Located just 25 minutes ferry ride off the coast of Townsville, Magnetic Island is on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef and boasts more than 20 beautiful beaches, fabulous walking tracks, abundant wildlife, marine life, a world class golf course, and tons of adventure activities.
The Magnetic Group offers a collection of luxury beachfront holiday accommodation in Magnetic Island to suit families, friends or couples. Choose from beautiful houses and villas, designed with barefoot luxury in mind. The stylish beach properties are semi-serviced and include everything you’d need for an unforgettable castaway island experience, including gourmet kitchens, private pools and dreamy ocean views. Bookings for Magnetic Group properties can be made at magneticgroup.com.au
Best for: Families and groups
A family beach house sleeping six adults and four children, Beached is perfect for larger groups seeking total relaxation and quality time out. Located in a secluded section of Picnic Bay, the home features a plunge pool, absolute beachfront access and uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea. With bedrooms across three levels, Beached can accommodate up to 10 guests.
Features: Three spacious king bedrooms with ensuites, bunk room, temperature-controlled plunge pool, and open plan kitchen and living.
Best for: Families and Privacy
A family beach house sleeping six adults and four children, Driftwood is nestled on the rocks between Magnetic Island’s bushland and the Coral Sea near Nobby’s Headland. Enjoy direct access to a private sandy beach footsteps away, and a large temperature-controlled infinity pool overlooking the water. Sunsets here are spectacular – look out for local wallabies and koalas who like to visit!
Features: Three king bedrooms with ensuites, infinity pool, outdoor shower, bunk room, expansive deck and open plan living.
Best for: Couples
Reserved exclusively for couples, Reflections is a group of four boutique villas, with stunning views across Picnic Bay and the Coral Sea to the lush hills of Cape Cleveland. Villas are named after the gems that are reflected in each: Amber, Emerald, Topaz and Turquoise.
Features: Private courtyards with large temperature-controlled plunge pools, king size bedroom suites, separate living pavilions, BBQs and views across the bay.
Magnetic Island Must Do’s
GREAT BARRIER REEF
The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. From Magnetic Island it’s a 90-minute boat charter to the reef, where you can swim, snorkel, dive and sail this 2300km living treasure. The Yongala Wreck, a luxury passenger steamship that sank during a cyclone in 1911, is also accessible, and consistently voted as one of the world’s top 10 dive sites.
Two-thirds of the island is lush, tropical National Park and its Marine Parks make up 23 bays and beaches. It’s also home to over 180 different species of birds, fish, whales, dugongs, wallabies and koalas. Enjoy a champagne breakfast and cuddle your favourite Australian animal at Bungalow Bay Koala Village.
Explore several coastal and inland walking tracks, with 12 designated trails for all levels of fitness. Magnetic Island also hosts the Great Tropical Island Ocean Walk, a two day walk which circumnavigates Magnetic Island and includes 11 bays and beaches. For more info: sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic-island/island-walking-trails
ACTION & ADVENTURE
If you’re looking to raise your pulse, then the island has plenty to offer. From beach horseback riding, to banana boat rides, sky diving, sunset sailing and jet skis, plus the renowned full moon party at Base Backpackers, there’s more than enough to keep your heart racing.
Head to the charming Magnetic Island Country Club for a round of golf, which showcases the island’s best native flora and fauna in an invigorating bushland setting.
Check out more of what the region has to offer at magneticcoast.com