With nearly twenty-five kilometres of walking tracks and a total of twenty-three bays and beaches, you may well think you have stepped into a fantasy world when you arrive at Magnetic Island.
From a seemingly untouched wilderness to golden, palm fringed beaches you will never be at a loss for something to do. You can walk for miles admiring the eucalyptus plants and the one hundred and sixty six different species of wildlife. The island is world famous for its cuddly koalas, but be warned, the little buggers and not quite as cute as they look.
Or maybe the idea of lying on the sand soaking up the sun is more your thing. It’s not such a crazy thing you know. Of course, if you do get tired of sunbathing you could always try out the host of activities to be found in the vicinity of the beach. Parasailing, watersports, moke tours, diving expeditions and fishing are just some of the sports on offer. Boat trips round the Island are also another favoured attraction among tourists as this way you get to see a little bit of everything. All you have to do is remember to apply your sun cream. What a life!
Sports & Recreation Club, Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Australia
This particular attraction is the drive in without the cars. You get to watch your film in a warm and friendly atmosphere where you can pull up a chair under the stars or lie back with a nice warm blanket. Movies are shown on Friday and Sunday nights and there is a barbecue dinner available.
, Magnetic Island, Australia
The fact that half of Magnetic Island is National Park means that this is one attraction which you can’t possibly avoid. Over five thousand hectares of unspoilt wilderness is home to all the different native Australian wildlife. You will see koalas, wallabies, cockatoos, possums and lorikeets among others. Twenty four kilometres of tracks take visitors to the park through wooded bushland. There are also several look out points where you will see beautiful sandy beaches and coral fringed bays. Just be sure to take your camera when you go.
, Magnetic Island, Australia
There are numerous trails on the island, all ready for you to cycle, moke or walk along and this is just one of the more popular tracks. This particular track is only six kilometres long so you hyave no excuse. It starts at the end of Mandalay Avenue (runs northwest out of Nelly Bay) and begins by passing through a small area of rainforest. You then go through the gully of Gustav Creek and begin an incline which culminates with some breathtaking views of Nelly and Horseshoe bay. From the top of the hill you progress to Arcadia passing open woodland laden with local flora and fauna. Once you get to Arcadia you should make your way to the viewing point at Sphinx Lookout and then it’s back again.
Shop 2, Arcadia Resort, Magnetic Island, Australia
Another attraction which is unavoidable on the Island is snorkling and scuba diving. This is just one centre where you can acquire all the equipment you need for a successful dive, as well as the very necessary lessons. It is located right beside some of the best dive sites on the island in Geoffrey and Alma Bays. You can also book Outer Barrier Reef trips and dive trips to the Yongala wreck. Booking one of these trips will be the perfect incentive to guide you through a diving course. The staff will give you all the information you need about diving conditions and the best dive sites so don’t be afraid to ask questions.