Magnetic Island Travel Guide
Paradise beaches, wildlife
If you haven't your own transport, getting around the island by public transport bus can be very slow
In a nutshell
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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 -...
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...
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.
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...
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...
MAN Fridays, Magnetic Island: Appaling and unacceptable customer service!
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...
Peppers Resort: 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...
Arkie's Resort: 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...
From Townsville Airport to Magnetic Island
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.
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...
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...
• 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...
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...
Hiring a moke.
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 !
Updated Dec 13, 2007
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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...
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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