Captain Daniel Daniel is your tour guide for this totally weird and wonderful bus tour around Magnetic Island.
Leaving from BASE backpackers at 3pm most days, the Captain will take you on his hair-raising tour to places you have probably been before but want to see again!
The real reason for doing this tour is to listen to Captain Daniel Daniel explain about his life history and watch everyones reactions to him. He likes to swear a lot and mention his previous girlfriends. He's a character and a half and definitely must be experienced (at least once!)
Near the quay where the the car ferry from Townsville docks, there is a colony of Rock Wallabies. They live amongst the rocks of the steep hillside.
They come out to play in the late afternnon sunshine and can be seen hopping around the rocks and later on the quayside.
you can feed them as they are fairly tame, but dont forget that they are naturally vegitarians
Nelly Bay is the place where the passenger ferry from Townsville now docks.
It is also a good place for swimming, windsurfing and snorkelling on the nearby reef fringe
there are also facilities for barbequieng
Rocky Bay is a strenuos walk along the cliffs from Picnic Bay, usually in the fierce tropical sunshine.
It is well worth the effort though, nad the visitor is rewarded with one of the best beaches on the island..
As the name tells you this walk takes you around the forts. I don't remember exactly but I think these forts were built in WWII, maybe it was called "the coral war" (does anyone know)
We were told there'd be a good chance to see koalas on this walk and we did end up seeing quite a few.
The walk gives you beautiful views of the bays including Horsehoe Bay
just as you get off the barge there is a rock wall... if you bring some fruit you can feed the local rock wallabies that hang around there....
it is usually better to feed them in the afternoon while you are waiting for the barge home... helps time go a bit faster, and there should be more there.
This coral may look anything but colourful (and it was a bit dull) but it was also almost dark when we were snorkelling, and still about 30 degrees C water temperature! It was great!
And even if the coral is a little bit dull, we felt like we had discovered this patch ourselves, we were the only ones on the whole beach, and the fish among the coral didn't seem to care what type or colour the coral was - they were there anyway).
If you enlarge the photo here, you might just see the strange sea slug we photographed here....
The Nine Hole Golf Course can be located at Picnic Bay. South of Nelly Wharf Terminal.
Just watch out for the Wallabys !
Rocky Bay is located south of Nelly Bay just before Picnic Bay. Its a fabulous beach but has an incredibly steep climb down through some rough terrain.
Arthur Bay has another fine beach and interesting scenery. On one side of the bay ae some caves which provide a haven for fish and provide for good snorkelling.
Picnic Bay is where the ferry from townsville use to dock (now it goes to nelly Bay)
There is a fine beach here and lots of facilities.
From the jetty there are good views over to Townsville