Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is a short ferry ride east of Townsville, the capitol of Queensland. It is a wonderful tropical island with just enough. A bus runs from south to north and back again. The coast is dotted with bays and coves, most of them with fringe coral offshore. The base of the island is granite with large boulders strewn everywhere. Koalas and bush wallabies reside in considerable numbers and many strange birds fly everywhere. There are “hiking tracks” everywhere to get you away from the road.

I particularly enjoyed snorkeling at Florence Bay. We also snorkeled an underwater wreck at Geoffrey Bay, the rocks at Alma Bay and the left side of Arthur Bay. We hiked to the forts, Balding Bay and Radical Bay. I think Arthur is the prettiest and Radical the best for swimming.

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