Queensland Cruise – Day 4 – Airlie Beach

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Well I had planned to get up around 6am but Kevin (who slept hours yesterday) was up early and woke me up. I got a cup of tea and sat on the balcony as we made our way through the Whitsunday Islands to Airlie Beach. At 6.30 we headed to Windjammers for breakfast (sitting outside today) before meeting for our tour at 7am.

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Unfortunatately we didn’t get to leave the boat till 8am (I had heard this was a problem with the tendering). So by the time we finally got the boat across to Airlie Beach and onto our bus it was 9am!!!! 2 hours of our day wasted. But it was worth it. Airlie Beach is a beautiful tourist town.

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We were driven around and told about the history of the place. We stopped at the Prosperine Museum (which while wasn’t fantastic was quite enjoyable) and we got to watch a short film about Sydney Common. – a local who became the inspiration for James Bond.
We made another stop at Shute Harbour – lovely spot where ferries head to the nearby islands and finally at the Whitsunday Sailing Club where were served morning tea.

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From here we wandered through the markets (which were on purely for the cruise ship) and the town before walking back to the harbour via the boardwalk. It’s such a beautiful place and it would be easy to spent a few days here.

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At the marina we were given some cold water by the Airlie Beach Tourism Ambassadors which we thought was  a lovely touch.

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We caught the shuttle back to the ship and headed to Windjammers for lunch.

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Back in our room Kevin tried unsuccessfully to get us internet access.I downloaded photos and worked on this post (which hopefully I will be able to post tomorrow). We then headed up on deck for a swim/spa. We sat for a while people watching then headed to our room. I decided to go to the gym for some cardio and weights. So fun working out with an ocean view.

Then it was time to have another shower and get ready for dinner. I had a lovely meal tonight and even ate most of my 3 courses.

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We had planned to go to the show tonight but I feeling somewhat lightheaded – no idea why except I was tired – so we decided to just have an early night and I was fast asleep by 8.30.

Tonights towel animal…

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3 comments

  1. Lightening says:

    My apologies if you’ve already said this Libby, but who are you cruising with? I’d love to do a cruise one day but not that keen on going outside of
    Australian waters (have phobias about sinking). This kind of cruise sounds right up my alley. And is it the sort of thing that includes pretty much everything in the package price or do you have to pay extra for some stuff?

  2. Libby Withnall says:

    Yes, we’re on Rhapsody of the Seas with Royal Caribbean International – we love this cruise line and this is our forth cruise with them. Great ship, great staff. Definitely highly recommend them. Have spoke to so many Aussies who have done P&O before and they can’t get over how much better this ship is. Everything is included except shore excursions, alcohol, soft drinks and some other optionals. Very good value for money.

    Libby

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