24.05.2010 - 16.06.2010 27 °C
A quick catch up on our travels so far:
Len and I left Burleigh at different times. Cecily went to Sydney to visit her family and Len had the Land Rover serviced and then drove to Airlie Beach and waited.
AIRLIE BEACH and THE WHITSUNDAYS
We set up camp at Airlie Beach and started to get organised. Airlie is still full of midgies and backpackers - not very exciting but it does have easy access to the Whitsundays . We went for a sea plane flight over the Whitsunday's and landed at the Barrier Reef - it was the most stunningly, beautiful flight either of us has been on.
Flying over the Whitsundays
The accomodation may not have been 4 or 5 star but that was more than made up for as there was only one other couple staying on the island. They left after 3 days and we were the only guests. Not often that you have an island and all the staff to yourself! Hook has a beautiful reef just off the beach and we spent many hours snorkelling around the coral. We swam with a turtle and then spotted a sea horse just floating under a coral shelf - neither of us has ever seen one in the wild before!
BOWEN, BOWLING GREEN BAY NATIONAL PARK and MAGNETIC ISLAND
Once we left Airlie we headed north. First stop Bowen where we ordered a new tent to be delivered to Townsville. We had both picked up colds and decided to rest at Bowen for a few days. A great stop where we spent the time swimming and recuperating.
While we waited for the tent to turn up we stopped at Bowling Green Bay National Park which is a smallish National Park located between Ayr and Townsville. We went for walks and swam in freshwater swimming holes. Spotted turtles and wallabies - well worth the visit.
Dropped into Townsville which is much better than we remembered from our last visit. We decided to go over to Magnetic Island as we had had a fun holiday there about 10 years ago. It was a great stop. Lots of interesting and sometimes challenging bush and coastal walks to fill in our days. It was good to see and hear the curlews again as we have had a soft spot for them ever since our last visit to Maggie.