Magnetic Island

'Maggie' offers sun, surf and solitude from the mainland buzz.

Magnetic Island

Just a few kilometres offshore from Townsville, Australia’s largest tropical city, Magnetic Island is a sanctuary away from the tour groups bound for the Great Barrier Reef. With only 2,000 permanent residents, ‘Maggie’—as locals refer to her – offers welcome respite from the mainland buzz. The island is mountainous and rich in wildlife, including drowsing koalas and delightful rock wallabies. You can book any number of high-octane water sports, or venture out on rocky walking paths along the coast. But some of the best moments on Maggie are spent relaxing in a breezy café with views of the turquoise sea.