The Whitsunday Attraction – How Airlie Beach became my home
Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays and I go way back…. Way back when I was a 23 year old backpacker, travelling through Australia on a Whimit Greyhound pass and super strict budget, eating Continental noodles cooked on small gas stove top that I carried in my oversized backpack, along with half a tent… Don’t ask…
It sounds cliché but these months passed discovering Australia were the best of my life. They truly were. What I didn’t know then was that somehow, without realizing it, Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays had already chosen me. I kept moving on to other places, yet, I kept coming back to Airlie Beach… (it may have had something to do with this “guy” I met at Magnums, who is now my husband…) but never mind… the stunning beauty of the Whitsundays really just kept calling me back.
Coming from Canada, don’t judge :-), you can certainly understand how excited I was to see the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays and the white sand of Whitehaven Beach! The beauty of it all was at the time and still is absolutely breathtaking. Battling seasickness since my teen years, I decided to really go for it regardless and I genuinely enjoyed everything the Whitsundays had to offer. And I did it all… day sail, overnight sailing, day trip to Whitehaven Beach, trip to the Great Barrier Reef… the best time! Believe it or not, most days, I completely forgot that I was seasick… now from the girl who has to drive everywhere so she doesn’t get car sick, this is a revelation…. ! Moving on…
What I didn’t know at the time is that I had fallen in love with Airlie Beach and everything connected to it. I started to honestly see myself moving here, I had made life-long friendships, and met the love of my life (that certainly help I won’t lie!). I did not even hesitate. Airlie Beach was where I was moving, for good.
19 years on, I am still so happy to call Airlie Beach my home. The community, the people!!!, the amazing weather, the fun in the sun, the sometimes crazy, the bluer than blue waters, the smell of rain during the wet season, the cane fields with their golden hues late afternoons, the absolutely mind-blowing scenery that I can see on a daily basis driving to work… All of it never seem to stop to amaze me. I am grateful to live in such an amazing region. I am grateful for my little family and my children, growing up so close to paradise. We have the best of everything, and I honestly believe that.
Would you believe that after all those years, I really feel my life has gone full circle. Hear me out… Having met my now husband at Magnums all those years ago, what would the odds be of me working at Magnums Backpackers? Well… over the Airlie hills and overlooking the marina and our lagoon, every morning, is where I go… and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.