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Magnetic Informer Visitors Guide : Magnetic Island Informer Visitors Guide 2010
14 W1 Hawkings Point track Grade: Easy This is one of the easiest and shortest walks with an exceptional view. From Picnic Bay, a track winds to the top of a large boulder, affording a spectacular panorama over the island past rocky Bay to Nelly and Geoffrey Bays and back towards Townsville. W2 Picnic Bay to West Point Grade: Easy This walk follows a bush track that links the bays on the western side of the island. The track passes a tidal wetland, mangroves, paperbark swamps and savanna grasslands. The fora and fauna are totally different in this area to the eastern side of the Island, making the journey particularly rewarding. W3 Nelly Bay to arcadia Grade: Moderate Continuing along Mandalay ave, Nelly Bay, this walk passes through a cool patch of rainforest alongside Gustav Creek, then climbs gradually to the saddle between Nelly and Horseshoe Bays. The track follows a ridge with views over Horseshoe Bay before it branches, with one track leading on to Horseshoe Bay, and the other down to arcadia past the Sphinx lookout. W4 arcadia to Horseshoe Bay Grade: Easy This track begins a short distance from arcadia, leading off from the main road on the right hand side. Firstly following the road and later crossing it, the track climbs over the hills and meets the main road again where the walk to the Forts begin. If you continue along the track you will meet the road again as it descends into Horseshoe Bay. W5 The Forts Walk Grade: Moderate From the turn-off to radical Bay, this track ascends, sometimes steeply, to follow a ridge behind the bays before arriving at the ruins of the Forts complex operated during World War II. lookouts afford excellent views to the Palm Island Group in the north and Bowling Green Bay National Park in the south. Magnetic Island’s WWII forts are listed on the Queensland Heritage register and are among the best examples of such forts on Queensland’s east coast. This walk is also famous for spotting Koalas in their natural environment as it is home to the largest free-roaming colony in the world. W6 arthur, Florence and radical Bays* Grade: Easy From the Forts car park on the Horseshoe Bay road, an easy track leads down to these undeveloped bays which provide excellent swimming and snorkelling. arthur Bay walk – 1.4km return (30 minutes) Florence Bay walk – 3.6km return (1 hour) radical Bay walk – 6km return (2 hours) W7 Horseshoe Bay to Balding and radical Bays* Grade: Moderate From the eastern end of Horseshoe Bay beach, the track climbs through a steep gully of closed forest to a ridge with open eucalypt woodland. one branch of the track leads down to the secluded Balding Bay and the other continues on to radical Bay. Both bays offer excellent swimming opportunities. an unsealed road leads back from radical Bay to the main road past arthur & Florence Bays. W8 Horseshoe Bay lagoon Grade: Easy leading off the main road near Horseshoe Bay beach, a short track leads to the lagoon where a number of waterbirds can be seen over the wetlands. Walkers can continue on past the lagoon along the back of Horseshoe Bay beach through to the end of Swenson St. * Florence, Radical & Balding Bays are zoned Marine Park. No fishing or collecting permitted. One of the best ways to explore Magnetic Island is on foot. A network of walking tracks allows you to appreciate the island's natural environment protected within the national park which extends over half of the island. Walking tracks range from easy, short walks to longer tracks with a moderate level of difficulty. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Take drinking water. Be particularly careful exploring around cliff edges and the defence ruins. Magnetic Island is typical of the dry tropics. Many visitors expect to see rainforest but Magnetic Island, having considerably less rainfall than the wet tropics slightly further north, is covered with open eucalypt woodland of bloodwoods, stringy barks and grey ironbarks. Rainforest is restricted to small pockets in sheltered gullies. MAGNETIC ISLAND WALKS DIST TIME W1 Hawkins Pt 1.2km ret 1hr W2 Picnic Bay to West Pt 8km 2.5hrs W3 Nelly Bay to Arcadia 5km 1.5hrs W4 Arcadia to HSB Rd 3km 1hr W5 The Forts Walk 4km ret 1.5hrs W6 Arthur, Florence & Radical Bays 6km ret 2hrs W7 HSB to Balding & Radical Bay 3.2km ret 1hr W8 HSB Lagoon 200m ret 15min See Maps on page 59 walking tracks HORSESHOE BAY
Magnetic Island Informer Visitors Guide 2011