Forts walk, Magnetic Island National Park
The Forts Junction Hub provides an entry point to the National Park walking track network. Carparks and bus stops provide easy access, toilet and drinking water facilities are in place, and interpretive displays make this the ideal spot to start and plan your National Park experience.
One of the most popular tracks on Magnetic Island National Park, the Forts walk leads to fascinating historic WWII fortifications and infrastructure.
Starting on Horseshoe Bay Road at the turn-off to Radical Bay (Forts Junction hub), the track ascends, sometimes steeply, to follow a ridge behind the bays before arriving at the ruins of the Forts complex operated during World War II. Along the way, stop to take in breathtaking views to the Palm Island Group in the north and Bowling Green Bay National Park in the south. Remember to look upwards as well! Dozing koalas are often seen in the trees along the track.
The 360 degree views from the top of the fortifications are more than worth the walk!
The Australian Coast Artillery Units operated the Forts complex from 1943 until the end of the Pacific War in 1945.