Friday 18- Saturday 19 May: A weekend in Airlie Beach

Author: Mr A

Location: Airlie Beach, Queensland

Friday: Airlie Beach has been spending a bit of money on its foreshore. A pathway now runs along from Cannonvale, where we were staying all the way though into town, around 6km with spectacular classic Airlie views on the way.As you reach town, there is a beautiful lagoon with a combination of deep swimming lanes and shallow areas for children, all free for anyone to use. We continued our cycle along the coastline as far as Boat Haven, imagining the lives of people who owned the spectacular boats moored there.

We enjoyed a Vietnamese salad for lunch, and a beer on the way back was called for, well it is Friday.We had a bit of a false start with dinner – missing having Uber operating in the area and instead spending 45 minutes trying to get a cab. Then we arrived at the restaurant rated number 3 on TripAdvisor and walked in to be shown a scruffy, sticky table and handed a drinks menu with a choice of two red wines on it – both dreadful. So we provided some feedback and left! A bit of walk and we ended up in a lovely family run Italian. Nothing was too much trouble in catering for Catherine’s dairy allergy, even though the word “Creamy” was used 9 times on the menu. No wonder this country is suffering an obesity crisis!

Saturday morning there was a market on, so we headed off on the bikes to find quite an extensive range of stalls with some great local fruit and veg.A lady considering buying some turmeric watched us buy some so picked our brains about how to use it. She recommended this very odd looking fruit she had brought and said we must try it – in fact she brought us the last one for the princely sum of $3. What a sweetie. Its called a monstera deliciosa and in fact comes from a cheese plant that is often seen as a house plant in the UK. Bizarre…tastes very sweet – a combination of banana and pineapple…I think I will be having the lion’s share of this one.

In the afternoon we headed out to Conway National Park for a short walk to Coral Beach overlooking the Molle Islands. Every direction you look is another amazing view, which changes so quickly in this changeable autumnal weather. We even caught ourselves a rainbow.

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