Magnetic Island is only 8km and a short ferry ride away from Townsville and it’s a great place to spend a few days. You can cuddle a koala or drive a 4×4 to hidden beaches, climb trees and hike to great lookouts. There are sailing and jet-ski tours, kayaking and fishing tours. The island itself has great beach bars and restaurants if you want to stay dry.
Beaches around Maggie Island
There are so many beaches and coves to explore whether you hire a car to get there or bushwalk to find the secret spots. Take the time to explore this beautiful island and its adorable inhabitants. West Point is only accessible with a 4×4 but it’s worth it to watch the sunset. Horseshoe Bay is the largest and there are numerous other beaches and bays along the coast.
Diving and snorkeling
As Magnetic Island is still within the Great Barrier Reef there are some fantastic dives on and offshore. There are also a few wreck dives which are a fantastic experience. Check out Pleasure Divers for information and rates. The calm, sloping beaches make for some easily accessible snorkeling spots too.
Renting a vehicle
You can hire the most adorable little cars from MI Wheels for a very good price, and this will get you to most parts of the island. However, if you want to explore further away from town the roads get bumpy and a 4×4 is recommended. We hired a little Suzuki for the day and the four of us explored the whole island and ended our day watching the sunset on a secluded beach and stopping for cocktails on our way back to the hostel.
Bungalow Bay Koala Village is an eco-friendly YHA hostel with its own wildlife park. Have a champagne breakfast with koalas, eat your lunch with the birds and a drink in the evening with the possums. You can even hold a baby crocodile or a snake if you’re brave enough. Just because they aren’t fluffy, doesn’t mean they aren’t cute too!
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