While the whole bus-breaking-down saga was quite stressful, and added a lot more expense to my already expensive trip top Airlie Beach, having to wait around for the replacement part to be delivered allowed me to have some much needed rest time and gave me a few days to explore Airlie Beach.

I didn’t have the money to book any tours to the nearby Whitsunday Islands or the Great Barrier Reef, which most people do when they come to this North Qld town, so I just hung around the town, checked out the local markets and explored some of the local walking trails.