Before the COVID-19 travel restrictions were imposed, people rarely traveled to Magnetic Island. Actually, it rarely came up when people were looking for Queensland tropical island escapes. Most people visited other places such as Hamilton Island, islands off Cairns and Port Douglas, the Whitsundays and many more. Well, thanks to the discovery of Magnetic Island and the magnificent beauty surrounding it, you can enjoy this amazing paradise with crystal-clear bays and local wildlife when you start traveling again.
Looking for accommodation on Magnetic Island? Look no further than Bright Point Elite!
1. Beautiful And Easily Accessible
Magnetic Island is beautiful and easily accessible just like the Whitsundays but without the expensive prices. You should be able to fly directly to Townsville from Brisbane. It is a cheaper flight than going to the Whitsundays or Hamilton Island. The ferry costs $60 for a return trip for 2 adults. Sealink Queensland ferries operate frequently and it’s only a 20-minute ride from Townsville.
2. Private And Pristine Beaches
Magnetic Island is home to numerous bays with outstanding features. They are definitely the top sights to see when on the island.
For Sally Austin, a Queensland-based health expert, getting away to Magnetic Island always offers the best opportunity to hit the reset button amongst beautiful nature. “Life often moves so fast that we forget to stop and enjoy the incredible country we live in. Being able to get to Magnetic Island relatively easily is brilliant, because it’s quite peaceful and offers some beaches that are arguably Australia’s best-kept secrets.”
3. Hundreds Of Wild Koalas
If you have never come across a koala before, you should definitely make a trip to Magnetic Island. It is home to more than 800 koalas. You should be able to spot a wild koala at the Forts Walk located on the 4km trail. If you miss out on seeing koalas in the wild, you should consider checking out Bungalow Bay Koala village with daily koala shows.
4. Local Rock Wallabies
If you have always wanted to see local rock wallabies, you should be able to see them at Magnetic Island, Queensland. They can only be found around this North Eastern region of Queensland. Therefore, it’s a special place to see them.
Australian lifestyle entrepreneur Virginia Mealing believes that being able to interact with such an iconic Australian animal with ease is something that not many countries around the world can offer. “Wallabies are cute little critters, and it’s incredible to think just how easy it is to interact with them. It’s so much fun to feed them, and it can also be a cathartic experience too.”
If you make your way to Geoffrey Bay at sunset you should be able to spot wallabies at their feeding time. They are friendly enough for you to feed them from your hands. Make sure you buy some wallaby food at a general store first so you can enjoy these precious moments.
5. 360 Degree Panoramic Island View
At Magnetic Island, you can experience a 360 degree panoramic view of the island with spectacular ocean views and amazing hiking trails. You can take one of these amazing hikes and enjoy stunning views of the island’s landscapes and glistening bays. Bring out your best hiking shoes and enjoy the stunning views. Some of the hikes you should consider include:
• The Forts Walks – It covers a 4 km return trip and you should be able to spot koalas, explore the abandoned forts and enjoy magnificent views of the island.
• Hawking’s Point Lookout – It covers a 1.2 km return trip with amazing views of Nelly Bay, Picnic Bay and Rocky Bay. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers as you may want to dip your toes in the water at Rocky Bay.
• Horseshoe Bay To Balding Bay And Radical Bay – It covers 1.5 km return trip. You should take the high tide route as you enter the trail and pass through the butterfly sanctuary as you visit the private bays. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers for the trip.
6. Abandoned World War II Forts
Magnetic Island is also home to some of World War II forts. Here, you can learn more about Australia’s war history.
Concreter Bill Pantazis often marvels at how well-preserved the World War II buildings around Australia are. “It truly feels like a lifetime ago when World War II happened, but in the grand scheme of things, around 80 years ago isn’t a long time. But imagining who would have been in these forts and shelters, how they would have felt, what they would be doing, it truly does boggle the mind at times.”
You can visit the Gun Batteries and Fort Buildings still standing at the Forts Walk.
7. 104-Year Old Shipwreck
During the low tides, you can visit Cockle Bay then walk to the sea to view the sunken SS City of Adelaide that has been wrecked for 104 years.
