Townsville, Maggie Island, and Yongala Wreck Dive: Waiting, Holding, and Hurling
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This trip was punctuated by Waiting for the right dive weather conditions, Holding animals, and Hurling (from aforementioned dodgy weather conditions).
I went to Townsville in search of the mighty Yongala wreck dive. Unfortunately, the rough wind conditions canceled the dive from Townsville and I had to extend my trip by a day to bus it south an hour to a tiny town called Ayr and then catch a 16 km ride to Alva Beach, an even more remote area...all to do what is considered one of the best dives in the world.
Before heading down to Ayr, I spent a day and a half in nearby Magnetic Island, which is green, sparsely populated, and very refreshing. I stayed at Bungalow Bay Hostel in Horsehoe Bay, which also had its own Koala Park, where amongst koalas, also let you hold a python, a salt-water crocodile, and a cockatoo.
The Yongala Wreck dive, rated the top dive in the world by some random UK scuba site (it's good enough for me!), was the main reason for the trip up north so I was pumped to drive 10 minutes in a 4x4 jeep to the beach where we boarded a zodiac on steroids to the dive site 40 minutes away. The winds were very high and waters quite choppy, which created low visibility in the water (~5-7m only) and even worse conditions during the surface interval, when I very quickly lost my energy-filled breakfast off the side of the boat.
After a delicious barbecue (which didn't consist of oatmeal and instant soup...my previous dinners), I headed back up to Townsville. The next morning I did a quick (but extremely tiring) hike up Castle Hill to get cool vantage points of a not so noteworthy city.