Magnetic island is situated 8km of the shore of Townsville, Queensland. The mountainous island has only 2,107 permanent residents but attracts hundreds of tourists each month.
The island consists of beautiful coastal walking trails and view points and is home to many koalas and rock wallabies.
Magnetic island is accessed through the Townsville ferry terminal.
The greyhound bus conveniently drops you right outside the ferry terminal in Townsville and it’s only a short 20 minute ride over to the island.
We had a pretty bumpy ride due to windy conditions and I certainly felt my belly go a few times!
Once on the island you can take the island bus located outside the ferry terminal to your accommodation or alternatively use a taxi.
This is one of few hostels on island but to tell the truth it has more of a hotel feel.
It is situated on the beach with a large bar, outdoor seating area, pool and volley ball court.
The package I booked through Ratpack travel also included drinks and food vouchers which was great.
My dorm room was literally on the beach, with great views.
I was on magnetic island during Australia Day and the hostel put on a big party which was fun.
Exploring the island
Hiring a car
The islands fairly big so to explore it properly you really need a car. There are two main options, Barbie car or 4×4.
Yes, you read that correctly Barbie car. It’s a pink, roofless type car the style that Barbie rides around in. These are around $80 a day, and a great if you are looking for some light exploring and picture opportunities. However they are not great for off-roading and actually the rental agreement states they are not allowed on certain roads.
If you are looking for more of an adventure then the 4×4 cars offset that. The road options available are greater, though they cost slightly more at around $100-120 a day.
Grab a map and select the spots you would like to visit. There are plenty to keep you occupied. I recommend stopping at a few view points the island is stunning.
Visit the koalas
Everybody loves a koala and the island is a great place to see them at the wildlife park. You can even hold them.
See the rock wallabies at sunset
See a beautiful sunset whilst also feeding the wallabies!
Magnetic island is a really pretty Island, with plenty of spots to explore.
It also offers a great opportunity to see some wildlife as well as relax by the beach.
The base hostel is lovely and a great place to stay whilst on the island.