After 2 weeks of basically meat and beer in Cairns I decided that I needed a little exercise so I set out on a hike of which there are a couple on the Island
. The first hike I tried actually ended up being 2+ hours of walking up and around a mountain so it was pretty intense, but the views were definitely worth it. A Scottish guy I met the first night decided to tag along unfortunately he was wearing flip flops so it he still nursing a number of blisters. I suppose it was 2 days ago now, but on my second full day on the island I decided to do another walk were there was supposed to be koalas, unfortunately there were none but again some pretty spectacular views. After that I went to go a little walk down to one of the beaches and get a bus back, unfortunately I later found out the bus didn't go to that part of the island so I ended up on a race against time to try to navigate through a poorly marked trail to get back to civilization before the sun went down. I nearly had a heart attack running up and down a mountain but I made it and ended up getting a pretty sweet sunset pic as well.
Anyways now I am in Airlie beach and I'll have to update after be sailing trip to the Whitsunday Islands.
So on my second stop down the coast I visited Magnetic Island which is a beautiful island of the coast from Townsville. On the way down the bus visited a croc farm so I got to see some more croc feedings. This time there was a nearly 5 meter giant that they fed which was pretty cool. There were also kangaroos, wallabies and what I assume was an emu running around the place so we got to hand feed some kangaroos, which was pretty cool and there were a couple fresh out of the pouch and a couple with there feet still hanging out. After a 20 minute ferry ride we were there and I started to meet lots of interesting people right away. There are a load of people from the UK and Ireland backpacking but I've met people from all over the world already. The hostel is pretty cool, it basic accommodations but its located right on the beach with a pretty amazing view. The hostel is also the site of the islands main bar so I've already had a few fun nights.