For the last few days I’ve been taking it easy and relaxing under palm trees on the beautiful Magnetic Island.
I’ve enjoyed the couple nights in an air conned bed too – coming up the coast has involved a lot of guerilla camping in hot sweaty tents.
Roadtripping on the East Coast has no doubt changed alot over the last 5 years, and the amount of free camping spots is slowly dwindling in favor for paid accommodation. Local councils see to have supported this change, putting a ban up on overnight parking and camping in many perfectly good spots.
Which means that campervanners loose the advantage and coast saving of living in their vans. But if your willing to risk it you can avoid paying for a site and sleep in some gorgeous parts of this country, usually a stones throw from the beach – just wake up early and make a move (leaving a tidy campsite!) before anyone comes around.
Towards this end of the country though camping is usually in the rest stops or laybys, where the noise of traffic and the tropical heat make sleep rather patchy!
So Magnetic Island and hostel living was a welcome treat.
Magnetic Island is a small island and with a cheap bus service (around a dollar fifty for a single) it’s easy to explore. There are a heap of activities to do too, but I decided to use the tine to recharge, relax and soak up the sun. But its ok – I’ve got some Guest Posts in the works to keep you all up to scratch!
I’m glad I visited it though. It wasn’t on any of my to do lists and I’d not heard anyone talk about going there either – but it was included in my package from TravelBugs so it would be rude not to have a ganders!
And it come seriously recommended. It’s a great way to fill the gap between the Whitsundays and Cairns and then place oozes the relaxing island vibe you need to relax before hitting the party carnage that inevitably comes with visiting Cairns.
I visited on a steal deal with Base Hostel (review coming soon) which includes ferry transfers and food too, so everything is paid and organized in a handy package.
A much appreciated and surprisingly welcome extra on my East Coast tour.