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If you want to hold and cuddle a Koala then just visit Bungalow Bay Koala Village located at 40 Horseshoe Bay. This is a fab place to take the kids or if you have never experienced holding a Koala or snake, then hop into the Koala Village. Its very touristy but well worth a visit for some serious fun.
There are 3 daily shows 10am-12noon, 12-2pm, 2:30pm - 4.30pm
Beach Horse Riding can be found at Horseshoe Bay.
At Blueys Horse Ranch - Tel 47 785 109
33 Gifford Street Horseshoe Bay www.blueyshorseranch.com
Tour > 9am & 3pm 2 hr bush and beach rides.
Directions: Horseshoe Bay. North of Nelly Bay.
This island would be fabulous to sail around as most of the island is inaccessible by car. I would imagine you would get to see the BEST of the island by sailing around it.
Jazz Sailing Tours operate a days journey around the island. - Ph: 4758 1887
Blue Parrot Sunset Cruise - departs from Horseshoe Bay 5pm. Costs AUD$60.00 - 3hrs.
Tel :47 581 336
Providence - www.providencesailing.com.au (which to me looked fab).
You happen to enjoy a little fishing there are some excellent fishing tours available on Magnetic Island.
Please not fishing is not ALLOWED in Floence, Alma, Geoffrey, Radical or Balding Bays as these beaches are classified as Marine National Parks.
For getting the best advice about where to fish check out these tours.
All around Magnetic - 0413 697 820
Barnacle Bill - 4758 1837
For hire of fishing gear - Fish'n N Fuel'N - in Nelly Bay has all the gear required.
There are so many wonderful snorkeling and diving spots on Magnetic Island, you could say your in snorkel ling heaven !
The most popular spot being at Geoffrey Bay, for diving fans one can seek out the wreck of Moltke which sank in the 1900's. It's located approx 100metres off shore, I'm sure any of the locals will point the spot out to you.
Most water sport equipment can be hired at Alma Bay or at Coral Sea Sports in Nelly Bay.
Reef Ecotours - with local marine Biologist Dr Andy lewis. www.reefecotours.com
Pleasure Divers - Arkies Resort Alma Bay.
Ocean Dive Australia - at Nelly Bay.
Sun ferries operate day tours to the outer Barrier Reef from Magnetic Island.
There are numerous walking tracks throughout Magnetic Island. One could spend a week just walking the tracks !
Just pick up your walking maps from any tourist information centre in Townsville or Magnetic Island.
Here are a few walks worth mentioning.
Picnic Bay to West Point - 5hrs
Horseshoe Bay to the Lagoon - short 30mins
Horseshoe Bay to Balding Bay - 1hr return.
There are a huge variety of birds of Magnetic Island to keep any keen Bird Watcher happy. The best way to spot the birds is to do some of the wonderful walks through the National Park.
The Horseshoe Lagoon Walk - starts from the beach and leads onto the lagoon where you can spot a variety of waterbirds.
There are over 100 species of bird-life on Magnetic Island, so just bring your camera and binoculars. Pick-up your walking map from the tourist information centre at Nelly Bay or at Townsville.
Morning and sunset tours are available with SeaKayak Tours.
www.seakayak.com.au For Bookings 4778 5424
The morning tour starts at 8am returning at 12.30pm
The Sunset tour takes 2hrs.
Tours start from Horseshoe Bay.
For those who are looking for a different type of adventure ! The Red Baron Seaplane is unique and has featured in some major movies. Its rumoured that Catherine Zeta Jones even flew in it !
It's the only open cock-pit plane in the world and takes 2 passengers only. I never had the opportunity to fly but it sure looked seriously cute !
(07) 4758 1556
Directions: Located at the Marina in Townsville.
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