We arrived in Townsville on Wednesday at 5.30am and luckily we were able to catch the 6am ferry across to Magnetic Island, which only took half an hour. It was so early when we got there that the information desk was closed and we only had the phone number for one place who were unable to take our booking as reception was closed. We made breakfast with what little we had, bread and peanut butter and made ourselves comfy on the bench outside the terminal. I had a cat nap whilst Erica plucked her eyebrows, honestly i have never known anyone to do it as often! Some drunken yobs came past and woke me up, we heard they were going in the direction of the hostel we rang so we thought that it was probably best to stay in an other area.
The information desk finally opened at 8am and we were able to check out the accommodation on the Island and we decided to stay at a place next to a Koala Sanctuary in Horseshoe bay. We caught the next bus there and although we couldn't check into our room until 11am we were able to leave our
bags there, have an wash and brush our teeth before heading to the beach to catch up on some sleep and top up our tans. It was really hot so we were relieved that there was a stinger net, as we regularly needed to have a swim to cool down.
At around 1pm we decided to head back and check out our room, which was a little bungalow similar to the type that we stayed in when we were in Thailand, but this one had air con and also had a fridge, beauty mate! We didn't do much else as we were still tired from the night journey, so we went shopping for some food, no alcohol, we decided that our time here could be a detox. On the way out it was feding time for the rainbow paraques, there were loads of them sqwarking, we were given a handful of bread and water mix and they dived at us, both od us had them land on our heads, several on our hands and arms, they were definately hungry brids.
On Thursday we decided to start the cereal diet for when Michael and Andy come, don't
be laughing too much guys! We then decided to work on our bodies, no not training but working on our tans, but unfortunately it went cloudy around dinner time so we headed back. We enquired about diving as there is ship wreck that is apparently in the top ten wreck dives in the world, but it cost a small fortune to do, so after some consideration we decided to give it a miss, for the same price we could have done at least three dives instead of just one.
We were joined for tea by some trouble some possums on the rob. Not quite as cheeky as the macaques in Asia but still naughty. Our evening was spent chilling out listening to music, detoxing.
On Friday we decided to explore the Island, as sun worshipers of course. We got a day pass on the bus and headed to Picnic bay first which was on the opposite side of the island to were we are staying, in the South. We spent an hour or two there before heading a little further north to Nelly bay beach, there was no swimming there as it didn't have a stinger net.
Our next stop was at Arcadia which has a couple bays, the first one we visited was Alma bay, the smallest and in my opinion the nicest. After about five minutes we walked around to Greggory beach as it was getting chilly, this beach was much bigger but not as scenic. When we caught the bus back it was dark, we managed to pick up a couple more groceries before the only food store shut and then we joined the possums.
Again it was another chilled night, i played cards and listened to my music, whilst Erica did the same.
On Saturday we visited the Koala sanctuary, although there were more animals there. It was only small but it did mean that there were smaller groups and that enabled us to get a good view and more information about the different creatures there. The first thing we got to see and hold was an salt water crocodile, whish was two years old, and due to there temperament it had its mouth taped shut. we also got to hold lizards, large birds, a snake and a 7yr old koala bear called Barney. Which wasn't bad going for a
mornings work. We paid to get our pictures taken with Barney, i was the first one to hold him and he was still rather sleepy as he had just woken up, but it didn't stop him from holding on to my breast! We also took a walk into the bush land next door where we saw fruit bats and loads of butterflies, i have never seen so many in the wild in just one area.
Afterwards we chilled on the beach for a short while before returning to our bungalow to pack and organise our bags.
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