Magnetic Island,Agnes Water,Town of 1770,Bundaberg

Trip Start Sep 27, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Seabreeze Caravan Park
Home Hill Rest stop

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, November 5, 2010

After a night at the BP truck stop, we woke up to a beautiful clear blue sky so we headed to the port to catch the ferry to Magnetic island. Magnetic island is small island 8kms off the coast of Townsville. The island is mostly National park and the island is surrounded by the Great Barrier reef off the coast.

We had to park the van in the over night car park and after an emotional farewell we went to catch the ferry. The ferry cost us $30 each return it only took 20 mins to get to the island  and the views from the ferry where really nice. The ferry dropped us off and we got the bus to Base hostel in Nelly bay. The hostel was right on the beach and was in a beautiful setting, the hostel was a bit shabby but it did the job for a night.

We had a hour to wait before we could check in so we relaxed on the beach in front of the hostel. The beach was beautiful and much more picturesque than we were expecting. After check in we walked over the rocky coast road to Picnic bay where we got the bus up to the Fort walk. During the second world war the Australians built a look out post on top of the hills over looking the bay and Townsville. The walk is famous for its stunning views and its wild Koalas that inhabit the island.

The walk was easy going and had some lovely views of the coast and the islands rainforest. After about 30 mins of walking and sadly no koalas we made it to the top of the hill which is where the guns where stationed as well as the main look out post.The view from the top was really breath taking, we could see Townsville in the distance but the turquoise ocean and the coast of the island where stunning.

We made our way back down to the start of the walk and were really disappointed no to see any Koalas, supposedly there are loads in the area but we never get lucky with wild life. We walked the rest of the way down to Horseshoe bay which is on the North side of the island. Horseshoe Bay is the biggest beach on the island and the beach was beautiful. We had a jug of beer in the sun and lazed on the beach for a bit, the beach had a stinger net so we took the opportunity to have a paddle.

That evening there was a party at the hostel and so we went down to the bar and had a few schooners. There was a bin bag party so there were lots of people dressed in bin bags, it was a good laugh and for once they were playing good music, everyone was dancing on the tables, it was a really good night.

The next morning we woke up a bit worse for wear and after brekkie we just spent the whole morning on the beach and cooling down in the hostel pool. We got the ferry back to the main land that afternoon and headed off the mall to buy a tent and some camping food for the next island. Magnetic Island was great and the island was beautiful.

We headed down the coast that evening and stopped at the free rest stop at Home Hill just before sunset. The next morning we headed further South and back through Bowen. It was nice to see the place again but we only stayed long enough to pick up our last pay slips and visa form from Alan before heading down to Airlie beach.

Airlie beach is a small coastal town that is famous for Whitsunday Island tours off the coast. Airlie beach was nice little town with lots going on, lots of bars, restaurants and tour agents. We wandered around the town and organised our trip to the Whitsundays. We spent the rest of the day at the man made lagoon on the coast and checked into a caravan park.

We had arranged to go camping on one of the smaller, uninhabited Whitsunday Islands called Deman Island. The island is only 2km around and only 4 people can camp there at any time, we arranged a boat transfer for $60 return and we had to be totally self sufficient including drinking water etc. We were so excited, we had bought a tent and boxes of goon and everything but the morning we were due to go it was heavy rain and looked really grey. The lady who was taking us over called us and said there was no point going as it was meant to be thunderstorms for the next few days. We were so disappointed but didn't really have the time to wait around for 3 days waiting for the weather to get better so we just drove further South.

We still really wanted to do some camping on an island so we inquired about doing another similar thing from Yeppon to Middle Island but it was the same story, the weather was too bad so they weren't going out until the next week. We were really frustrated with the weather as it was the first time it had prevented us from doing things. We had no choice but to keep going South and hope the weather would get better.

We drove through a couple of big towns which weren't very exciting and stayed at a couple of free rest stops on our way further South. Our next stop was the twin towns of Agnes Water and the Town of 1770. The towns are tiny coastal towns which don't consist of a lot but both have really nice beaches.

We stayed at a caravan park in between the two towns which was lovely, one of the best caravan parks we have stayed in. There was a walkway from the caravan park down to the beach so we spent the first day on the beach. The beach from Agnes Water is a 5km Surf beach which had some awesome waves. We chilled on the beach, walked the 5km along the beach and went in for a swim. The waves were lethal and the current was so strong it was good fun!

That night we took a box of goon down to the beach and sat and watched the stars for a few hours, it was great and the stars were amazing. The next day we spent the morning on the beach but the afternoon was a bit overcast so we decided to rent a surf board.

Agnes Water is meant to be a great place for surfing and especially for beginners so we rented a huge long board and headed to the waves. The board was brilliant and made it much easier, Chris still struggled to get the hang of it and didn't even stand up but Em was pretty good and rode loads of waves much to Chris annoyance!!!

It started raining again that evening and the next day was pretty overcast but we headed to 1770 anyway and wandered around the beach down there. 1770 was a lovely little place, the town got is name from when Captain Cook first landed here in 1770. We strolled around the beach but the weather was really grey so we hit the road. We really enjoyed it here, the towns are really popular with tourists but it still manages to keep a peaceful and relaxing feel to the place.

We then drove to Bundaberg where we found the sun again. Bundaberg is just a big town but we stopped by to visit the Bundaberg rum distillery as Bundaberg rum is so famous throughout Australia. We did a tour which was okay and then got 2 free tasters each. We tried rum with ginger beer, a rum liqueur, a reserve rum and the normal rum. They tasted good but we are still not massive fans of Bundaberg Rum as it has a bit of a medicine taste to it but we can't say that to an Australian.

We spent the night at a free rest stop just outside of Bundaberg which was set in the bush away from the road it was a great stop so we drunk a box of goon and made a fire. We then headed further South to the Fraser coast. This section of the East coast seemed like a bit of a disaster with the weather stopping us from going to the islands but we still had an amazing time at Magnetic Island and loved the twin towns of Agnes Water and 1770 so we can't complain!
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