M and M...Mission Beach and Magnetic Island
Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
96Trip End Oct 02, 2005
We got the bus at 9am and headed off to Mission Beach. Nothing there.
The hostel had been recommended and it was a nice enough place. Only problem was that there were no locks on any of the doors. When asked why, the woman at the counter replied "its mission beach love". I don't care if its the top of mount everest, if something is left laying around long enough it will grow legs and go walkies. Anyway, that aside, we walked the length of the beach, unable to go for a dip in the sea due to lethal box jellyfish (apparently its not the season now, but you never know), 2 young boys tried selling us a coconut for $1. We didn't have any change available, they then reduced their price, we still had no change, they then reduced the price further. In the end Sarah gave them a 20p piece, telling the kids it was worth about 60 cents in Australian dollars
25th June 2005
It was back on the bus to head to Townsville, the gateway to Magnetic Island. Magnetic Island (or Maggie Island if you want to sound local) is so called due to the fact that you cannot take any metal onto there as there is a good chance you'll stick to things.
And yes that last line is a lie. The name stems from when Captain Cook found the Island and discovered that his compass was affected. We booked into the YHA and stayed in a wooden A frame hut. Very comfortable. The woman on the checkout was crackers, but she liked our telephone conversation with her and gave us the room for 3 nights at the standby rate that they charge. Bargain. We took a little walk up to Horseshoe bay (we were staying at the North West of the island) for a beer before heading back to have a wonderful Indian meal at the YHA.
26th June 2005
Time to put walking shoes on as we went for a walk to Radical bay
27th June 2005
The Moke was great fun. Its an old mini really but with a roll cage. Great fun to drive even if you have to stretch out for the gear stick. You can only cover around 10km on the island due to there being a lot of 4wd roads. We went from the north to the south, and had a good look around
28th June 2005
We left Maggie island at 9am in order to catch an early bus down to Airlie beach. It would have arrived early if it hadn't have broken down on the way there. We managed to get into Airlie, staying at Reefo's, around 6 ish. We cooked in our little apartment they gave us to stay in, then packed ready for our sailing around the Whitsunday Islands!