Reef Lodge Backpackers Townsville

Wednesday 6 January 2016

Just off Townsville is Magnetic Island.

 When Traveling through Townsville it a great idea to check out "Magnetic Island" sadly too many people travel from all parts of the world and forget to have a look at "Magnetic Island" Great holiday idea for a day trip or a few days. For more information you can ask at the Reef Lodge Backpackers reception. Or, checkout some other idea on our website

Most days you will see Wild Koalas on the Forts Walk.
This little guy was just a checking out everyone.

"One of the baby Koalas at the Forts"

One of the great view you will see from the Forts trail.

  • Great idea and photo opportunity while on "Magnetic Island" is take a walk to "The Forts" this has a beautiful view of the  Cape Cleveland, Palm Island and the Coral Sea!You'll also get the chance to see "Koala's" in the wild. Best times around 5pm.
  • Check out  the rock wallabies in Geoffrey Bay in Arcadia. Don't forget your camera these little guys aren't shy.
  • There are self guided snorkel trails in Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay, not to mention you can snorkel the island's fringing reefs off Arthur and Florence Bays.
  • There are a number of ship wreck off "Magnetic Island" you can get self guided tours of these or even a trip to the Yongala for the more adventurist with diving certification.
  • The island is home to over 180 species of birds that call the "Magnetic Island" home.
  • Drive around the island by road, you can hire cars,bikes and scooters on the island or learn more about island life with a guided tour.
    One of the many beautiful beach you can experience.
  • There are many walking tracks on the island which will give a chance to explore the island’s National Parks
  • You could go to "Bungalow Bay Koala Village" to cuddle a koala or kiss a croc  and get a photo to remember the experience.
  • "Magnetic Island" has an array of live music. Kick back with a few freinds and a quiet drink.
  •  Get fired up for alfresco dining with a BBQ, grab your friends (+ food + drinks) and enjoy a great selection of grassy foreshores on the island and take advantage of  Picnic Bay, Nelly Bay, Alma Bay and Horseshoe Bay which all have picnic tables and FREE BBQ’s
  • Full Moon Down Under Parties at Base Magnetic Island - the biggest on the East Coast of Oz!
  • There are many local artists as well art galleries on the island.  You may just find some to take home.
  • Picnic Bay Jetty is heritage listed site and is a great vantage point for the budding angler. Don't forget your fishing gear.
    Magnetic Island and Picnic Bay jetty
  • There are a number of masseurs on the island which can certainly get you into holiday mode.
  • Take the 4WD road and picnic at secluded West Point and try and find the geocache
  • There are 23 hidden bays around the "Magnetic Island" if you get a chance and have access to a boat.
  • Step into Magnetic Island’s" colourful past when you visit the Magnetic Island History and Craft Center.
  • Fun and fitness at "Horseshoe Bay"which  has a great selection of water sports at
  • Take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef with one of the charter boats to snorkel, dive or fish.
  • Catch a brilliant sunset overlooking "Townsville and "Castle Hill"at Horseshoe Bay, West Point or at  the end of Picnic Bay Jetty .
  • Climb to the island’s  peak "Mt Cook" at 497 m (1,631 ft) above sea level or some of the many rocky outcrops.
    One of the many views from some of the vantage points on Magnetic Island.
  • In the wet season for a great refresher! Check out the many waterfalls on the island.
  • Stage Door Theater cabaret Restaurant is a great night out and a good laugh- the best in NQ! (Don't be shy!)
  • At the Picnic Bay Country Club you can play a round of  golf.
  • Magnetic Island Bowls Club will give you a chance to test your skills at bowls. (It's not a easy as it looks in the Olympics)
  • Go horse back ridding and go for a ride from the bush and into the Coral Sea.
  • Check out the islands Friday night markets from 5pm till 8pm at the R.S.L. and Arcadia hotel.
  • Although based in Townsville you can see the island from the air in the Red Baron a sea plane the flies out of Townsville.
    The Red Barron at Magnetic Island.
  • Accommodation on "Magnetic Island" includes anythings from a shared backpacker dormitory to an apartment.
  • At Bungalow Bay Koala Village try something a little different and have a bush tucker breakfast.
  • Try an exquisite cocktail over lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants and bars while you take in the ocean views
  • Enjoy the largest jet ski area available on the east cost of OZ, you can hire these at "Horseshoe bay"
  • There are 23 individual bays and beaches so grab a book and kich back or just sit back, relax and take a load off.
  • Check out our weekly 'What's On' calendar for the latest Magnetic Island listings of activities and events.
    Remember to come and have a look at Magnetic Island.
 If your traveling to Townsville  and magnetic island just ask us and we can put you in contact with people who know what they talking about and will leave you with the best possible experience when you visit North Queensland.

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