Hi, it's Sophie here! In my first post for Real Gap, I'm going to tell you all about my adventures on Magnetic Island, Australia.
What a place! When we first arrived onto Magnetic Island (via a night in Townsville) we jumped on the bus to the picturesque Horseshoe Bay. Unsure of when we could check in to a hostel (at this point we hadn't even booked one, 'spontaneous' was our middle name!), we decided to have a coffee and a wrap- falafel with salad, if you're asking!
Whilst we were munching away listening to the beautiful sounds of the sea lapping against the shore; my Mum and I looked at each other and started to worry. We'd chosen Magnetic over the Whitsunday's and on first look the island looked distinctly quiet. There couldn't have been more than 10 people on the sands of the bay and the absence of noise was strange at first!
We quickly decided to lap up everything that Magnetic Island had to offer. Sure it was quiet, but it was also the perfect place for relaxation and there were loads of cool things to do. That afternoon, we rode horses bareback in to the sea, which considering I'm not a horse lover was still amazing. We checked in to the incredible YHA called Bungalow Bay Koala Village, which has a mini animal and koala sanctuary on site. The hostel was lovely, with the wooden cabin dorms nestled in the woods, and you have wallabies and kangaroos roaming freely outside of your door which was awesome. If you stay here you must make sure that you do the Koala sanctuary on site, which at $20 is an absolute steal. Here you get to hold a salt water croc (called Barbie- the irony!), feed cockatoo's from your mouth and for an extra $15 dollars, you get to hold and get a photo with an ultra cuddly koala. This was one of the best things I have ever done, and I would thoroughly recommend it....
Sophie's currently touring RTW with Real Gap as part of the ultimate year out competition which ran last year. She will be sharing more stories from New Zealand over the next week, before moving on to her Aussie shaped adventures!