Before my trip I made sure to make a bit of a plan in terms of driving times and distances and “must-see” places. Townsville was a good stop-off down from Cairns (4 hr drive) and Magnetic Island was somewhere I wanted to visit. The Sealink ferry is just 20 minutes across and $30 return if you purchase a ticket online.
Best way to explore the island?
The island boasts quiet, secluded bays, wildlife and adventurous walks. The Forts Walk is a popular route which we walked before it got too hot! 4km in length, we managed to see wild Koala's along the way and the 360 degree view from the top is definitely worth the hike! (Do not forget good walking shoes and water!)
Time for some relaxing and replenishing after … Horseshoe Bay provides a good swimming enclosure and a selection of restaurants/cafes. Looking for a nice view and some homemade specials, we stopped off in Cafe Nourish Heart & Soul Food. I cannot recommend this enough... the staff were so friendly, the food was fresh and OMG I could not resist the cake!!