Last day at Airlie Beach with move on down to Brisbane for short stint
27.10.2009 - 27.10.2009 25 °C
Fairy lazy and almost boring day....... had to pack up and check out by 10 but plane didn't leave until almost 7 pm. It started pouring rain the morning. Took my luggage to office for them to store for day and they lent me an umbrella so I could walk into town. I did NOT go to McD's today. LOL Just wandered around the town and had Indian food for lunch. Liz the gal I met from Brisbane called and said her flight the night before was delayed for five hours and she warned me to check my flight. So I wandered back to the resort but it was too early to tell if flight was going to be delayed. Took a little nap by the pool and then walked around town one more time. When I got back to the resort the "caretaker" was talking to someone about "Boogins" (not sure if spelled right). Apparently Boogins are the equivalent of US Rednecks..... she said there were a lot of Boogins staying at the resort right now.. (she quickly clarified I was not one of them).. she was going to rename the resort Boogin Haven instead of BoatHaven. LOL
Finally it was time to catch the bus to the airport. These Aussie places rely so much on tourism for their living and they have an incredible transportation system established. Very impressive. Saw some more Kangaroos in the fields with the cattle as we were traveling at dusk so that was cool. The Whitsunday Coastal airport is very small. It reminds me of Long Beach, CA airport but even smaller. LOL It has outdoor seats for you to wait for the plane which is nice. When we pulled into the airport I could only see dirt "roads" so wasn't sure what kind of runway was there. The Aussie airline Jetstar does fly a pretty big plane in / out of there so big enough for that. The plane was packed this evening. The flight was smooth and fast. Quite different than what Liz experienced the night before. I met a pastoral husband and wife team who have a church in Perth. (they sat beside me on plane)
Arrived at airport and quickly retrieve luggage and went to get taxi for hotel. There are lots of backpackers in Australia and this young gal had just missed the train to get to her hostel. So the Taxi Dude at Airport said it would be good if we both shared a taxi to get to our destinations to save money for both. This young gal was from England. She originally was traveling with someone else; they got homesick and went home. So she was traveling a lone for now... I asked her how her parents felt about that and she said her mother was very worried. You know me.. i told her to make sure she kept in touch with her mum. The taxi driver had a hard time finding the hotel which resulted in an overcharge that he and I discussed and came to compromise on the cost; not that he was happy about it but it wasn't my fault he doesn't know the city and no excuse since he had GPS system. The hotel is ok... lots of couples maintain hotels in Australia so greeted by the couple who were very nice. The husband carried my heavy suitcase up two flights of stairs as there is no elevator in this section of the hotel. The room is "ok"; but not the greatest for the amount of money it cost. Plus it smells really which I hate with hotel rooms... lol But it'll have to do.
Tomorrow is a tour of Brisbane in the morning - lucky because Liz is a local gal and she is graciously going to give me a tour of her city!!! I leave for Sydney in the afternoon to be ready for the flight home on Thursday.