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