Townsville on the Magnetic Coast is the events capital of North Queensland.  From bull riding rodeos to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, from the race of the super cars in July to the Magnetic Island Yacht Race in August/September. Visit the Townsville Enterprise or Explore North Queensland sites for more Community information.


There’s more to see and do on the Magnetic Coast, see below.

DISCOVER A WORLD BELOW

The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) is a globally-significant asset to the Magnetic Coast. As the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, MOUA will act to highlight reef conservation, restoration and education on a global scale. The incredible underwater sculptures have been conceptualized by world-famous artist Jason deCaires Taylor.

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CHARTERS TOWERS OUTBACK TOWN

Charters Towers is a town in northern Queensland, Australia. It is 134 kilometres (83 mi) inland (south-west) from Townsville on the Flinders Highway. Full of heritage listed buildings, this outback town still hosts gold mining by Citigold. Visit the Miners Cottage, Museum, check out the wildlife and ghost tours, and Towers Hill lookout.

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CASTLE HILL

As well as offering vehicle access, Castle Hill provides a number of popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day! The 360-degree views of Townsville at the top are well worth the journey. Be sure to have a camera on hand, particularly for sunrise or sunset as these are photo opportunities which shouldn't be missed. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the Hill reminding visitors of Castle Hill's military history.

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GOLFING ON MAGNETIC ISLAND

Enjoy the surrounding bushland by spending some time at the Magnetic Island Country Club. Follow in Greg Norman's footsteps (literally, he grew up here!) and have a round of golf, which showcases the best of Magnetic Islands native flora and fauna.

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GREAT BARRIER REEF

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef systems. It can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. This reef is a global highlight and it can be accessed within an afternoon from the Magnetic Coast®.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND BUSHWALKING

Explore a number of walking tracks on Magnetic Island, including the Arcadia - Horseshoe Track (views over Horseshoe Bay above) with 12 designated tracks for all levels of fitness. Magnetic Island also hosts the Great Tropical Island Ocean Walk, a two day walk which circumnavigates 3/4 of Magnetic Island and includes 11 bays and beaches.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND BEACHES

The island hosts a range of beaches (23 to be exact), accessible by foot, car, 4WD or boat.

The beaches at Arcadia, Alma, Nelly, Picnic and Horseshoe are some of the more accessible, whereas West Point, Florence Bay, Radical, Balding and bays North of the Island are more private.

 

Stinger nets are permanently set up in Picnic Bay and Horseshoe Bay so there is swimming on the island all year round.

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HORSEBACK RIDING

On Magnetic Island Horseshoe Horseback riding offers twice daily horse riding, with the option to go bareback at the beach! Take your horse for a swim after a ride marveling the native flora and fauna on Magnetic Island's Horseshoe Bay

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SKYDIVING ON MAGNETIC COAST

Take the plunge and jump from 10,000 or 14,000 feet (tandem or solo) over Townsville or Magnetic Island. See the Magnetic Coast from a whole new perspective!

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MAGNETIC ISLAND LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS

There are a number of local attractions on Magnetic Island, with highlights being the iconic WW2 Forts, weekly toad races, snorkelling at Florence Bay, pub trivia, weekly markets and more. Please see the 'What's on Magnetic Island' website for more information.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND ON WHEELS

Explore the roads of Magnetic Island the fun way with a quintessential mini-moke or car hire. Both classic and new topless mokes are readily available for day hire in a variety of fun tropical colors. Motor from West Point to Picnic Bay and stop anywhere in between. The island is yours for the day behind the wheel.

 

If you prefer to sit back and your local buddy do the driving, Magnetic Island has a regular hop on hop off bus service that will take you where you need to go.

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DREAMING OF SUNSETS

Horseshoe Bay is the place for sunrises, but West Point is where you go to enjoy the sunsets on Magnetic. Sit back, relax and relish in the spectacular sunsets and views of the Magnetic Coast.

