25 June Tuesday to 26 June Wednesday
25.06.2013 - 26.06.2013 26 °C
We caught the passenger ferry from Townsville over to Magnetic Island for the day. Magnetic Island is a residential Island with pubs, shops and resorts. An all-day bus pass is available for $7 and the bus travels around the island hourly picking you up and dropping you off at all the major attractions / walks. We enjoyed the beauty of the island as well as learning a few interesting facts. Captain Cook named it Magnetic Island as his compass went crazy when he sailed around it. It is quite a lovely island with a strong war history as well. Townsville was the military capital during the war and Magnetic Island housed the forts and big guns. Magnetic Island protected the Mainland from Japanese invasion.
Sherrie, Cherelle, Ellen and I did the fort walk which was a 4 k return walk up to the fort ruins which once at the top offered a 360 degree view of the Island. We saw a koala in the wild too which was very exciting. We squealed and took lots of photos. We jumped back on the bus and then swam in Horseshoe Bay. We treated ourselves to an ice cream after our picnic lunch before embarking on our second big walk across the point from Horseshoe Bay to Balding Bay. It was a treacherous climb up followed by an equally treacherous descent, but Balding Bay was AMAZING. We all enjoyed a swim and a nap on the sand.