A Solo Journey to Magnetic Island off the coast of Townsville
After 4 weeks of in depth travelling from Cairns round North Tropical Queensland signed the final vacation spot of the primary a part of my journey. I actually wanted a break, a peaceable place the place I may loosen up, totally unwind and at last hold travelling alone round Australia for extra weeks.
For the second a part of my journey, I wished to check out one thing new. After weeks of flying and solo tenting, I used to be fairly exhausted and subsequently determined to journey to Australia by prepare.
So after checking all viable prepare journey choices, I grabbed one of many unbelievable presents AustraliaRail had launched and acquired purchased an AUS-RailPass for 3 months. Trying nearer on the map Magnetic Island was an ideal vacation spot heading south of Cairns.
Easy methods to get to Magnetic Island and the right way to get round
One of the best ways to journey to Magnetic Island is to catch the ferry from Townsville. The service rides each half-hour. When you attain the island, a public bus takes you from the ferry terminal by the island stopping at a number of resorts and primary locations.
I had booked my price range lodging on Magnetic Island near Horseshoe Bay within the northeast a part of the island. Until you might have your personal car, you have to use both the bus which rides each hour.
The choice was hiring a mini moke automobile, considered one of that humorous topless automobile, or should you want, rent a scooter, which is ideal enjoyable.
Issues to do on Magnetic Island
Once I arrived, I quickly realized that travelling round Magnetic Island wouldn’t be as enjoyable as I had imagined. The island presents an excessive amount of to do; you can not simply lay round all day on the seashore, from numerous water sports activities to snorkelling and reef excursions, to strolling within the nationwide parks. It might be finest should you had 3-4 days to go to all of it.
Strolling on the island
Particularly the walks on Magnetic Island make it right into a paradise for wildlife and climbing lovers. 75% of the island is a nationwide park with wealthy wildlife, so, in case you are fortunate, you may spot Koalas within the wild on the Forts Stroll or feed rock wallabies at Arcadia Seashore. And see a lot of Kookaburras. They’re actually in all places.
Strolling is one of the best ways to find Magnetic Island. There are 9 primary strolling trails to select from, or should you can, do all of them. They take you to secluded little bays or an attractive lookout with gorgeous views over the coastal cliffs and the blue ocean.
In two days, I may see a lot of the island. This strolling path signal exhibits one of many many Walks on Magnetic Island winding by the nationwide park’s dry forest to secluded little bays and lookouts with gorgeous views over the coast.
Right here under only a few images to get an concept of what Magnetic Island presents. That is Balding Bay, a lovely secluded tiny little bay.
Calm down on the remoted seashores
My favorite seashore on Magnetic Island is Radical Bay, the place I went for a swim. I felt comfy on a big seashore shore, with some signal of life round me. You possibly can see Radical Bay and, on the right-hand facet, a beautiful view over Rocky Seashore within the images under.
That is me having fun with the seashore nearly on my own at Radical Bay on Magnetic Island.
Benefit from the considerable wildlife
I used to be not fortunate to identify both a koala or a rock wallaby within the wild. Nonetheless, as I stayed within the bungalow bay koala village, I used to be actually surrounded by fruit bats, kookaburras, geese, possums, lorikeets.
Throughout the Bungalow Bay Koala Village, you may take a tour by the Australian wildlife sanctuary and the koala hospital, the place you may maintain snakes, echidna, lizards, a child croc or cuddle a koala.
Within the image under, it’s me holding a child crocodile.
Soak within the island sunsets
On such an attractive island, you can not miss out on a beautiful sundown. I took this image under at Geoffrey Bay, near Alma Bay.
The very best suggestions for visiting Magnetic Island
Lastly, my finest suggestions for visiting Magnetic Island on a solo journey.
- Plan a minimum of 3 full days.
- Go to between April-Could earlier than it will get bustling within the winter months.
- Rent a automobile or a scooter to profit from it.
- Alternatively, purchase a each day bus move to navigate the island.
- Convey your personal meals; there are a number of meals outlets and just one costly IGA on the Ferry Terminal.
The place to Keep in Magnetic Island
The very best place to remain on Magnetic Island is Arcadia, it is vitally central and near the rest, has attractive seashores like Alma Seashore, and from there you can begin a number of the lovely walks too. Test this website for evaluating and reserving Lodging in Magnetic Island.
If you’re on a price range, you may keep on the bungalow bay Koala Village.
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First printed in March 2011, final up to date in March 2021
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