Arcadia, Magnetic Island, featuring Alma and Geoffrey Bays. This is home.
The east coast of New South Wales has some great campsites, some not so good even though they may be located in wonderful places. I’ve been camping along this coastline for over 50 years. Now I’m going to write about some of these spots.
The tropical winter on Magnetic Island had been blissful, no doubt about it but there were still places to see and things to do.
The horse may have already bolded on answering the question whether Magnetic Island reefs are currently deteriorating as a consequence of Townsville Port Authority dredging. The impacts of climate change and associated coral bleaching, though, remain the elephant in the room.
The decade was only days old in 1970 when Tony and I, at the age of 21, set out from Sydney to travel the world, taking a slow boat to Panama on our first leg.
As of April 2017, no evidence of recent coral bleaching was observed along a 1 km stretch of reef at Geoffrey Bay. This reef remains one of the best developed inshore coral reefs around Magnetic Island and a wonderland for snorkelers.
Camping beside the Snowy River was peaceful, with the loudest morning chorus I’d heard for ages.
Crossing the very rocky King Edward River a day after the road reopened, it was important to avoid the boulders.
My journey through Central Australia began at Pelican Campground on Parnka Point, Coorong National Park, beside the Southern Ocean.