Looking for a holiday destination that is fun for the whole family and only a short plane trip from home? Tina Harris (also known to the tribe as Lah-Lah) took her tribe to Magnetic Island and wanted to share their amazing holiday with you.
So Buzz and I finally did it! Took a whole week off for a family vacation and we are super happy to report back on this little gem. It you are looking for an affordable family getaway with something for the whole family Magnetic Island just off the coast of Townsville might be for you.
Our three highlights were; Aquascene Charters, Adam and Steph went out of their way to make everyone’s trip enjoyable, from snorkeling, feeding fish and visiting secret spots on the island this was a must do for toddlers to grandparents.
Horseshoe Bay Ranch was a real bucket list item! Loved riding the horses into the ocean. They do pony rides too for little ones. Our girls are big so we went on the 2hr ride through the bush which was amazing!
And last but not least the Bungalow Bay Koala Park is a must see with kids. We cuddled Koalas, held frogs, snakes and a black Cockatoo!!
Magnetic Island is a short ferry ride from Townsville so check out Magnetic Island next time you’re planning a family getaway. Our tribe loved it!
Other fun activities
If you’re planning a trip to Magnetic Island, there are loads of fun options for tourists enjoying the holiday hot spot. You can take scenic helicopter rides over the Great Barrier Reef, or try out some water sports such as kayaking, jet skiing or snorkelling.
There are 27 beaches at Magnetic Island, most of which are only accessible by boat or walking trail. The most popular beach is Horseshoe Bay which has a stinger enclosure all year round to protect visitors from the Box Jellyfish in the area. This is probably the best beach to visit with kids as it’s patrolled by life savers and it also has some food options nearby with cafes and restaurants in the vicinity.
There is plenty of accommodation available on Magnetic Island ranging from holiday apartments, Air BnB homes, bed and breakfasts and camping. If you’re after a camping trip, the only place that offers camping on the island is Bungalow Bay Koala Village. Otherwise you can easily search for accommodation to suit your family on all the usual websites. You can take your car on the barge to Magnetic Island making it easy to get around with the kids!
Thinking of holidaying in Australia? Check out this article for inspiration.