I got off the island at Hervey Bay, and was dropped off at the bus station to await my coach. But first, I had to stop and get some reading material for my long bus ride! I settled in for a long haul up the coast, doing an overnight bus that left at 9pm, arriving at my destination around 1pm the next day. It wasn’t too bad, all things considered. I slept + read my book and ate bus-made peanut butter sandwiches. Mmm.
The greyhound rolled into Townsville and I was dropped off right at the ferry terminal, which was convenient but I’d just missed the ferry! I hoped this far-flung Magnetic Island was worth it, after all the trouble to get here! I boarded the ferry and sat on the windy top, happy to be outside in the sunshine after more than half a day on a bus! The public bus on the island dropped me off right at my hostel, Base Backpacker. It was one of the most scenic places I’ve stayed, right on the shore, and my dorm was a little cabin! Cute! When I got there, I decided to explore and looked around the surrounding area. I hiked up the hilly terrain into the sleepy town, and watched the sun set over the beach, which looked over the coast of Australia. It was a beautiful view, and a perfect stopover on my long trip to Cairns. I slept like a baby in my little cabin dorm, too bad I didn’t have more time to explore this little island, which is not actually magentic, but had some properties in the sand that was said to throw off compasses, so was named for it. Looks like a perfect and popular spot for weddings, it’s so picturesque!
The ferry back was fantastic, the weather was warm, and it was ONLY a six hour bus ride to Cairns. Luckily I was into a good book, so the time flew and before I knew it, I was in Cairns! The small city immediately charmed me, and I made my way to the big hostel in the middle of town, Gilligans, which was definitely the swankiest hostel I’d stayed in on my whole trip! I was excited to explore Cairns the next day and check out the city.
- Days 8-11 Townsville, Magnetic Island and into Cairns (cairnsrachel.wordpress.com)
- Magnetic Island (kristofferbjornes.wordpress.com)
- Magnetic Island (thecottonsroadtrip.wordpress.com)