Magnetic Island Queensland Australia

House was very inviting and comfortable….everything you need was there….very clean Dianne, July 2020

Magnetic Island, just (8) kms offshore from Townsville, lays in the Coral Sea. So named by Captain James Cook in 1770 due to the ‘magnetic’ effect the island was having on his ships instruments (subsequently never proven); this tropical island continues to draw both locals and international visitors to its pristine beaches and spectacular landscapes replete with abundant native wildlife.

Prior to European settlement Yunbenun, as it was known, was home to transient aborigines commuting between the mainland and the island. Today evidence exists of middens and cave drawings and the island has long been associated with Wulgurukaba, the ‘canoe people’ who’ve lived on the island and nearby mainland for thousands of years

As part of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef, the island boasts world class sailing, diving and a veritable haven for anglers as well as a nature lovers paradise on both land and sea.


Just over half the island is protected as a National Park, home to a diverse array of native animals including rock wallabies, koalas, turtles, and dugongs amongst seagrass. There are excellent opportunities to explore the island, with over (20) km of walking tracks, waterfalls, and lookouts.

Water Sports

There are over (20) known shipwrecks around the island allowing easy access for snorkeling and dedicated dive shops for enthusiasts. Kayaking, jet ski & waterskiing are all available in easy reach, and boat hire or charter is available for the island’s outstanding fishing.

Food & Drink

The island is home to a diverse range of dining, bars & takeaway options many just a stroll from the house. Enjoy Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar for romantic Corals Sea sunsets, Shaka: Good Food Cafe for great coffee & breakfast by the beach & Mamma Roma for authentic Italian.


Open (7) days a week, Magnetic Island Country Club is the island’s only golf course. Set against a National Park in a backdrop of rugged hills strewn with boulders and lush vegetation, the club is located on the corner of Yule and Hurst Streets, Picnic Bay. Visitors are welcome to play a round, join competitions or just relax in the clubhouse.


The island is a gateway to glorious cruising pathways and ensures unlimited adventure for all sailors, fishermen, and ‘boaties’ alike.

Maggie Island marina provides brand first-class facilities and ensures a safe haven for your vessel during North Queensland’s tropical cyclone season!


The island boasts several major events including the Magnetic Island Race Week as part of the Queensland season of sailing.

Alma Bay Beach Magnetic Island