Magnetic Island: Where the wild things are.
After our pleasant Townsville experience it is time the next day to head out to Magnetic Island.
After checking with the local Tourist Information, it turns out that taking our car with us on the island will be cheaper. (Travel books maintain the contrary so it’s always better to check on the spot.)
However, later we discover that the way to get around the island is by “topless cars” that look like they came straight out of the Barbie Dreamworld. If only we knew before…
But as the treasures of the Island aren’t accessible by car anyways, we don’t really feel like we missed out on a lot other than possibly staring in a remake of the “Barbie Girl” video clip.
After arriving at Arcadia, the “capital” of the island we are on our way to Horseshoe Bay to pitch our tent at the camping there and eat melon on the beach. It’s a cute little bay with a couple of pubs, bars and cafes; perfect for some beers and a big dinner after doing one of the many walks around the island. Footpaths are snaking their ways up into the mountains of the National Park (which covers most of the Island) or down to a couple of secluded bays.
We start out with the Forts Walk that leads us up to the abandoned WWII fortifications on the island, where we enjoy the great 360 view around the whole island and the islands around. We were told before that there is a slight chance of seeing koalas during the track. And yes, on our way down there it is!! Eating leaves, moving slowly on the branch of the tree until it found a comfortable position to hang out and be high on eucalyptus.
The next day we do one of the tracks down to Balding Bay, which is a bit harder than the Forts Walk. The rocky and steep trail leads through forest and eucalyptus woodlands to the totally secluded bay, which turns out to be a nudist bay. But there is only like to bare-assed old men around and both of them climbed into the rocks at the opposite sides of the bay. So we practically have the beach to ourselves. The water is nice and refreshing after the sweaty walk and the rocks are warm and perfect for a bit of sun-baking. Watch out for snakes though!