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Australia – Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island – or Maggy, as locals lovingly call it -is a 52 square km mountainous island, 8 km off the coast of Townsville. 54% of the island is actually a National Park.

I took a bus from Cairns which left at 7 a.m.  The scenery became monotonous after a while – miles and miles of sugarcane fields. The bus driver hoped to cheer us up with two Robin Williams movies…We arrived at 1 p.m. at the Townsville Ferry and I only had to wait an hour for the next ferry and in 20 minutes I was on the island. There is an excellent bus system that connects all the little towns and bays on the island, and it took me another 15 minutes to arrive to Horseshoe Bay where my accommodation was.

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Horseshoe bay at sunset

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There is an extensive wetland system behind Horseshoe bay, separated from the sea by sand dunes.

In the dry season most of the riverbeds are empty but there  is still abundant birdlife around here.

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Eastern Great Egret (Ardea Modest)

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Rainbow bee eater (Merops ornatus)

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Riders along Horseshoe Bay

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Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

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At a nearby sports field you can watch wild rock wallabies – they mostly come out after 4 p.m.

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I bumped into one lounging under a bush in the wetland area

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Laughing kookaburras are also quite common

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Sulfur crested cockatoos can be found all over the island

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Bushstone curlews (Burhinus grallarius) in Florence Bay

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Sunrise in Alma Bay

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For sunsets the best choice is Horseshoe Bay.

You can feed rock wallabies in Geoffrey Bay:

 

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It is easy to spot a koala on the Forts Trail. Just spot a group of people staring up at a tree, uttering words like : Ooooh! How cute!

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Arthur bay from above

The walking trail to Arcadia is lined with grass trees (Xanthorrhoea johnstonii)

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A pair of galahs (Eolophus roseicapi) feeding on the ground.

 

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