July 27-31, 2011
From Bowen we rushed to Airlie Beach, and after arriving there we quickly checked in for our sailing trip that was about to start the following day. A few first looks around didn’t only make clear to us why Airlie Beach, despite being such a small community, was so incredibly full of tourists and backpackers lurking everywhere. The natural scenery was nothing short of gorgeous:
We headed off to make it to Mt Rooper in the Conway National Park still in daylight for a good overview over the Whitsunday islands region.
The next day we went on our sailing trip, after returning 3 days later we got to take a few closer looks.
There’s really not much more to say about Airlie Beach. It is primarily THE starting point to get to the Whitsundays. And good for hanging around at the beach or heavily going out every night. Yes, its surrounding area is beautiful, however we’re not too much into the aforementioned activities there was nothing more here for us.
We thus left to see Cedar Creek Falls.
We didn’t find the falls, obviously – they were completely dry at this time of the year. Anyway, we drove to our next CouchSurfing host who was living in a surrounding that might as well have been right in Southern Germany. The only thing really different were actually the palm trees and the howling dingoes even in full daylight!
Lots of animals on their farm as well, e.g. two more great dogs! I’m turning into a big dog fan. In the evening we had a campfire and Inka made a delicious meal (Reibekuchen – yum!) and desert for all 7 of us – the family of four, a Japanese exchange student and ourselves.