The next morning after the Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip, I caught a train to Townsville which is really close to Magnetic Island. How is it over here, what is there to see on Magnetic Island and what’s gonna be next?
Arrival in Townsville
When I arrived in Townsville, I honestly didn’t really know where to go. So I was just sitting in front of the train station, checking my mobile for any good available hostels. The one I found earlier was unfortunately already booked up. But then I remembered some other german guys I met in Airlie Beach telling me about a hostel where they stayed. I looked it up on Google Maps and saw that it was quite a bit of a walk (about 4km). But as I had plenty of time, I actually really went for the walk instead of getting a taxi.
I think it took me about 1hour to get to the “Foreign Exchange Accommodation”, where I arrived pretty exhausted. Carrying a big backpack and a small daypack through the sun for about 4km was more tiring than I thought :D.
After checking in, getting changed and relaxing a little bit, I walked back to the city center to get some lunch in a restaurant I found on the way to the hostel. I spent the whole afternoon walking around Townsville, the harbour and the beach. At night I went for dinner to a restaurant next to the beach and enjoyed the sounds of the ocean.
The next day I got up at about 8am to get some breakfast in another restaurant near the beach and then came back to the hostel to catch a shuttle to the Magnetic Island Ferry. A funny thing: 2 Canadian girls that shared the same 4-bed-dorm as me were also going to Magnetic Island this day.
They also didn’t really have an idea where to go on this island, so we decided to have a look at a map I got the other day and then started our trip together. As we didn’t have an own car and didn’t want to hire one, we bought a day-pass for the local bus company. We drove to the “Fort Walk” and hiked the same. It’s an about 1.5hours walk return. Basically it’s all the time just a rocky path through the nature but there’s also an old fort from the World War II which Australia built for defending reasons. You’re even allowed to climb it and have a beautiful view from up there!
On our way back we also spotted a wild koala :). – That’s one of the things Magnetic Island is famous for. The noon we spent on our own. I went to a really nice bay (Radical Bay), while the 2 girls decided to go to “Arcadia” to feed some wild Wallabies.
So what is Magnetic Island like? Did I enjoy it?
Yes, I really enjoyed it! Magnetic Island is a beautiful small island with nice nature. Not too many tourists, so you can really enjoy one of the several beautiful bays/beaches, go for a walk and see some wild koalas or wallabies or do one of the plenty activities like fishing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, horse riding or whatever :). If you’d like to, you could also hire a Moke which is a fancy looking little car that is really famous for Magnetic Island and also not too expensive. Otherwise you could explore the island also by scooter, motorbike or like I did – by bus. A lot of ways to explore the island and a really nice place to enjoy some nature!
>>> To see more pictures, visit: Magnetic Island Gallery
What’s gonna be next?
On Friday I’ll catch the next train to go to Cairns. Not too sure what I’m going to do there, but at least this time I already booked a nice hotel to enjoy the last few days of my trip. I’m basically just spending 1.5days in Cairns as my plane to Darwin already departs on Sunday. And yeah well, on Tuesday it’s already time to say Goodbye Australia.
Thank you really much for following me on this trip so far, and I’d highly appreciate it if you keep on reading my blog also for the last couple days. If you want to go to Australia yourself and have some questions or need an advice, I’d be more than glad to help you with that!
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