Magnetic Island - an island like no other in
Australia's tropical north
Being in a naturally beautiful place, with such good weather, it is not surprising to find an abundance of outdoor activities, especially on the water. These range from the exhilarating, like the Jetski Tour around the island, to the absolutely relaxing, sailing in a quiet bay, stretched out, perfectly content.
There is a choice of sailing and cruising trips with each one different, but all offering a relaxing day out on the water, with swimming, snorkelling over coral reefs or just lazing in the sun.(And now you can rent your own yacht).
Another great way to see the marine life is taking a guided Sea Kayak tour. The qualified instructor will show you the easy technique and from the quiet of your kayak, exploring beautiful bays, you will have the chance to see dolphins, turtles, coral reef fish and sea eagles.
There are sailing catamarans for hire, also sailboards, surfskis, canoes and aquabikes, or how about waterskiing, paraflying, skydiving on the beach or hiring a Jetski. Learn to Scuba dive or experience a resort dive. Take a guided snorkelling or scuba diving tour. Diving and snorkelling gear is also available for hire.
If you fancy a spot of fishing, you can take a guided fishing tour. Other ways to take a tour of the island are by bus, taxi or Harley Davidson, or hire a colourful Moke, trail bike, scooter or bicycle and explore. There are also fun four-wheel drive tours.
If you would like to know more about nature and the national park, there is even a bush walking tour, with experienced guides. They also offer the only hiking tour to the top of Mt. Cook.
There is horse and pony riding, mini golf (they also have pool tables, video machines, table tennis and ten pin bowling island style), tennis and lawn bowls. For all golfing enthusiasts a round at the Country Club in Picnic Bay is a must, (it is said to be where Greg Norman first played golf).Youíll be made very welcome at all the islandís clubs.
Shops and Restaurants
Almost anything can be purchased on the island. There are shops in all four main residential bays, including, boutiques, hair salons, newsagents, supermarket, sports store, service station, dive shop, gym, video shops, chemist, souvenir shops, bakeries, butcher, real estate agents, travel agents, coffee shops, general stores, craft shop, galleries, post office, and a credit union. Many shops have locally produced items and souvenirs for sale.
Not only has Magnetic Island a good range of shops, but also a wide variety of excellent restaurants and many take-away places with special tropical menus.
Whether dining in a softly lit restaurant, or eating take-away on the beach while watching the lights of Townsville, there is nothing quite like a balmy, tropical, island night.
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