At home in the Whitsundays

27th. September  2015

Whitsunday Airport hosted the 2015 Airlie Beach Air show that took place this weekend. Thousands of Aviation enthusiasts from around Australia visited Airlie Beach for this exciting event.

Click here for a short UTube video.

The constant thrum of Aircraft engines could be heard all weekend and as I sat on my patio sipping my afternoon Cappuccino yesterday, I was delighted to watch the internationally famous synchronized stunt displays of the RAAF Roulettes. Over the years they have  thrilled the crowds with their brilliant performances and no Air show is complete without them.

The weather was glorious so before breakfast Barry and I took Sasha the pup for our Sunday morning walk. We enjoyed walking along the board walk from the Abel point Marina to  Airlie Beach. We particularly enjoy looking at the yachts.

The weather on Saturday was perfect, sunny and hot so we visited the Airlie Beach Markets and purchased some delicious fresh tropical fruits and herbs for my Herb garden.

 

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9th. Aug 2015

The suitcase is unpacked, the laundry is done and I am in the process of sorting out all the documentation I brought home with me from my trip to Ireland. This may take a couple of days as there is so much of it.

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As promised, I would like to show you where I live on the great Barrier Reef in the Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia.

Manooka Drive Cannonvale
Manooka Drive Cannonvale

At this time of year we experience the “Dry”. There are only two seasons in tropical North Queensland and as you can see the ground is drying out and hose watering is required to keep our plants alive.

Boganvillia
Bougainvillea

My Bougainvillea loves the “Dry” and flowers during the cooler months. It grows lush and green during the “Wet” hotter months.

Mango Tree
Mango Tree

At this time of the year my Mango trees, all three of them have lush green leaves but shortly they will flower and bear fruit. The fruit will be at their juiciest best later November until early January.

Cannonvale homes
Cannonvale homes

Most of the more modern houses around Cannonvale and Airlie Beach are being built in the Pavilion style to take advantage of the cool breezes.  

Bower Bird's Bower
Bower Bird’s Bower

Along the board walk from Cannonvale into Airlie Beach, there are seven golden sand beaches. We have a resident Bower Bird along one of them who builds his bower to attract his mate. This bird likes to decorate his bower with red items and shells that he collects from the nearby beach. 

Pool, Coral Sea Resort
Pool, Coral Sea Resort

The beautiful Coral Seas Resort has long been a favourite of Barry’s and mine. We often dine there and enjoy their extensive and delicious menu – not to mention the beautiful view across the Coral Sea.

Coral Sea Resort
Coral Sea Resort

Quite often Weddings are held in the Pavilion at Coral Seas Resort with the beautiful view out over the ocean making for a very romantic celebration

Coral Sea Resort
Coral Sea Resort
Island Transfer Vessels at Port of Airlie
Island Transfer Vessels at Port of Airlie

“Cruise Whitsunday” the Ferry company in Airlie Beach transfers millions of visitors each year out to the Islands in the Whitsundays and also to the Pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef. Airlie Beach is the closest location to the Great Barrier Reef.

Super Yachts at Abel Point Marina Whitsundays
Super Yachts at Abel Point Marina Whitsundays

We have many super yachts visiting each year and it is not uncommon to see the Hollywood Movie Stars, Multimillionaires and Royalty from around the world leisurely strolling around Airlie Beach. In the last couple of years Nicole Kidman with husband Keith stayed on board a yacht whilst making a movie. Also, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pit stayed in Cannonvale whilst Angelina was directing her movie “Unbroken” just to name a few.

Whitsunday Magic - a cyclone victim
Whitsunday Magic – a cyclone victim

“Whitsunday Magic” a casualty of Cyclone Yassie ran aground and remains embedded in the sand.

Cannonvale Beach
Cannonvale Beach

Surrounded by tropical rain Forrest mountains. most of the local people choose to build on the side of the mountains to gain a better view of the ocean and nearby Whitsunday Islands. 

Pigeon Island off Cannonvale Beach
Pigeon Island off Cannonvale Beach

29th August, 2015.

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Curlew

This morning I awoke at dawn to the sound of a family of Kookaburras ringing in the new day – very noisily. We live on the side of a mountain in the shadow of a National Park so we have lots of native birds come to visit. Curlews, Fire Tail Cockatoos, Sulfur Crested Cockatoos and various other Rain Forest birds.

It is a beautiful warm and sunny day here in the Whitsundays, a perfect market day and today being Saturday by 7am the Airlie Beach Markets will be in full swing.

A sample of the fresh produce and craft stalls at Airlie Markets.
A sample of the fresh produce and craft stalls at Airlie Markets.

It pays to arrive early because it is a very popular market and all the parking places are gone by 9am. Thousands of people visit the market every Saturday. It is very popular with both the locals and the Tourists.

The markets are also held when we have cruise ships visiting Airlie Beach. This can be 6 or 7 times a month.

I have been visiting the market for delicious fresh seasonal produce, colourful tropical flowers and locally made crafts since moving to Airlie Beach 15 years ago and over that time the markets have grown. There would be about 100 market stalls now.

Ships wheels at the nautical marque

It is a lovely friendly atmosphere and with the beautiful background of the golden beach and sparkling Ocean with Yachts bobbing in the background – who could ask for more?

Janina - Hand made Jewellery - Store holder at the markests
Janina – Hand made Jewellery – Store holder at the markests
Janina's Jewellery
Janina’s Jewellery
Sand Modelling Airlie Market
The beautiful background to Airlie Markets - Airlie Beach.
The beautiful background to Airlie Markets – Airlie Beach.
Lovely hand carved tropical marine creatures by Ron and Sue Draper at Australiana Wood Carving stall, Airlie Markets.
Lovely hand carved tropical marine creatures by Ron and Sue Draper at Australiana Wood Carving stall, Airlie Markets.
Beautifully hand carved Pelican with fish in it's mouth by
Beautifully hand carved Pelican with fish in it’s mouth by “Australiana Wood Carving” for sale at the stall operated by Ron and Sue Draper at Airlie Markets.
Meryl busily sewing her beautiful hand crafted clothing popular with locals and tourists.
Meryl busily sewing her beautiful hand crafted clothing popular with locals and tourists.
Cute tropical vests made by hand at GMTs Lil’Britches
“Bob the Builder” children’s shirt made lovingly by hand in Bloomsbury at GMTs Lil’Britches.
Fabulous photos of Whitehaven beach and Heart Reef just a boat/plane ride from Airlie Beach.
Made right in front of you. You couldn't ask for fresher than that!
Made right in front of you. You couldn’t ask for fresher than that!
Queensland grown Sunflowers.
Queensland grown Sunflowers.
Didgeridoo player at Airlie Markets.
Didgeridoo player at Airlie Markets.
Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach
Les the mulch and delicious Pawpaw seller at Airlie Market.
Les the mulch and delicious Pawpaw seller at Airlie Market.

Following our visit to the Airlie Markets, we visited our favourite place for Breakfast – “Capers on the Esplanade” and enjoyed some delicious Pancakes with freshly grown Tropical Fruits. Yum!

Capers menu explaining their use of locally sourced Fresh Produce.
Capers menu explaining their use of locally sourced Fresh Produce.
Delicious freshly made Pancakes with tropical fruit served at Capers.
Capers on the Esplanade
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