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Guidebook for Picnic Bay

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Guidebook for Picnic Bay

Sightseeing
Take a casual walk up through the National Park to Hawkings Point to see fabulous views of Picnic Bay, Townsville, Cleveland Bay and Nelly Bay.
Hawkings Point Lookout
Take a casual walk up through the National Park to Hawkings Point to see fabulous views of Picnic Bay, Townsville, Cleveland Bay and Nelly Bay.
Parks & Nature
The Forts walk is one of the iconic walks on Magnetic Island. It's your best chance to see koalas in the wild, and it offers you WWII history combined with stunning views of Horseshoe Bay and Cleveland Bay. You'll need to hop on a bus, hire a car or drive your way to The Forts, but it's a not-to-be-missed destination on Maggie.
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The Forts
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locals recommend
The Forts walk is one of the iconic walks on Magnetic Island. It's your best chance to see koalas in the wild, and it offers you WWII history combined with stunning views of Horseshoe Bay and Cleveland Bay. You'll need to hop on a bus, hire a car or drive your way to The Forts, but it's a not-to-be-missed destination on Maggie.
Just over the Picnic Bay hill, and on the other side of Base Backpackers you'll find the Nelly Bay Snorkel trail. Hire your gear and grab a swim card, and learn about giant clams and the local coral and fish. (Another, quite different, snorkel trail is also in Geoffrey Bay).
Nelly Bay Foreshore
Just over the Picnic Bay hill, and on the other side of Base Backpackers you'll find the Nelly Bay Snorkel trail. Hire your gear and grab a swim card, and learn about giant clams and the local coral and fish. (Another, quite different, snorkel trail is also in Geoffrey Bay).
Food Scene
Mamma Roma and The Reef Bar are right next door. With live music outdoors most weekends, their BYO licence means you can put the cooking on hold and sit back and enjoy the Picnic Bay foreshore at your leisure. (Bookings recommended). The Picnic Bay Hotel is also just a short walk. It also offers the R&R Restaurant and Bar as another way to stay out of the kitchen. All have great views across the jetty with the lights of Townsville in the distance. Horseshoe Bay on the opposite side of the island also has a range of restaurants, take aways and pubs. Hop on the bus and enjoy the ride. Supermarkets? Just visit the whatsonmagneticisland.com.au 'Services & Facilities' tab for info.
Mamma Roma
9 Esplanade
Mamma Roma and The Reef Bar are right next door. With live music outdoors most weekends, their BYO licence means you can put the cooking on hold and sit back and enjoy the Picnic Bay foreshore at your leisure. (Bookings recommended). The Picnic Bay Hotel is also just a short walk. It also offers the R&R Restaurant and Bar as another way to stay out of the kitchen. All have great views across the jetty with the lights of Townsville in the distance. Horseshoe Bay on the opposite side of the island also has a range of restaurants, take aways and pubs. Hop on the bus and enjoy the ride. Supermarkets? Just visit the whatsonmagneticisland.com.au 'Services & Facilities' tab for info.
Drinks & Nightlife
Arcadia Village Hotel has live music most weekends, and also offers a big array of food options for dinner and lunch, especially on the weekends. Visit arcadiavillagehotel.com.au for more information. (You'll need either a bus or car to get to the hotel). Late nights are also just a short walk over the Picnic Bay Hill to Base Backpackers. With a divine beach bar setting, it's also a great place for an afternoon beer. For any events/live music, visit whatsonmagenticisland.com.au and check the daily calendar or home page.
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locals recommend
Arcadia Village Hotel
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locals recommend
Arcadia Village Hotel has live music most weekends, and also offers a big array of food options for dinner and lunch, especially on the weekends. Visit arcadiavillagehotel.com.au for more information. (You'll need either a bus or car to get to the hotel). Late nights are also just a short walk over the Picnic Bay Hill to Base Backpackers. With a divine beach bar setting, it's also a great place for an afternoon beer. For any events/live music, visit whatsonmagenticisland.com.au and check the daily calendar or home page.
Arts & Culture
The MIHCC and Museum are literally just across the road. You'll find helpful staff that are ready to tell you fantastic tales about the history of Magnetic Island, and the characters that have inhabited it. Shipwrecks surround the island, so they also have information on these if you're interested. There is a small shop and a separate building full of information. Magnetic Island also has many artists and galleries. Most will welcome you, but you may want to call them first to arrange an appointment. Just go to: whatsonmagenticisland.com.au and look for the 'Artists & Galleries' tab on the right.
Magnetic Island History and Craft Centre
11 Granite St
The MIHCC and Museum are literally just across the road. You'll find helpful staff that are ready to tell you fantastic tales about the history of Magnetic Island, and the characters that have inhabited it. Shipwrecks surround the island, so they also have information on these if you're interested. There is a small shop and a separate building full of information. Magnetic Island also has many artists and galleries. Most will welcome you, but you may want to call them first to arrange an appointment. Just go to: whatsonmagenticisland.com.au and look for the 'Artists & Galleries' tab on the right.
Shopping
There are three shopping areas along Sooning St in Nelly Bay. 1) Foodworks, Chemist, Bottle Shop and Restaurant. 2) Post Office, Bakery, Clothing, Bank, Restaurants, Art Gallery and Second hand/Island Living. 3) IGA supermarket - the closest to the ferry terminal.
Sooning Street
There are three shopping areas along Sooning St in Nelly Bay. 1) Foodworks, Chemist, Bottle Shop and Restaurant. 2) Post Office, Bakery, Clothing, Bank, Restaurants, Art Gallery and Second hand/Island Living. 3) IGA supermarket - the closest to the ferry terminal.
Getting Around
Road Runner Scooter Hire
64 Kelly St
Tropical Topless Car Rentals
138 Sooning St