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Magnetic Informer Visitors Guide : Magnetic Island Informer Visitors Guide 2011
11 Heritage The outstanding beauty of Magnetic Island makes it an obvious destination for both tourists and residents. The first man to recognise this potential was Harry Butler and his family who came to Picnic Bay as European settlers in 1876. The Butlers built the first ever guest house on the Island, a modest thatched cottage that is a far cry from the luxurious accommodations on offer today. Twenty years later, Robert Hayles built the first ever licensed Hotel and dance hall and started the first regular ferry service from Townsville. The Hayles family proceeded to run two hotels and the ferry service for nearly 90 years. In 1909 farming land became available at Horseshoe Bay. Large areas of pineapples and fruit trees were planted resulting in Horseshoe Bay becoming the centre of a successful pineapple industry. By 1928 there were life saving clubs at Picnic Bay and Arcadia and groups of young people began building huts on land they leased or purchased. Simultaneously families from the mainland began to purchase their own houses for weekend and longer holidays. In those days, Magnetic Island was predominately a holiday destination with guesthouses popping up at Cockle, Nelly, Alma and Florence Bays and later at Horseshoe Bay and West Point. With a history as colourful as the landscape itself it is no wonder thousands of people now call Magnetic Island home. To find out more visit the History and Craft Centre in the old Picnic Bay School, open daily (exc Tues) from 10am to 2pm, where you can also view a wonderful collection of old photographs and artefacts. Interpretive Signs As you explore Magnetic Island, you’ll come across a number of information signs, take some time out to read them and you will be pleasantly surprised with what you might discover. Each one is designed to tell you about certain relevant aspects of the Island’s ecology and landscape, flora and fauna, cultural heritage, maritime wrecks and walking tracks. Keep an eye out for these signs to ensure you get the most of your island getaway and learn more about the natural wonders and fascinating history of World Heritage Magnetic Island. In summ er, easy acc ess waterfalls and creeks come alive, creating a cool oasis of clear, fresh water ideal for a refreshing plunge.
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