Like many Melburnians at this time of year, the G mob recently made the annual migration north in search of some warmth and sunshine.
The destination of choice was Magnetic Island. Dubbed as one of Australia's most affordable tropical islands, we found this to be the perfect location for some winter R & R.
Located just off the coast from Townsville, Magnetic Island has something for everyone. With a population of around 2500, the island boasts a great choice accommodation, stunning beaches, mouth watering eateries, national park and just a hop, skip and a jump from the Great Barrier Reef.
The G mob stayed at Peppers Blue on Blue which is conveiently located within a few metres walk from the ferry terminal. A perfect spot for the whole family.
This pristine resort was exactly what the doctor ordered. We stayed in a three-bedroom villa which overlooked the lagoon pool on one side and the private marina on the other which was a perfect size for 3 young kids. No sooner had we walked in our holiday apartment, we felt at home.
With a fully equipped kitchen and an IGA within walking distance from the resort, this made it easy to prepare snacks and meals for the family.
Alternatively, there is the Boardwalk Restaurant and Cafe located within the grounds. Each morning, they provide a breakfast buffet of hot and cold breakfast options.
If you are staying for an extended period of time, you may wish t consider placing an online order from Coles or Woolworths who deliver regularly to the island from the mainland.
The resort also offers free WiFi and free in-house movies which helped when we needed a calm afternoon.
Blue on Blue is also situated within walking distance from local shops, including a bakery, cafes, hire shop, pharmacy, bottle shop, post office and gift shops.
Endota Spa is also conveniently located at the resort. A perfect way to take some self indulgent time away from the kids.
With so much to see and do around the island, we wasted no time at all in getting out to explore the lay of the land.
The best way to do this was by a three-hour island tour in a stretched jeep thanks to Tropicana Guided Tours. Our guide Ziggy was a wealth of knowledge and showed us around the island. She also made the three hours entertaining for the kids, including trying various bush food, including licking an ant's bottom (the highlight of the holiday for the G boys as you can imagine!).
We were shown the breathtaking scenery fro around the island including Nelly Bay, Arcadia, Horse Shoe Bay, Picnic Bay and Alma Bay. We also spotted wild koalas and fed native rock wallabies. A perfect way to get a glimpse at exactly what the island has to offer.
For the rest of our time, we took time to enjoy what the tropical island has to offer its visitors including: