Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, named Magnetical Island by Captain Cook in 1770 because he imagined that it had an influence upon his ship's compass, is 8 kms from Townsville and has an area of 51 square kms. It was once part of the mainland. Arcadia (also known as Alma Bay), Nelly, and Picnic Bays, are the most popular settlements on the island. On the southern side of Horseshoe Bay are plantations of papaws and pineapples.

Swimming, fishing, and tennis are available. There is accommodation in hotels and guest-houses. At Arcadia, furnished cottages with a community dining-room are popular. Separate furnished huts can also be secured and supplies are easy to obtain. The resort is served daily by launches from Townsville. During winter, additional excursions are run to the island from interstate vessels at Townsville.