Airlie Beach

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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.

On The Road To Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, the Main Street

Airlie Beach

Unidentified Huge Insect

Living in Paradise


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  1. Is that really Australia? With all the palm trees, that looks more like somewhere in Southeast Asia! And by the way, you encountered a Xylotrupes ulysses, also known as the rhinoceros beetle, which is a large beetle native to Australia. It’s related to the scarab beetles that the ancient Egyptians worshiped.

  2. @Linguist-in-Waiting – Ah, that must be it! Thank you for the explanation. I never know insects/flowers’ proper names in either language.

    @kyh – I don’t mind the heat most of the time but yes, it’s brutal at first!

    @Em – Thank you! The Whitsundays are an amazing place, can’t get any picture wrong there!

    @Gail at Large – Thank you for the explanation! I ran first but then came back for a pic (with the zoom lens… of course :lol:)

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