Let’s face it, we don’t always have a lot of time on holidays, so we are here to help you see all you can see, and do all you can possibly do in 2 days on the tropical paradise “Magnetic Island”! We have perfected a jam packed itinerary for a short 2 days of all the must see’s and do’s.
Take the ferry to Magnetic Island.
9:25am (we’ll give the ferry a few mins leeway)
Arrive at Magnetic Island, drop your bags at Peppers Blue on Blue Hotel (if you’re lucky, your room might be ready early!). Freshen up and get ready for a day out.
Take a short walk over to Tropical Topless (not this is not a nudie bar….), located opposite Nelly Bay Harbour and IGA Supermarket. Here you can hire a topless (and door less) car or a classic moke. The topless cars and mokes can come with a canopy to protect you from the sun, however we found it better to put some sunscreen on and enjoy the wine blowing through your hair, giving you a carefree island life feel!
10:10am til 11:50am
Drive around, take in the sights, stop and take some photos or walk along the beach and feel the sand between your toes, there are plenty of lovely little look outs and great spots for photos.
Drive to Bungalow Bay Koala Village to partake in the 12 noon wildlife tour (don’t worry, if you miss this one there are 3 per day, 10am, 12 noon and 2:30pm). Here you will get to hang out with some island’s very cool Australian wildlife, cuddle a koala, hold a lizard, get wrapped in a (harmless) python and learn about nature and the history of Magnetic Island. Tony the ranger is very good at his job, his passion for all of the animals and the environment really comes through.
The entry fee is $25 and if you would like to cuddle a koala there is an additional cost of $15, you will receive a souvenir photo. (Please note: The Proceeds from koala holding supports all of the wildlife care on Magnetic Island, for sick, injured and orphaned native animals.)
Before you leave make sure you feed the rainbow parakeets, I wont give too much away but it is a lot of fun!
Finish up at Bungalow Bay Koala Village and head to one of the local pubs/restaurants at Horseshoe bay, which is just around the corner, enjoy a late lunch or a quick snack and a wine or beer, you have certainly earned it!
Start heading back to the hotel, with a quick stop at Geoffrey Bay in Arcadia to hand feed Rock Wallabies, don’t forget to make a quick stop off at the local newsagent (on the way to Nelly bay) to grab some Rock Wallaby food.
Arrived back at the Peppers Blue on Blue to have a shower and spend a few hours relaxing on your private balcony, enjoying the marina view with a nice glass of bubbles or a cold beer.
Dinner time, head down to the Boardwalk restaurant (attached to Peppers Blue on Blue) for an enjoyable dinner, my recommendation is to request a seat outside so you can really enjoy the view and the nice sea air breeze.
6:00am (its early I know!)
Strap on your walking boots ladies and gentleman! This morning you will be “tackling” the Forts walk. Don’t worry it’s not too hard, it’s a mere 90 mins return walk (1.5km). Leaving from the turn-off to Radical Bay, this track is considered a moderate hike, it follows a ridge behind the bays before arriving at the ruins of the Forts complex operated during World War II, there are a few small structures that have been recently renovated to show what it would have been like to live in the area during WW2. The lookout have excellent views of the Palm Island Group in the north and Bowling Green Bay National Park in the south, from the top of the WW2 post you can also see horseshoe bay.
Return to the hotel and refuel with a for a well deserved breakfast. After breakfast enjoy a stroll around the hotel grounds and marina, take your time to enjoy the scenery.
9:30am – 1:30pm
Enjoy a lunch sailing trip with Providence, which leaves the harbour and heads for one of Magnetics Islands 23 bays where you can spend the morning snorkelling. You can usually spot sea turtles, dugongs or whales (when in season)! After your morning of marina life adventuring you can enjoy a scrumptious lunch on board and head back into the harbour.
Pop back to the hotel to get changed and then make your way to Horseshoe Bay Ranch, where you jump on a horse and go for a nice ride through native dry tropical bush lands and then onto the beach where you actually get to go for a swim with the horse (eeek!!!! How exciting!).
Head back to the Peppers Blue on Blue and take a nice long hot shower! You’ll probably bit a little chilly after your swim or at least very salty after a day of swimming. Grab some grub and head to bed, your undoubtedly pooped after your full on 2 days on Magnetic Island!