Tropical Coast national parks

1 2 Bolger Bay CP Magnetic Island NP West Point Rollingstone Bay Liver Point Five Beach Bay Huntington Bay Horseshoe Bay White Lady Bay Young Bay Bolger Bay Mt Cook Cockle Bay Nobby Head Picnic Bay Hawkings Point Rocky Bay Nelly Bay Bright Point Bremner Point Geoffrey Bay Alma Bay Whitfield Cove Sphinx lookout Searchlight Tower Florence Bay Lovers Bay Horseshoe Bay Lagoon CP Radical Bay Wilson Bay 3 2km Scale 0 Photo: Maxime Coquard © Qld Govt Forts walk Koala Photo: Maxime Coquard © Qld Govt Admire granite boulder headlands dotted with majestic hoop pines and picture- perfect bays with blue-green waters and fringing reefs. The island, together with its surrounding reefs, is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Things to do Wildlife spotting Search for koalas in gum trees along the Forts walk, spy allied rock-wallabies at dawn or dusk at Geoffrey Bay headland and watch birds of prey swooping for fish at any of the island’s beaches. Be adventurous! Hire a kayak or paddle your own around the island to secluded bays and beaches only accessible by boat. If you like a faster pace, hire a jet ski or for those wanting to explore the underwater world, take a guided snorkelling tour on the reefs surrounding the island. See the vibrant colours of the Great Barrier Reef as you snorkel at Picnic, Arthur and Florence bays. Places to go 1 Forts walk 4km return (1.5hr). Grade: moderate From the Forts Junction, discover the fascinating WWII history of the island and enjoy brilliant 360 degree views. This is also one of the best places to spot a koala in the trees beside the walking track. 2 Florence Bay track 3.6km return (1hr). Grade: moderate Beginning at the Forts Junction, experience restful quiet at this secluded tropical bay. 3 Hawkings Point track 1.2km return (1hr). Grade: moderate At Picnic Bay climb to the top of the headland for views over Cleveland Bay, to Townsville and beyond. Must dos • Hike to a secluded bay, relax on the tropical sand and snorkel in tranquil water. • Snap some fabulous scenery when you explore the park’s walking trails. Getting there Catch the passenger or car ferry from Townsville for a 30min ride to Nelly Bay on the island. Drive your own vehicle around the island roads or hire a bike, car or scooter or catch a bus when you arrive. Nelly Bay to Picnic Bay: 3.5km Nelly Bay to Forts Junction: 4km Slow down to ‘Maggie time’ and relish the special experiences offered on this treasured island park, famed for its stunning scenery and its furry residents. Can you spot a koala? Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas lives in the park. Places to stay You can’t camp in the park but the island offers many different accommodation options such as hotels, holiday houses and backpacker hostels. Magnetic Island National Park 11