Today is just a full day of driving, as we need to travel about 500 Km’s from Mission Beach to Airlie Beach. Our GPS tell us this is about 6 hours of driving, of which we spend about half in rain and drizzle. After about three hours the skies lifted and with a welcoming committee of just a few White clouds and a very acceptable 30 degrees we arrive in Airlie Beach.
This town lies conveniently close to Whitsunday Islands National Park, which consists of about 74 tropical islands and the sea in between. The Great Barrier Reef is also close, but at about 2,5 hours travelling by boat it is much further away than in Mission Beach, where the reef is only about 40 minutes away.
What is left of the day is spent doing some shopping and planning for the following two full days, as we’ll be here for three nights and two full days. We decide to go all in, and book two different tours! Tomorrow, we will therefore be on a boat, snorkelling and sailing the Coral Sea!