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

Weather

Often labeled as the sunniest island on the Northern coast, Magnetic Island offers up a whopping 320 days of sunshine per year.  And at 28°C average year round, the climate is always perfectly pleasant for holidaymaking of all kinds. Summers on the island are Mediterranean-like with balmy days, warm tropical nights, and only an occasional...

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National Parks

The western portion of Magnetic Island is dominated by Magnetic Island National Park which covers over half of the island's land area. The Aboriginal Wulgurukaba people, 'canoe people', have lived here for thousands of years, naming the island 'Yunbenun'. Evidence of their presence can be found in the form of shell middens, stone tools, and...

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BBQ locations

Magnetic Island has several public BBQ locations available for your use. Many hotels and hostels also have BBQ facilities for their guests. Public BBQ areas can be found at: • Picnic Bay Jetty Park • Nelly Bay Esplanade, Sooning St at the end of Mandalay Ave • Alma Bay • Horseshoe Bay

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Facilities

All the conveniences of the mainland can be found on the Magnetic Island while community retains its small island character. Island facilities include: Banking Services Supermarkets Newsagent Bakery Chemist Video Hire Bottle Shops Massage Therapists Doctors Surgery & Health Clinic Ambulance Service School and Daycare Churches Hair Dressers Petrol Station Post Office Bus Service Taxi...

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Beaches

Magnetic Island is known for its collection of picture-perfect sandy beaches nestled alongside gentle bays formed by rocky headlands. The beaches near the residential areas (Nelly Bay, Picnic Bay, Arcadia, and Horseshoe Bay) are easily accessible while other locations can only be reached by steep trails or boat. With 23 beaches to choose from, an...

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