Magnetic Island: All You Need To Know

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Magnetic Island, affectionately known as Maggie Island by the locals is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets. 320 days of sunshine each year, endless hiking trails, epic marine life and an abundance of wildlife, I’m here to help you plan an unforgettable adventure.








Getting to Magnetic Island.

8km off the coast of Townsville you’ll find Magnetic Island. From Townsville airport it’s a short 10km drive to Breakwater Ferry Terminal. Shuttle buses do run quite frequently from the airport to the Sea link Ferry. $33 per person for a return ticket, each ticket lasts 30 days from the day you purchase it. There is parking at the ferry terminal if needed.


Getting around Magnetic Island.

There are a few options when it comes to navigating your way around Magnetic Island. The cheapest is by public bus, to be honest we found the buses to be quite unreliable with no real timetable. They do operate between 6am and 10pm but aren’t as frequent as you would imagine. You can rent a 4WD or a Barbie car (topless) offering complete island vibes. These vehicles have no tops or sides making it quite the novelty. The Barbie cars can only access sealed roads. If you are planning an off road adventure, I’d recommend a 4WD which is easily rented from Jeeps on Maggie Island rentals, or a Barbie car from Tropical Topless.


The best time of the year to go to Magnetic Island.

Magnetic Island has a tropical climate meaning it’s possible to visit all year round with sunny days and little rain, the average temperature being 27-29 degrees.









Spots to visit on Magnetic Island:


Explore the Forts walk ands WW2 Bunkers

Expect beautiful views of the island and fascinating WW2 history shared on numerous plaques along the trail. As you hike keep your eyes peeled for koalas sleeping in the trees. The most popular hike on the island and one we would recommend. Give yourself 2 hours to complete it and take in the amazing scenery. This 4km return track is best to do at sunrise as it overlooks Florence and Horseshoe Bay.


Cane Toad Racing

Head to Arcadia Hotel Pub to catch the infamous Cane Toad Races. Yes, it is as hilarious as it sounds, every Wednesday night.


Visit the Island markets

Every second last Sunday from 9am-2pm you can visit the Magnetic Island markets in Horseshoe Bay or a weekly Friday night market in the RSL Hall in Arcadia from 6-8pm.


Feed the wallabies

Head to the rocks at Geoffrey Bay to feed the local wallabies. This spot is so popular it’s even marked on google maps. Take some vegetables to entice them out from behind the rocks. We managed to get up close and personal with plenty of these small creatures, some even had Joeys in their pouches.


Hire a jet ski

One of the many water sports you can try at Horseshoe Bay is jet skiing. Why not get that adrenaline pumping? Hop on a jet ski tour or enjoy an hour on your own with magnetic jet ski tours.


Take a dip at Horseshoe Bay

Sheltered in the northeastern end of the island is Horseshoe Bay. Boasting many pubs, restaurants, and cute cafes with excellent conditions for swimming. It’s also one of the most popular spots on the island to watch the sunset, sit back relax and watch it turn from orange, to pink, to red. Alma Bay and Arthur Bay are popular spots for snorkelling, we managed to see a blue spotted ray.


Go nude on Balding Bay

A beautiful hidden gem. No need to bring your swimmers as it’s one of the few nude beaches on the island.










Where to stay on Magnetic Island.

There’s a variety of accommodation to choose from on Magnetic Island. Budget friendly – Base Magnetic Island Hostel. For those travelling the East Coast this is the perfect place to have some fun, partake in karaoke and make new friends. $40 per night for an 8 bedded dorm. Mid-range – Pure Magnetic Villa, $250 per night for a beautiful Balinese vibe. The villa is in Nelly Bay.


How many days do you need to explore Magnetic Island?

2-3 days is the perfect amount of time to spend on Magnetic Island. There’s so many beautiful beaches, trails and an array of wildlife to see, you might as well take advantage of the time there.

Magnetic Island, affectionately known as Maggie Island by the locals is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets. 320 days of sunshine each year, endless hiking trails, epic marine life and an abundance of wildlife.
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