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Magnetic Island Tour: Maggie Comprehensive

  • Get a richer experience of Magnetic Island than most visitors
  • Tour is timed to coincide with the ferry's morning arrival and afternoon departure
  • See the island's top sights, as well as off-the-beaten-path spots: Great intro for first-time visitors
Magnetic Island Tour: Maggie Comprehensive
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Magnetic Island Tour: Maggie Comprehensive
From US$36.56
Get a more in-depth experience of Magnetic Island than most visitors on this tour, tailored to day trippers arriving on the morning ferry. See the island's top sights as well as some off-the-beaten-path spots, and learn about local wildlife, birds, history, geology, and folklore before heading back to the terminal in time for the ferry.
What to Expect
The tour departs from Nelly Bay at 10:05am, meeting the 9:30am Sealink Ferry Townsville departure, although island pickups are available. After a brief introduction the tour heads to the western side of the island and includes a stop at the local free museum to learn about our early settlers.

The tour then heads North and the history moves forward to the second world war, before the one hour lunch stop and free time in Horseshoe Bay where you will find many eateries and a picture perfect beach, with swimming available all year.  After lunch the tour heads back to Aquasearch Aquarium to learn about Giant Clams and Anemone fish. Entrance to the aquarium is AUD3 cash only. 

Throughout the day there will be several stops to take in the sights and try and locate wildlife and take in the scenery, and as the situation arises. Magnetic island is a wildlife lovers paradise. There about 800 wild Koalas to find, you'll probably see some wallabies lazing in the sun. We also have over 180 identified  bird species and 141 fish species locally, with whales visiting in the winter, and if you are lucky you'll spot a shy Dugong or Turtle along the shoreline.
Reviews (27)
1 - 5 of 26 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Recommend doing on your first day

What a great way to get your bearings quickly and learn about the island. I was amazed how much knowledge Neil had accumulated in just 2 years. His pride in the island was very evident. The aquarium visit was a highlight for me. Lots of...More

Thank 547vickik
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Outstanding tour

We booked this tour mainly for my love of wildlife and natural history. We were met by our guide and company owner Neil driving the small bus.From the start he was very friendly and this didn't dissipate as the day progressed. Living on Magnetic Island...More

Thank Timberwolfuk
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile
Amazing tour!

We thoroughly enjoyed our Maggie Comprehensive tour! The bus was early at the terminal waiting for us and the driver was really friendly and informative. His knowledge and passion for the island is second to none. He knew all of the best places to eat...More

Thank AvidGlobeHopper
Neil R, Owner at Magnetic Island BEST Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thanks for taking time to leave a review. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. Maggie is such a beautiful place its hard not to be passionate about it. We have some amazing wildlife on the island, some of it unique to this part of Australia...More

Reviewed 7 October 2018
Getting back to Nature on Magnetic Island

We really appreciated visiting places and seeing things that were not on the usual tourist list of things to do on Magnetic Island. Highlights included finding koalas in their natural habitat, seeing butterflies in the bushes, the aquatic museum and learning about life on the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank weblee2018
Neil R, Owner at Magnetic Island BEST Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thanks for leaving a review. Your grandsons were great to have the tour, I was more than happy to have them along. They are a very knowledgeable duo themselves! I'll pass on your comments about the aquarium to Dr. Rick. I try to have something...More

Reviewed 19 September 2018
Great intro to the Island

Very enjoyable and inexpensive way to learn about Magnetic Is. Neil’s local knowledge was invaluable, from feeding tropical fish to finding butterflies and koalas in the wild, and pointing out the great scenery. Our only disappointment was not having time at Picnic Bay, except for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Neil R, Owner at Magnetic Island BEST Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Thanks for the review. I'm sorry that you were disappointed by having no time at Picnic Bay. It is certainly something we are looking at for next season. I've only got a limited time within our tour to cover all the ground on the island....More

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Response from 547vickik | Reviewed this property |
Minimal walking required. There is also the option to stay on the bus which a couple of people did. You’ll be fine.
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