So the main reason we decided to add Magnetic Island on to our route, was solely down to the islands hire cars. A friend of mine had posted a photo of her and friends in one of these cars and I instantly thought they were brilliant. There is something about driving around an island in a topless car that just makes you feel like you’re in paradise.
^^ Here we are with our Tropical Topless car. I specifically requested the pink one, much to Alice’s ‘fake embarrassment’, If you don’t ask, you don’t get! ^^
We were staying in the YHA Bungalow Bay Koala Village in Horseshoe Bay, and if you are looking for accommodation on the island I highly recommend this place. There is actually a koala sanctuary in the hostel grounds but we didn’t go so can’t recommend this. However in terms of accommodation and facilities, I think hostel is great. The bungalows which we stayed in were pretty basic but you don’t need much and they were clean and well maintained. Be prepared for no curtains though, as the only barrier between you and nature is a thin mesh over the windows. It took me a while to relax the first night, hearing things rustle in leaves underneath us and seeing animals pass by your pillow. But I relaxed and slept better the second night. There is plenty of wildlife around this area, including possums, little wallabies, all kinds of native Australian birds. Including the Bush Stone-curlew who makes a funny hissing noise at you, and that wailed at night (the wailing wasn’t so funny, it sounds like someone screaming. Slightly terrifying when you have no windows).
^^ Our little bungalow ^^
^^ We took a walk up to the Fort, an old WWII lookout and watched the sunset which was lovely ^^
The next day we went over to Picnic Bay for a wander along the pier and sat on the beach and read our books.
^^ Picnic Bay ^^
We spotted this wreck poking above the surface at high-tide and snapped some photos. But when we next looked up from our books, we saw that the tide had gone out and uncovered the remaining ship. I love a shipwreck and reading stories about what happened. But I think with this particular wreck (PS George Rennie), the ship was sank on purpose to serve as a breakwater for small jetty. Not quite as exciting as a storm wreck, but still exciting to explore.
Later that day we caught the ferry back to Townsville and carried on our journey North to Cairns. It was a long drive but Kyle & Jackie O on the radio and a cheeky Maccy’s got us through.
Here in Cairns today. Off diving for three days on the Great Barrier Reef so hopefully will return with plenty of photos and both eardrums still intact.