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One of our faves – Maggie Island. Just a 20 min ferry from Townsville, this lush tropical island gives us serious island vibes and is the perfect place to kick back and relax on a secluded beach with the unreal spots to snorkel in. Check out the local Koalas & Rock Wallabies around the Island. The perfect way to explore Maggie is to rent a 4wd topless jeep AKA the topless pink barbie cars (which you can hire when you are there)… get your pal’s together and hit the road – #ratpackroadie style!

Where is it?

a 20min ferry from Townsville, Queensland

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  • Rent a topless 4wd jeep or barbie car and cruiseeee the island
  • Snorkelling
  • Jetskiing
  • Horse Riding
  • Party at the legendary nights at Base {you’ll be dancing on the tables in no time}
  • Arthur Bay
  • Picnic Bay
  • The Forts Walk
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Alma Bay
  • Geoffrey Bay

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Free things to do here:

  • Chill at one of many beaches
  • Find the random piano at radical bay
  • Search for Koalas
  • Meet the rock wallabies at dusk – The best time to see the rock wallabies at geoffrey bay is around 4-5pm {they like carrots and banana peel!}
  • Feed the Lorikeets at 4pm
  • Watch the sunset at Westpoint
  • Butterfly Walk 

Hostel recommendations:

  • X Base Magnetic Island – one of the best hostels on the east coast! (RatPacker Sophie recommends: Hit up Base on a monday night to take part in the hilarious boozy bingo!)

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Foodie Spots...

  • Marlin Bar in Horseshoe Bay
  • Noodies on the Beach
  • Sandis on Magnetic Island
  • Scallywags

Hit the town...

  • We recommend hitting up the hostel bar at base, its legendary and the nights here are hilarious!!

Top tips for Magnetic Island

Maggie Island is one of our favourite spots on the East Coast and it should be on your list for SURE! We’ve popped some of our extra tips below to help make  it EPIC….

  • Buy a hostel night and ferry transfer package – its the best value way to do it!
  • Make sure you have some change ready for the bus on the island

Our Top Tips

Accommodation

  • X Base Magnetic Island

Day Tours

  • Rent a 4wd Topless Jeep for 24hrs and explore the island

Bars

  • Hit up the backpacker hostel bar at Base, they host hilarious events each night

Restaurants

  • Noodies on the Beach
  • Sandis on Magnetic Island
  • Scallywags

Hidden Gems

  • Radical Bay
  • West Point
  • Geoffrey Bay to spot the rock Wallabies
  • Forts walk to spot koalas

Hikes

  • Forts Walk
  • Sphinx Lookout
  • Arcadia Lookout

How long?

3 Days

We recommend spending around 3 days in Magnetic Island! This island is one to be explored so make sure you get some wheels and explore this unreal island. Travelling solo? Get chatting to other backpackers in the hostel and rent a car together!

Where next?

  • Travelling down? Whitsundays
  • Travel up? Mission Beach/Cairns
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