Magnetic Island Travel Guide

  • Magnetic Island
    by Dani_aus
  • Horseshoe Bay
    Horseshoe Bay
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  • Things to Do
    by Openseas

Magnetic Island Things to Do

  • Hold a Koala, Croc and Snake !

    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,...

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  • Sailing

    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 1887ORBlue Parrot Sunset Cruise - departs from Horseshoe Bay 5pm. Costs AUD$60.00 - 3hrs.Tel :47 581 336...

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  • Fishing

    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...

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  • Diving and Snorkeling

    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...

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  • Walking tracks

    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 - 5hrsHorseshoe Bay to the Lagoon - short 30minsHorseshoe Bay to Balding Bay...

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  • Birdwatching

    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...

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  • Sea Kayak

    Morning and sunset tours are available with SeaKayak Tours. www.seakayak.com.au For Bookings 4778 5424 The morning tour starts at 8am returning at 12.30pmThe Sunset tour takes 2hrs.Tours start from Horseshoe Bay.

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  • Red Baron seaplanes

    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...

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  • Golf

    The Nine Hole Golf Course can be located at Picnic Bay. South of Nelly Wharf Terminal.Just watch out for the Wallabys !

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Magnetic Island Hotels

  • Arcadia Hotel Resort

    7 Marine Parade,, Arcadia, 4819, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Peppers Blue On Blue Resort

    123 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay, 4819, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Mantra One Bright Point

    146 Sooning Street, 4819, Australia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

Magnetic Island Restaurants

  • Appaling and unacceptable customer...

    We recently had my Grandfather's 70th Birthday onMagnetic Island, Townsville, Queensland. We booked on the Thursdayafternoon for dinner on the Friday Night for 35 people. When wearrived at this outdoor dining place which has plastic chairs andtable not wooden ones like in this old photo we were not greeted bythe rude staff. We asked politely if we...

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  • Fine Dining

    Pepper Blue is located in Nelly Bay at the marina. It's a new development which has just opened and is in early days. There is an excellent restaurant which overlooks the marina and water. If you are looking for something special or an intimate evening out then this restaurant would be the best on the island. Bookings advisable.www.pepper.com.au

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  • Best outdoor dining and steak on the...

    This mexican/international cafe restaurant has a great casual feel with a delightful tropical dining setting.There's plenty on offer if mexican's not your thing with a specials board and the steaks are the best I've ever eaten.If you're still hungry there's also the desserts are delicious I had the cheese cake.A great holiday dining experience with...

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Magnetic Island Nightlife

  • Marlin bar

    The Marlin Bar is located in Horseshoe Bay, its where the local and tourists meet to chill out with a cold VB beer. It has a great bottle shop next door with a excellent wine list. casual.

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  • Toad Racing

    Eight o' clock every Wednesday night the famous toad races are held at Arkie's Resort in Arcadia. We went along with the kids and it was so much fun (for us and them). The larger than life Master of Ceremonies introduces each of the large ugly cane toads by name (Little Johnny Howard, Virgin and Paddy to name but a few) then ties a coloured ribbon...

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    14 Hotels in Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island Transportation

  • From Townsville Airport to Magnetic...

    Townsville Airport is located a short distance of 5km away.The best and fast way to get to the passenger ferry terminal is by taxi. This should only cost approx AUD$20.00. or you can catch the airport transit shuttle bus which stops off at all the major hotels.

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  • By Passenger ferry from Townsville

    The passenger Sunferries ferry departs from Townsville to Magnetic Island (nelly Bay Wharf)on a regular daily basis. For timetables check the website. www.sunferries.com.au The trip takes approx 20minutes. Ferries depart from Flinders Street Townsville.Magnetic Island Bus Service meets every ferry, and offers unlimited day travel with commentary....

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  • By Ferry - Car

    The car ferry leaves departs from Ross Street South Townsville approx 5mins from Jupiter Casino. The ferry has an easy ramp to drive onto and a small cafe for purchasing coffee or snacks whilst travelling over to Magnetic Island. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal or booking ahead is advisable. The ferry arrives at Nelly...

