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Take 4 Days
Magnetic Island is fantastic. We’d recommend you set aside 4 days so you get to spend some quality time hanging out in paradise. You’ll need a day traveling there and you’ll use most of one day when you leave. So plan for 2 clear days to actually get out and about and explore. Make sure you check out the koala sanctuary, the sunset walks and the gorgeous remote beaches.
Get Your Walking Shoes On
There are some great walks on Magnetic Island and our favourite is the Hawkins Point walk. It’s an easy 1.2 km return walk and it’ll take you about one hour. It starts at Picnic Bay and winds to the top of a large boulder. You’ll see views over the island to Nelly and Geoffrey Bays and back towards Townsville.
Another recommendation is the 4km return walk called The Forts. It takes about an hour and a half. This walk starts at the turn-off to Radical Bay. It ascends, sometimes steeply, to follow a ridge behind the bays. At the end you’ll discover the ruins of the Forts complex operated during World War II. These lookouts offer wonderful views to the Palm Island Group in the north and Bowling Green Bay National Park in the south. If you get into it, there are several other great walking options on the island ranging from a 15 minute stroll to a five hour trek – all will delight.
If you’d rather stay put and be entertained you’ll enjoy Koala Bay Village, which is a wildlife sanctuary where they’ve got crocs, koalas, lizards, snakes and birds. They do 3 shows a day, which costs $25 dollars per person as part of the sanctuary tour. The island also offers jet-skiing tours around the island which start over in Horseshoe Bay. There’s also the Magnetic Island Bowls Club where groups can play barefoot lawn bowls as well as some football. You can hire paddle boards and kayaks to check out the different beaches. You might also enjoy some snorkelling trails that take in the reefs around the island. You’ll find a multi shipwreck in one of the bays which is fun to explore if you are snorkelling.
There are great places to eat over in Horseshoe Bay. There’s five restaurants including, the , Noodles on The Beach and the Barefoot Grill. If you are cashed up there’s the 5-star restaurants in Nelly Bay at Peppers Blue. At Bungalow Bay they have a Thai restaurant on site, and at Base Backpackers they have a sort of a pub-style meals as well, which are a bit cheaper. There are barbecues set up along the beaches as well, so you can always go and cook a barbecue on the beachfront. This is a good way to eat if you want to save costs.
The favourite backpacker bar and the nightlife bar on the island would be The Island Bar right by Base Backpackers. Monday through Friday they have different themed nights from Bingo on Monday, Bar Wars every Tuesday, Trivia on a Wednesday, Ladies Night on a Thursday, and a Frat Party on a Friday. There’s always something going on. If you want to kick up your heels and dance, the the Island Bar is the place. They have a monthly Full Moon Parties as well, which is the largest monthly north Queensland party on offer, averaging about 2000 people.
Good Day Sunshine
Islanders boast that they get 320 days of sunshine every year. From that point of view any time of the year is wonderful on the island. It does get quite hot during the summer months from November through until March it’s very hot and humid. The wet season includes December, January, and even February. Having said that the island doesn’t get as many rainy days as the mainland. If you happen to be on the island when it does rain you can see waterfalls that come into effect.
Life is more relaxed on Magnetic Island. Visitors to the island say it’s like you take a step back in time. Everything goes at a bit of a slower pace – which is perfect for a holiday. The beaches and the water are absolutely stunning. Most people will remember their visit to this wonderful place for a long time. The parties are some of the most spectacular on the east coast.
You will need to wear a hired stinger suit. There are jellyfish out there all year round so cover yourself and avoid the stinger hazard. Splash ahead with confidence.