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Walking on Magnetic Island - North QLD

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One popular activity on Magnetic Island is making the most of the walking tracks. I spent a whole day exploring the island and discovering beaches that only be reached on foot.
After getting up early enough to pass thse wallabies
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and enjoying an hour of yoga on the beach at sunrise
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I set off along Horsehoe Bay to begin my exploration
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Horseshoe Bay to Balding Bay (3km, 45mins)
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Horseshoe Bay supports a flourishing, healthy mangrove community.
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A mangrove is not a species but rather the name given to a community of unrelated plants living in areas which are inundated by tides.
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This track climbs up through a steep gully of closed eucalypt forest along a ridge.
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A turn left leads downs through shady trees to a secluded beach in Balding Bay.
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being careful when I took these photos as it is a nudist beach!
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By continuing along the ridge
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it is the same distance again to Radical Bay
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Continuing to hug the coast line, I dipped down again to
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Florence Bay
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With a contained fringing reef, large sandy areas and a tree-fringed beach it is one of the special, unspoilt bays on Magnetic Island.
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In 191415 Mrs Jane Alice Benjamin bought 36 acres of land at Florence Bay and began to build a tourist resort with a jetty. however, the bay is difficult to access by prevailing winds in the summer and by 1926 lease and council rates were unpaid for several years so the land was sold on.
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During World War II two army huts for servicemen were built at the bay. today the site belongs to the Scout group.
Further along the track, there was a short walk to the Searchlight Tower
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During World war II tall structures towered over the ridges of Magnetic Island.
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Two searchlight towers were installed to compliment the radar and gun emplacements erected at The Forts.
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Both were carbon arc lights with a 3million candle power capacity, capable of spotting aircraft at 30,000 feet. the lights were powered by diesel.
A little further laong the track was another short wal to Arthur Bay Lookout
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Which was the last beach stop along this section of the coastal path
Arthur Bay
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not easily accessible as it is protected by an area of Mangrove
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The first line of defence for many mangroves is to stop the salt water from entering the plant, by filtering it out at root level. Another trick is to quickly excrete salt which has entered the system.
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After a quick look around the local school fete, I caught the bus to begin another section of the walk from
Nelly Bay to Arcadia (6km, 2hrs)
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This track passes alongside Gustav Creek up a steady climb to the saddle of the ridge,
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with Nelly Bay on one side and Horseshoe Bay on the other.
Horseshoe Bay, where I'd starting my walk that morning
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many birds and other wildlife can be seen, such as this sunskink
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and this Green Ants nest made from leaves and held together with saliva
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The track continues along the ridge through open eucalypt forest to an excellent view of Horseshoe Bay.
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Further along a turn off to the left leads to Horseshoe Bay but by continuing on, another turn off left leads to Sphinx lookout to Alma Bay
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and back on towards Arcadia
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and Geoffrey Bay
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It was a hot day to do a lot of uphiill walking
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but the views were worth the sweat!
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Posted by charlystyles 13:06 Archived in Australia Tagged magnetic_island

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