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Magnetic Island: two days, two ways!

16th October 2019

There really is something for everyone on the island paradise of Magnetic Island. Check out your next two-day itinerary with activities for families or couples!


Family weekend away

8am: Forts Walk

After a stunning 45min cruise with Magnetic Island Ferries, we drove off the car barge and headed straight for the Forts Walk. The kids loved running ahead to spot koalas in the trees above and were surprisingly excited to learn about the Island’s involvement in WWII. Fun, exercise and history lesson - sign us up!

12noon: Beachside lunch

Time to rest and refuel! We enjoyed lunch at the Picnic Bay Hotel, complete with delicious seafood, stunning beachside views and live fish tank. Afterwards, we enjoyed a quick wander along the iconic Picnic Bay Jetty where the kids threw out their fishing lines.

2:30pm: Bungalow Bay

We ended the afternoon with a wildlife tour at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village. We loved interacting with our favourite Aussie animals, like holding a croc and cuddling a koala, and learning how the local rangers care for the Island’s native wildlife.

Overnight: Amaroo on Mandalay

Romantic Adventure

7am: Go Topless

A quick 20min ferry with SeaLink Queensland landed us on our island paradise! We picked up a bright orange topless car from Tropical Topless Car Hire and began exploring the coastlines hand-in-hand with the wind in our hair and music blaring - the ultimate way to wind down to Island time!

9am: Hit the water

From exploring the land to the sea, we headed to Horseshoe Bay and hired a pair of jet skis to go exploring! If you think the coastlines are stunning from the land, you ain’t seen nothing yet - we had a blast zooming around the headland to discover the secluded ‘Lovers Bay’!

4:30pm: Sunset sail

We decided to slow things down with a relaxing sunset sail aboard Big Mama Sailing. The spectacular views were only made better with the drinks, nibbles and amazing company as guide Lisa welcomed us to their home on the water.

Overnight: Peppers Blue on Blue

Family-friendly fun on Magnetic Island



8am: A local guide

We kicked off day two aboard Aquascene Charters to explore the local secret spots of Magnetic Island from the water. As a family-owned business, tour guide Adam knew exactly how to keep the kids entertained with swimming, snorkelling, fun fishing and feeding wildlife above and below the water - a truly memorable experience.

12pm: Ice-cream time

After a big morning on the water, we bee-lined for the Arcadia Pub. There was a pool for the kids, great food and even better views. Afterwards, we all enjoyed delicious ice-creams next to the famous Bikini Tree in Arcadia.

3pm: Alma Bay

After a big weekend, we found paradise right across the road at Alma Bay. Between the park, playground, patrolled beach, and snorkelling spots, it was the perfect spot for the parents to relax while the kids explored. There was no better way to wind down, celebrate beautiful memories made and soak up the best that Magnetic Island has to offer.


8am: Explore beneath the surface

We joined the local legends at Pleasure Divers to dive a little deeper and show us the amazing fringing reefs around the island. With our snorkelling equipment sorted, we visited both Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay and spend the morning spotting fish, coral and even giant clams!

12pm: Beers 'n' burgers

With some calories burnt, we headed to Base Backpackers in Nelly Bay for lunch - and boy did it deliver! The food was delicious, the atmosphere incredible with great music and stunning views, and we met plenty of new friends swapping Magnetic Island must-do’s while we soaked up the sun!

5pm: Hawkings Point

Our new friends at Base Backpackers suggested Hawkings Point for a spectacular sunset to wrap up our weekend. It was only a 1hr return walk from Picnic Bay which was well worth the views over a few small bays and across to the mainland - the perfect spot to reflect on our amazing weekend, if only it had lasted longer!

Romantic island adventures by@mycolourfulworld

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