Posted by: hightideholidays | May 21, 2012

Magnetic Island: Tropical North Queensland

To really see the Magnetic Island you need to stay a few days at the very least, laze under a coconut palm on the warm golden sand and relax – then plunge into cool, clear, blue water. If you come only for a day, then you will probably be planning your next holiday here.

The accommodation ranges from budget to luxury. You can spend your holiday relaxing or “living it up” – it’s all here.

Magnetic Island is just offshore from the city of Townsville, Queensland. The island is accessible from Townsville to Nelly Bay by ferry operated by Sunferries or you can take your car via fantaSea.

Magnetic Island is the only island on the North Queensland Coast with a delightful blend of untouched National Park, a resident population of about 2,500 and a variety of holiday resorts. There is a large national park and bird sanctuary and excellent walking tracks can be taken between the populated bays and to a number of tourist destinations such as the World War II forts.

Although it’s located in the Tropics, the Townsville area is in a rain shadow which makes it the sunniest city on the Queensland coast (Magnetic Island averages over 320 days of sunshine per year). Just twenty minutes by fast “Cat” across Cleveland Bay from Townsville and you could be in what many consider paradise !

More than half of the Island’s 5,184 hectares is National Park, with Mt.Cook in the centre rising to 497 metres. Tall hoop pines, eucalypt forest and small patches of rainforest soften huge granite boulders.

Where the rocky headlands meet the sea many secluded beaches have formed, some may only be reached on foot or by boat.

There are 24 kms of walking tracks through the park with many spectacular lookouts. The National Park is a haven for wildlife, like rock wallabies, possums, koalas and a wide variety of bird-life.

Not only is there an excellent passenger ferry service, with up to 14 return trips daily, but also a passenger & vehicular ferry (up to 7 return trips daily).

The range of activities available on the Island is both wide and varied. Whether young or old, seeking active pursuits or relaxation, there is a selection for everyone.

Magnetic Island’s neighboring islands include: Acheron Island, Brisk Island, Fly Island, Havannah Island, Herald Island, Rattlesnake Island, Palm Island.

Accomodation with Hightide

Peppers Blue on Blue 123 Sooning Street, Magnetic Island Qld 4819

Set in tropical landscaped surrounds with beautiful marina and mountain views, Peppers Blue on Blue redefines the essence of island holidays on Queensland’s magical Magnetic Island. Peppers Blue on Blue Resort is positioned on the water’s edge in the heart of a new waterfront precinct which includes its own marina for guests to soak up a supremely nautical atmosphere.

All Seasons Magnetic Island

Mandalay Avenue Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island Queensland 4819

Located on Magnetic Island, only minutes by car from the ferry landing. 20 minutes by ferry from Townsville to Magnetic Island, regular ferry transport. Pleasant island with good beaches and a lot of wildlife. With a hill location, native animals often wonder around.

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