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Forts Walk
1.5 Hours  / 4 Kilometres



Description

The Forts Walk, on Magnetic Island National Park, is one of the most popular tracks on the island. The four kilometre return walk leads to historic World War II fortifications and infrastructure.

Starting on Horseshoe Bay Road at the turn-off to Radical Bay, the track ascends, sometimes steeply, to follow a ridge behind the bays before arriving at the ruins of the Forts complex. Along the way lookouts offer excellent views to the Palm Island Group in the north and Bowling Green Bay National Park in the south. Koalas are often seen in trees along the track. The walk culminates in 360 degree views from the top of the fortifications.

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The Australian Coast Artillery Units operated the Forts complex from 1943 until the end of the Pacific War in 1945. Today the Forts ruins are protected and are a unique attraction within the national park.

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View from Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park
View from Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National ParkFortifications, Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park
Fortifications, Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National ParkHIstoric gun emplacement, Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park
HIstoric gun emplacement, Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park


Journey Details

Duration1.5 Hours Itinerary TypeLand
Distance4 KilometresItinerary RouteReturn
Mode of TravelWalk
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience

Facilities

  • Car park
    Car park
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided


Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park Full Itinerary

Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park

The Forts Walk track is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.


Historic gun emplacement, Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park
Historic gun emplacement, Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park
Historic fortifications, Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park
Historic fortifications, Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park


Route Details

Duration: 1.5 Hrs 
Distance: 4 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Walk
Route Type: Return

Experiences
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
    Historic/Heritage
  • Island
    Island
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 3
Other Information
Children: Children are welcome.



Other Information


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