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North Queensland adventure. sunshine, trails, blue, blue water and so much more

This is the second time Fittrek has had an adventure on Magnetic Island off Townsville. At this time of the year the weather is amazing!! Sunshine everyday and temperatures in the mid 20s. Perfection, what a way to escape the cooler southern weather.

Day 1

The girls flew up on an early morning flight from Sydney and were picked up and delivered to the ferry terminal. It's only a 20 minute over to Magnetic Island from Townsville.

Once there, we checked into our stunning house with stunning water views all round.

We dropped our bags and then headed out for our first walk for the weekend to Alma Bay an exquisite little bay that the locals swim in all year round despite the Irukandji jellyfish a small, extremely venomous species of box jellyfish approximately 2 centimetres in diameter. Even though it's not stinger season right now we didn't swim...... We wandered around and took in the beauty of it all.

Alma Bay

Back to the house for a bit of a chill and then walked to Hawkins Point Lookout in Picnic Bay, the perfect place to watch the sunset on the island. It was a 45 minute walk from our house with a great "Fittrek" climb to the top. It wasn't the best sunset as it had been a bit cloudy but still magical

Back home for dinner and an early night as the next day we were going on a big day out to trek the north eastern side of the island.

Day 2

Breakfast at the house and then coffee at one of my favourite cafes on the island Scallywags in Nelly Bay .@scallywags_au

We set off from Nelly Bay where we were staying and headed to Arcadia where we entered the trail that leads to The Forts Walk. "The Forts Walk is Magnetic Island's most popular walking experience, showcasing many of the island's highlights. Koalas, stunning views and World War II relics all set in the island's dry tropical landscape. You walk through eucalypt and acacia woodland where there is a good chance of spotting a wild koala in the stunted trees. Towards the top, impressive WWII concrete fortifications sit naturally amongst the granite boulders and hoop pine landscape. We spotted a koala, who doesn't love a cute koala? Koalas were introduced to the island in the 1930s to protect then from perceived threats on the mainland."

We loved every step of our 18km trail. We finished of with a refreshing glass of bubbles (water of course to hydrate) and then back to the house to get ready for dinner at

Day 3 We took the ferry over to Townsville and jumped on some scooters, a first for us all and rode them to the end of The Strand. The Strand is a 2.2km "world class beach promenade" Along this palm tree lined stretch are bike and walkway paths, with safe swimming beaches, picturesque picnic spots, playgrounds, water park and restaurants and bars with to "die for water views" back over to Magnetic Island.

We jumped off our scooters at The Jezzine Barracks or Garabarra. This is a significant site for both the Australian military and local indigenous peoples. The 15-hectare heritage precinct includes a coastal walkway connecting Rowe's Bay and The Strand, observation decks up at Kissing Point Fort and traditional plantings along the ethno-botanical walk.

On the ferry over to Townsville.

The Strand looking back to Magnetic Island

Before going out for dinner we went to the top of Castle Hill, Townsville's landmark that dominates the city to watch a magnificent sunset. Castle Hill at 286m above sea level (just short of a mountain) is the best place to get in plenty of hill and stair training. Then it was off to dinner on the rooftop of Townsville's newest hotel  "The spirit of Ardo lives where the sky is close enough to touch."

View from the top of Castle Hill. View of Castle Hill from Ardo's rooftop bar.

Day 4

The next day we headed back over to Townsville to summit Mt Marlo via the Lagoon Track, a scenic trail through the Townsville Common. A fabulous 11km walk which is quite rocky in some areas. You are rewarded with 360 degree views out over the Townsville area from the top of Mt Marlow.

Our 11km walk

A wonderful adventure was had over the long weekend, we trekked, chatted and laughed lots and really felt that we saw the best of Magnetic Island and Townsville.

This place is truly a wonderful location to spend time in winter, away from the cold. You can fly directly up here everyday with Jetstar from Sydney, arriving approximately 9.30am and your returning flight is at 9.50am. Flight time two and a half and a half hours.

See ya in Queensland one day!!


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