House on Tropical Island within the Great Barrier Reef
House, near the beach with 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4, 2 bathroom(s), floor area of 300 m2 (3230 sq.ft), WCs 2, children OK, NO smoking, air-conditioning, second home, number of travellers: 2
1) December 13 2014 - December 19 2014
We are looking for 1-week exchanges in late Dec2014 & early Jan2015 in Australia, Pacific/Oceania, SEA, Hawaii, NZ or Japan.
Where we want to go
Description of our house
An island holiday home built in the 60's by a mining executive as a tropical escape from inland Australia. The main home has very large spacious rooms, with wall to wall louvre windows, ceiling fans and air conditioning. There are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a very large kitchen, dining and lounge room and an enclosed verandah room. There is a covered outdoor patio area with lounge setting, dining table and barbeque, surrounded by a tropical garden with visiting cockatoos, kingfishers, naughty kangaroos, and Henk and Myra, the resident curlews who claim to be the rightful owners of the property.
Accommodation and facilities
Stereo / hifi, tv / cable, sofa
Kitchen and washing:
Grill, freezer, fridge, microwave, dish washer, oven, washing machine, dryer
Parking, garden, barbecue, swimming pool
Diving, surfing, horse riding, tennis, roller blading, water skiing, hiking, swimming, golfing, fishing
Local places to go:
Galleries/museums, fine restaurants, country club
English, francais, deutsch
Nearest major airport:
Car recommended, children ok, no smoking, non-simultaneous optional
= marks the location of this home
Magnetic Island is a picturesque island located in Far North Queensland, situated off the coast from Townsville. It is about 340Km south of Cairns, and 340 north of the Whitsunday Islands group. It sits within the Great Barrier Reef, and is a World Heritage listed island surrounded by maritime reserves. It is known for its huge granite rocks and headlands protecting many little bays and beaches. It is not a resort island. More than two thousand people live on "Maggie" as it is fondly known, and it has a strong community, hiding away in villages and retreats. And The Island has a unique character and mix of people. It is popular for bush walking, swimming, snorkeling, diving (reef and the Yongala wreck) and just plain relaxing in the tropics.
Something about ourselves
We are a married couple and whilst retired are still very active. Travelling is our favourite past-time and we have had some 30 successful home exchanges. We particularly like the home-exchange format of living in the location as a local rather than as a tourist. Our ideal exchange is a home or apartment in a small village, within walking distance to the bakery. Or an apartment in the heart of an interesting city, or a home with a lovely local, rural or water view.
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