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When winter comes, all you want to do is escape the chill and have some fun. Experience Winter on Magnetic Island.

Winter on Magnetic Island is that idyllic temperature balance – not too cold not too hot. It’s averagely 27 degrees Celsius during the day. This is perfect weather for the wide range of activities that are on offer.

There are so many reasons to spend your winter on Magnetic Island. Whether you want to relax or be active out and about, there is something for everyone.

Whale watching

Winter is optimal whale watching time. The gentle giants of the sea make an appearance from mid-July to August. A three-hour cruise will take you into the waters surrounding Townsville, Magnetic Island, and the Palm Island Group. The Great Barrier Reef is a playground for humpback whales around this time. Onboard the spacious vessel, you can enjoy a view from two decks, hear commentary and enjoy morning tea.


Where else can you swim in winter but on Magnetic Island?! The water temperature is comfortable even in winter, and there are no stingers around this time either. There are a number of bays around the island that are just perfect for swimming in. Alma Bay has a playground and shady grounds – ideal for families. If you want a quieter time, the swimming holes at Rocky Bay are small and secluded.

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You can’t go to Magnetic Island and not do a little snorkelling. Any time of the year is the right time to explore the island through goggles and a snorkel. Arthur Bay on the northern edge, Florence Bay on the southern edge, and Geoffrey Bay are the best places to do it. At Geoffrey Bay, you can even walk at low tide – but beware of the coral!


Add sailing to your must-do list. It’s really flexible and you choose how you do it. Day trips or sunset cruises are both spectacular. Jazza Sailing Tours is one of the more popular services, offering both day and sunset options. Lunch is included during the day, and you can bring your own alcohol for the sunset cruise.

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For those who make a point of golfing wherever they go, make sure you do it on Magnetic Island. The Magnetic Island Country Club is open to the public. You can rent golf clubs and buggies, then take in the gorgeous surroundings as you hit a bucket of balls.

Check out local wildlife

Don’t forget the local fauna. Of particular note are the resident koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. You can spot them in nature as you enjoy some of the walking tracks, or head to Bungalow Bay Koala Village to get to know an array of different animals.


Get away from those winter blues and make your way to Magnetic Island. Get active or relax -either way, you will have a magical time. Check out the Magnetic Island Online directory for all your accommodation and activity information.


Author: WMAadmin