There’s never been a better time to visit Magnetic Island, and there’s only one place you need to stay – Bright Point Elite. Located adjacent to Nelly Bay, Bright Point Elite offers luxury apartment accommodation with sweeping views of the water in a tropical oasis.
Book your spot at Bright Point Elite today and prepare to experience complete, total and utter bliss at Magnetic Island.
Townsville Yacht Club has made the difficult decision to cancel this years event due to the risk posed by COVID-19. View Press release.
However Bright Point Elite is still open for business and the weather is perfect for a relaxing break in this tropical paradise overlooking Nelly Bay and the sparkling Coral Sea.
Visit www.brightpointelite.com.au and book now for luxury accommodation right on the waterfront at the entrance to Nelly Bay harbour or phone 0412 356 313.
Unit 3303 at One Bright Point is for sale.
This is an absolute waterfront luxury fully furnished apartment that has just been refurbished.
Contact our agents on the link below.
Island Resort Style Living
Located on the top floor with sweeping ocean and harbour views back dropped with the hills of Magnetic Island in a resort style complex.
Entry is into the spacious beach room, which could be used as a study or family room through to open plan lounge dining room that flows seamlessly to the front entertaining balcony.
The master bedroom has uninterrupted ocean views where one can see the night-lights of Townsville on the mainland. Also complimented by a spa bath and ensuite bathroom with double basin vanity, separate shower and toilet. All 3 bedrooms are spacious and feature built-in-wardrobes with ducted air-conditioning, which is throughout the apartment.
The main bathroom has walk in shower with the laundry, neatly tucked away behind folding doors and the second toilet is also separate.
Recently refurbished with new carpets in the bedrooms, the apartment is offered fully furnished. Move into or use as your very own holiday getaway on the Great Barrier Reef than holiday let when not required
Set in Bright Point a gated complex in Nelly Bay with a choice of 4 resort pools and BBQ areas and just steps from the ferry, island buses, supermarket, cafes and restaurants.
Call to arrange a viewing today.
What is so great about Magnetic Island?
It is a special find, given that you can purchase freehold land on an island with mainland water and power supply. A primary school, medical centre and aged care centre are just some of the facilities available on the island.
“Magnetic Island is the only island on the North Queensland Coast with a delightful blend of untouched National Park within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. A resident population of about 2,500 and a variety of holiday resorts hotels and restaurants.
Just twenty minutes by fast “Cat” across Cleveland Bay from Townsville and you could be in what many consider Paradise! Ferry passenger services with up to 14 return trips daily also a vehicle barge with up to 7 return trips daily.
Townsville airport is just a ten minutes taxi ride from the ferry terminal with direct flights to and from major cities to Townsville.
More than half of the Island’s 5,184 hectares is National Park, with Mt Cook in the centre rising to 497 metres. Huge granite boulders are softened by tall Hoop pines, eucalyptus forest and small patches of rain forest.
Where the rocky headlands meet the sea there are more than 20 bays and beaches many secluded, which may only be reached by boat.
There are 24kms of walking track through the park with many spectacular lookouts. The National Park is a haven for wildlife, like koalas, rock wallabies, possums and a wide variety of bird-life.
Whale Watching Season at magnetic Island is Almost Upon Us.
Whale Watching – Aug to Oct
The quality of whale watching in Australia is recognised as being amongst the best in the world due to the large numbers of humpback whales visiting the east coast, and Magnetic Island is blessed with front row seats to this inspiring phenomenon.
Imagine watching the fifth largest family of whales in the world playing in the warm, calm waters surrounding Magnetic Island. Humpback whales migrate between their Antarctic feeding grounds and the Great Barrier Reef, where they mate and breed in the warm waters. Humpback whales are playful, very powerful, yet often the most gentle creatures of the ocean.
The next 2 months is the perfect time to stay at our Ultimate Luxury 3 bedroom apartment on the waters edge at One Bright Point Magnetic Island. Here you can watch the whales frolic in the tropical waters of Cleveland Bay from your private balcony.