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Travel Tips for Magnetic Island
One of the fun things we did on Magnetic Island was hiring a tinnie (little aluminium boat with outboard motor and sunshade cover over the top) for part of the afternoon and chugging around a bit of the island, admiring small sandy white deserted bays and keeping a look out for giant sea turtles.
You're only allowed to travel a certain distance on the island, but it's still a bit of fun (and you can snorkel off the edge of your boat if you want - or if you can manage to climb back on board) or if you can figure out how to lift the motor properly, you can beach it and sit or swim on a deserted beach for a while. You would think with a boat hire you might get your flippers and snorkel and goggles included, but you don't, so if you have at least your own snorkel and mask as you travel around, you'll save some money, as it would have cost us $7 ea to hire snorkel and mask, and another $7 ea to hire flippers.
Lifejacket is included on board.
Don't forget lots of sunscreen (the shade on the boat really isn't enough and the sun is burning hot out there on the water).
Also, you can hire jet skis, and they will get you a bit further around the island in a shorter space of time. They looked like a lot of fun.
Nelly Bay is the place where the passenger ferry from Townsville now docks.
It is also a good place for swimming, windsurfing and snorkelling on the nearby reef fringe
there are also facilities for barbequieng
This island would be fabulous to sail around as most of the island is inaccessible by car. I would imagine you would get to see the BEST of the island by sailing around it.
Jazz Sailing Tours operate a days journey around the island. - Ph: 4758 1887
Blue Parrot Sunset Cruise - departs from Horseshoe Bay 5pm. Costs AUD$60.00 - 3hrs.
Tel :47 581 336
Providence - www.providencesailing.com.au (which to me looked fab).
Magic Magnetic Island
"Magic Magnetic Island."
Magnetic Island is located just 10 kilometres off Townsville, on the Queensland eastern coast. The car ferry or passenger ferry departs from Townsville regularly and arrives on Magnetic Island at Nelly Bay.
The Island was first discovered and named by Captain Cook in 1770 after he had severe problems working his compass; he believed that a strange magnetic force existed on the Island so aptly named it Magnetic Island.
The island consists of twenty three bay beaches which surround the island. Two thirds of the island is National Parks, so there is an abundance of Australian native wildlife, like wallaby’s, Koalas, possums and over 100 species of birdlife. Magnetic Island is truly a unique natural island offering naturalists, tourists and travellers a wonderful enriched experience.
Depending on your time schedule Magnetic Island can be explored in a few hours, days or weeks. The island only takes approx one hour to drive around as most of the sealed roads lead into the major beach attractions. You do however, need a 4WD for other dirt roads which off shoot from the major road around the island. Most of the island is National Parks, so one can only literally see half the island by road; otherwise there are some excellent walking tracks which lead you through the stunning national Parks.
Great beaches wich you can have all to yourself :-)
You`ve got some excellent bushwalks and you might see a koala when your lucky! Snorkeling is also not to bad in this area!
Its only 8km. from townsville by ferry.
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