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Published: February 5th 2016
21st-25th Oct 2008
21st Oct 2008
Happy Birthday Lisa!! Lots of love xx
Got the Greyhound to Townsville, we had a 6 hour bus ride. The girl in front of us stank of BO it was making us urge..Yuk! We arrived at Townsville then had a 20minute ferry ride to Magnetic Island aka Maggy. When we got on the island we herd there was a crocodile on the loose.... Ahhhhhh, a bit scary!! Checked into Travellers Hideaway at Picnic Beach really nice little hostel, with a swimming pool, hammocks by it, BBQ area, TV+internet room. We are in a four bed dorm, sharing with two Swedish girls, who seem really nice! Couldn't really look around the place as it was a bit late and it gets dark quite early so we went to the bar which was over the road from the hostel and had a couple drinks and played a bit of pool. After a couple games we left and went to the bottle shop which was a bit off from the bar to get some drinks to take back to the hostel.
22nd Oct 2008
Got up early and caught
the daily bus to explore the island. Stopped off at a place called Alma Bay to find it closed. The ranger who was watching the beach said we couldn't even go on to the beach because of the croc which was on the loose. So decided to do a couple of the walking treks in the bush of the island. Saw a couple of wild koala's high in the trees and loads of little scatty lizards on the ground. Walk 3 hours solid up and down steep outback hills. Pretty hard going!! So tiring because of the heat!! Didn't want to go on no more!! Was sooo steep even worse then the Waterfall trek in Thailand.. hahaha!! Felt like we walked for miles and miles in fact we did!! Eventually we got to Horseshoe Bay.. Sat down and grabbed some lunch then went for a well earned rest on the beach.This was the only beach that was open on the whole island. It has stinger nets which allowed you to go in the sea.
Walked down from the beach to find a small walking trek which took you to a little cove bay. The beach was completely empty and
was soo amazing.. was a little scared about going into the water though because of the croc even though you could if you wanted because there was no one there to tell you, you couldn't..The croc is a really big thing on the island, its all in the news and papers.. It says the croc is terrorizing the community. Heard one lady when we were on the bus saying that they were gonna get the big boys from cairns to shot it.. Geezz!!
Stayed at the little cove for about an hour then headed back to horseshoe, when we got back to horseshoe the tide had come in and the walk way which we used first of all was now a small flowing river. We didn't know what to do as we were still scared about the croc getting us.. After about 10 minutes of trying to find another way across.. We decided that we could only go through the river!! We went across it as fast as we could.. hahahah!! The water turned out to be only knee deep and when we turned around once over the river thing a couple of locals just strolled across without even
worrying.. Silly us.. hehe
Cooked our 1st BBQ that night and had steak.The steak is so cheap over here to buy and taste pretty good too. Just chilled out for the rest of the night having a couple beers.
23rd Oct 2008
Woke in the morning to find little colorful parrots eating away at some mango left on the fence for them by the hostel owner, so cute 😊 After breakfast we got a bus to Forts Walk. We saw a koala on our travels which was at eye level you could touch it if you dared but best not too though ha.. one of the locals said that the thing would tear you apart. It also had a little baby all cuddled up in her arms.. awwww sooo cute it popped his little head out when lewis snapped a branch by mistake trying to take a photo. But turned out good because the koala looked right at us!! Once at the top of the walk we came to an old war look out point which overlooked the whole island it was amazing. Had great views of Florence bay.. After doing the walk which
took us about an hour we headed down to the bay which we could see from the look out point. To get to the bay you have to follow a road which is soooooo steep that it feels like your about to fall over all the time haa!! This road was really only meant for 4x4 cars. Once we got to the end of the track we got to the Bay which was another amazing and empty cove. We set up camp and had a little sunbathe and went for a paddle in the sea.. but didn't go out to far because we were still a little scared of the croc eating us! We spent a couple hours on Florence bay and then started our dreadful hill climb back!! Wasn't going to enjoy the walk as it was sooo hot as well!! As we started to get to the steep hill we heard a Jeep driving up behind us.. We started joking how amazing it would be if they stopped and offered us a lift up the hill.. As it came towards us it slowed down and stopped beside us.. The Ozzy couple said 'Hey guys want a lift up
the hill' We were like 'OMG YEAAAAAAA' It was a life saver someone must have been looking down on us from above hehe. We jumped in the back and started the hill climb. The couple were from Sydney and said they knew how knackering the hill climb was because they did it the day before.. Not only did they drop us to the top of the hill where we were going to just get a bus but they dropped us to the stop we wanted called Arcadia.. bless um they were soooo nice!! Couldn't believe our luck!! Been getting drinks from the bar which has a bottle shop and going back to the hostel and drinking with a few other backpackers.
24th Oct 2008
RELAXING DAY TODAY NO WALKING HOORAY!!
Started the morning with K having a little frog joining her in the shower but couldn't have liked the taste of the shower gel and hopped out. The Swedish girls left today. So perhaps we'll have the room to ourselves. Caught the bus after breakfast went to Arcadia and chilled next to the swimming pool all day 😊 was soooo nice. They also had
a big bouncy inflatable which was pretty fun but sooo hot from the sun!! Got back and found a German couple in the room.. they were nice and spoke to them all night.
25th Oct 2008
Happy Birthday Louise!! Lots of love. xx
Went and got some fruit to feed the Rock wallabies at Geoffrey Bay. Loads came out from the rocks they were like massive rats!! They were loving the fruit we gave them but fighting over it by biting each others tails and hissing at each other.. hehe. K opened out our last whole banana and started feeding one of the wallabies, he grab it from the base and nicked the whole thing!!.. haaa.. so that was the end of feeding time.
Just relaxed by the pool after that. That night we cooked a huge steak on the BBQ was lush and we ate loads!!! Nothing new there then haa!! Stayed in that night and watched TV and drank a couple beers, there isn't really much to do on this island at night. There's a Pub but not many people go there.The island was a really nice place stay and the weather
On our little trek
was lush every day!! We did a hell of a lot of walking which wore Ks sandals down to pretty much nothing. She could feel every stone on the floor on one foot. But it was a good experience as you do see a lot of wildlife and amazing views!!
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