Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Big Adventure - Week Six: Queensland

Monday December 21st:
After disembarking the boat, we hired a car and headed for Daintree.    Great drive along the coast to Mossman and then to the ferry over the Daintree river.

Tuesday December 22nd:
We loved our morning around Daintree.   In particular we had an early morning visit to Cow Bay before a walk along a boardwalk through the rainforest.   Then there was a boat trip along the Daintree River.
Afterwards we had a long drive to Ingham for an overnight stop.

Wednesday December 23rd:
Another long drive from Ingham to Airlie Beach.   It was great this evening to see Boyd, 19 years after we last saw each other.

Thursday December 24th:
Boyd had arranged a jet-skiing day.   It was very good of him, but I was very scared.  Totally outside my comfort zone.   Part of the trip was down a crocodile-infested river - I was just praying that I wouldn't fall off the machine.   But I didn't and we survived the day.

Friday December 25th:
Christmas Day.   We went out on a day cruise to Whitehaven Beach.    It was a brilliant day and a great way to celebrate Christmas.   We loved the swimming on one of the best beaches world.   And then a BBQ Christmas Lunch.   A relaxing, enjoyable day.

Saturday December 26th:   We had a relaxing day in and around Airlie Beach.  In the morning we drove to Shute Harbour where we had a picnic lunch.  We spent part of the afternoon relaxing in Airlie Beach lagoon.   And in the evening, we had a farewell dinner with Boyd at Barcelona restaurant, which was great.  

I had lost touch with Boyd for over 15 years.   It was great to find him again and particularly enjoyable to be able to visit him in his home town.   And to finally meet Spud, his fantastic dog.

Both Andrew and I have loved Airlie beach.   Yes is a backpackers resort and yes we feel a bit old here.   But the atmosphere is lively, the scenery is fantastic, the Whitsunday Islands are close and overall it is a lovely place.   I hope we are not too old to be able to return one day soon.

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