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    Snorkelling

    by Kate-Me Written Oct 12, 2003

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    This coral may look anything but colourful (and it was a bit dull) but it was also almost dark when we were snorkelling, and still about 30 degrees C water temperature! It was great!
    And even if the coral is a little bit dull, we felt like we had discovered this patch ourselves, we were the only ones on the whole beach, and the fish among the coral didn't seem to care what type or colour the coral was - they were there anyway).

    If you enlarge the photo here, you might just see the strange sea slug we photographed here....

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    Walking tracks

    by Openseas Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    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.

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    Alma Bay

    by Openseas Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    Alma Bay is everyone's favourite beach as its very safe and is patrolled by the Arcadian Surf Club.

    Its most famous for the Wednesday night Toad Races held at Arkies Resort which starts approx 8pm.

    Most water sport equipment can be hired at Alma Bay and for diving fans one can seek out the wreck of Moltke which sank in the 1900's. It's located approx 100metres off shore, i'm sure any of the locals will point the spot out to you.

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    Diving and Snorkeling

    by Openseas Updated Dec 14, 2007

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    There are so many wonderful snorkeling and diving spots on Magnetic Island, you could say your in snorkel ling heaven !

    The most popular spot being at Geoffrey Bay, for diving fans one can seek out the wreck of Moltke which sank in the 1900's. It's located approx 100metres off shore, I'm sure any of the locals will point the spot out to you.

    Most water sport equipment can be hired at Alma Bay or at Coral Sea Sports in Nelly Bay.

    Reef Ecotours - with local marine Biologist Dr Andy lewis. www.reefecotours.com

    Pleasure Divers - Arkies Resort Alma Bay.

    Ocean Dive Australia - at Nelly Bay.

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    Sailing

    by Openseas Updated Dec 14, 2007

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    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

    OR

    Blue Parrot Sunset Cruise - departs from Horseshoe Bay 5pm. Costs AUD$60.00 - 3hrs.
    Tel :47 581 336

    OR

    Providence - www.providencesailing.com.au (which to me looked fab).

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    Hold a Koala, Croc and Snake !

    by Openseas Written Dec 14, 2007

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    If you want to hold and cuddle a Koala then just visit Bungalow Bay Koala Village located at 40 Horseshoe Bay. This is a fab place to take the kids or if you have never experienced holding a Koala or snake, then hop into the Koala Village. Its very touristy but well worth a visit for some serious fun.

    There are 3 daily shows 10am-12noon, 12-2pm, 2:30pm - 4.30pm

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    Horseshoe Bay.

    by Openseas Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    If travelling around Magnetic then visiting Horseshoe bay is a must do on your list. The beach has a spacious stinger net which is safe for swimming and the beach is very sheltered and extremely pretty.

    Horseshoe Bay is also the biggest bay on Magnetic Island and is the locals favourite.
    There is heaps of water activities to enjoy and offers tourists some unique activities like horse riding on the beach and catching sight of the local Koalas which are popular within this region.

    There is a excellent tavern (pub) and lots of little cafes and restaurants across the road from the beach, accommodation is also easy to find at Horseshoebay.

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    Picnic Bay

    by Openseas Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    Picnic Bay is located at the opposite end of the island just south of Nelly Bay Wharf. Its a gorgeous bay offering safe patrolled swimming spots with stinger nets. There is a lovely walk- through street mall which offers some excellent cafes and shops.

    Picnic Bay also has a nine hole golf course which has fantastic views. The Picnic to West Point Walk starts from the end of Picnic Street along a dirt road. The walk return takes approx 5hrs, so be prepared before you start to wander off, water, sunscreen and hat are a MUST have for this long but easy walk.

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    Rock Wallabies

    by stevezero Written Jul 2, 2005

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    Rock Wallabies, Magnetic Island

    Near the quay where the the car ferry from Townsville docks, there is a colony of Rock Wallabies. They live amongst the rocks of the steep hillside.
    They come out to play in the late afternnon sunshine and can be seen hopping around the rocks and later on the quayside.
    you can feed them as they are fairly tame, but dont forget that they are naturally vegitarians

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    Rocky Bay

    by stevezero Written Jul 2, 2005

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    Rocky Bay, Magnetic island

    Rocky Bay is a strenuos walk along the cliffs from Picnic Bay, usually in the fierce tropical sunshine.
    It is well worth the effort though, nad the visitor is rewarded with one of the best beaches on the island..

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    Nelly Bay

    by stevezero Written Jul 2, 2005

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    Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island

    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

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    BASE bus tour by Captain Daniel Daniel

    by phoebelosophy Written Aug 13, 2005

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    Captain Daniel Daniel

    Captain Daniel Daniel is your tour guide for this totally weird and wonderful bus tour around Magnetic Island.

    Leaving from BASE backpackers at 3pm most days, the Captain will take you on his hair-raising tour to places you have probably been before but want to see again!

    The real reason for doing this tour is to listen to Captain Daniel Daniel explain about his life history and watch everyones reactions to him. He likes to swear a lot and mention his previous girlfriends. He's a character and a half and definitely must be experienced (at least once!)

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    Forts walk

    by bluesmama Written May 25, 2004

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    koalas on the forts walk

    As the name tells you this walk takes you around the forts. I don't remember exactly but I think these forts were built in WWII, maybe it was called "the coral war" (does anyone know)
    We were told there'd be a good chance to see koalas on this walk and we did end up seeing quite a few.
    The walk gives you beautiful views of the bays including Horsehoe Bay

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    Radical Bay

    by Openseas Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    Radical Bay is tucked neatly next door to Horseshoe Bay. Its a gorgeous beach which is excellent for swimming and snorkeling (out of stinger season). There is a divine walk across the headland to Balding Bay and onwards to Horseshoe Bay.

    To reach Radical Bay you have to use a dirt road which is not suited to mokes.

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    Red Baron seaplanes

    by Openseas Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    For those who are looking for a different type of adventure ! The Red Baron Seaplane is unique and has featured in some major movies. Its rumoured that Catherine Zeta Jones even flew in it !

    It's the only open cock-pit plane in the world and takes 2 passengers only. I never had the opportunity to fly but it sure looked seriously cute !

    (07) 4758 1556

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