Rocky Bay

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  • Day45

    Day 45: Magnetic Island Rocks.

    September 3, 2016 in Australia

    Wow that was an amazing night, our roommates Rowan and Jack were so nice. With them, one more Daniel and some other people from the Base Hostel we had so much fun while drinking and chilling out on the beach. At one moment I was thinking of our names and said in the group how nice it was that we are "Jack Daniels" together and as simple as it was we had to laugh about it for a long time haha. Still do ;-). The night was so clear that looking at the stars was almost hypnotic, a falling star came by and i guess my wishes should come true. Working on that myself, this day is a good example. Had a royal breakfast at the beach and even when a bird stole a piece of it I still was very happy with it. We took a 4WD with the 5 of us and drove across the whole island, beach time at Radical beach in the north part with a crazy piano on it, snorkeling to a wreck named Moltke it almost is visable above the water and drops down to 15m. Just enough for me to snorkel the whole length and that was fun. After snorkeling in our stinger suits we went for a Picknick at Picnic and went to a lookout and created Jack Daniel's on the rocks :D. Awesome spot that we found by accident. Good times there and off to the bottleshop and to the sunset, with our rented 4WD we hurried and did see a magnificent sunset. Beautifull group photo's as well. In the dark we returned to the hostel while singing out loud all kind of sing a longs. We had some quick food and went finish our drink collection at the beach. Again a wonderfull day with wonderfull people. Good night Magnetic Island.Read more

  • Day115

    Townsville to Magnetic Island

    August 12, 2015 in Australia

    The white buildings of Townsville shrank beyond an expanding channel as the ferry sped across the water to Magnetic Island. Named because of the magnetic effect it had on the ship's compass of Captain Cook as he sailed past, it lies 11km off the mainland with two thirds a national park of mountains, forests and beaches, all home to an array of wildlife.

    From the rusting balcony of our a-framed beach hut we looked out on a brilliant sea view. Yet our interest was inland. With only one night's stay we wanted to see more of the island that just the beach. Starting along the coastline, past palm lined bays of sand and crushed shell, we sought the trailhead of the popular Forts Walk with its ruins, views and chance to see wild koala.

    The sun simmered down on our shoulders as the road and then poorly maintained track steadily inclined. Undeterred by a lack of signposting we came upon the trailhead after an hour and a half. Stocking up on water under scant shade we continued our march up through the hillside. As long as it was taking we found our stride and soon the straight edges of the old fort became visible above the tree line.

    The fort was built to monitor and defend shipping lanes during the Second World War. It's guns are long gone (mysteriously and swiftly after the Japanese armistice to a destination still unknown) and only ghostly concrete ruins remain. Climbing up to the command post and signal tower at the very top of the hillside gave us 300 degree views of the coastline. Huge boulders and forest tumbled away in ridge lines to small coves of sandy beach below.

    With the sun on our faces and a breeze at our backs we felt the success of the hike turn the corners of our mouths. Yet what we saw as we began our descent impressed us far more.

    Nestled in the crook of a tree branch 3 metres above the trail sat a koala mother and her child. The mother's arms were wrapped around the trunk whilst her baby child clung to her back. The mother appeared to doze, whilst it's child fidgeted, causing the the mother to gently remind it to settle, just a human parent might do.

    Their eyes and noses were points of jet black, set in the fine carpet of cashmere grey fur, fringed with white. The mother's long claws sat deep into the bark, reminding us of the wild and potentially dangerous nature of these animals, not to be misjudged by the 'cuddly' stereotypes of cartoon images.

    In hushed silence we sat and watched, not believing our luck at seeing such animals in the wild, particularly a mother and its child.
    Buoyed we made our way back down the rocky path, squeezing past tree and rock as the brown husks of dead eucalyptus leaves crunched beneath our feet.

    The sun set over ridge lines of stony forest, which were now rising back up around us. Stopping to rest on a bed of crushed shell in a quiet bay, we watched swimmers train in the water before mentally pushing ourselves to get back up and finish our hike.

