Maggie is the name the locals have for Magnetic Island, a beautiful island just 20 minutes by ferry from Townsville. I was super excited to get there - because on the friday night there was going to be a full moon party, one with 3000 people all celebrating halloween - epic.
On my way from Airlie Beach I drove through Bowen and stopped by the Big Mango. Now, I'm a huge mango fan, can't get enough of the stuff. So I was pretty devastated to learn that it wasn't yet mango season and there were no mangoes for sale. They had the next best thing though - mango sorbet. Nom nom nom.
A small diversion from the travel diary - a note on flip flops. You know how you have certain pieces of clothing that have just lasted forever and been with you everywhere. For me one of those things are my flip flops. They've been all over the world with me for the past 7 years. Sadly they are truly starting to bear the test of time, I'm not sure they'll last the rest of the trip. :(
In any case - back to the road trip. I hopped on the last evening ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island and got to enjoy the sunset on the way over. Check out the view of Maggie and all the pretty little sailing boats.
Arriving on the island I immediately felt the tranquility in the air and that familiar sense of calm one gets from being away from a a hustle bustle atmosphere. One day I think I'd like to spend an extended period of time on an island, that would be magical.
I arrived at my accommodation for the next few nights, Base - renowned for it's excellent party vibes. I've found on this trip I like to seek out a balance of partying and relaxing accommodation. Too much of one or the other is not good at all. This was the view from their bar and eating area - boom.
I sat down, got some dinner and made some friends that I could explore the island with the next day.
This was the morning view from the rooms that they offer at Base. I wish I'd gotten up in time for the sunrise - alas. In any case - it was time to explore! We hopped into a rented topless pink barbie car (I was hanging out with 3 British girls) and drove off to the start of the Fort Hills trail.
Magnetic Island has the highest concentration of wild koalas in Australia, with about 800 calling the island home. This makes it one of the best places to see them in their natural habitat. The For Hills trail is one of the many bush walks one can do on the island, and it's apparently the one with the highest chance of spotting the furry little bear.
We saw 3 on the walk, here's one of them. I never tire of spotting these animals in the wild.
Then we went off to do a self-guided snorkel accessible from one of the many empty beautiful beaches around the island. This snorkel was special - it's main feature was a ship wreck. I'd never seen a ship wreck before so I was pretty pumped about that.
We went out into the water and reached the wreck, but sadly the visibility wasn't all that great and we couldn't see very much. Hopefully I'll get to see another wreck somewhere in Cairns where I hope to try out Scuba Diving for the first time.
To finish off the day we went to visit the wild rock wallabies who you are allowed to feed. They come straight up to your hand and are very cute and friendly.
Now. It was party time. I've never been to one of the infamous full moon parties in Thailand before, but I've heard all of the wild stories and seen the sensationalist media stories of backpackers doing all sorts of dangerous things at them on the telly. So I was pretty excited to experience one - even if it wouldn't be quite as wild.
I wasn't disappointed in the slightest - everything they say is true :)
Here's a few pictures from the night.
Turns out buying halloween gear on the day of Halloween is incredibly hard - only managed to get this mask but it was creepy enough to spook people so that's cool.
They put on a great show which included several national DJ's and a variety of performers.
There were a lot of drunk people - exhibit A being the guy who decided to dance on the palm tree.
Good times were had and there wasn't any violence which was good to see. Needless to say the next morning was a sea of hangover faces. But this brekky certainly fixed that up.