5 Things to do on Magnetic Island
Located in the world famous Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Magnetic Island is an easily-accessible slice of paradise. Regular ferries from Townsville depart for the island, giving visitors access to many beautiful beaches, hiking trails and scenic lookouts. Magnetic Island is also a great place to spot unique Australian wildlife. Here are some of our recommendations of how to make the most of your time in the region.
The Forts Walk
This 4 kilometre return walk takes visitors through historical WWII fortifications and offers beautiful 360 degree views of the Palm Island Group. It is a good idea to start early in the morning. The trail will be less crowded and the temperatures lower. Be sure to keep an eye out for koalas in the trees.
See the wallabies in Geoffrey Bay
Located next to Arcadia in Geoffrey Bay, you can spot small rock wallabies living among the rocks. Take some fresh vegetables to feed them and get up close to the little creatures. Dusk is the best time to see the wallabies. Geoffrey Bay is also a great place for snorkeling, and you can also opt to take a boat tour.
Hit the beach
Magnetic Island is home to many beaches that are perfect for relaxing in the sun. Horseshoe Bay is one of the most popular beaches, with plenty of restaurants, hotels and shops on site. Kayak and paddle board on the ocean, and stick around to watch the sunset. On the opposite side of the island, visit the lovely Rock Bay. It is the perfect spot for a picnic.
Take a walk to Hawkings Point Lookout
This is one of the top lookout points on the island. Hawkings Point Lookout is an easy walk from Picnic Bay, and it offers wonderful views of Rocky Bay and back to Townsville. If you are planning on exploring the various walking trails of Magnetic Island, make sure you take plenty of water and some sunscreen. The temperatures can get quite hot in Far North Queensland, so it may be better to plan your walk for early in the morning when it is cooler.
Hire a dirt bike so you can access hidden points on the island. With a bike you can easily get to Radical Bay, a quieter bay that you will often have to yourself. You can also watch some of the best sunsets from West Point, without being surrounded by other tourists.
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