2 Endeavour Rd., Arcadia,, 4819, Australia
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While visiting Horseshoe Bay on the island we took a short beach walk to find a trailer set up on the beach, looked like it had been there a long time. The next day we went back to find a group of people standing around this area watching as birds dove down to the ground and landed on and around a mysterious man, who we later found out was the Bird Man!
He trained the birds and they were pretty much his pets. He talked to a lot of people and if you were lucky you got invited to dinner. He apparently is friendly with austrialian tv personalities that come and visit him. And some politians I think, couldn't hear all that well through his thick accent. Check him out...though this could be considered a tourist trap.
Alma Bay in Arcadia is a very small beach. I didn't like it that much because it is so small, but I think it is very nice for children as it is much sheltered. There is a nice picnic lawn and a playground. There are als shops, cafés and restaurants.
You can reach Alma Bay by sunbus, but please check times in advance, as they don't go very often.
There are a huge variety of birds of Magnetic Island to keep any keen Bird Watcher happy. The best way to spot the birds is to do some of the wonderful walks through the National Park.
The Horseshoe Lagoon Walk - starts from the beach and leads onto the lagoon where you can spot a variety of waterbirds.
There are over 100 species of bird-life on Magnetic Island, so just bring your camera and binoculars. Pick-up your walking map from the tourist information centre at Nelly Bay or at Townsville.
Magnetic Island was named that way by James Cook, because his compass acted funny around the island. It's a reef island and most of it is national park. The island is dominated by the 494 m high Mt Cook. The beaches are lovely, although you'll have to be carefull around those coconut trees!
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From Townsville you can also visit Magnetic Island, 4km offshore. Regular ferries make the trip in about 25 minutes. The island has a bus service which doubles as an island tour. We visited several beautiful beaches including Arthur's bay where you can also snorkel on the coral reef.
Most of the island is a National Park and there are some nice walks where we saw wild koalas. We also visited a place where you can hand feed rock wallabies (some with joeys in their pouches) and possums.
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