Saturday, 24 June 2017

When In ...

Adopting the adage of When in Rome do what the locals do or at least what one of the locals suggested whilst we were chatting over coffee. We had already done the cruises, Bowen and Dingo Bay and that left Montes  for lunch and Hideaway Bay.

Our holiday also coincided with the Whitsunday Show so a trip to Proserpine was needed. I haven't been to  ' the Show' for years but when in...

There were the usual events involving horses, livestock and dogs

The local concert band

The crafts pavillion with multiple categories 

This quilt was particularly eye catching

The Cooking section

This decorated cake reminded me  of my time teaching senior high school students.

Airlie Beach has a market every Saturday. In general not the sort of goods that interest me but always worth a look. This sand sculpture complete with flaming nostrils was generating a lot of interest. The first Saturday in town I spied a stall selling Hungarian snacks but had just had breakfast. The market was there again mid week for a cruise ship arriving in town but the Hungarian snacks were not. Always flexible, I had a toastie and hoped that the Hungarian Snack stall would be back.

It was and obviously well known as they were doing a brisk trade.

The big cheesy Langos with garlic and sour cream was delicious and because I had already walked my 10,000 steps and had another 3,000 to walk home I thought it would be OK to have a Chimney Cake, equally scrumptious.

Speaking of steps our apartment fronted onto an excellent boardwalk that allowed us to walk around the bay. It may have suffered during Cyclone Debbie as have many buildings and trees but the rebuilding work has largely taken place, trees are regenerating and public areas and gardens are all heavily mulched with the debris from the trees. 

The bougainvilleas have regenerated and provide a colourful display of hot pinks, reds and salmons, 

although, I really like this white one that is nestled amongst the rocks that edge the boardwalk.

I couldn't resist this photo opportunity on on of my walks into town. 

I spent a little time with the local quilting group that I discovered on my walk and who just happened to be having an outdoor meeting near the coffee shop I was heading to. They were all doing very interesting work including this style of appliqué called Tivaevae. The ladies had been on a tour to the Cook Islands and learnt it there.

And for our last night. A gentle walk along the boardwalk to the Abell Point Marina and Hemingway's for dinner. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017


And we have been. The last few days have been devoted to exploring the area. 

A road trip to Bowen - home to the big Mango and some very delicious mango based treats, locally made mango sorbet and fudge. It was morning tea time, hot and one has to support local business, all good reasons to indulge!

The beaches

Horseshoe Bay

Rose Bay

Flagstaff Lookout

Another day, another trip.

Cedar Creek Falls

Dingo Beach

Dingo Beach Pub, an outback pub

The outdoor bar, fly swats for those so inclined and a 'bullshit' corner

Fun and games at night

The quiz night at the sailing club. We successfully won a round or two but not the overall winners.

And cards

Food, lots of good food. Some fine dining at Walters Lounge.

Excellent coffee

A place for dogs and their human companions

Early morning walks with gorgeous sunrises

A visiting cockatoo

Sunday, 18 June 2017

A Trip to the Whitsundays

We are having a little Winter break. We thought somewhere warm but not too hot or humid. 

An early flight to make the most of our first day in Airlie Beach.

We have a lovely waterfront apartment a short walk from the town.

We have had out Vitamin Sea, not the one advertised but 

A fabulous sunset cruise aboard the Providence.

And then a day on board the Camira cruising the Whitsundays

Great weather, blue skies, calm seas, the company of friends - what could be better?

There was snorkelling

a beach walk

Another fabulous sunset

I still found time to

celebrate Knit in Public Day, possibly the only person in Airlie Beach

and on the boat.

a simple BBQ meal  - staged for the camera

Captain Funster (aka Graeme) notionally in charge of our itinerary

Studying another brochure

Ray understands my need for morning coffee, we have continued with our morning walk and already checked out a few.

An end to a perfect day.