Day 69 – Chilling in Airlie Beach

Today was a bit of a slow day after our very early start yesterday and our action packed long day. We both slept in but I eventually got up first and made a start on catching up with the blog while I let Ann sleep a bit longer.

After fiddling around for the rest of the morning we had a light lunch before heading into town for look around and a few supplies. First stop was Bunnings – funny how you never have a screw the right length when something breaks isn’t it? Then we went for a cruise down Main Street. Last year we couldn’t actually drive down this street due to major roadworks, but they’re all finished now and getting around town is a lot easier. Plus the place looks a lot better.

Main Street, Airlie Beach

Main Street, Airlie Beach

Having parked the ute we stopped for coffee and terribly fattening cakes at ‘Capers on the Esplanade’ and sat under a huge roofed area that wasn’t there at all last year. Coffee and cakes were delicious.

Capers on the Esplanade

Capers on the Esplanade

Appetites satisfied we went for a walk along the boardwalk and up and down Main Street. There are some interesting looking shops here but in a way this is more of a younger person’s destination with plenty of backpackers’ accommodation and bars and other attractions aimed at that end of the market. That said, there are also some pretty upmarket places around Airlie Beach, although they aren’t necessarily in the centre of town. Unless you are a mountain goat you would probably need a car here to be able to access most of these higher end places.

Boardwalk at Airlie Beach

Boardwalk at Airlie Beach

Beach at Airlie Beach

Beach at Airlie Beach

Then it was a quick trip to the supermarket before heading back to the van for a few minor repairs and other minor maintenance tasks before we head off tomorrow.  The birds we mentioned the other day made an appearance again tonight outside the van door and on one of the nearby cabins.

Some of the permanent residents we share the caravan park with.

Some of the permanent residents we share the caravan park with.

Some of the permanent residents we share the caravan park with.

Some of the permanent residents we share the caravan park with.

I cooked steak outside on the BBQ for dinner, which was complemented by a delicious salad put together by Ann.

We’ve quite enjoyed our stay in Airlie Beach but new destinations and adventures await us.

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