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Jan 3, 2012 - Whitsunday island trip

A total of 12 hour drive from Liana,s home, we begun our journey at 4am. One hour in and keven was already struggling to stay awake, we stopped for coffee and a recharge. WE reached to rockhampton, stayed in a cabin on the camp site. The Fitzroy river ran a few meters from the edge of the campsite, home to the feared salt water crocodiles. There were signs to warn of this, despite this a lady was fishing on the river bank and we posed there for sun set photo,s. Starting a little later the next morning we headed to the Whitsundays, stopping...

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Whitaker's Travels

Nov 2, 2011 - Return to Airlie Beach

We headed back for Airlie Beach this morning and had hours to kill before we could check back into our hostels. A bunch of us hung out by the lagoon for a while before going in search of seafood by the beach for lunch. After that we were able to get checked in, and I wandered to the local camera shop to see if they had suggestions on my wet camera. They sold me silica packets and told me to stuff them in the battery compartment to dry it out then give it a few days. Some of the others were catching overnight buses to other places, but those...

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Nov 1, 2011 - Sailing Whitsundays on Wings II - day 2

Today we're visiting Whitehaven Beach, which has some of the most pure sand on earth (99% silica). As this is a national park, nobody is allowed to take anything away, but the only exception has been that NASA was allowed to take some of the sand to polish the lenses for the Hubble Telescope. This is truly the most pristine beach I've ever seen. Just incredible! Really a place worth making a point to visit. We spent some hours hanging out on the beach, taking photos, playing volleyball with people acting as the net. Shane (our boat host)...

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Oct 31, 2011 - Sailing Whitsundays on Wings II - day 1

Today I had to pack up most of my bag to be left in town, and a small bag to take on board the catamaran. So, I stored my bag, went for breakfast, rented a beach towel, and then wandered on down to the meeting point. It was a nice walk to the harbor, and a lovely view. At a little convenience store, I spotted a candy called fruit rock that I'd never seen before. They're little hard candies that remind me of the Millefiori glass work you see in Murano, because they're made to show the fruit they're flavored for when the canes are cut into...

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Jul 30, 2011 - Whitsunday Islands

Die Whitsunday Inseln gehören zum Great Barrier Riff und wurden ca. 1774 von Kapitän Cook entdeckt. Wir hatten einen 3 tägigen Segelturn mit der Pride of Airlie gebucht. Der Kapitän sowie der Matrose auf unserem Segelboot waren eine große Enttäuschung und auch die anderen Mitsegelnden (50% Deutsche, 30% Franzosen) hauten uns nicht vom Hocker. Wir segelten zum Whitehaven Beach, einem der schönsten Strände mit feinstem Sand. Denn der besteht hauptsächlich aus Silicium und kommt aus einem unterirdischen Vulkan. Da haben Steffi und ich auch...

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Jun 18, 2011 - Aus - Day 46 - Whitsunday Airlie Beach

We walked the docks lining the mooring stations on Shute Habour in Airlie Beach this morning and saw some very large, expensive yachts docked. a cleaning crew was working on one, with one of them hanging over the side of the boat giving it a hand wash. Walked over to the market that takes place every Saturday morning. Stalls of jewellery, clothing, art and food. We bought some fresh vine tomatoes. carrots, onions and red peppers. After walking a bit more around town we decided to head on up to the "end of the road" and check the little...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Aus - Day 45 - Fighting Lorikeets strike Jason!

Guess who came back to see us this lovely am looking for their morning feed of bread? Yep you got it the wonderful Rainbow Lorikeets. This time Jason decided not to feed them raisin bread but instead fed them whole grain seed which they seemed to really enjoy. We were inundated by Lorikeets, the count at one point got to over 16, plus we had a lot of ducks again and our hissing long legged crane friend. That's right hissing. He is a very slow bird, he does not get the "worm" and so we have to throw him a piece every now and then to keep him...

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Dec 5, 2010 - Whitsundays - Day 3

Hello from Australia! Today is our last day at the Whitsundays. It has been an awesome experience so far with the Great Barrier Reef. Today was another fantastic day! We woke up and packed up from our little condo. Then we drove to the Coral Sea Resort. We were checking in to go Ocean Rafting! We got our stinger suits, an underwater camera, and sunscreen and boarded Jammin’, our raft that held about 20 people. The boat was extremely fast. We were all holding on for our lives for the first thirty minutes, while we rode to Bali Hai. When we...

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Nov 30, 2010 - Australia - Whitsunday Islands and Bundaberg

Hi again, So after 7 ½ hours on the Bruce Highway (great Australian name there) we finally arrived in Airlie Beach in the pitch black and torrential rain. The rain here is honestly incredible - it's so strong it even made one of the windscreen wipers come loose! We stopped en route at a garage, choosing to ignore the friendly sign saying 'we do not lend tools'. Obviously we looked pitiful enough that the gruff mechanic (whose response was 'bite me', when Roland asked him what his dog's name was) helped us fix it and didn't charge us...

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Rolene On Tour

Nov 19, 2010 - The Whitsundays

This one came with great expectations...everyone raves about the Whitsundays, and Phoebe had spent three weeks there learning to sail, so i was looking forward to both seeing the natural wonders, and Phoebe's sailing skills! Airlie beach - the hop on hop off point for all the boat trips - is basically a strip of shops, bars and hostels (that's not as good as it sounds!). We somehow lost a few days here while waiting to get on one of the boats Phoebe had worked on, and i really can't remember how/where, apart from a trek to the supermarket...

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Sania´s travels...

Oct 30, 2010 - Whitsundays

Overnight bus, complete with standard rather old man bus driver, in ridiculous uniform of shorts and socks pulled up to the knees, and over inflated sense of authority when using the onboard microphone to impart the next set of instructions- they each have their own unique style, but all instructions imparted are usually completely unnecessary. Anyway, arrive in Airlie Beach at 7am, and of course cannot check into the boat we are going to travel on until 8am when the office opens. Queue wait in the shade of McDonalds forecourt, heroically...

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Jun 25, 2010 - Whitsunday Sailing

On the way to Airlie Beach we passed through Rockhampton which is an optional stop on the Oz Experience route, and we made a toilet stop at The Tropic of Capricorn statue thing. At lunchtime we stopped at a place on the beach called Clear Water where the drivers did us a Bush Tukka BBQ lunch with salads, more beetroot, garlic bread, bubble and squeak which is so nice out here, and fresh fish on the BBQ which tasted great with squeezed lemon, but I have no idea what it was called. Then we had some chocolate chip cake for dessert. All that...

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