Backpacking AIRLIE BEACH

Have you ever tried backpacking in your own home town? We’ll I guess you didn’t grow up in one of Australia’s tropical paradise destinations for backpackers . Airlie Beach, located in North Queensland is the mainland gateway to the spectacularly beautiful Whitsunday Islands. All 74 located within the Great Barrier Reef, one being the iconic Whitehaven beach. The biggest and best party town destination on the east coast and a must stop destination for travellers of all kinds. It’s a town that believes in the ‘relationship border’, a 30km perimeter which draws the line of reality, the making and breaking point to a relationship formed in Airlie Beach. The locals have two main priorities, drinking and sailing – ‘the drinking town with the sailing addiction’, and not the other way around…

Airlie Beach, 2013

Airlie Beach, 2013

Airlie Beach, 2014

Airlie Beach, 2013

Because I left the island life within a days notice and started my job on an overnight sailing boat the following day, I didn’t have time to  find somewhere with a bed and shower. Besides, if I was going to be working and living on a boat most nights and leaving the country in a month’s time, a house seemed unnecessary. Therefore I decided I would become a backpacker in my home town and live on the cheap to save for South America.

Nomads Backpackers, 2014

Nomads Backpackers, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying in Nomad’s hostel because of the locals rates they offered. This required me to sleep in an 8 share dorm room in bunk beds that quite annoyingly squeak and shake the entire ensemble every time you move. The mattresses were still covered in plastic as an attempt to control the outbreak of bed bugs from dirty travellers.

Nomads Backpackers, 2013

Nomads Backpackers, 2013

With my rucksack open with half the contents sprawled all over the ground to get to the toiletry bag shoved right down the bottom of the bag, (rookie packing error #1) I met my dorm-mates. After trying to explain to the two swiss girls and French guy that I was actually from this town, I realised I would have to change my story. No one was going to believe me when I was lugging around a rucksack and bunking in hostels in my home town. But we headed to the bar and I began to tell them my story and how I ended up working as a guide on Whitehaven Beach…