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Magnetic Island

And there it is…the Island were the wild Koalas are supposed to be :)

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Magnetic Island is an island 8km offshore from the city of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. This 52 km2 mountainous island in Cleveland Bay has effectively become a suburb of Townsville, with 2,107 permanent residents. There is a large 27 qkm National Park and bird sanctuary and walking tracks can be taken between the populated bays and to a number of tourist destinations such as the World War II forts.

Arriving at Magnetic Island…I first went to Geoffrey Bay to come to a more remote area of the Island.IMG_7715 IMG_7718 IMG_7717

Since here are several hiking paths and I am absolutely against guided tours, buses or other kinds of touristy public transportation crap, I chose as always, just to run straight in to the jungle… But this time I had to ‘pay’ for it (with some injuries) as I left the actual walking tracks..

First lookout..  IMG_7735 IMG_7739 IMG_7748 IMG_7762

btw, who needs a haircut?

Nevertheless I was rewarded with wild animals :) So by hiking straight in to the jungle I suddenly noticed some Koalas ‘hanging’ around on a tree in front of me :)

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I have never seen wild koalas before…Stunning lazy animals I have to say. After taking a few shot I went on to the World War II forts. The gun positions were of course based on the highest hill of the island.

The GUN POSITION! IMG_7914 IMG_7925 IMG_7952

The FORTS and being in the bunker…

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On top of the island I had a stunning 360 degree view over everything…look at the few…..just amazing! Best few I had so far in Aussie Land…

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Chris on top of the WORLD!

And then it happened…while climbing down and getting back to the beach…I missed a stone by jumping down from stone to stone.

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I fell down 1m on smashed my knee onto another stone… Fuck that hurts!! IMG_8162

Really I fucking HURTS!!

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this was my  track..and there it happened

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Anyhow, after walking back to the ferry…I spotted some wallabies begging for food..They are so funny..stupid somehow, but funny :P

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Made it back home…to recover and treat my injuries..

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btw, it still hurts….

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