Magnetic Island offers a unique blend of national park, untouched tropical beaches and bays. Bushwalking tracks provide an ideal opportunity to see the Australian wilderness and wildlife in its natural habitat. Magnetic Island is part of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and only a short picturesque 20 minute journey by fast modern Ferries from Townsville.
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More than two-thirds of Magnetic Island is protected National Park providing a safe haven for wildlife including rock wallabies, more than 100 species of birdlife and the largest colony of koalas living in northern Australia. There are six main walking tracks covering 25 kilometres to choose from ranging from 30 minutes to two and a half hours in duration.
This Grumman Sea Cat starred in The Phantom movie and is the only two-passenger, open cockpit bi-plane on floats in the world. Joy flights depart daily (weather permitting) from Horseshoe Bay or Townsville.
Discover Yongala, a 90m dive straight off Cape Bowling Green which sank in 1911 with 120 passengers on board - considered the best wreck dive in Australia and full of coral and marina life. Lying within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park near Townsville, this is regarded as one of the world's great dives and a national historic site. Diving trips depart daily from Magnetic Island (you must have a diving license to take part).
A 62 foot classic schooner perfect for adventure sailing, Providence is a replica of the Gloucestershire schooner, one of the first vessels to sail in the America's Cup in the 1870s. Day trips and sunset cruises available.
Pick up some bait from Fish’n N Fuel’n and head out fishing – from the beaches, rocky points and inshore waters catch species such as bream, flathead, whiting, queenfish, mackerel and trevally. Alternatively, book a trip with a professional fishing guide who knows all the “right spots”.
Sample a gourmet bush breakfast and hold a lizard, snake or koala at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village, located just 6km from the resort. You can also see koalas in the wild in their native eucalypt forest along the Forts Walk (2.8km), a 1.5 hour return walk to WWII gun emplacements with 360 degree views overlooking Magnetic Island and the sparkling waters of Cleveland Bay.
Tropical Topless Car Rentals offer a choice of vehicles including topless cars with an optional canopy, the classic Moke and a variety of sedans and 4WDs. Phone: 07 4758 111.
Road Runner Scooter Hire provides helmets and instruction that caters to all levels of experience. Phone: 07 4778 5222.
Local resident, Jack Vern, has fed and frolicked with local rock wallabies for the past 20 years. Late afternoon is the best time to see them at the Old Jetty in Arcadia.
Forts Walk lead to World War II forts. The former command post offers breathtaking 360 degree views of Townsville, Cape Bowling Green and Palm Island.
Sealink specialises in tour and transport booking on Magnetic Island and the Townsville region. You will find Sunferries Travel located at Nelly Bay Terminal, adjacent to Peppers Blue on Blue. Visit www.sunferries.com.au.
With so much water surrounding Magnetic Island there is no better place to experience the thrill of jet skiing. You can be at the helm of your own or share a jet ski with the family. No license is required. Visit www.jetskihiremi.com.au.
Spend the day snorkelling, scuba diving or just exploring one of the natural wonders of the world. Kelso Reef is the most popular reef to visit from Magnetic Island.
As summer approaches so does the breeding season for the giant sea turtle sound in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Female turtles crawl ashore to dig large holes and lay their eggs before crawling back into the sea to continue their solitary, nomadic existence.
Ride through a bush track and then take your horse swimming in the ocean. Rides cater for beginners through to experienced riders.
Board the ferry and visit Townsville for the day. You can jump aboard a Fanatsea cruiser to the Great Barrier Reef, visit the Museum of Tropical Queensland, the Maritime Museum of Townsville or the Cultural Centre.
Just 20 metres from the resort is a substantial IGA supermarket at which you'll be able to meet all your holiday needs. In addition just a 10 minute walk away is the Magnetic Island Pharmacy and Medical Centre.
Enjoy a refreshing dip at Endeavour Falls, a natural waterfall with freshwater swimming holes amongst native bush (Nov to Mar) (3km from the resort).
Travel the fastcat to Townsville to visit the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, Reef HQ, along with the Museum of Tropical Queensland (a 10 minute walk from the Breakwater Terminal).
Enjoy authentic gelati made by local Italian artisans with gourmet flavours such as: Ferrero, Cinnamon Donut, Italian Custard, Chocolate & Pear, White Chocolate & Strawberry, Sour Cherry, Baileys (30m from the resort).
Experience the Stage Door Theatre in Arcadia – professional comedy cabaret performers belt out the tunes from the outrageous to the sublime and entertain the audience with quick-fire repartée; ticket includes a three-course meal (2km).
Explore the self-guided snorkelling trails in the marine parks of Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay and see if you can find the Moltke Wreck with the help of the Swim Card instructions available from the drop box at the start of each trail (snorkel hire available). Hire an open-air topless car and explore the island with the wind in your hair - along the way call in to Geoffrey Bay to feed the rock wallabies living amongst the granite boulders.
Visit the Horseshoe Bay Lagoon to observe magpie geese nesting in the bulkuru sedges along with other woodland and waterbird species (6km from the resort).
Circumnavigate Magnetic Island on jetski and look out for turtles, dolphins, seabirds and humpback whales (Jul-Sep). Alternatively, take to the air and see Magnetic Island and Townsville from above with the Red Baron and experience the only 2-passenger, open cockpit bi-plane on floats in the world.
Take a guided adventure aboard all-terrain segways and see the island from a different perspective.