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Published June 16th 2021
Diverse and beautiful island to explore by walking
Magnetic Island is magnificent and unique just 8 kilometres offshore from Townsville, North Queensland.
Magnetic Island offers unspoilt nature and transparent waters. This island has unique flora and fauna. In particular, there are pockets of true rainforest and remnants of earlier Gondwana flora. The island is rich in marine life and it is part of the Great Barrier Reef.
Radical Bay's beautiful beach and pristine waters in the north east part of Magnetic Island. Photo by Author.
The passenger ferry departs every 20 minutes from Townsville. A SeaLink passenger ferry runs 14 daily return services between Townsville and Magnetic Island. The ferry transfer is $34 return - the price differs for child, concession, student and family.
Magnetic Island has secluded beaches, turquoise waters where to swim and snorkel. There are granite boulders, sandy beaches and there are hiking and walking trails in Magnetic Island National Park.
The National Park protects eucalypt forest, hoop pines, waterfalls, beautiful beaches and a large population of koala.
I visited Magnetic Island with my family in autumn, a perfect season with warm, sunny and beautiful days. Once on the island, arriving by ferry to Nelly Bay, we caught the bus. The ferry services are perfectly timed with the bus services.
Sunbus is the trusted transport partner of TransLink, the Route 250 service connects Picnic Bay and Horseshoe Bay at both ends of the island with the Magnetic Island Ferry at Nelly Bay.
What to bring
A hiking medium backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeve, hiking ankle supportive boots or hiking shoes, first aid kit, insect repellent, give preference to cream or roll-on, sunscreen, walking poles if you like to use them, pack your swimmers and a towel.
For this hike, consider carrying a map or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate.
Bring lots of water, especially if it's a hot day, 1.5 litres of water and snacks. During summer, you can bring electrolytes to dissolve in water to compensate for the loss through perspiration. You may consider packing sandwiches, fresh fruit, dry fruit, energy bars and small meals.
Walk with family, friends or in a group. Never alone!