Magnetic Island Visitor Information

About Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is a stunning tropical retreat, just a 25 minute ferry ride from Townsville in northern Queensland. Pristine beaches and untouched national park make this one of Australia’s top destination holidays, and for good reason.

Boasting 23 bays and beaches, Magnetic Island offers visitors an exciting array of activities and opportunities for adventure. Fishing fanatics will love the abundance of marine life easily accessed from the shore or boat. Fishing tours are chartered daily, or just throw in a line from the sand, this is an angler’s paradise. Alternatively, thrill-seekers will love the guided jet ski tours that circumnavigate the island in three hours, highlighting the most spectacular destinations from the water.

Snorkellers will enjoy the intrepid beauty of Horseshoe Bay while the great sheltered inlets boast world-class dive sites. Attracting visitors from Townsville and nearby islands, Alma Bay, Nelly Bay, Geoffrey Bay, Arthur Bay and Florence Bay are all excellent dive spots that offer 10 metre drops, high visibility and a sundry of hard and soft corals. Those with a good eye will notice the many stingrays and moral eels that call Magnetic Island home, not to mention the wobbegong sharks, nudibranchs and crayfish. Intrepid travellers will also love the Moltke wreck off the shore from Geoffrey Bay; 50 metres in length, the wreck can be found 100 metres from the sand – offering myriad corals and fish along the 8-metre long boat.

Beyond the waves, visitors will enjoy the 25-kilometre network of tracks and trails that wind through the island and showcase the stunning natural vistas and verdant rainforest. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife and don’t forget to look out across the dazzling Coral Sea. A must-experience is the famous 90-minute return Forts Walk, rewarding visitors with a 360-degree panoramic coast and sea view.

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