Published: June 21st 2011June 21st 2011
So its been a while since Ive updated my blog, and even longer since I last wrote a proper entry in my diary, so Im going to have to start with what happened today and work my way back to when I first arrived in Cairns and everything thats happened inbetween. As the title sums up, it has been completely and utterly crazy. I never know whats going to happen next or where I might end up, and it makes it all the more exciting!
Today Jonny and I arrived in Agnes Water at about 2am this morning, checked into the Southern Cross hostel which is literally in the middle of nowhere, it was a half hour mini bus journey even to get from the bus stop to here! There area is beautiful though, today we got the shuttle into town, which has to be the tiniest town ever seen its even smaller than Airlie Beach. After a very brief walk we arrived at the beach, and then jonny went off to go on his Scooteroo Tour, while I stayed and sunbathed for a little while before meeting a local aussie. We got chatting and he offered to give me
a tour of the area, he seemed to know every single person in the town by name and every little bit of history there was to know. So today I got a free tour and even free coffee, a few drinks and a trip to the headland at 1770 to see the views. Love meeting local people!
Before this town, we were back in Airlie Beach as we backtrack our way south again after a few days on Magnetic Island with the best group of people ever! We met a group in Airlie the first time and the 11 of us ended up going back north to stay on the island just to go to the full moon party there! The party itself obviously couldnt quite compare to the Thailand ones, but we had one heck of a night with very funny stories and memories that shouldnt ever be repeated! The island itself was gorgeous, hot weather, sunshine, lots of amazing beaches and views. On one day we all hired cars, and they have to be the oldest shittiest cars ive ever seen, we looked like such yobs, but it was like an episode of Top Gear with all
11 of us, riding round this picturesque island in 3 little cars. It was an absolutely hilarious day as we explored the island, driving where shouldnt, up and down the hills, through massive pot holes and even on the beach, and even attempting a few handbreak turns. It just wouldnt have been the same without the amazing group of us, they made that part of the trip for me :) the rest of the time on the island we sunbathed, handfed the rock wallabies, consumed yet more goon, and generally had a pretty awesome time!
This group were the reason for staying in Airlie for as long as we did. A few days in this small town turned into a week and a half. The nightlife there was sooo good. Most nights we wouldnt actually make it out, or if we did we wouldnt remember the next day! Many mornings felt like an aussie version of the Hangover, where we would wake up and have to spend the day working out what the hell had happened that night, for instance why we were covered in salt pepper suncream pen and leaves in bed and why the room was quite
so trashed, but then we would of course get right back on it that night! The town was great though it had beaches, a lagoon, the hostel was the centre of the nightlife and a perfect place for meeting new people, and best of all, it was the starting point for the trip to the Whitsundays....
The Whitsundays sailing trip was absolutely awesome! It was 3 days and 2 nights on a boat, with 25 other people, and included was a free scuba dive, and 3 chances to go snorkling off different beaches. We met some amazing people on the boat, including the crew! The weather wasnt too good the first day when we did the scuba dive and I ws so cold i was shaking in the water, which could have ruined the trip but fortunatelty it did a quick turn around and became hot and sunny again :) The sailing itself was amazing the boat went really fast and compltely lent on the side meaning we had to hang on pretty tight, great fun!!! I even got a go with the ropes that manouvre the sail which was fun. Scuba diving and snorkling was incredible I saw fish and coral I never expected to see, it was just beautiful. We saw this giant fish called a Napolean fish i think, which was just huge and let us swim right up to it, and loads of other brightly coloured and strange shaped fish. Unfortunately no turtles were to be seen, but I saw a little giraffe print fish which was pretty impressive. The beaches were gorgeous we went on Whitehaven beach which has such high silicon percentage it squeaks underfoot and is so insanely white. Another beach I loved was one which was literally a beach in the middle of the water, like a little island, it was gorgeous. That trip was so worth the money.
Before The Whitsundays trip we were in Cairns for a little while with a group of people jonny had met along his travels. They were such a great crowd, its true to say that people make a place. After a few days of settling down and getting my feet firmly on the ground, I took the plunge and booked a 14,000ft skydive! Best thing Ive ever done. Probably also the craziest. I was so scared just before they pushed me out of the plane, but wow once your in the air and free falling for 60 seconds its just incredible I was grinning from ear to ear the whole way down! Even once the parachute was up and we slowly fell to earth the adrenalin rush was insane. From the air I could see the great barrier reef, Innisfail the area it was in for miles and miles, great beaches. We started from right up above the clowds and I could see them as I fell through them it was pretty immense. Once in a lifetime opportunity, and Im so glad I did it! Next time I think Ill ring home after Ive done it though, not 5 minutes before and terrify them haha sorry mum!