This week we packed away the instruments and set sail. We spent the week crusing Magnetic Island and anchored at Horseshoe Bay, which granted us the flexibility to discover all the island.
Crusing Magnetic Island From Townsville
The sail from Townsville to Magnetic Island was a brief one. We determined to take the faster route across the japanese headlands en path to Horseshoe Bay.
On the best way, we received our first glimpse of the various secluded snorkeling bays and strolling tracks.
We seen that there have been a number of white reef buoys round a lot of the bays stopping boats from anchoring too near the reef.
Magnetic Island Anchorage – Horseshoe Bay
The most effective anchorage on Magnetic Island is Horseshoe Bay to the north. There are a number of everlasting mooring buoys nearer to shore, with loads of house to anchor simply outdoors.
Horseshoe Bay has all the services a yachty may need; freshwater, showers, connecting buses, and even some waterfront bars and eating places.
We positioned Malaika a bit additional out from the commotion of jet skiers and laid out loads of anchor for a protracted, well-deserved relaxation.
Exploring Magnetic Island
Quickly after laying anchor, we didn’t hesitate in taking the chance to discover tropical Magnetic Island.
We knew that there was loads of adventures available on the island, and had been eager to get within the water after dwelling in a boatyard for every week.
Magnetic Island Hikes and Viewpoints
Magnetic Island has loads of alternative for bushwalks and hikes. There are a number of viewpoints and tracks that result in secluded bays lined with a pristine reef.
Koalas on the Forts Observe
The Forts needs to be the most well-liked bushwalks on the island. The monitor leads as much as some essential World Warfare II fortifications and infrastructure. These buildings and services had been used to defend Townsville and the encircling shoreline from Japanese invasion.
Now, they continue to be a great place to catch some spectacular views over the island and to discover deserted bunkers and communications towers.
We had been additionally lucky sufficient to identify a number of wild Koalas who reside natively on Magnetic Island.
FULL BLOG POST: SPOTTING WILD KOALAS ON THE FORTS TRACK, MAGNETIC ISLAND
The Bay Tracks
One other spotlight monitor on the island is the path that runs from Horseshoe Bay to the encircling Balding, Radical and Florence Bays.
We hardly noticed any folks on the monitor or within the bays, which shocked me contemplating how standard the island can get. As soon as we arrived, we frolicked swimming and exploring the bays. We had been even capable of finding a secluded seaside far alongside the rocks on Florence Bay.
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Snorkeling on Magnetic Island
When you’re into snorkeling and freediving, then Magnetic Island might be the perfect place for it near Townsville. A lot of the bays and seashores are protected habitat zones, which means they’re filled with marine life.
The most effective snorkeling spot on the island is on Florence Bay, the place we explored the submerged shipwreck. Apparently, this wreck was 50 meters, nevertheless, plainly most of that has now grow to be a part of the ocean.
FULL BLOG POST: WRECK SNORKELING AND SPOTTING ROCK WALLABIES AT GEOFFREY BAY, MAGNETIC ISLAND
Magnetic Island Wreck
You may need seen the long-lasting picture of a shipwreck coated in inexperienced mangrove timber. That is the SS Metropolis of Adelaide, which sunk in 1916 when it ran aground in Cockle Bay.
Because of the flat and low seafloor within the bay, it was determined that taking the ship aside could be too tough. As an alternative, it was left as a wreck. It’s now house to a flock of cockatoos who reside within the mangroves rising out of the wrecked hull.
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Crusing Magnetic Island – Sunsets
As we discovered, Maggie has among the greatest sundown alternatives thus far. Take a look at among the beauties we had been in a position to seize.
FULL BLOG POST: MAGNETIC ISLAND SUNSET LOCATIONS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS
Onwards to Orpheus Island
Per week of snorkeling, swimming and mountain climbing round Magnetic Island was properly deserved after a troublesome week of boat repairs. It felt a bit unhappy hoisting anchor, as we had grown fairly keen on Maggie.
Both means, our vacation spot is North, and we had been prepared for our subsequent cease within the Palm Islands on our voyage to the Daintree.