Rydges Southbank Townsville
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... had forgot to buy our food... After finally getting everything ready it was time to go, we were on our way to one of the most dangerous islands/beaches in the world and we were excited! As we were in the first car our tourguide would be our driver for the first day. After taking the ferry however, our, very responsible and calm guide, told us we would get another guide and that he was a bit crazy. We stopped the cars and looked how our new guide said goodbye to his group and ...
... it would easily kill us as well with one bite. The other 2 jars had box jellyfish in them, known in Australia as 'stingers', having seen the film seven pounds I know they're no exaggeration. We had a walk along the beach and saw a segregated area that they advise you only to swim in due to the jellyfish. There was a jelly fish information sign letting you know the symptoms of each sting and what you should do if you're unlucky enough to get stung. On the other side ...
... one however was ok. In the evening we used our free welcome drink voucher, we were treated to blue lagoon and our free meal voucher, we had to wait nearly an hour for our food and it was ****. We did have the company of a German girl that had been in our room, she said she hadn't really slept for 3 days and she was quite difficult to hold a conversation with. Day 2 - We caught the bus to Horse Shoe Bay, it has a stinger net ...
... for a bit and got some lunch before catching the bus over to Geoffrey Bay. This bay was much smaller and quieter . It was also meant to be good for snorkelling with the wreck of a WW2 aeroplane propeller out 200m from the shore. We started to swim out to it but the water was so shallow and didn't get much deeper. We swam past the 200m and still hadn't seen much apart from a few nice coloured fish and lots of soft coral. We swam about ...
After Reef HQ we went down to The Stand in search of the much talked about free waterpark. Situated on the beach surrounded by beautiful parkland The Strand is definitely the jewel in Townsville's crown. Once again the waterpark was a huge hit with the boys and they played in the water happily for hours, which gave us some time to chill under the palm trees and take in the beautiful view of Magnetic Island.