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Welcome to paradise!

Just 8km from Townsville in tropical North Queensland, you’ll find Magnetic Island - a very beautiful and special place - and a 'must do' on your bucket list trips.


The Island has a unique blend of National Park, 23 beaches and bays, and a small residential population of over 2,000, all within World Heritage Marine Park.


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From hiking trails to entertainment, find out what you can do on Magnetic Island!

Balding Bay
Balding Bay

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Alma Bay
Alma Bay

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Magnetic Island

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Balding Bay

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An Island of beautiful bays

There are more than 23 bays and beaches around Magnetic Island, each one has its own special appeal. It is not uncommon to have a beach to yourself.


The four main residential beaches and bays on Magnetic Island include:

• Accommodation

• Activities & Tours

• Car & Transport Hire

Restaurants, Cafes & Bars

• Shopping & Services

• Access to Hiking Tracks and Beaches

Weddings & Events

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This is where you'll arrive from either the passenger ferry or the vehicle barge. Nelly Bay is the main shopping and service centre for Magnetic Island. In addition to the above list, you will also find two supermarkets, a doctor's surgery,  a delicatessen, a petrol station, two bottle shops, a clothing store, a gift store and art galleries.



One step over the hill to the east and you come to Geoffrey Bay with Alma Bay (a favourite for families) at the furthermost end. Both bays fall under the suburb of Arcadia. Here you will also find a delicatessen and petrol station, a pub with a bottle shop, the bowling club, a clothing store and art galleries.



Horseshoe Bay is the biggest bay on the Island, and  water sports central. With a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of each other, it also has a small supermarket, a bottle shop, a home and giftware store, and a clothing store. Horseshoe Bay is often a buzz especially on Sundays when the markets are on from 9.00am to 1.30pm (Easter to mid January).

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At the other end of the Island from Horseshoe Bay you'll find Picnic Bay. This is a great place for a spot of fishing off the iconic jetty, or a quiet stroll down the beach. It also has a bottle shop, the golf club, the Magnetic Island Museum, and an art gallery, with access to Hawkings Point, Rocky Bay and Cockle Bay.




Handmade on Magnetic Island

All natural, earth friendly and Australian made:


  • Bath and body products

  • Aroma home products

  • Gifts and gift packs

  • Greeting cards

  • Sewing alterations


Magnetic Island is located within the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Lose yourself for a day, a week, or forever on Magnetic Island. You will notice that it's like no other island getaway.

We have some Eco Holiday Tips to make your stay even more rewarding.

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“Not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

Yunbenun (Magnetic Island) - Wulgurukab Country

We acknowledge the Wulgurukaba people as the traditional custodians of Magnetic Island. We recognise their continuing connection to the land and waters, and thank them for protecting this coastline and its ecosystems since time immemorial. We pay our respects to elders past and present, and extend that respect to all First Nations people present today.


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