Captain Cook discovered Magnetic Island in 1770 and believed it to have a magnetic force which caused interference with his compass, hence the name. If you're planning a trip to North Queensland, I have to recommend that you visit Magnetic Island.
Thanks to the tropical weather North Queensland offers, it's a perfect getaway almost all year round and is just a short 20 minute ferry ride from the Breakwater Terminal in the heart of Townsville. Now there are buses that run throughout the day around the island, however my favourite way to see the island is by scooter. Road Runner Scooters offers great prices and can collect you and drop you back off at the ferry terminal and it only costs $7-$15 to refill (even with rising petrol prices this is still a bargain).
Now I want to start with something for the party people - Full Moon Party. Yes, that's right, you don't have to travel all the way to Thailand to experience an awesome party on the beach which boasts an array of huge musical acts and attracts up to 2,000 people each month. Located at a famous backpackers, BASE, you won't have far to stumble home to rest those weary feet and recharge. If Full Moon Parties aren't your thing BASE Backpackers has plenty of events to keep you entertained no matter what day you decide to visit. Popular with both backpackers and locals of all ages, you can sit back and relax with a cocktail by the pool taking in the beautiful scenery or party the night away with your new found friends.
Activities Love the outdoors? Perfect, there's plenty to keep you entertained here. If you're a water lover head on over to Horseshoe Bay and pick from a long list of water sports including jet-skiing, kayaking, tubing, sailing, fishing and even horseback riding in the water. Alternatively there are plenty more bays and beaches each offering their own special something, a few of my favourites are Florence, Arthur and Radical Bay which are all good places for swimming and snorkeling and generally fairly quiet and are accessible by foot.
Walking Trails The island has loads of walking trails most of which are suitable for beginners. The Forts Walk is a 4km round trip and is the most popular of the lot, offering views towards the Palm Island Group and ruins from WWII. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as the Island is full of wildlife and you're almost certain to spot a koala or two at one point or another. Don't forget to take a water bottle either, the heat in North Queensland can be brutal, even for the locals.
Did you see that Koala? Haha I love the way he looks so lazy chillin in the tree ;) I have spent many summer and winter weekends/ weeks on Maggie and can only remember ever seeing one koala! Lucky you :)