Introducing Magnetic Island
‘Maggie’, as she’s affectionately called, is a ‘real’ island. Permanent residents live and work here and some even make the daily commute to Townsville. Over half of this mountainous, triangular-shaped island’s 52 sq km is national park, with scenic walks and abundant wildlife, including one of Australia’s largest concentrations of wild koalas. Inviting beaches offer adrenalin-pumping water sports or just the chance to bask in the sunshine, and the granite boulders, hoop pines and eucalypts are a fresh change from the clichéd tropical-island paradise.