Feel the Magnetic magic

Written by Brooke Wilson

It is hard to beat the serenity of sitting by the beach on a warm and sunny day, listening to the waves crashing on the shore, with a book in hand.

While we are lucky to call our own patch of coast home, there is nothing quite like the secluded nature of an island getaway, so this month we are off to tropical Magnetic Island!

Situated only 20 minutes by ferry off the coast of Townsville, Magnetic Island makes for an easily accessible holiday without the hassle of extensive travelling.

Home to 23 beaches and packed with things to do, relaxation seekers and adventure enthusiasts alike will find the perfect balance at Magnetic Island.

An absolute highlight of any trip to Magnetic Island is getting to know the ‘locals’.

With over two-thirds of the island as classified national park, the local wildlife is in an abundance, giving you many opportunities to get up close and personal.

The national park itself has 25 kilometres of walking trails zig zagging across the island, with many leading to spectacular views over the island and surrounding ocean. If you are lucky, you might even spot a koala, so keep an eye out! You can even get the opportunity to cuddle one at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village.

As one of the few places in the state that you can, take the chance to go horseback riding along the beach.

Along the way, you will have the opportunity to go bareback into the waters of Horseshoe Bay, sure to be an unforgettable experience.

If being out on the water sounds more appealing, Magnetic Island has no shortage of stunning bays to explore. With mild water temperatures year round, snorkelling is a great way to explore the reefs, aquatic wildlife, and even the historic wrecks of the SS Moltke and a WWII aircraft. You can also hire out kayaks, go on diving expeditions, or amp up the adrenaline by taking a jet ski out for a spin.

After a big day of adventuring (or working hard by relaxing on the beach), round out the day by heading out on a sailing yacht.

Magnetic Island is famous for its spectacular sunsets and getting out on the water is the perfect way to experience this.

Sip on local beers and wines, and watch the sun go down over the water. Doesn’t that just sound divine?