After leaving Charters Towers we drove the Apollo back to Townsville and spent a couple of nights at BIG4 Townsville Woodlands Holiday Park, a great location north of the town, where in the evening we sat and listened to the music of a great guitarist and singer Phil, who played a wide range of popular music.
The weather conditions were perfect the next morning as we boarded the Fantasea ferry for the short ride to Magnetic Island, no seasick pills needed today, and as soon as we landed we got the impression that this was a friendly relaxed and beautiful place and we were going to have a brilliant time.
We stayed at the YHA Bungalow Bay Koala Village at Horseshoe Bay, which was busy with travellers of all ages and nationalities, being looked after by the lovely helpful staff. Lots of options for accommodation, a great restaurant and a large swimming pool with sun lounges and hammocks to relax in. The YHA is located a short stroll away from Horseshoe Bay, one of many beautiful bays and beaches around the island, most of which are accessible by bus or a short walk along marked tracks through the bush. A great way to start the day here is a ‘Champagne breakfast with the Koalas’, where we enjoyed a sumptuous feast and then were introduced to the animals living in the sanctuary adjacent to the accommodation – koalas, crocodiles, snakes and goannas.
Tropicana Guided Adventure Company operate tours around the island travelling in stretched jeeps, a fun and comfortable way to enjoy the scenery. Our driver and guide, Malcolm, gave us an entertaining and informative commentary about the flora, fauna and history of the island, as well as brewing afternoon tea and later taking us to the best beach on the island to see the most magnificent sunset we have seen to date, while drinking cocktails and nibbling biscuits and dips. On the way back we all joined in with Malcolm’s music, singing and playing percussion with maracas and tambourines, a great end to the afternoon.
The highlight of our visit to Magnetic Island was an evening at the Stage Door Theatre Restaurant, where as well as an excellent dinner, entertainers Bernadette Smith and Phill Stevens performed their hilarious ‘Forbidden Broadway II’ show, where they took various popular musical songs and parodied them in their own unique, over the top way, in glitzy costumes to match! Our favourite was ‘You’re The One That I Want’ from ‘Grease’, where they dressed as ‘Olivia Neutron Bomb’ and ‘John Revolting’, complete with wigs and tight costumes and had us in stitches.
Ben and the crew also visited the island while we were here, and it was good to catch up with them all again and swap stories about were we had been and what we had seen, they might have seen whales, but we saw this kookaburra having his lunch!
Article source: http://blog.queensland.com/2011/07/27/magical-magnetic/