After mulling over how to describe this beauty of an Island, I’ve simply come to realise that there’s no better explanation than to compare it to paradise. With it’s crystal-clear waters complemented by white sands and palm trees it’s near impossible to not fall in love with the place.
The island sports it’s name due to Captain Cook mistakenly believing that upon finding the island it interfered with his magnetic field and compass, however, the land itself is the traditional land of the Wulgurukaba people and was originally named Yunbenun.
Upon arrival we were met by a kind-hearted lady who offered to pay for our bus fares as we were a few cent short, this may have seemed a small token of kindness however it set the tone for the entirety of our stay here. Perhaps it’s the impeccable beauty, low-stress lifestyle or seemingly consistent sunshine and blue skies but the people of the island were contagiously happy.
Every morning we were greeted with a smile and a cheerful “Good Morning!” From passersby, the cashier at our local grocery store gifted us with a few loaf of bread at checkout (just because), we were greeted with pleasant gestures and conversations all throughout our stay.
Even on departing the island the bus driver recognised our faces and merrily sung as he drove from stop-to-stop, if that doesn’t represent the people of the island I’m not sure what will.
Every morning we were greeted with a smile and a cheerful “Good Morning!” From passersby, the cashier at our local grocery store gifted us with a few loaf of bread at checkout (just because), we were greeted with pleasant gestures and conversations all throughout our stay. On departing the island the bus driver recognised our faces and merrily sung as he drove from stop-to-stop, if that doesn’t represent the people of the island I’m not sure what will.
You can’t visit Magnetic Island without hiring one of their iconic topless car from ‘Tropical Topless’ and explore the Island with the wind in your hair and stunning views in whatever direction you look! For only … a day, they’re a great way to see the island and they also look like Barbie should be in the driving seat so they’re pretty fun to drive too. You can very conveniently pick and drop them off near the ferry terminal and as long as you hold a driving license you’re good to go!
If you don’t fancy driving the island then why not laze around on one of the many beaches the island has to offer, for example Alma Bay The Island is home to a mass of natural beauty patiently waiting to be explored. Stress will inevitably melt away as you unwind in the magical serenity of the island.
Magnetic Island felt like magic. With Fallen coconuts decorating the high-tide line; tropical fish and sting-rays swimming the shores, traffic almost non-existent, technology eagerly abandoned for books as the back-to-basics attitude was not only welcomed but encouraged; late-nights were swapped for early mornings in a hopeful attempt to relish the precious sunlight hours and bird song became our natural wake-up call it’s one of Earth’s little pockets of gold.
With beautiful corners yet to be discovered every minute was rich with new sights to see, time seemed to slow down but not quite slow enough. Magnetic Island I’ll be back again for some of your sweet soul-enriching magic!
Never in my life have I been more joyful to arrive somewhere yet more devastated to leave as I was with Magnetic Island. I now understand why my parents shed tears leaving the blissful Fijian island of Toberua many years ago, they weren’t just mourning leaving the paradise-like beauty and simplistic lifestyle, but they were mourning everything they lost once returning back home.
Magnetic Island offers you your very own slice of Heaven and I’ll be sure to return.
Magnetic Island Bucket-list:
– Hire a tropical topless car, preferably pink so you can pretend to be Barbie (also great for exploring the island!)
– Complete the Forks Walk and keep your eyes peeled for wild koalas and bright blue butterflies
– Head to Arthurs, Florence and Radical Bay. Florence is supposedly the most beautiful beach on the island, and I can’t disagree! However, it’s a hilly walk to and from the bays so be sure to back enough water.
– Go snorkelling at Arthur’s or Geoffrey Bay and explore the reefs.
– Enjoy a beach day at Alma Bay (incredibly beautiful and said to be the safest bay for swimming)
– Grab lunch or a drink from the restaurants and cafes at Horseshoe Bay
– Appreciate the cuteness of the Rock Wallabies and their joeys, located beside Geoffrey Bay.
– Head to Arthurs Lookout to ‘wow’ at the view over Arthurs Bay.