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Magnetic Island Forts Walk

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Amazing walk

Must do for sunrise, even though we didn't see any koalas at that time. Amazing 360 degree views of... read more

Reviewed today
Hamilton Island, Australia
Walk back in wartime history

This walk is among other good bush walks on Magnetic Island. We saw koalas on the way. Every is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gaye W
Brisbane, Australia
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If it's nature you like, don't miss a walk through Northern Australia's largest colony of wild koalas on Magnetic Island. The remarkable Forts Walk is the best vantage point for wildlife, spectacular rocky coves and historic military sites. With 360...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Horseshoe Bay Rd and Radical Bay Rd, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
+61 1800 801 902
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Reviewed today

Must do for sunrise, even though we didn't see any koalas at that time. Amazing 360 degree views of Magnetic island, whilst learning bits along away about the fort itself.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This walk is among other good bush walks on Magnetic Island. We saw koalas on the way. Every is well signed a d a worthwhile walk. Beautiful lookouts along the way.

Thank Gaye W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We actually did this walk twice. Once at dusk, to see koalas (they're most active then) and one the next day since we did not do the "steeper" part after sundown. On the first walk, we saw 4 koalas, all of them moving, the first...More

Thank Falk S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Forts walk is more than a moderate grade in parts, but well worth it. Lots of great view points out to Arthur Bay along the way and koala spotting. Then the Forts buildings and the history is so interesting. The final Forts lookouts have...More

Thank Lisa_austraveller
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go before 8am or after 5pm to spot koala’s as they are asleep when it’s too hot. Nice and easy walk, pretty view at the top.

Thank Willemieke F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So interesting. Saw 4 koalas this morning and made sure other walkers could find them easily- we left arrows on the walkmpoint to the koalas

Thank Ross H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This walk was nice walk and relatively flat, except the last bit which was a moderate incline. We saw a koala and the views were amazing. We went early to avoid heat and took water.

Thank TimWilco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw 5 or 6 different koalas on this lovely walk, one up super close, at eye level! It involves some big steps but overall not too strenuous. Lots of gorgeous views, especially at the top! Highly recommended!

Thank Hoidlebok
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a short walk with amazing views. History of the WWII fort if very interesting. A definite ‘must see’ if you visit the island.

Thank Inspiration745614
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely walk, very nice views - quite rugged so not for the elderly. Saw 2 koalas. TAKE WATER. One water fountain available however when we went it was surrounded by bees/wasps.

Thank James P
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Mandy C
2 October 2018|
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Response from Gemma H | Reviewed this property |
Hi Mandy, We went later afternoon about 3pm - we saw so many Koalas. We also saw whales from the fort view point. It was a really lovely walk. Hope you have a great time and see lots of Koalas
Sonali B
17 February 2018|
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Response from Dannie69 | Reviewed this property |
Hi you don’t travel from Brisbane to Magnetic island , you catch the ferry from Townsville across, and it’s a lovely boat ride , not rough at all
21 August 2016|
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Response from hercmcgrath | Reviewed this property |
The buses are very regular and stop at the start of the forts walk
Pip K
24 August 2015|
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Response from Mark B |
As a local, whilst I'm sure you'll love Maggie, just be aware that December is in our summer so it will be pretty warm, pretty sticky and possibly wet (our Cyclone season). Summer also means marine stingers so swimming in... More