Townsville’s ideal position alongside the Great Barrier Reef makes it home to some of the most beautiful islands on the east coast of Australia. It also boasts some of the best diving sites around the islands and serves as a base for many conservation and research projects.
Magnetic Island is a popular island full of secluded bays and 23 beaches, meaning there is plenty of room for everyone. Just a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, Magnetic Island boasts natural beauty and serenity within a thriving community.
The Island is made up of rocky granite headlands, hoop pines and sheltered bays and beaches, forming a spectacular coastline. Perfect for the nature-lover, the island is over two-thirds National Park which means it's teeming with wildlife including rock wallabies, koalas, possums and over 100 bird species.
Providing a wide range of accommodation options, the island offers something for every budget as well as plenty of dining options by the water.
Orpheus Island National Park caters for everyone from those seeking pure luxury to the self-sufficient camper. You can reach the island by a scenic 30min helicopter flight from Townsville. Discover more about the luxurious All Inclusive Orpheus Island Resort, Great Barrier Reef.
Orpheus Island provides plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature – from snorkelling in the blue-green reef to bird and wildlife watching.
Hinchinbrook Island is the biggest island on the Great Barrier Reef and is completely uninhabited. The perfect location for adventure, Hinchinbrook Island offers spectacular hiking and camping along the 32-kilometre Thorsborne Trail - rated one of the top 10 walks on the planet.
On the eastern side of Hinchinbrook Island is a secluded beach called Ramsay Bay. It’s a long stretch of beach, with a high dune that extends through the bush to an estuary, which is famous for fishing. Ramsay Bay is harder to reach; however, a guided tour or private yacht will get you there.
A maximum of 40 people are permitted to camp on the island at one time, in order to protect the biodiversity and environment of the island.
Palm Island is well-known for its unique Indigenous heritage and rich cultural history. It is the traditional country of the Manbarra people and home to the Bwgcolman tribal people.
The beautiful clear waters of Palm Island make this a perfect fishing location. The island is accessible by boat or plane.
Further south is Horseshoe Bay, in the small seaside town of Bowen. This quiet, relaxed slice of paradise offers one of the most charming bays in Queensland.
Horseshoe Bay is popular for divers and snorkellers, and provides a wonderfully relaxed place to explore, close to fantastic bushwalking trails, accommodation, and restaurants.
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When it comes to exploring the natural wonders of Australia, few places can rival the beauty and diversity of Townsville, Magnetic Island, and the Great Barrier Reef. While there are many ways to experience these stunning destinations, one activity stands out as truly exceptional: a scenic helicopter flight. Soaring high above the breathtaking landscapes and pristine waters, a helicopter ride offers a unique perspective that will leave you in awe. In this blog, we'll take you through what you can expect to see on a helicopter flight from Townsville and why it's a must-do experience for all visitors.
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