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Magnetic Island National Park

Take in panoramic views, spot koalas in eucalyptus trees, clamber over granite boulders and stroll along a golden-sand beach in this idyllic nature reserve.

Put on your walking shoes and head off to explore some of the 15 miles (24 kilometers) of walking tracks that meander through Magnetic Island National Park.

Taking up just over half of the 12,627 acres (5,110 hectares) that comprise Magnetic Island, the national park’s landscapes range from a fringing reef, sandy beaches and mangroves to boulder-strewn slopes, eucalyptus forest and vine-dense gullies. Over 180 different species of birds can be seen in the national park.

Set out on the Forts Walk, a 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) hike that leads you to the top of Mt Cook at 1,630 feet (497 meters). As you go, keep watch for the well-camouflaged koalas, which can often be spotted dozing between the gray branches of a eucalyptus tree. Explore abandoned World War II forts and take in the 360-degree views over the ocean.

Admire the massive granite boulders that dot the island. The island’s geological history began 275 million years ago with molten granite being forced to the surface from volcanic activity. The millions of years of erosion have stripped away the volcanic layer to leave smooth granite domes and boulders. Watch the rock wallabies hop effortlessly among the boulders on the hillside, seemingly defying gravity.

Stick your toes in the fine sand of one of the many beaches that run along the park's edge and cool off in the ocean. Snorkel slowly over the fringing reef as the fish dart in and out of hidden nooks among the coral. In the deeper waters you may even see a turtle swim by. Follow the tracks that connect the beaches to see the large hoop pines that grow on the rocky headlands.

The national park can be reached as a daytrip from Townsville by taking the ferry across. A wide range of accommodations options is available all over the island, if you’d like to experience the night-time activity of the park’s inhabitants as well. Brushtail possums move between the trees on their nocturnal foraging trips. As you walk, you may hear the haunting call of the curlew and the southern boobook owl’s distinctive hoot.


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Horseshoe Bay Vista
Horseshoe Bay Vista

Horseshoe Bay Vista

Horseshoe Bay Vista, 28 Wallaby Way, Horseshoe Bay, QLD
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Horseshoe Bay, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Magnetic Island National Park and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Horseshoe Bay Beach. Radical Bay and Magnetic Island Golf Course are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    The Pines
    The Pines

    The Pines

    20 Wallaby Way, Horseshoe Bay, QLD
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Horseshoe Bay, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Magnetic Island National Park and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Horseshoe Bay Beach. Radical Bay and Magnetic Island Golf Course are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Magnetic Island Bed and Breakfast
      Magnetic Island Bed and Breakfast

      Magnetic Island Bed and Breakfast

      11 Dolphin Court, Horseshoe Bay, QLD
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Horseshoe Bay, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Magnetic Island National Park and Horseshoe Bay Beach. Radical Bay and Magnetic Island Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Peppers Blue on Blue ¥12,688
        Peppers Blue on Blue

        Peppers Blue on Blue

        123 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay, QLD
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the bay, this luxury hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Magnetic Island Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Magnetic Island National Park and Radical Bay. Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal and Horseshoe Bay Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          The Little Bush Hut
          The Little Bush Hut

          The Little Bush Hut

          The Little Bush Hut, 78 Mandalay Avenue, Nelly Bay, QLD
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Nelly Bay, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Magnetic Island National Park, Magnetic Island Golf Course, and Horseshoe Bay Beach. Radical Bay and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Oskars Rainforest Retreat
            Oskars Rainforest Retreat

            Oskars Rainforest Retreat

            5 Trana Court Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Nelly Bay, QLD
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Nelly Bay, this apartment building is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Magnetic Island Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Magnetic Island National Park and Radical Bay. Horseshoe Bay Beach and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Azur Villa
              Azur Villa

              Azur Villa

              Azur Villa, 20 Pandanus Drive, Horseshoe Bay, QLD
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Horseshoe Bay, this vacation home is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Horseshoe Bay Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Magnetic Island National Park. Radical Bay and Magnetic Island Golf Course are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Arcadia Beach Guest House ¥4,467
                Arcadia Beach Guest House

                Arcadia Beach Guest House

                27 Marine Parade, Arcadia, QLD
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Offering direct access to the beach, this Arcadia guesthouse is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Magnetic Island Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Horseshoe Bay Beach and Radical Bay. Magnetic Island National Park and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 9 mi (15 km).