Baby in Magnetic Island
By Sara, mother of Rafael
Raffie had just turned two when we took a short break in Magnetic Island. I wanted to go somewhere warm and sunny in spring time and so headed to FNQ. We flew to Townsville (I made sure we were on a two-and-a-half hour direct flight) then took the bus to the ferry terminal and made the 20 minute sail over to the island. Raffie found it all very exciting, right up until we got in the car to take us to our apartment where it all got too much, and he fell asleep.
We arrived at our holiday home at Horseshoe Bay, overlooking the sea. It was a gorgeous spot, with a shop, a hotel and a couple of places to eat. We spent our days on the beach with a bucket and spade and paddled in the water (the beach is netted to protect against the infamous stingers).
We got the bus to Arcadia on two afternoons as one of the locals had tipped us off that you can hand-feed the wallabies with pellets or apples and carrots. I was really excited! Raffie took it in his stride, as he did meeting koalas, crocodiles and a snake at a bush breakfast we went to on our last morning.
On our first evening we went out for an early supper, but most nights he was exhausted by the end of the day so we ate in or had takeaway. One night we ordered pasta carbonara at the pub and sat outside waiting for it while I had a wine and he had a juice and fed Twisties to two hungry gulls.
All in all it was about the best holiday I’ve ever had. It was lovely to just hang out together and do exactly what we wanted to do. Raffie was so happy the whole time. I can’t wait for our next trip.