Paradise found on Magnetic Island
30th April 2020
Beaches, bays, koalas, shipwrecks, snorkelling, history, wallabies…. We get it Magnetic Island, you have it all. Escape to a tropical island paradise surrounded by secluded bays, golden beaches and activities to excite all ages. With 320 days of sunshine annually and just a 20-minute ferry from Townsville, Magnetic Island is the perfect natural escape.
S.S City of Adelaide Shipwreck
Get your cameras at the ready for what has previously been crowned the most popular image on Tourism Australia’s Instagram page! Magnetic Island’s most insta-famous maiden, the S.S City of Adelaide, started her life in 1863 in Glasgow, Scotland before resting her bones 15,000 kilometres away in Cockle Bay only 300m offshore. Hidden behind a sea of mangroves, the S.S. Adelaide is an off the beaten track experience that you can wade out to at low tide.
This little bay boasts all the favourite Magnetic Island bucket list items, from meeting some cuddly locals to exploring the depths of WWII history. Head out from the beach and discover one of the island’s two snorkel trails. Explore a variety of coral and sea life along the way to the Moltke shipwreck and further on to the wreckage of a WWII bomber plane. Dry off and walk out to the original entry point to Magnetic Island where you will be greeted by some island locals of a furry nature. The local rock wallabies love to greet tourists and don’t mind the odd selfie!
Hit the Water
Whether you like to sit back and relax or get in on the action, there are plenty of options to explore Magnetic Island by water. While many of the guided experiences are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions, still check out the stunning surrounding reefs and calm waters with BYO snorkel gear and water play equipment. But keep this on your bucket list for later with the islands many tourism operators eager to show you the best ways to enjoy the waters of Magnetic Island - whether that be by jet ski, kayak, paddleboard, or tubing.
Meet the cutest locals!
Magnetic Island is home to the largest colony of koalas in Northern Australia! To see these cuddly creatures in the wild, lace up your walking shoes and hit the Forts Walk trail where you’re sure to see a few along the way to the historic WWII lookout.