Forts Walk, Magnetic Island National Park - One of the most popular tracks on the island, the Forts Walk leads to historic WWII fortifications and infrastructure. Lookouts along the way afford 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.... more
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.
Distance: four kilometre return.
Time: allow 1.5 hours walking time.... less
Keep to the walking tracks to avoid disturbing snakes.
Between November and May, if you choose to swim, stay in stinger enclosures and wear protective clothing.
Take care on loose or uneven surfaces and around boulders, steep slopes, and rock faces.
Take water and wear a hat and sunscreen.
The dry season, from May to November, is the best time to visit.
How To Get There
Magnetic Island can be reached by passenger and car ferry services from Townsville. The 11.5 kilometre trip to the Nelly Bay Marina takes about 30 minutes. The island can also be reached by private boat. On the island bicycles, motorbikes and small cars can be hired and a local bus service operates. The national park, which covers more than half of the island, can be accessed via a network of walking tracks from various parts of the island.
Magnetic Island has a tropical climate with a wet season usually from December to April. The dry season, from May to November, is the best time to visit. Magnetic Island is within the dry tropics, an area that has a wet season similar to other parts of the tropics but is characterised by a dry season with very little rain and lots of sunshine. Daytime temperatures vary between 25 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Celsius throughout the year. The high humidity, especially during summer months, can be very tiring for visitors unaccustomed to the tropics.
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