks to our neighbours, Bret and Nat, at the Bakers Creek camp site (just south of Mackay) for having in the back of their motorhome a MIG welder with stainless steel welding rods. It took Paul a few days to find were the water was coming from. Once he had found the leak he had to dismantle the toilet and remove part of the bathroom cabinet to get access to the faulty tank (these vans are not designed for repairs). We are now all fixed and back in working...

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Jul 31, 2016 - Found Nemo

Leaving Mackay with a sense of optimism, we had the Whitsunday Islands in our sights. This would be the end of our journey, spending a few weeks in the area until the nor’easterly wind systems set in to blow us home. We knew we were approaching the Whitsundays with the various charter boat radio transmissions eg motor or battery problems. It is amusing listening to some of the conversations. The weather has been perfect. A true paradise with daytime temperatures in the high 20’s, nightly minimums in the high teens and water temperature of...

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Jun 26, 2016 - Airlie Beach

Sunday 26 June A cooler night, starting to get us ready for some cooler weather as we head further south. A few showers had been predicted, but it has been another glorious day here. Had a few chores to get done around the van, and then headed into the tourist strip for a walk around. It is paid parking everywhere here, but found a vacant lot near Woolworths where lots of others were parked, so tried our luck there, and walked through to the beach area. Had a walk around the lagoon where a few brave swimmers were in the water. From their...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Jun 25, 2016 - Airlie Beach

Saturday 25 June Bit of a breeze sprang up overnight but still woke to crisp morning with no need other than a sheet on the bed! Eat your heart out you southerners! Decided to go for a drive today so after a bit of washing and morning tea we took off. A perfect day for a drive, not a cloud in the sky, and all the lakes and beaches provided all the amazing blue and aqua colors that one could just sit and watch all day! Headed to Proserpine and then had a very pleasant drive out to Proserpine Lake & the Peter Faust Dam. Lovely spot with very...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Jun 24, 2016 - Airlie Beach

Friday 24 June A casual start to the day, our 49th wedding anniversary. Bacon and eggs for breakfast, then a bit of planning and booking towards our southern journey home. A warm and sunny morning, a big contrast to Steve & Kylie enjoying the Great Ocean Road and Melbourne!! We headed off to the Port of Airlie around 11am ready for our afternoon cruise to Daydream Island, Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach. A beautiful day and very smooth sailing conditions. Picked up passengers at Daydream, changed boats at Hamilton Island and then...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Jun 23, 2016 - Bowen to Airlie Beach

Thursday 23 June A quiet and relaxing day today. Not far to travel from Bowen to Airlie Beach, and not the best section of the Bruce Highway. Still lots of vans and campers heading north. We had a look around Cannonvale on the way here to fill in a bit of time. The area has developed a lot since Don's last visit here in the late 1990's. Checked into park before lunch, and Don enjoyed finishing off the rest of his fresh Bowen prawns. Quite a humid day here, so enjoyed a relaxing afternoon. We have a large group of curlews here who appear to...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Jun 20, 2016 - UPDATE NOTES..Day 6 -9

Hi All Finally away and on the road. We have moved rather quickly north up the coast for a couple of reasons, the first is to get warmer quicker and the second as we have seen a lot of the coast up to this point. We did 3 days straight up on the road doing about 1000kms and now we are in a warmer climate, back to shorts and tee shirts and no electric blankets. After the quick run we did 2 nights in Midge Point, a quaint caravan park in a very small coastal town, heck it’s that small the IGA (small supermarket chain) went broke and for the...

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Feb 6, 2016 - Solway Lass & Sailing the Whitsundays

Boarded the Solway Lass late afternoon Tuesday. She's a two-masted Schooner built in the Netherlands in 1902; 38 meters long, 6 meters wide, with 14 sails. Originally built to haul cargo and be 'beached' with the tides for loading & unloading. To accommodate this process Solway does not have a keel; instead is flat bottomed. The only drawback to this design is that she does not tack into the wind; as without keel she'd be pushed sideways by the wind. It meant that our ability to sail, and the direction thereof, was very much determined by...

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Jan 31, 2016 - Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef

Fly up to Airles Beach from Brisbane to access the Great Barrier Reef. Airles is a touristy beach town with bars, restaurants, gift shops, activity/travel agents and tourists in beach attire walking the streets; those at the end of their stay burnt a bright red. Avoiding exposure to the sun is our #1 objective; any sliver of shade a sought after respite. Our air-conditioned apartment/room is a treasured comfort zone refuge. Depart for the Reef Sleep excursion the next morning; for an 1.5 hour ride on a twin hulled ship with 250 other...

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Nov 1, 2015 - Airlie Beach, Australia

Pete visited Airlie Beach which is a city that provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, although we are pretty sure Pete did not have time to experience the Reef on his short visit. Because the natural beach there is inhabited at this time of the year by the Box Jellyfish (which stings swimmers!), the local council has built a swimmers lagoon so folks can enjoy the water without getting stung. Everything is going well on the ship with the usual performances, parades, and security drills. Pete posted lots of pictures from the crew...

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