I had the most interesting shower today. As I was bending to rinse off the salty water (late swim at the beach) in a shower made for Lilliputians, two spiders were fighting over the same ant right above my head. Eventually, a huge butterfly flew in and distracted them long enough for the ant to escape. I then brushed my teeth at the sink, bending over to make sure I wasn’t stepping on the palm-sized non-identified black insect at my feet.
Ah, the joy of being in tropical Queensland…!
We are now in Airlie Beach, a four-hour bus trip South of Townsville. The town is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, 74 white-sand beaches and paradisiac islands.
The town itself has nothing special. It’s just a main street with a bunch of hostels, restaurants and tour operators. In a way, it reminds me of Ushuaia (a gateway to Antarctica) or Cuzco (a gateway to Macchu Picchu)—a touristic spot but the area is a must-see. The hostel is surprisingly cheap but we figure it makes more money selling beer to backpackers than it does renting rooms.