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Known to the locals as ‘Maggie’, Magnetic Island sits just off the coast of Queensland’s Townsville. Easy to get to, it has some of the most beautiful scenery around as well as top class facilities for visitors. Rich in nature, with some gorgeous sandy beaches, everything you could want in a holiday is close at hand. Check out our excellent Magnetic Island accommodation and feel the attraction for yourself!History
Magnetic Island has been a popular holiday destination for many years, loved by international guests and Aussie tourists alike. Before this, the island was home to European settlers, and , various Aboriginal groups lived on the island even earlier. The name came from a strange magnetic effect said to have occurred on the compass of Captain Cook’s ship when he was passing by.Things to do
Magnetic Island National Park is the perfect place for hiking, climbing, and nature spotting – covering over half of the island, gorgeous natural scenery is never too far away! With a large koala population, it is also one of the best places in the whole of Australia for watching these furry cute critters in the wild. Relax on the sandy beaches and swim in the deliciously cool ocean. The waters are also teeming with fish, so it’s great for keen fishing enthusiasts. Picnic Bay Jetty is another great spot for chilling out. A couple of old fortresses from World War II provide historical sightseeing and a number of spas and beauty salons mean that relaxing at the end of a busy day is made even more special. There are several celebrations on the island throughout the year, and if you’re around for the full moon, you’re in for a real treat!Shopping and dining
There is a full range of facilities and services on Magnetic Island, so you needn’t worry about being away from the mainland. There is a good assortment of places to eat and drink, catering to all tastes.Getting here and around
Book a flight to Townsville and hop on the fast and frequent ferry service to be on Magnetic Island in a jiffy. With loads of terrific Magnetic Island hotels, you can be sure of a pleasant and comfortable stay on this tropical island paradise.