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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
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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
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
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!
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
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 the ocean probably isn't advised without stinger suits.
With 4 populated bays linked by road, an extended stay probably warrants having a car - you'll find it much easier to get around. The buses are pretty good but I've been caught before over at Horseshoe when people who've journeyed over progressively through the day all want to catch that one ferry home and end up filling up the bus.
Unfortunately, two of the best bays (Florence and Radical) are not accessible by hire car or bus - you can walk in (Radical is reasonably accessible from Horseshoe) but by road is a significant hike - and if you had your own car, 4x4 is probably advisable (the road is private and is not maintained). But if you can make it down, the rewards are stunning with World Heritage beaches, amazing fringing coral reefs and glorious beaches.
You can take your own car over too - there is a vehicle ferry operated by Fantasea Cruises - so consider that option if you're going for more than 1 or 2 days.
Important things to do - certainly Forts Walk - leave it till late afternoon with a view to head back around dusk - that's when the Koala's are most active - I've been up there previously and had Koala's cross the path within metres of us. If you happen to be around on a Wednesday night - at the Arcadia Hotel, they hold regular Toad Races which can be a bit of fun.
In terms of beaches, Arthur, Florence and Radical should be on your bucket list (if you can get access) else Alma is a lovely little beach with great access (almost walk off the bus onto the beach).
If it was during our "dry months", I'd highly recommend snorkelling from pretty well any beach on the island - the fringing coral reefs are all pretty good.