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Magnetic Island

Located a short ferry ride from Townsville and surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, World Heritage listed Magnetic Island boasts 23 beaches and bays for you to see.

Most of the interior and the north-west of the island are taken up by Magnetic Island National Park, providing a safe habitat for the island’s plants and animals. Rock wallabies live in the rugged terrain of the north, and the eucalyptus forests are home to the largest outdoor koala colony in northern Australia.

Coral reefs are dotted around the island and can be explored on the two snorkelling trails—one in Nelly Bay and one in Geoffrey Bay. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you tackle the Forts Walk, a trail that takes you to the historic World War II fortifications with 360 views of the surrounding bays.

One of these is Horseshoe Bay, a popular spot for water sports such as sailing, kayaking and paddleboats, and the location of a great variety of restaurants and cafes. Even though over half the island is covered by National Park, there are still plenty of accommodation options to suit every budget. Make your way around the island in your own car of by using the local island bus service.

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