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Memorable Magnetic Island

How lucky are we Aussies to have so many paradise islands on our doorstep? And of all those idyllic locations, Magnetic Islandhas to be one of the best. Not only does it provide opportunity after opportunity to sip cocktails and get tanned on beautiful beaches without even needing to organise a passport, but it’s also jam-packed with fun things to do.

Divethe Great Barrier Reef, explore on a jet skior spend time with friends at Picnic Bay, West Point,Nelly BayorBalding Bay. Then get a few drinks flowing and head out for a swanky night in Townsville (it’s only 8km away by ferry).It’s a win-win really – just make sure you’ve got the air-con cranked!


10. Magnetic Island Country Club If you’re not into golf, tag along anyway because the walks across the course should not be missed.

5. Nelly Bay Harbour Learn to sail at this popular sailing hub.

9. Giant Saltwater Croc Don’t be scared, he’s only 4m long! Buy him a drink at the Picnic Bay Hotel.

4. Geoffrey Bay Sit and watch the world go by at this popular picnic spot.

8. Hawkings Point Walk A half-hour stroll will reward you with views across to Townsville.

3. Picnic Bay This beautiful bay offers views and a nice atmosphere for families, or for romantic endeavours…

7. The Forts Walk If you’re happy to walk for one to two hours, this is the trek for you. Totally worth it for the scenery.

2. National Park There are loads of walks and trails to conquer as well as wildlife to spot.

6. Horseshoe Bay Lots of great sailing tours leave from this spot.

1. The Great Barrier Reef You could spend your whole holiday exploring the underwater worlds. A global icon – and it’s ours!


March lights up the screen with the Magnetic Island Film Festival. It’s movie mania for three days, with everything from blockbusters to art house featured.

ANZAC Day sees over 1,000 people come together to pay their respects. A dawn service kicks things off, followed by parades and lots of beers.

November sees huge numbers of school leavers falling about to celebrate Schoolies Week. The island puts on lots of safe special events that everyone can join in with.

The Magnetic Island Wine Festival swills into town in July and gives visitors the opportunity to sample over 50 different drops.

September and October feel the groove with a month of live music for the Bay Days Festival. There’s music, markets, gallery openings, walks, talks and theatre!


· If there’s one thing we can say for sure it’s that no matter what time of year you visit, you’re bound to have nice sunny weather and around seven to nine hours of sunshine a day.

· Temperatures are mild throughout the year, averaging around 30°C (86°F) from September to March.

· April is the coolest month, with temperatures down to around 14°C (57°F).


· Each Magnetic Island village is small enough that you can do most of your exploring on foot.

· Hire a bike to explore the island at your leisure.

· There is a bus service that will take your from Picnic Bay to Horseshoe Bay, but it only runs every 40 minutes.

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1 Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island

4 stars
3.0 / 5 2 reviews

146 Sooning Street Map

Set in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and within Magnetic Island National Park, Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island is the ideal base for holidaymakers who want to enjoy the great Australian... More

The view is to die for. You cannot get any closer to the ocean, you're pretty much on it. The unit were we stayed is spacious and very nice. There are 4 swimming pools and they're all nice. Make...
18 Dec 2014

2 Peppers Blue On Blue Resort Magnetic Island

5 stars
4.1 / 5 11 reviews


Stay 2 & Save 15% + Breakfast

Peppers Blue On Blue Resort Magnetic Island redefines the essence of island holidays on magical Magnetic Island offering stylish accommodations and unaltered services for an ceaseless stay. This a... More

Enjoyed the stay
We had a three bedroomed apartment and the rooms were all well equipped and beds really comfortable. The main bedroom make up light was broken and we did report but wasn't fixed as we were there...
12 May 2015

3 Base Magnetic Island

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

1 Nelly Bay Road Map

Whether travelling for business or pleasure, the Base Backpackers Magnetic Island Hotel provides friendly service, superior accommodation to everyone visiting the Magnetic Island. GeneralMake your... More

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