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The Complete Guide to Australia’s Magnetic Island



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Eight kilometers offshore from Townsville, Australia, lies Magnetic Island. The charming island is easily accessed by ferry or private boat and waiting for Aussies and travelers from around the globe to pay a visit.

Magnetic Island is home to native wildlife, and it hosts Australia’s largest northern population of koalas. If that’s not a reason enough for you to visit this fantastic island, keep on reading and earn more about Australia’s hidden jewel.

Best Time to Visit

Magnetic Island has a sunny, tropical climate with temperatures going up to 90 degrees F in summer. During winter, you can count on slightly milder weather with the highest of 75 degrees. In the summer temperatures won’t go under 75 degrees and 55 degrees in winter. Rainfall is highest from December to March, so if you don’t like wet weather, avoid traveling during these months.

During summer, humidity is similarly high. Peak season in Magnetic Island runs from June to October. The island is also busier on weekends with day-trippers from Townsville, so book your holidays keeping these schedules in mind, if you want to save up. With all of this in mind, the best time to visit is in May or from August to October.

Getting to Magnetic Island


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Reaching Magnetic Island from Australia’s mainland is relatively easy and affordable. After flying or driving to Townsville all it takes is a ferry ride to the island. You’ll find a top-class Magnetic Island car ferry that operates up to 8 barge departures from Townsville daily. It will not take longer than 40 minutes to reach the island. Ensure your spot on a ferry by booking your ticket in advance. That is especially important if you’re transporting your vehicle with you too.

Magnetic Island Ferries terminal is located on Ross St, South Townsville. Once you’re on the island, you can rent a car, take a taxi, or use the local bus service to start your island journey. Many hotels will offer transfers from the ferry terminal.

Things to do

Once you’re on the island, you’ll have a full spectrum of activities to enjoy. Are you an avid hiker? Magnetic Island offers an array of walking trails for you to explore. Aside from breaking a sweat by walking, you should also make the most of your island vacation and swim the crystalline blue waters of Alma Bay beach. Picnic Bay is another idyllic place to swim, jump off the jetty and beach-comb the shore. When you’re done soaking up the sun, and you want to enjoy fine dining, head to one of Magnetic Island’s premium restaurants.

From Italian to Mexican cuisine, the island offers a full spectrum of tastes for everyone’s preferences. You can also visit the local markets and stock up on fresh food that you can prepare on your own. Are you looking for a thrilling day filled with adventure? Magnetic Island can offer that too, with their breathtaking tours. Go on a discovery tour or dive the blue waters to see dolphins, whales, sea snakes and more.

Getting around the island

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To make the most of your time on the island, hire a car. Look for fun topless rentals and enjoy driving around the island to see as much of its gorgeous scenery as possible. Get a 4WD and go on an adventure of a lifetime. Some areas of the island are off-limits for hire cars, so check whether you can go to the desired location.

Otherwise, you may face a hefty fine. If you want to avoid driving, a public bus service will be at your disposal. For those who want to brave the hills, a bike is always a convenient and affordable option.

Final thoughts

When you decide to explore Australia, you must put Magnetic Island on the list too. This hidden jewel of Australia that’s only recently become popular holds precious sights and will make you feel like true royalty once you see all of its beauties. Visiting Magnetic Island can be one of the best experiences of your life.

Therefore, try your best to make the most of your visit. Go on a tour, walk, swim, and taste the delicious food that will stay forever in your memory. Have this guide with you on your next visit, and you’ll have the time of your life.


Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.

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