Some are drinking stubbies of Bundy rum and coke, and it’s just gone 9.30am. The departures board is full of places you don’t really slap on your holiday list: Cloncurry, Mount Isa, and lots of private mines. There’s a huge ad on the wall declaring “You don’t need to dig deep to find the perfect job”: the mining industry is doing well here.
Our destination couldn’t be further from a coal-cut mine. We’re just waiting for the seaplane to finish refuelling and we’re off to Orpheus Island. Let’s go!