Airlie Beach, on the Whitsunday Coast
We have arrived in Airlie Beach, a lovely little town acting as the gateway to the Great Barrie Reef. On our way to the hotel, we were delighted to see Wallabies in their natural environment, by the roadside and in the fields. We passed large crops of sugar cane and the bus driver explained how the sugar cane was processed. We also passed a coffee plantation. The lushness of this area is very evident.
Our hosts at the hotel have made us feel very welcome. Students have been treated to great meals with a large variety of food to choose from. We have found the local Woolworths, the grocery store, and students have stocked up for lunch options. We are looking forward to swimming in the lagoon (along the beach). It has lifeguards, so students will have more freedom to swim on their own. A large cruise ship was parked in the harbour this morning and a market was set up down by the waterfront. Some students shopped for cheap t-shirts and sunglasses. Classes are in full swing, outside on the beach, in the comfy hotel lounge area, and even by the pool. It is amazing the different classroom settings that we can come up with. We are looking forward to seeing the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday!