We are currently on Magnetic Island, 20 minutes over sea from Townsville. Yesterday we had a chronic wake up at 5.15am to get to our 6.15 bus, we had to trek with our massive backpacks through the pouring rain for about 15 mins to get there! Once on the bus we had a few stop offs, one was in Babinda, to see the Babinda Boulders, which are rapids, Babinda and Tully both compete for the title of Australia's wettest town, last year Babinda won and was definately living up to its name! The grand prize is a Golden Gumboot, which was proudly on display in their post office! We went through Tully, and they had a Giant Gumboot 7m tall, to commemorate them as the 'wettest' town, and also that was the highest rainfall recorded in Australia, in the 1980s. The coastline we were driving along was in the core of the January cyclone, and you could see many houses without roofs or completely flattened, and also the rainforset was very bare compared to the dense Cape Tribulation. However we were told by our driver, Hopper, that when it first hit the trees were completely bare, so a lot of growth had been made since then, and in about a year it would be back to how it was.
We got the very bumpy ferry over to Magnetic Island, and arrived at our hostel which is fine. Today we saw the first full sunny day we've had in Australia! It was beautiful. We sunbathed all morning, and then went on a walk to The Forts, where you get amazing views of the bays and out to sea, we were also lucky enough to see a couple of wild Koalas! They were sleeping as they're nocturnal, but it was amazing seeing them in their natural environment! We then tried to walk to Horseshoe Bay, but the path became quite over grown and we got scared about snakes! We had wanted to go and hold a Koala but we were too late for the tours. We've then just been chilling at the hostel, and had dinner, going to Airlie Beach tomorrow, to go out to the Whitsundays in a couple of days.