    As the sky turned purple and our hostel was within our grasp we stopped for dinner at small restaurant on a road junction. We sat outside as the friendly French owner served us large burgers and fries that were gratefully consumed. The salty fat of the beef and bacon mingled with the egg, onions, and salad that all sat in the toasted bun. With smiles and full stomaches we staggered back in the dark before falling asleep in bed to the rhythmic applause of waves breaking on the beach.
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  • Day29

    Magnetic Island

    October 7, 2017 in Australia

    Zurück in der Zivilisation...bin heute vom verdchlafenen Nest Mission Beach nach Townsville gefahren und hab dann übergesetzt nach Magnetic Island. Und bin wohl im Partyhostel angekommen. Liegt direkt am Strand wie ihr sehen könnt. Diesmal ein 8 Bettzimmer. Bin also definitiv nicht allein. Mal gucken wie es hier wird...

  • Day30

    Magnetic Island - Tag 2

    October 8, 2017 in Australia

    Heute war ein sehr sehr sehr cooler Tag...nach dem er gestern sehr nett geendet Cider, Cocktails und Bier...hier ist mal der Alkohol erschwinglich...und habe sehr nett mit einer Engländerin und zwei Kanadierinnen gequatscht...
    Heute hat es zuerst sehr langweilig angefangen, aber dann...
    - zuerst war ich in Horseshoe Bay, weil da ein Markt war. Dieser bestand aus gerade mal 10 Ständen und dann waren da mal wieder nur 2 Shops und 2 Restaurants, das war es.
    - dann war ich beim Koala Park und habe eine Babyschildkröte, einen ...Dragon, Papageien, eine Schlange, und einen KOALA gehalten und einen Wombat gekrault...ich kann jetzt definitiv Australien verlassen, hab alles gemacht oder gesehen, was ich wollte. Ne. Quatsch...bleibe noch ein bißchen hier...
    - in dem Koalapark traf ich ein Mädel aus Karlsruhe, Isabel, die mir sagte, dass sie den Forts Walk jetzt noch mache und ob ich nicht Lust hätte, mitzukommen. Da ich ja noch nicht so viel an dem Tag gemacht habe und das Mädel nett war, bin ich mit ihr den Wanderweg gegangen. Es war aber bereits 17 Uhr. Wir haben dafür aber über ne Stunde gebraucht. Es hat sich aber soooo gelohnt. Eine sehr schöne Aussicht und wieder KOALAS und eins hatte sogar ein Junges an sich geklammert. Soooo süss, aber guckt selbst...
    Aber das war immer noch nicht das Ende des Tages, denn wir haben um 2 Minuten den Bus verpasst. Wir hätten über eine Stunde auf den nächsten warten mü haben wir ein Pärchen auf dem Parkplatz gefragt, wo die hinfahren und die haben uns dann wenigstens bis zur Fähre mitgenommen, wo das andere Mädel und ihre Freundin hin mussten. Es war schon stockduster und mal wieder ist nix in Australien gebacken. Hätte da auch wieder über ne Stunde auf den Bus warten müssen. Kein Taxi weit und breit. Also bin ich dann noch die 2 km im dunklen Australien zum Hostel gelaufen. Die beiden Mädels hatten auch noch Zeit bis deren Fähre kam und haben mich noch ein Stück begleitet. Somit war ich nicht ganz allein. War dann endlich um 19.30 Uhr im Hostel und somit hatte ich für den Tag kein Internet mehr. Aber hab grad noch was zu essen und einen Pinch Cider bekommen bzw. genossen. Den hatte ich bitter nötig. Und dann die lang ersehnte Dusche, denn es war mal wieder sehr warm heute. Dann saß ich noch was mit den Mädels von gestern zusammen und konnte noch mal englisch sprechen...;) Ansonsten waren heute mal wieder nur Deutsche unterwegs. Echt schlimm wie viele hier sind. Da ich kein Internet mehr hatte, hab ich für morgen auch noch nix gebucht. Weder Bus noch Unterkunft, also mal gucken, wo ich lande. Ich lass es euch wissen...
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  • Day30

    Magnetic Island - Tag 2

    October 8, 2017 in Australia

    Koalas in den Bäumen...und beim knuddeln mit mir...

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