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Snorkelling, Magnetic Island. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Magnetic Island National Park

Spot a koala

Lose yourself for a day or a week on Magnetic Island. The contrasting landscape makes this island destination truly distinctive. The rocky granite headlands fuse with sheltered bays and beaches, studded with majestic hoop pines trees, creating a dramatic coastline. Over two thirds of the island is protected as Magnetic Island National Park, providing a haven for native wildlife, like rock wallabies, possums, and over 100 species of birdlife. Magnetic Island is home to northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas living in the wild. Tropical fish and other marine life live in the surrounding reefs and tranquil waters. Explore the island on a network of walking tracks or explore the bays with a snorkel or a kayak and discover the island’s unique surrounds. Just 8km off the coast from Townsville, the island is easily accessible by vehicle barge or ferry.

Location and getting there

8km NE of Townsville. Access is via passenger and car ferry from Townsville.

Visitor facilities and opportunities

ToiletsPicnic areaCampingCaravan/camper trailer/campervan sitesShort or easy walksHikesCyclingFishingHorseridingWheelchair access

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Must dos

  • Set out on the popular 4km return Forts Walk which leads to historic WWII fortifications and infrastructure. This walk has moderate grades and takes about 1.5hrs walking time. From lookouts along the way enjoy excellent views to the Palm Island Group in the north and Bowling Green Bay National Park in the south. This is koala country so take the time to look up to the eucalypt trees and you might just spot a sleeping koala.
  • Head down to the Geoffrey Bay jetty in the early morning or late afternoon to look for allied rock-wallabies grazing near the rocks.