Backpacking Magnetic Island

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Magnetic Island Highlights

  • The island has a beautiful contrasting landscape with granite rocky headlands, 23 secluded beaches and bays, eucalyptus and green vine forests and Mount Cook towering over it all.

  • Haven for local wildlife such as rock wallabies, Northern Australia's largest colony of Koalas and over 100 species of birds.

  • Plenty of water sports activities available including snorkelling or diving along the fringing reef, sea kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, swimming or just chillin out on a beach.

  • Explore the national park on some of the 25 kilometres of walking trails.

  • Full moon beach party every month, which goes on all night with top DJ's pumping out the tunes.

About Magnetic Island

Population 2,500

Located just 8 kilometres offshore from Townsville, this relaxed and laidback World Heritage Listed island has so much to offer.

The island has a beautiful contrasting landscape with granite rocky headlands, 23 secluded beaches and bays, eucalyptus and green vine forests and Mount Cook towering over it all.

Over two thirds of the island is protected National Park, providing a haven for local wildlife such as rock wallabies, Northern Australia's largest colony of Koalas living in the wild and over 100 species of birds.

There are plenty of things to do and see on the island. It is well known as a water sports haven, where you can go snorkelling or diving along the fringing reef to experience some of the amazing tropical fish and coral reefs. You can take a sea kayaking tour, and along the way you may see some of the local dolphin and turtle populations, whilst exploring the beautiful bays and beaches. For a bit more adrenaline, you could jet ski or water ski around the island, or just chill out on a beach and swim in the warm waters.

On land there is also plenty to do. If you like exploring on foot, there are 25 kilometres of walking trails in the National Park. Or if you want to cover a bit more distance, hire a trail bike, scooter or bike and explore the island this way. There are also various tours available if you would like to be guided around the island. For a unique way to see the island you can take to the skies in a historic Grumman Sea-Cat Bi-Plane.

Also, Magnetic Island is the home of Australia's premier full moon beach party.  The party goes on all night with top international DJ's pumping out the tunes.

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