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MAGNETIC ISLAND WALKS
W1 Hawkings Pt
1.2km ret 1hr
W2 Picnic Bay to West Pt
W3 Nelly Bay to Arcadia
W4 Arcadia to HSB Rd
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 51
“Slow Down at Sunset ...
it’s their Island too”
It’s important to protect our wildlife by taking care
on the roads, particularly at dusk when our animals
are on the move. Be diligent, slow down, help keep
our animals safe. Thank you.
For injured or orphaned wildlife please call the
Veterinary Surgery on 4778 5977 or
Wildlife Care on 4758 1457 or 0400 243 842.
One of the best ways to explore
Magnetic Island is on foot.
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
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 flora 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
Opened in 2011, this walking track replaces the old walkway adjacent to the
main road. The track begins at the end of Endeavour Rd, winding uphill to
the saddle between Nelly and Horseshoe Bay, passing through native grasses,
delicate wildflowers and an impressive stand of grass trees that are not seen
anywhere else in our walking track network. Continuing on past the Sphinx
lookout the track veers off to the right at the ‘Forts junction’ following the
ridge line before descending down to the Radical Bay and Forts walk car park.
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.
See Maps on page 51
* Florence, Radical & Balding Bays are zoned Marine Park. No fishing or collecting permitted.
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