Just a short ferry ride from Townsville you’ll find the island paradise of Magnetic Island – known affectionately by locals as Maggie. Magnetic Island has a relaxed, tropical vibe with quiet, secluded beaches and plenty of rugged rainforests to explore.
The island has some luxury resorts but the backpacker accommodation is particularly cool (and affordable) here. Magnetic Island has some A-Frame beach hut style dorms, or luxurious private dorms with an ocean view – feel like a ‘flashpacker’ with a backpacker price tag. There’s also YHA Bungalow Bay which has an on-site Koala Sanctuary!
There are a whopping 23 beaches on Magnetic Island so you’ll get plenty of sun and sand time. Just over half of the island is protected as Magnetic Island National Park which makes for some spectacular walking trails. The Island is also packed with wildlife – keep your eyes peeled for koalas, rock-wallabies and turtles.