Magnetic Island can be found on the East Coast of Australia in North Queensland. The majority of backpackers coming to Australia travel up or down the East Coast to see the sights, so just take a slight detour and when you’re on your way from Cairns to Airlie Beach (2 major tourist hot spots) stop in Townsville (the capital of North Queensland) and then catch a ferry to this beautiful island.

But why should you go there? We’ve put together 10 photos and reasons why Magnetic Island should be on your Australia Bucket List!

10 reasons to visit Magnetic Island – in no particular order

1. This little touch of paradise sits on the Great Barrier Reef – a few hours south of Cairns – and is a great place to Snorkel or learn how to Scuba Dive.

Had an unreal time at Maggie island with a couple of Scuba Sam's. I can almost hear properly again #maggieisland #shakas #surhasdin

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2. The Beaches and Bays are absolutely pristine!

Time to leave this amazing hostel and beautiful island behind 🏝 #beach #islandlife #beachlife

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3. There are over 800 Koalas living on the island.

siiiiiiis en kestä että voi vaa bongaa yhtäkkii jotain söpöintä ikinä tarrautuneena puuhun. #

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4. The best way to explore Magnetic Island? Hire a Mini Moke! Read more about Mini Mokes here.

5. You will wake up to this every morning…

View from tonight's gaff. 🏝 #magneticisland #Australia #Travel #basemagneticisland

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6. And the sunsets are pretty amazing too.

Thinking about brownies #lifestruepurpose #eastcoastaustralia #travelaustralia #magneticisland

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7. Magnetic Island is home to Australia’s only Full Moon Party. (Read more about the Magnetic Island Full Moon Party here.)

Happy days! #fullmoondownunder

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8. There are loads of walking trails and view points (and therefore great photo opportunities!).

9. 54% of Magnetic island is National Park land.

10. And you might spot one of these little guys if you’re lucky… Wallabies!

Wallababies // #OZNZRoadtrip #wallabee #pouchbaby #magneticisland #australia

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Convinced? If you want to find out more about visiting Magnetic Island or you’re ready to book your accommodation or tours then visit Mad Travel Shop online – http://madtravelshop.com, or one of our Mad travel desks, which can be found in any Nomads Hostel in Australia or New Zealand.

Alternatively check out this accommodation and you can book any tours or trips with them when you arrive (just be aware that during high season and full moon parties that accommodation and some tours can fill up quickly.)

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