SAILING MAGNETIC ISLAND
Magnetic Island is a beautiful island, 8 kilometres (5.0 miles) offshore from Townsville, Queensland.
This 5184 hectare,mountainous island is located in Cleveland Bay and is easily accessible via ferry from the mainland to Nelly Bay Harbour on Magnetic Island OR you can sail across from Townsville to Magnetic Island on board Big Mama.
The permanent population of Magnetic Island is approximately 2500 friendly & relaxed people living a lifestyle away from the 'hustle & bustle' of the city life, which reflects the overall atmosphere once on the island- welcoming and genuine.
70% of the island is World Heritage National Park with 24km of bushwalking tracks to allow you to explore the many stunning bays(23 bays in total many only accessible by boat) and unspoilt forests with a huge chance of seeing Koala, Rock Wallaby, Echidnas, possums and around 187 bird species.
There is also plenty of amazing history with WWII artefacts, command posts and gun emplacements still intact on the island on the Forts Walk which koalas can be seen in the wild and there is around 20 shipwrecks around the island, some can be seen while snorkelling and others only diving.
THE PALM ISLANDS
Palm Island is 65 kilometres north-west of Townsville, on the east coast of Queensland, Australia. It is the biggest of the Greater Palm group of islands. It has small bays and sandy beaches.
The island was named by James Cook in 1770 as he sailed up the eastern coast of Australia on his first voyage. The approximate population of the island when Captain Cook visited was about 200 Manbarra people. The population of Palm Island today is around 5000 people.
Palm Island is one of 16 Islands.