29 Jan 2016

Heading Down Under - Aussie Land by valeriepeltier

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We were up bright and early to catch the 9am ferry over to Magnetic Island for the day. Rested from our climb the night before we were both excited to go and explore all of the different walking tracks and animals the island had to offer.
Upon arrival we got on the bus with our all day ticket and made our way to Geoffrey Bay.

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With our first stop to the shop we purchased some pellets that were safe to feed to the Rock Wallabies. With the directions from the staff at the Aquarium we headed for the rocky side of the bay. When we rounded the corner there were already a couple people there huddled in amongst the rocks. When we got closer we spotted a group of three wallabies, then slowly a few more popped their heads out from the boulders.
Excited we moved around feeding as many of the wallabies as we could, while taking pictures of the wallabies and of each other. When we were nearing the end of the bag of feed I wandered over to an area where a couple of them were munching on celery, and I ended up finding a mother with a baby in her pouch. She was a little more skiddish than the others but I eventually got her to come over by placing a small pile of pellets on the bench and holding another pile in my hand. It was adorable to see both the mother and the baby wallabies eat inches away from me.

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We bussed over to the NE side of the island to check out Horseshoe bay and begin walking some of the trails, but as we got off the bus we kind of got side tracked by a delicious looking gelato bar. We checked out the prices and they weren't half bad so we decided to try out a few of their flavours. I got Watermelon and raspberry and Lauren got Pineapple and Watermelon. Both were fantastic and very tasty.
We wandered the strip before making our way to the beginning of the walking track that led us to Radical Bay. The hill climb was steep and rocky but provided us with a few lookout spots.
Radical beach was gorgeous with the palms and the massive tree with dozens of trunks shading us from the sunshine and providing us with a fun spot to sit for lunch. We ate our picnic lunch up in the tree sitting in the crux of the branches as the wind cooled us from our hot walk over the coastal hills.
Instead of taking the trail back to horseshoe bay we took the road instead winding its way back to the fort rail junction. About half way there we were seriously running low on water and began to ration it out as we still had a little ways to go yet. With a couple side stops to a couple of the bay's we eventually reached the end of the road. Exhausted and thirsty we got on a bus back to the shopping strip to refill our bottles.
While we rested on the picnic table a curlew kept circling around us looking for food. With his long legs he sped from spot to spot keeping his eye on us the entire time.
Once we were rested up we got on the bus to hike the Fort trail hoping to see some koalas. About a quarter of the way into the trail we spotted one, after searching intensely while we walked the path. I'm surprised I didn't fall on my face because I swear I barely looked to see where I was going because I was too busy trying to spot a koala in the trees.
We stopped and watched him for a good 10 minutes . The whole time he slept adorably clinging to the branch of the eucalyptus tree. Happy that we saw one finally we walked back to catch the bus to horseshoe bay for dinner before catching the ferry home.