Magnetic Island Must-Do’s

Known as “Maggie” to locals and long-time fans, Magnetic Island lies just a short 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, in Tropical North Queensland.   

The natural beauty and tranquillity of this island has attracted thousands to call “Maggie” home – including the island’s resident school bus driver, Brad Starr.  

When he’s not ferrying school-kids to and from classes, Brad is also a tour guide on the island – and possibly one of its most passionate promoters.  

“I like to skite about where I live – that’s the long and short of it!”, says Brad. “And if I can give someone an experience here, or tell them about something on the island, they can take that away and tell a friend. All of a sudden, their friends come and experience the island as well.”  

And there’s a lot to experience! 

 Here are some of the must-do’s on Magnetic Island:

Forts Walk

Discover the island’s fascinating World War II history on this scenic walk to abandoned ammo bunkers and artillery sites. The trail is also home to one of the world’s most concentrated populations of wild koalas. 

Hire a Mini Moke

What’s the best way to tour Maggie? Get yourself into a ‘topless car’ from Tropical Topless Car Rentals. Your hire includes a highlights map – so you’ll be all set to take in the best of this beautiful island. 

Get out on the water

Join the team at Aquascene for a signature aquatic adventure that can include snorkelling, fishing and sunset cruises. It’s a family run business with more than 35 years’ experience on the island.  

Relax with a Cocktail

There are heaps of places to stay on Magnetic Island – with many of the accommodation options situated around beautiful Horseshoe Bay, Picnic Bay and the Marina. Whether you want a self-contained beachside apartment or a luxury 3-bedroom villa, you’re sorted.  

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