Living on Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island.  My home for a full month. And it was quite a wild month.

I have never lived on an island before, let alone one that didn’t have a bank, had only one grocery store, and had basically no wifi ever.  It was awesome.

It wasn’t always easy, though.  My phone broke while on the island, so I was without a working phone for about 2 months.  I also had to set up a bank account while living on the island, which was much harder than it should have been.  But overall, it was a  really great experience.

The people working at the hostel with me became my family.  I laughed with them, cried with them, danced on tables with them, and even got into fights with sexism men with them.

One of my favorite things on magnetic island was the horseshoe bay beach.  Mostly because it was a 5 minute walk from where I lived, but also because it was beautiful.  From Horseshoe bay, you could hike to a few other beaches on the island.

Since I was only there for a month, I made my friends tell me the bucket list of things to do on the island. And one by one, I slowly crossed everything off the list.

First up on the list was to see a koala in the wild. One of the hikes on the island, called the forts hike, was a hot spot for wild koalas.  Almost everyone who hiked the trail saw a koala on their walk. This was one of my favorite hikes on the island.  I hiked it a few times, and the first couple I saw a Koala just hanging out in the trees.

The forts walk was called that because at the top of the large hill mountain there were forts from the army back when it was a military base.  On my last time hiking the forts, we went for the sunrise. We woke up at 4am, tragically, but it was definitely worth it. We climbed to the top of one of the forts, the highest point, and sat there as the sun came up.  It was absolutely stunning.

Next up on the list was to hike from Horseshoe bay to Balding Bay and Radical Bay.  Horseshoe bay is one of the main beaches, while Radical and Balding are more secluded.  You can only access Balding by hiking, and it’s a nude beach.

At Radical bay, there is this cool old piano on the beach, that has been there for who knows how long.  All of the keys are lost, but you can still make it play music, if you are creative enough.

Up next on the list was to feed the rock wallabies at Geoffrey bay.  We bought some feed and wandered out among the rocks, unsure where the wallabies would be.  After sitting extremely still between some rocks for a while, the wallabies finally came over to check us out.  At first they were a little shy, but by the time we left, they were eating out of our hands.


Last on the list was to go snorkeling at Florence and Arthur bay.  I hiked my way out to Florence, regretting not taking the bus, given it was about 100 degrees out with humidity.

When I finally made it, I was pretty underwhelmed by the snorkeling there.  Maybe because it was so soon after diving the great barrier reef, but it just didn’t seem that great.

Luckily, I met a nice group of German boys who were also snorkeling, and they drove me up to Arthur bay with them.  This reef I thought was a little cooler.  I saw a sting ray, at least, which I was excited about, and worked on my free-diving skills a bit.

The Germans were also nice enough to drive me back to my hostel, which I was thankful for, given I was soaking wet and not looking forward to the long walk back.

This isn’t all I did on Maggie Island.  I had so many incredible adventures on this island, with all the incredible people.  The friends I made there are some amazing people, and I am so glad to have them in my life.

I loved my time on the island, but by the end, I was happy to move on.  Next up is Noosa, Surfers Paradise, and Brisbane!

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