A jewel of North Queensland located within the Great Barrier Reef, Magnetic Island is situated a mere 8 kilometers’, 40 minutes from Townsville by ferry. With a population of only 2,500 people and a year round pleasant tropical climate, the island offers up a bounty of natural beauty and a plethora of activities sure to make for a perfect holiday. Watersports are always popular on Magnetic Island, as is simply relaxing on one of the island’s 23 secluded beaches. The waters here are a stunning turquoise blue, and the island is home to a unique interactive koala sanctuary. There are 25 km of bushwalking trails and vibrant weekly markets. Rent a moke, dine al fresco, hike to Fort Point, snorkel or dive the reef, experience a ‘Full Moon Party’, and so much more here on Magnetic Island.
Magnetic Island owes its name to Captain James Cook who, when passing by in 1770, believed the island to be affecting his compass. The island’s history includes hoop pine logging and pineapple farming, a quarantine station for the nearby port of Townsville on the mainland, and a coastal defense station during World War II.
Magnetic Island Fast Facts:
- Average days of sunshine per year: 320 (Although it is near the Wet Tropics, the Townsville/Magnetic Island area is in a rain shadow which makes it the sunniest area on the Queensland coast.)
- Temperature: Average maximum temperature: 28.7C
- Average minimum temperature: 19.5C
- Dry Season: March to November
- Wet Season: November to March
- Heritage Listings: Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Marine Park
- Number of beaches: 23
- Walking tracks: 25km