Relaxation... and another extreme experience ticked off!
Sat 5 May 12 - Fri 11 May 12
We've really enjoyed our time at Airlie Beach. The weather's been excellent, and although there's only a small man-made beach here, there's a large outdoor swimming pool called the Lagoon, which has loads of grassy areas and a couple of 'beaches' to hang out on. We've been to the lagoon every day – it's been a great place to relax after our Whitsundays adventure
I suffered quite badly from land sickness after getting off the boat. No actual sickness or anything, just a constant feeling of dizziness and motion for at least 2-3 days afterwards. Nevertheless, on our first night back from the boat we went for dinner with a few guys from the Whitsundays trip, then met up with a bunch more of them for drinks later on. It was a good night, that ended up (inevitably) at the Irish Bar, 'Paddy's Shenanigans'. Weirdly, I think the alcohol helped with the land sickness!
My budget went slightly out the window in Airlie Beach when we saw a Tiger Moth doing aerobatic stunts from the lagoon. Back at the hostel we found a flyer and after a little thought I jumped in and booked it. It was well worth the dent in my finances! The pilot, Peter, picked me up from the hostel and took me to the airfield, about 10 minutes away. He gave me a Biggles-style leather hat and goggles, a life jacket (in case we crash-landed in water) and off we went! I've never been in an open airplane before, and that itself was an experience! We flew out to Airlie Beach where he did a couple of large loops: more to test my nerves than anything I think. Convinced I was happy to carry on, we climbed to 4500ft where he faced the plane vertical to cut the engine and let us drop for a moment before it kicked in again. All the way down we were flying upside down, doing loops and corkscrews – it was like the most extreme roller coaster ever! I've uploaded a video to try to give you some idea of what it was like, but it's allmost impossible to explain the thrill. Incredible.
We've heard some goood live music here and I feel like I should do a little promotion: check out www.richardperso.com for a great one-man band. I've finally tried both kangaroo and crocodile – both together in an Aussie-style surf & turf meal. All in all, a great stop and a wonderful combination of incredible experiences and new friends.