Round 2 – Trip 4 – Townsville & Magnetic Island

Itineraries

November 2018

This was a really enjoyable 3 night getaway for some R&R. Townsville is a big regional town, but the main street was quite quiet when I was there. Possibly due to it being the cusp of the hot, humid and rainy season, but Uber drivers also spoke of them going through an economic downturn. 1 night felt plenty to cover Townsville.

Magnetic Island can be done as a day trip and it’s a very small island, but really beautiful. There were lots of longer hikes that I didn’t do and bays that can be accessed only by 4WD which I didn’t have, but I felt like I covered it quite well. 2 nights would be the max I’d want to stay there, particularly as the food really wasn’t that good.

Day 1 – Sydney to Townsville

Sydney to Townsville Flight – Virgin – Depart 10:30am Friday, Arrive 12:15pm (2hr 45min fight time, but gained an hour due to no daylight savings in QLD, $390 return).

Received complimentary upgrade to an exit row.

Taxi from Airport to the Ville Casino Resort ($24). Check in to Executive King Ocean Room for one night ($193).

Walk into town (1.7kms) for graffiti street art self-guided walking tour.

Light lunch at Shaw & Co Char & Bar at City Lane on Flinders St in the centre of town.

Uber back to hotel ($9)

Afternoon at the hotel pool, with swim up bar…

Dinner at Seasoned Restaurant on Palmer St. Uber there and back ($10 each way).

Day 2 – Townsville to Magnetic Island

Uber to Palmer St ($8) for Breakfast at Jam.

Walk back to hotel, check out and walk to wharf.

Ferry to Magnetic Island ($33 return) Depart 8:45am, 25min journey https://www.sealinkqld.com.au/timetables/magnetic-island.

Drop bags at hotel – Peppers Blue on Blue in Nelly Bay. ‘Superior Hotel’ room $328 on offer from Hotels.com for 2 nights.

Pick up hire car from Tropical Topless Car Rental in Nelly Bay. Barbie Car $90 per 24 hour rental.

Drive around island exploring.

Lunch at Picnic Bay Hotel.

Visit IGA for snacks.

Swim in Hotel Lagoon Pool.

Dinner at hotel restaurant, Boardwalk.

Day 3 – Magnetic Island

Early start to arrive at the Forts Walk at 7am as apparently the Koalas are most active early morning and at dusk….but only see one Koala sleeping.

Return to hotel for buffet breakfast.

Return Barbie Car. Hire Mini Moke ($120 for 24 hours).

Explore island in Moke.

Get gelato from Adele’s cafe. I think 2 very generous scoops in a waffle cone was $9.

Return to Hotel for swim in smaller hotel pool.

Drive to Horseshoe Bay for swim protected by stinger nets (stinger season is Nov to April).

Fish & chips on the beach from Horseshoe Bay Fish & Chips.

Return to hotel for a night swim in smaller pool (open until 10:30pm).

Day 4 – Magnetic Island to Townsville, to Sydney

Breakfast by the beach at The Early Bird.

Returned Moke.

10:15am Ferry back to Townsville.

Taxi to airport ($20).

Townsville to Sydney Flight – Virgin – Depart 12:35pm Monday, Arrive 4:15pm (2hr 40min flight time, but lost an hour due to daylight savings in NSW).

Received complimentary upgrade to EconomyX (premium economy).

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Hotel foyer, Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne

Adelphi Hotel

Accommodation

Where: Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne City, VIC

When: August 2018

Duration: Two night stay

Room Type: Comfy King Room

Cost: $780

I first learned of the Adelphi Hotel when someone I follow on Instagram posted about their stay at the hotel and the fact they had a dessert restaurant piqued my interest!

I also liked that the hotel had really quirky cool decor. Upon looking up it’s location on Flinders Lane I realised it was pretty central to many of the highlights of Melbourne, so it was my first choice to stay when an opportunity came up to combine a work trip with a weekend in the city.

Upon check in on the Friday afternoon I was offered a complimentary beverage to relax in the lounge whilst my check in was completed. This included alcohol, so I chose a glass of sparkling wine.

Soon after, I was escorted to my room by the check-in assistant who wheeled my luggage for me. She then showed me around the ammenities of my room, including the complimentary mini-bar which included chips, nuts, jerky, chocolate and lollies with bottled water, juice and flavoured mineral waters in the fridge (no alcohol). Look, I know I paid for these things in the cost of the room, but still it’s a nice luxe touch.

The room was on the 8th floor, which is the top accomodation floor underneath the rooftop bar and pool. The view from the room was underwhelming as it faced what looked to be converted warehouse apartments, but the view inside was very cool. Bold colours and patterns everywhere.

The bathroom was very, well lets say industrial. The endless stainless steel and one mirrored wall seemed a little more Orange is the New Black than trendy chic.

The rooftop pool was heated and had a glass bottom portion at the end that overlooked the laneway, but I didn’t get around to swimming unfortunately.

Would I stay there again? Perhaps. I enjoyed the stay, but I do feel it’s overpriced at almost $400 a night. Sure the location is convenient, but when I’m paying that much per night I at least like to have a view, or a bath tub!

Would I recommend it to you? Only if you are the type that considers spending $400 a night at a hotel a pleasant indulgence.