Magnetic Island, is a world-heritage listed island on the Great Barrier Reef and was inscribed on the world heritage list in recognition of its stunning natural beauty, a rugged landscape featuring large granite boulders and granite headlands rising to 497 metres at its highest point .
Giant hoop pines are common on the rocky outcrops. Maggie features 23 beaches and bays and with pristine coral and granite sand, the tropical waters are crystal clear. Fringing reefs featuring colourful tropical fish and vibrant coloured coral can be experienced just off the beach in bays such as Florence and Arthur.
The island is a bushwalkers paradise with over 20 km of walking tracks and many lookouts. More than two thirds of the island is national park and home to northern Australia’s largest koala colony. Rock wallabies are commonly seen on steep slopes in the early morning. Along the beaches; gulls, terns, sand pipers and dotterels can be seen, while osprey, brahminy kites and white-bellied sea eagles soar the skies.
The island, 11km at its widest with a coastline of 40km, was named by Captain James Cook in 1770 when he believed the magnetical compass on his ship “Endeavour” was being affected by the land mass.
“Maggie”, as the locals affectionately know it, is a colourful and eclectic island where you can retreat and relax or join in the island’s village life. From Picnic Bay through to Horseshoe Bay, the experience is friendly and delightfully tropical.
Magnetic Island,’s 2500 residents are dispersed through 4 villages. Facilities are provided such as mainland power and water, supermarkets, banks and ATM’s, churches, post office and medical care.
Magnetic Island, is an island that offers something for everyone. The island has an abundance of casual eating places and fine dining venues along with local galleries, attractions and tours.