Taking the Bus
Things may have changed, but when I was there last the bus that goes around the island only goes in one direction. That means that if you start your day at one of the first bays (stops) and you're ready to go home and hop back on the bus, you have to ride the whole route back to the dock. The bus isn't too bad for sight seeing though, the plastic windows roll up on nice days.
Tours by car - on Magnetic.
There are heaps of tours available on Magnetic Island. the most popular ones being with Stretched Jeep Tours.
You can do a 3hr Eco Orientation Tour - costs AUD55.00 with food and beverage supplied.
5HR remote area adventure - costs AUD $100.00
or a Full day combination tour of Townsville and Magnetic Island - Cost approx AUD$160.00
Tel : (07) 4758 1800
These tours offer an unique experience in a long stretched limo jeep.
There are numerous walking tracks throughout Magnetic Island. One could spend a week just walking the tracks !
Just pick up your walking maps from any tourist information centre in Townsville or Magnetic Island.
Here are a few walks worth mentioning.
Picnic Bay to West Point - 5hrs
Horseshoe Bay to the Lagoon - short 30mins
Horseshoe Bay to Balding Bay - 1hr return.
You happen to enjoy a little fishing there are some excellent fishing tours available on Magnetic Island.
Please not fishing is not ALLOWED in Floence, Alma, Geoffrey, Radical or Balding Bays as these beaches are classified as Marine National Parks.
For getting the best advice about where to fish check out these tours.
All around Magnetic - 0413 697 820
Barnacle Bill - 4758 1837
For hire of fishing gear - Fish'n N Fuel'N - in Nelly Bay has all the gear required.
"I loved it there!!"
I definitely want to go back to Magnetic Island. We bought ourselves a Wanderers Package up in Cairns that gave us a nights free accommodation at Maggies Hostel on the Island... then just by chance i saw that the hostel also does a Learn To Dive package... so we were off!
We arrived on the island by ferry, and were greeted by buses that would take us to our 'resorts'. This was already becoming very Mediterranean!!! Then the drive to Horseshoe Bay took us along winding tree-lined roads that were all very like those you'd expect in Spain or on a Greek Island. If you're European and feeling a little homesick in Oz, this is the place to go!! 15minutes into the trip and i already loved it.
Unfortunately for us though, we didn't get to see too much more of the Island as we had our dive course booked for the duration of our stay.
We managed to have one night out though, coz as it happens our dive course was postponed one day, freeing up our second day for a hangover!!! And thank God it was!! We had dinner with the girls from our dorm, and a few of us decided to continue the night on to the Base backpackers. This place was all open, allowing the see breeze to blow through... not such a good thing considering this is winter. So in usual style me and Ali moved towards the pool table... and before long we'd made new friends and were being whisked off to the next hostel/bar. Now let me put you straight... there were bus drives between each bar... and we saw all of the nightlife the Island had to offer in these few hours. This place was tiddly, but such a nice place to visit. Anyway... we ended up leaving i think sometime around 4am (as per usual) having played pool and had a few nice drinks bought for us!!! All good fun.... and then back to our own hostel!!
Needless to say, we spent the next day in recovery. But the day didn't go too much to waste... there is a little beach literally across the road from the hostel, so we chilled there for a few hours.
Well I can't complain at not getting to see any more of the island, as we did earn PADI Openwater Certification. It was a 3 day course, that turned into a 4 day course due to bad sea conditions... but it was all very good fun. We were actually put into a big group, along with 11 fifteen year olds!!! Typical, we come on holiday and get put back into school!!!!! Though i have to admit it was still amusing... oh to be 15 again!!!
Anyway, being the only adults in the group we got on great with the instructors and helpers, who were all very nice and accommodationg. They really make you feel that the dive centre is your home. You can help yourself to drinks and wander around the place like you live there. I suppose it was a bit like being somewhere you feel extremely comfortabnle and homely, so it all made and added to the experience. Really, when we left on the final day we were even dropped at the ferry terminal and it was like saying goodbye to an old friend. No tears though, i managed to restrain myself!!
I just tell myself that i will definitely come back one day to explore and stay a bit longer... though i guess not on this trip.