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The tour departs from Nelly Bay at 10:05am, meeting the 9:30am Sealink Ferry Townsville departure, although island pickups are available. After a brief introduction the tour heads to the western side of the island and includes a stop at the local free museum to learn about our early settlers.

The tour then heads North and the history moves forward to the second world war, before the one hour lunch stop and free time in Horseshoe Bay where you will find many eateries and a picture perfect beach, with swimming available all year.  After lunch the tour heads back to Aquasearch Aquarium to learn about Giant Clams and Anemone fish. Entrance to the aquarium is AUD3 cash only. 

Throughout the day there will be several stops to take in the sights and try and locate wildlife and take in the scenery, and as the situation arises. Magnetic island is a wildlife lovers paradise. There about 800 wild Koalas to find, you'll probably see some wallabies lazing in the sun. We also have over 180 identified  bird species and 141 fish species locally, with whales visiting in the winter, and if you are lucky you'll spot a shy Dugong or Turtle along the shoreline.
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Magnetic Island BEST Bus Tours

A mature and highly-regarded local guide will provide friendly, entertaining commentary on hundreds of topics covering birds and wildlife, trees, geology, history and folklore on your 5 hour tour of the scenic roads and byways of the beautiful Magnetic Island. Departing Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal you'll visit all the major sights, including one or two secret spots some locals don't even know about. After an hours free time in Horseshoe bay for lunch you will head back to the Ferry terminal in time for the 3pm Ferry departure. 

  • Great overview and orientation of Magnetic Island
  • Get inside trips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Great intro to the Island

Very enjoyable and inexpensive way to learn about Magnetic Is. Neil’s local knowledge was invaluable, from feeding tropical fish to finding butterflies and koalas in the wild, and pointing out the great scenery. Our only disappointment was not having time at Picnic Bay, except for...More

1  Thank simcat46
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
A pleasant and informative day

A delightful day with Neil touring the Magnetic Island coast and some of the spots that make the place unique. He is knowledgable about the history and wildlife. A very relaxing day.

Thank Blacwode
Reviewed 1 week ago
Local Knowledge

It was the best day of our holiday, very relaxed tour with very informative information about the island, very friendly. Highly recommended .

Thank Maria H
Reviewed 13 August 2018
The Best way to see Magnetic Island

Thank you Neil for a wonderful tour around your beautiful Magnetic Island. The scenery was gorgeous and we loved seeing the rock wallabies, the fish, the koalas and the butterflies were amazing. Thanks for pointing us in the right direction for lunch. The tour was...More

1  Thank Margaret M
Reviewed 10 August 2018
Friendly, informative guide brings this tour alive

The BEST way to see Magnetic Island when you only have one day. Neil's love of the island and enthusiasm for his guiding definitely shines through. There were so many varied interesting attractions where we could stop and get off the bus for a closer...More

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