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Scooters on Magnetic Island

Flew to Townsville to spend 2 days with my lovely number 3 son - Nick.He moved here nearly a year ago & is now moving back to Brisbane in the next month & I had been trying to get up to see where he lives & plays for the last few months.

Flight was 1 hour 40 mins & I arrived at 8am. Nick took me on a tour of the city starting first by driving up the popular walking/jogging road that takes you to the top of Castle Hill which overlooks the city & Magnetic Island. The great view was a little ruined by being overcast but was much warmer than a winters day in Brisbane. ( 25 degrees)

He lives in the best location in Townsville - the Strand & overloooks the parkland & waterfront over to Magnetic Island. It is in prime position for such a nice lifestyle & is walking distance to town & a wide variety of restaurants & take away.

We decided to catch the ferry to Magnetic Island & explore over there today. Return ticket was $30 each for the 30 minute ride. It was pretty rough due to the windy conditions & we even got a bit wet even though we were up on the high 3rd deck!

After disembarking we jumped on a local bus & asked to be dropped off at the scooter hire. Nick was keen to hire the trail bike for us both to ride but I felt safer having my own scooter..sorry Nick!!! Cost us $35 each for the day with a $100 deposit.

We were restricted to one side of the island that had good roads & the rest can only be accessed by trail bike or 4 WD. It left you with 12km of roads & detours to the top of the island to explore. Th eviews around th ewindy points & headlands was great! Poor Nick was so patient with hi svery slow Mum who sat on 30 km an hour && even slower on the downhill!! Got up to 50km an hour on a long straight stretch.... yahoo!!! Shouted Nick 15minutes on a jetski at Horseshoe Bay & to go crazy on after keeping him at a such a sedate pace on the bike!!!! He loved it !!

We started out to do the 2 hour return walk to the historic forts area but turned back as I wasn't feeling well. Had dinner at a seafood restuarant in town - it was a shocker & very disappointing!!! Next day was really lazy - sleeping/ movies/talking & of course lots of eating. Flew back home on Monday morning

Top of Castle Hill

Top of Castle Hill


Rockpools onthe Strand

Rockpools onthe Strand


View from Nicks balcony

View from Nicks balcony


View from balcony

View from balcony


Ferry to Magnetic Island

Ferry to Magnetic Island


Ferry

Ferry


Scooter fun

Scooter fun


Slow scooter mamma

Slow scooter mamma


Horse Shoe Bay

Horse Shoe Bay


Magnetic island

Magnetic island


NIck & I Castle Hill

NIck & I Castle Hill


Rockpools

Rockpools


View from  Nicks balcony

View from Nicks balcony


Nick on the ferry

Nick on the ferry


Scooter riding

Scooter riding


Scooter fun

Scooter fun


Magnetic

Magnetic


Horse Shoe Bay

Horse Shoe Bay


Nick & his scooter

Nick & his scooter


The Forts

The Forts


Nick & I

Nick & I

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Australia

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