Christmas on Magnetic Island offers a Tropical Holiday with a Difference
If clear waters, warm sun and balmy, summer evenings are your idea of holiday bliss, Christmas on Magnetic Island is right up your alley.
While there’s plenty of opportunities to relax on the sand with a cool drink, the rugged beauty of this place will make you want to explore. Christmas on Magnetic Island offers an island experience you won’t forget.
Situated just off the coast of Townsville in Far North Queensland is a beautiful tropical getaway of sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and a population of Koala bears. Visible from the mainland, easy to get to but worlds away from the everyday hustle and bustle. It’s island time, just a stone’s throw from the city; and Christmas on Magnetic Island is one of the best times of the year to be there.
An easy ferry ride lands you at a modern, wharf precinct with contemporary apartment accommodation, restaurants and cafes. Pack your swimmers and shorts because the temps here over Summer can hit the high 30’s. That’s great news if you love the water and this island has 23 beaches to check out. From the long stretch of Horseshoe Bay to any number of small, secluded coves. There’s also some wonderful dive sites off the island and easy access to the Great Barrier Reef.
While this island has a laid back, casual vibe you will find some of the coolest, most luxurious holiday homes here in Australia. Built for the warm climate with a mind for entertaining, locations are beach side, cliff top or village central. A favourite destination for families, it’s equally popular for conferences, weddings and other celebrations. The variety and abundance of accommodation options makes it easy to cater to all needs.
The favoured form of transport on Magnetic is the Mini Moke. The locals drive them and it’s easy to find cheap hire. While the roads are well maintained, they are a little windy in places and an open-air Moke is a cheap, practical way to get around. It’s also the type of car that reminds you that you’re on holiday.
For the active tourist, some great bushwalks take you across the island, over pristine terrain and to a heritage listed fort constructed during World War II. Don’t be surprised to make friends with some Rock Wallabies with many of the cute animals being quite used to human visitors. Keep a lookout for a Koala chilling in the native Eucalypt trees. If you have no luck spotting one in the wild, visit the Magnetic Island Koala Park to see one up close and personal.
This really is a tropical island with a difference, and perfect when you’re looking for a change of pace. It doesn’t matter what style of island holiday you need; Christmas on Magnetic Island has a little something for everyone!