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Magnetic Island Shopping

  • ATM - Magnetic Island

    ATM's >IGA at Nelly Bay.Picnic Bay Hotel Picnic Bay MallMagnums Resort - ArcadiaHorseshoe Bay StoreFoodswork - Horseshoe Bay

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  • Shops on Magnetic Island

    Picnic Bay and Horseshoe Bay are your best places to shop. There is a large bottle shop in Alma Bay.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Magnetic Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Marine Stingers.

    • Stingers - Box Jellyfish or Irukandji. - Stinger season is between October to May. • Found in Northern Queensland, Northern Territory, and Northern Western Australia.PLEASE READ ALL LIFE-SAVING SIGNS AND WARNINGS>. The Irukandji (Carukua barnesi) inhabits Northern Australian waters. This is a deadly jellyfish, which is only 2.5 centimeters in...

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  • Stinger Nets.

    A large comfortable spacious enclosed stinger net can be located at Horseshoe Bay. Please take notice of the signs and warnings which are available on the beach.You are very safe swimming in between the stinger net. You can also hire a stinger suit if one opts to swim outside the stinger nets.Out of stinger season you can swim in the divine waters...

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  • What to do if stung.

    Irukandji – If in doubt of what stinger was involved, apply vinegar immediately to the sting. Observe airway, breathing and circulation. Make sure the patient rests and send for urgent medical assistance. Note that the symptoms of an Irukandji sting can take around minutes to develop. You will see bottles of vinegar on all Stinger Beaches which is...

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Magnetic Island Tourist Traps

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    by Openseas Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    The problem with hiring a moke on Magnetic Island you cannot go down any of the dirt roads, which restricts your limitation of seeing the best of the island.

    Its great fun if you just want to have a little exploration and see the sights but visiting the more remote parts of the island is totally out of the question.

    If you really want to see everything, then I highly recommend you hire a car from Townsville and take it across on the car ferry.

    However, if you just want to stay on Magnetic and use the car to get to Horseshoe Bay or Picnic bay then this is a good option as you really do NEED a car on the island. It's incredibly hilly and I would HATE not to have a car !

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Magnetic Island Off The Beaten Path

  • BIRD MAN

    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...

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  • Four Wheel Driving

    If you can get your hands on a 4wd vehicle, i strongly recoment going for a drive around the other roads on the island....just watch you dont bump your head, hehehei had an egg head for about 2 weeks after my 4wd experience

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Magnetic Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Something for everyone.

    Magnetic Island has just about something for everyone regarding sports activities. See "Things to Do" for additional information. Most sporting equipment can be hired on Magnetic Island at Coral Sea Sports in Nelly Bay.

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  • Forts Track

    There`s an exellent fort walking track on magnetic island. You`ll pass some military posts with good vieuws and a great place to spot koala`s. Great places to snorkel are;- horseshoe bay- arthur bay

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  • Boating

    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...

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Magnetic Island Favorites

  • Solitude

    Nelly Bay is very quiet these days as the jetty for the ferry has moved to another bay Walks along the beach

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  • dont be too sick on the way there

    when taking the barge across to the island i found , to help keep from feeling the effects of sea sickness... i sat at the top of the barge, where i could see a lot more....if i was in the car i would feel sick.

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  • dont be too sick on the way there

    when taking the barge across to the island i found , to help keep from feeling the effects of sea sickness... i sat at the top of the barge, where i could see a lot more....if i was in the car i would feel sick.

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  • Mar 26, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Me and my friends had an amazing trip at Magnetic Island Schoolies. It's a BLAST! we've splurged our hotness at the beach with some cool chics! good stuff! haha..

    There's also a cool band played alternative music which really ROCKED! Non-stop dancin and partying all night. I really loved the drinks I've had "Hands down"!

    We're about to book to another island but my bro spoke to this guy, working with a travel agent called "Sure Thing Schoolies Travel" who actually did plan everything for us to be in Magnetic Island. Thanks to Sure Thing! ;)

    Totally SicK experience we had! Sure will visit there again!!

 
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