If you want to sample the simple life and get away from it all, head on over to Magnetic Island where time really does seem to stand still. Just 8 kms and 20 mins by ferry from Townsville, ‘Maggie’ slays it by delivering an utterly uncomplicated holiday.
Content to fly under the tourist radar, Maggie delights with beautiful beaches, excellent hikes, beach view pubs and a smattering of decent cafes and restaurants.
I loved our week on this North Queensland island that is 70% national park, has 23 bays and beaches, 24 kms of hiking tracks, 800 koalas, a myriad of wallabies, butterflies, kookaburras, curlews and views so stunning you can never take a bad photo.
In 1770, Captain Cook gave the island its name after the compass in his ship ‘Endeavour’ went awry. He was convinced a magnetic field existed. A magnet, Maggie definitely is. Its beaches, hikes and easy going lifestyle are enough to attract us to repeat the experience.
Note: We flew into Townsville airport on a Jetstar flight from Brisbane. Flight time is 1 hr 50 mins. Taxis and shuttle buses transfer passengers to the ferry terminal where you can buy tickets on the next ferry.