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Magnetic Island Tour: Maggie Comprehensive

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    Stop At: Magnetic Island Marina, 123 Sooning St, Nelly Bay QLD 4819, Australia

    After boarding the bus at Nelly Bay terminal you will meet your friendly local guide who will escort you throughout the day. Our guides are all locals, with a depth of knowledge about life on the island.
    After a brief introduction you will make your way through Nelly Bay to the western side of the island. On the way you’ll get some background facts on the island and an introduction to the geography and fauna.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Picnic Bay Jetty, Magnetic Island, Picnic Bay QLD 4819, Australia

    Optional stop where we will discover its story and how it was saved from demolition, and take in the beautiful surrounds

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Magnetic Island Marina, 123 Sooning St, Nelly Bay QLD 4819, Australia

    Leaving the early settlers behind we retrace our steps back to Nelly Bay where there will be an opportunity for a short toilet and coffee break. Afterwards, the bus will make its way over Arcadia hill where you will be rewarded with stunning views across Cleveland Bay towards the Coral sea

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Geoffrey Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland Australia

    No visit to the Maggie would be complete without a stop at Geoffrey Bay to see if you can find some of our extremely cute Allied Rock Wallabies. These wallabies are found only in Northern Queensland between Townsville and the Burdekin River.
    Geoffrey Bay is also an opportunity to get out of the bus and get up close and personal with our incredible rock formations.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Horseshoe Bay Beach, 1 Pacific Dr, Horseshoe Bay QLD 4819, Australia

    Climbing the long steep hill towards Horseshoe Bay you will get some breathtaking views across the island. You will then head down the other side into the old farming precinct before we stop for an hour’s free time in Horseshoe Bay where a variety of food is available.
    During the winter when the butterflies are around we will definitely visit the Butterfly forest for a short bush walk. Its an experience not to be missed and great balm for the soul.
    Horseshoe Bay also offers year round swimming with a safe swimming enclosure in place during the summer months. An excellent place to cool off if you bring your swimmers.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Aquasearch, 6-10 Elena St Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819 Australia

    After lunch you will return to the Ferry, giving you the chance to catch those incredible views once more. This time though we will head through the back of Arcadia, along pretty Hayles avenue with a short stop at Aquasearch Aquarium ($3 entry fee, cash only) where we will try and find Nemo and Dory and chat about our Giant Clams, before heading back to the Ferry Terminal in time to meet the 3pm depature to Townsville.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Magnetic Island History and Craft Centre, 15/11 Granite St, Picnic Bay QLD 4819, Australia

    Closed Tuesdays and between Australia Day to Easter.
    Set in the heritage listed Picnic Bay School and historic Butler Hut, the centre operates a museum and sells locally made craft and historical publications. The museum shows island history through permanent displays and varying annual exhibitions.

    Duration: 15 minutes
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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    Tour group comprised largely of retirees, several with reduced mobility, but Neil accommodated brilliantly and made the day very entertaining. Ideal duration and variety of topics, outlining some of the history and nature of the island (which really is the star of the show -...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Helen G
    Reviewed 2 days ago

    This tour is an excellent balance of information, activity and humour. Neil is knowledgeable and engaging. In spite of having visited the island on previous occasions, I learned a great deal about the history, flora and fauna. Visiting relatives also enjoyed the trip very much.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank VJDSP
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Most of our group had been to Maggie before but many years ago so a 'refresher' trip around the island was a great way to see what we would later visit. While Neil did the commentary, 'Hoppy' (his nick name I think) drove the small...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank DavidUral
    Neil R, Owner at Magnetic Island BEST Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thanks David. Yes 'Hoppy' was helping me out that day as recent surgery meant I was unable to drive the bus He is another visitor to the island, who like me, has been captivated by her charms and keeps coming back. We do try and...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    This was a fantastic tour. All of us on the bus got to see a great island. The tour guide did a wonderful jod and was very knowledgeable.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Tracey W
    Neil R, Owner at Magnetic Island BEST Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    What an interesting and informative bus trip we had on Maggie Island! It was by no means boring learning about the history, environment and current features. Neil chats naturally and in detail about his island home. It was easy listening and he answered all our...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Kerry K
    Neil R, Owner at Magnetic Island BEST Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thanks for the your review Kerry. I'm so glad I was able to help you enjoy your time on Maggie, and introduce her to you.

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    Response from 547vickik | Reviewed this property |
    Minimal walking required. There is also the option to stay on the bus which a couple of people did. You’ll be fine.
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