23 bays and beaches waiting to be explored

Wander, ramble and explore this natural beauty. More than 2,500 people call this island home but it’s the furry locals that leave a lasting impression. Magnetic Island is home to Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas living in the wild. The eucalypt forests and rugged landscape provide the ideal home for this unique ecosystem, perfect for koalas and many other Australian animals – 166 different species to be exact.

Two thirds of Magnetic Island is National Park with secluded but easily accessible bays and golden beaches. The Island has nearly 25 kilometres of walking tracks meandering through the protected national parks.

Magnetic Island is the island playground of Townsville featuring prominently in the profile of the city. The island is only 20 minutes from the city centre.

The island comprises self-contained accommodation as well as backpacker hostels. There are a vast range of activities available including boat trips around the island, guided tours, water sports, golf, diving expeditions, jet skiing, great fishing, horse riding, and topless car hire are all available.

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Things to do

Do as little or as much as you like on Magnetic Island with activities ranging from snorkeling, boat charters, guided tours, water sports, golf, diving expeditions, jet skiing, fishing, horse riding, bush walks and more.

Where to Stay

Magnetic Island’s accommodation ranges from 5 star resorts to youth hostels and everything in between. Find something to suit your budget and holiday ideal.


Head along to one of the many regular events such as the weekly toad races or enjoy a signature island event such as the Magnetic Island Race Week yacht regatta or Adventurethon.

Travel Services

Being a suburb of Townsville, you will find everything you need on the island as you would on the mainland from supermarkets, doctors, banks and more.


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