Magnetic Island is a secret slice of happiness. The vibes on this island are surreal. Located a short ferry ride off the coast of Townsville in Tropical North Queensland, “Maggie” as it’s affectionately known by the locals, is an Island known for fun. The easiest way for you to explore the island is by hiring a ‘Mini-moke’. These little golf buggy-like cars will be able to take you to parts that you can’t access on foot, like Horseshoe Bay, which is an absolute must-see.
If you’re a little more on the energetic side, Magnetic Island is an awesome place to go hiking and exploring as most of the island is a National Park. We recommend doing ‘The Forts’ walk. It’s a 4km hike that takes you through the forest, up and over some massive rocks and ascends to a lookout peak that will give you the most breathtaking views of the island. Truly special. When you get to the end, you will come across old concrete forts that were used in World War II, not going to lie, they are kind of creepy but super cool.
Maggie is also surrounded by coral reef, so swimming and snorkeling are a must. You’ll see lots of tropical fish and turtles. And maybe sharks. But don’t worry they’re baby ones.... Mostly.
HIRE A MINI-MOKE | SNORKEL THE CORAL REEFS | DO THE FORTS HIKE | SEE HORSESHOE BAY