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Holiday Destination: Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is an island 8 kilometres offshore from the city of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The island is accessible from Townsville Breakwater to Nelly Bay Harbour by ferry. There is a large 27 km2 National Park and bird sanctuary and excellent walking tracks can be taken between the populated bays and to a number of tourist destinations such as the World War II forts. The island has long become established as a holiday destination with many hotels and several resorts in operation to cater for all levels of service. Two thirds of Magnetic Island is national park featuring huge strands of eucalyptus trees and abundant wildlife, including koalas and varied birdlife. There are 23 beaches and bays with golden sand many readily accessible but some providing for absolute privacy. There are nearly 25 km of walking tracks so its easy to find one suitable for your level offitness. The public facilities and infrastructure on the island are managed by the Townsville City Council. The island is part of the electoral district of Townsville in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. The island is also part of the Federal seat of Herbert, which is represented by Ewen Jones. Magnetic Island is the island playground of Townsville featuring prominently in the profile of the city. The island is only 25 minutes from the city centre by regular, fast cat ferries. Two thirds of Magnetic Island is National Park with secluded but easily accessible bays and golden beaches.


Summer 30 °C (84 °F), Winter 14 °C (63 °F)

Tourist Season

June to September Months best for tourism.


Hotels and Apartments.

General Information Of Magnetic Island

  • Land Area: 20.1 sq mi (52 km2)
  • Population: 2 Thousand.
  • Capital City: Queensland.
  • Language: English.

Tourist Attraction in or Near by Magnetic Island

Sea kayak

A sea kayak or touring kayak is a kayak developed for the sport of paddling on open waters of lakes, bays, and the ocean. Sea kayaks are seaworthy small boats with a covered deck and the ability to incorporate a spraydeck. They trade off the maneuverability of whitewater kayaks for higher cruising speed, cargo capacity, ease of straight line paddling, and comfort for long journeys. Sea kayaks are used around the world for marine journeys from a few hours to many weeks, as they can accommodate one to three paddlers together with room for camping gear, food, water, and other supplies. A sea kayak usually ranges anywhere from 10 18 feet for solo craft, and up to 26 feet for tandem craft.

Saltwater Crocodile

The saltwater crocodile also known as the estuarine or Indo Pacific crocodile, is the largest of all living reptiles. It is found in suitable habitats from Northern Australia through Southeast Asia to the eastern coast of India. The saltwater crocodile has a longer muzzle than the mugger crocodile its length is twice its width at the base. The saltwater crocodile has fewer armor plates on its neck than other crocodilians, and its broad body contrasts with that of most other lean crocodiles, leading to early unverified assumptions the reptile was an alligator.

Beach Rides at Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay is a village on Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia. It is considered the tourist strip of the island. From September 2006, Horseshoe Bay was undergoing a string of housing development behind the existing residential area to the southern part of the bay. It is also a major accommodation and recreation centre of Magnetic Island. At the 2006 census, Horseshoe Bay had a population of 484. The horses love swimming, and the experience of riding bareback along the beach and then swimming on horseback is awesome, it's a good idea to have a friend meet you at the beach with a towel and a camera.


Bus Terminal in or Near by

Greyhound Australia

Sunferrries Terminal, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive
Townsville, Australia

Airports in or Near by

Townsville Airport: For international and domestic flights.

Ayr Airport: For international and domestic flights.

Railway Stations

Queensland Railways - Townsville

Townsville, Australia

Townsville Railway Station Road Entry

4-8 Charters Towers Road
Townsville, Australia

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