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Top Choice Cafe in Magnetic Island

Cafe Nourish

Horseshoe Bay has become the hip cafe strip and our favourite cafe on the island does the small things well: fresh, healthy wraps, breakfasts, smoothies and energy balls. And don't even get us started on the coffee.…
Cafe in Magnetic Island

Gilligan's Cafe

Fun, licensed cafe in Arcadia that pumps out massive breakfasts and the finest burgers on Maggie. The owners have a Gilligan's Island thing going on. Get stranded while you enjoy the decent booze selection over lunc…
Pub Food in Magnetic Island

Marlin Bar

Marlin Bar is popular with sailing crews dropping anchor in Horseshoe Bay and locals looking for some live music in the evenings. Meals are on the large side and (surprise!) revolve around seafood. Dogs are welcome.
Pub Food in Magnetic Island

Picnic Bay Hotel

There are worse places to settle in at for a drink than the very quiet Picnic Bay, with Townsville’s city lights sparkling across the bay. There's an all-day grazing menu and huge salads.
Mexican in Magnetic Island

Man Friday

Better Mexican than you'd expect from a small restaurant on an Australian island, this Nelly Bay institution trades on its reputation a little, but nonetheless produces compelling fajitas ($28) and enchiladas ($26) …
Modern Australian in Magnetic Island


Very expensive, but with high-quality food and service, this restaurant has an extensive wine list, fresh seafood platters and gourmet desserts. They also house an interesting art gallery focusing on local artists.
International in Magnetic Island

Bungalow Bay Koala Village Restaurant

The curries, grills and salads are okay at Bungalow Bay Koala Village on-site restaurant, but the social aspect of the dining hall is its real draw.
Mexican in Magnetic Island

Noodies on the Beach

An integral part of the Horseshoe Bay food scene, Noodies is an irreverent Mexican-themed cafe with a book exchange and a licence to serve killer margaritas.
Market in Magnetic Island

Craft Market

Pick up local arts and crafts at Horseshoe Bay’s market, which sets up along the beachfront.
Market in Magnetic Island

Arcadia Night Market

Small but lively night market with licensed bar and plenty of cheap eats to chow through.