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for hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences with kid­pleas­ing crit­ters in­clud­ing starfish and sea cu­cum­bers.

The aquar­ium is open daily 9.30am-5pm. Tick­ets adult/child/ fam­ily $28/14/42-70.

MAG­NETIC IS­LAND Ev­ery bit as at­trac­tive as the name sug­gests, Mag­netic Is­land – a 20-minute hop from the city – is right­fully one of Townsville’s ma­jor draw­cards.

Charm­ingly bereft of megare­sorts and tourist traps, ‘Mag­gie’ is a low-key par­adise of boul­dered bays, hike­able hills and a wealth of wildlife in­clud­ing rock wal­la­bies, sea tur­tles and over 800 koalas mak­ing them­selves at home in the is­land’s rugged eu­ca­lypt forests.

Ringed by 23 bonny beaches, the is­land has some­thing for ev­ery stripe of sun-seeker: the so­cia­ble sands of Horse­shoe Bay bris­tle with bars, bistros and wa­ter­sports kiosks, while flaw­less Five Beach Bay has the splen­did iso­la­tion that

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