Rainbow Beach-1770-Airlie Beach- Townsville-Magnetic Island
11.11.2008 - 14.11.2008 35 °C
The night I wrote last we ran into 2 of our friends from SUrf camp and they invited us to go and watch the sunset with them at 'The Carlo Sandblow'at the top of Rainbow Beach. To be honest I just thought the sandblow would be a little hill of sand overlooking the sea but after we walked there (half an hour up hill) it was amzing! It was just sand everywhere you could see untill it reached a rainforest of the sea, massive dunes and hills. I wish we had brought a sand board to go down the hills. We were the only people there and the sky was beautifully blue untill suddenly over the space of about 2 minutes the sky became grey and it started to rain. It wasn't just rain though, it was like a tidal wave from the sky, literally i was so drenched after running about 100 meters back into the forest. It would have been nice to just stay in the rain but we had our cameras so rushed back.
We left in the morning on'Úncle Bucks'' bus over to Town of 1770. This is a fairly long hour trip and when you start at 7am all you want to do is sleep, unfortunatly the driver insisted on listening to 'Living on a Prairie'(no not prayer, prairie) very loudly untill thankfully someone asked for it to be turned off. We stayed at the Southern Cross Backpackers at 1770 which was nice but had loads of bugs. In the evening we headed over to the beach and went in the water for a bit.
In the morning we started our 11 hour drive to Airlie Beach. Everyone was talking about how they were going to go to the Whitsundays but we didnt have the money or the time so we had to skip it. (its just another reason to come back) We stayed at The Beeches, and stayed in a dorm room, unfortunatly James was the only boy and felt a bit awkward. To be honest so did i, there were 2 canadian girls who kept telling us about the 'Zen' in Guatamala and how it can really touch our souls when we get there, Íll stick to volunteering,'I said. The driver had organised a cheap meal in the bar which was nice and we had a few drinks after but then ran out of money in our budget so went to bed. We were woken up at 3 in the morning by knocking, the canadians had lost their key.
So now we are in Townsville, which is very pretty, but the quietest city i have ever been to. We went for a walk on saturday when we got here and we saw about 5 people in the city centre, its like a ghost town. Yesterday we went over to Magnetic Island and decided to do the walk through the huge hills to get to the deserted beaches that most tourists cant be bothered to find. We went to Arthur Bay but we couldnt actually get onto the bay (the map just showed us the lookout point) so instead we headed to Florance Bay which was equally as beautiful. We were sitting and reading when 3 red andblue parrots came and sat besides us ( i got some brilliant photos) then we went in the sea and we saw a few saw fish and a couple of fish that must have been about a foot long, it was amazing. Deffinatly worth the walk! We ran back to the bus stop because we thought the bus was at half past so did the wal in 20 minutes when originally it took us nearly an hour (its all uphill on the way back too!) but it came on the hour so we could have just strolled back.
Today we leave for Cairns to start our scuba diving course! I cant wait, but i am a little nervous, less nervous now i know there are no great whites up north (just loads of box jellyfish haha.) We are meant to meet Jasmine from Cambodia in a little while but we have been organising through Facebook so im not sure if she will have got the message or not.
We leave for New Zealand a week yesterday, Im quite excited for there now too, and excited to see my family And doubly excited to be able to eat with them because we have been living off ''Buy one get one free Cuppa Soups'' for the last 2 weeks.
Love Aliss xoxox