Magnetic Island, QLD, Australia

Magnetic Island, QLD, Australia

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 330 vacation rentals near Magnetic Island. From 174 apartments to 109 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Magnetic Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Immerse yourself in Magnetic Island's natural beauty

Located a stone's throw from Townsville, Magnetic Island is fringed by aquamarine waters and silvery eucalypt forests. It's home to a welcoming community of locals who live and breathe the laid-back lifestyle and Magnetic Island vacation rentals offer the chance to exchange smiles with your neighbors and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the island. Sitting within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, opportunities for snorkeling and diving abound, while for those keen to enjoy the stunning scenery on land there are countless walking trails, winding through the surrounding forests to explore.

Beach hopping on Magnetic Island

It's hard to resist the call of Magnetic Island's stunning beaches. There are more than 20 tempting stretches of sand to explore, dotted with giant granite boulders, lush pines and dusky-green gum trees. Seeking a place to sleep just a footstep from the sand? With their ocean views and secluded settings, Magnetic Island vacation rentals offer a tropical dream come true. Horseshoe Bay is the heart and soul of Magnetic Island's buzzing social scene. It's brimming with trendy cafes, breezy brunch spots and vibrant bars and seafood restaurants. You'll also find a lively scene in neighboring towns such as Picnic Bay and Nelly Bay.

Cuddling koalas on Magnetic Island

If cuddling a koala is on your wish list head to Bungalow Bay Koala Wildlife Park for the chance to learn more about the loveable marsupials and chat to the resident rangers. For those feeling brave, there are opportunities to go face to face with saltwater crocodiles, pythons and other native wildlife. Scuba divers will jump at the chance to explore SS Yongala, considered one of Australia's top wreck dives, while for those not certified the Magnetic Island Snorkel Trail showcases a wonderland of tropical fish and colorful coral gardens.

Tropical winters on Magnetic Island

Thanks to its renowned climate, Magnetic Island is an all-season destination for sun seekers. That said, the island is at its busiest during the winter months when temperatures hover around the 80s. Planning a sun-drenched getaway? From romantic retreats to family-sized villas, Magnetic Island vacation rentals make it easy to slip into island time. There's a higher chance of rain during spring, when Queensland's tropical climate starts to show its colors, while summer can become humid and there is the risk of the occasional tropical downpour. Stingers often venture into the waters around the Great Barrier Reef which means swimmers and divers will need to wear a protective suit or stick to swimming enclosures that can be found in destinations such as Horseshoe Bay.

Sea turtles on Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island National Park occupies more than half the island and is laced with 15 miles of walking tracks. Keep an eye out for koalas dozing in the trees and rock wallabies bounding beneath the canopy. The island is a sanctuary for native Australian birds, including cockatoos, kookaburras, rosellas and lorikeets and more, while hundreds of sea turtles flock to Magnetic Island during the summer months to nest on its secluded beaches. Life on Magnetic Island revolves around the waters and no visit would be complete without making a splash in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.