|Magnetic Island Nelly Bay|
|One of the many sheltered bays on the Island|
|Magnetic Island from Townsville|
Magnetic Island is just off the coast of Townsville in Queensland Australia, a short twenty minute ferry ride from the tropical city of Townsville to the bush covered paradise that is Magnetic Island. Covering just over five thousand hectares it is almost half national forest. The greenery is a mixture of granite, hoop pines and small patches of tropical rain forest. Rising to a peak of just under 500 meters it is a prominent landmark from the mainland. There are twenty four k's of walking tracks to accommodate most levels of fitness.
"The Island" enjoys up to 320 days of sunshine a year and is popular with both the locals and tourists alike. It has a small static population and now has several apartment complex's accommodating both visiting and permanent residents. There is plenty to do ranging from nature trails with abundant wildlife, a game of golf, to cafe or restaurant dining or just lazing under a palm tree on the clean white sand. Because of the climate swimming can be enjoyed all year round and there some nice snorkeling spots. You can hire motorcycles or small open topped cars to drive around island if walking isn't your style.
Nobody leaves Magnetic Island disappointed I can assure you.
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