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CASTLE HILL

As well as offering vehicle access, Castle Hill provides a number of popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day! The 360-degree views of Townsville at the top are well worth the journey. Be sure to have a camera on hand, particularly for sunrise or sunset as these are photo opportunities which shouldn't be missed. A World War II observation bunker sits on one corner of the Hill reminding visitors of Castle Hill's military history.

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TOWNSVILLE: THE STRAND

The Strand has been a part of Townsville's history since the city was founded in the mid-19th century. The foreshore has been used for many annual or monthly events. The fourth Friday of each month sees Strand Park used for Nightmarkets, Carols by Candlelight and Stable on the Strand, as well as a fireworks display and gathering on New Year's Eve. The Strand Ephemera, showcases local and regional artists and some works have become permanent on the foreshore, such as the Silver Coconuts near the Rock Pool.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND WILDLIFE SPOTTING

With 2/3 of Magnetic Island National Park, plus its Marine Parks (23 bays and beaches), wildlife here on the Island is abundant. With over 180 different species of birds, fish, whales, dugongs, wallabies and koalas to name a few. Enjoy a champagne breakfast and cuddle your favourite Australian animal at Bungalow Bay Koala Village.

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YONGALA DIVE WRECK

The passenger ship SS Yongala sank off Cape Bowling Green, Queensland, Australia on 23rd of March 1911. Today it is a major tourist attraction for the recreational diving industry in Townsville. More than 10,000 divers visit the wreck every year, and at 110 metres (361 ft) long, she is one of the largest, most intact historic shipwrecks. To see the Yongala's memorabilia up close, visit the Maritime Museum of Townsville.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND FISHING

Drop a line off the Picnic Bay pier or relax with the family at West Point. Bream, flathead, whiting, queen fish and trevally are some of the fish at hand, while Middle Reef (accessible by boat) gives you access to coral trout and Spanish mackerel. Fishing tours are also available on the island

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WALLAMAN FALLS

Wallaman Falls is a cascade waterfall on the Stony Creek, located in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Wet Tropics in the northern region of Queensland, Australia. The waterfall is notable for its main drop of 268 metres (879 ft), which makes it the country's tallest single-drop waterfall. The pool at the bottom of the waterfall is 20 metres (66 ft) deep and makes for a tranquil place to cool down.

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STAGE DOOR THEATRE RESTAURANT

Stage Door Theatre Restaurant has been wowing audiences since 2005 with beautiful live singing, hilarious comedy and tongue in cheek impersonations. Dazzling costumes and orchestral backing tracks add to the theatrical experience that has won them “Best Attraction on Magnetic Island”.

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FLORENCE BAY SNORKELLING

Florence Bay is very popular with the locals, and considered to be one of the most beautiful. There is coral on the left-hand side of the picture along the rocks and it is clearly visible on the right-hand side of the bay. There is also a coral bomey in the centre of the bay.

 

The only inhabitants of this lovely, sheltered and shady beach are the wildlife. The Bay is also part of the National and Marine Parks and a favourite anchorage for "yachties" who sail over from Townsville or from further afield.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND LOCAL FACILITIES

Magnetic Island has over 2000 permanent residents and hosts a variety of facilities to ensure a fully self-catered holiday. With an IGA & Foodworks, liquor store, two pubs plus a number of other restaurants and cafes, chemist, doctor & ambulance service, fishing & diving stores, plus car hire, you'll have everything you need on Magnetic Island.

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MAGNETIC ISLAND WATERSPORTS

Make a splash and get wet with the Sting Rave, Tube Rides, Water Ski, Wakeboard or sail a Catamaran on Horseshoe Bay.

Horseshoe Bay beach offers a number of watersports activities including:

• Jet Skiing

• Kayaking

• Kneeboarding

• Fishing onshore

• Boat ramp

• Moorings

• Wakeboarding

• Waterskiing

• Tube rides

• Swimming: Stinger net and life guard on duty

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