26 January 2017

Magnetic Island Travel Diary

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 Magnetic Island is truly a world of its own. An abundance of bushy mountains drop down to endless secluded beaches and rocky shores. Nature lovers can see koalas in the wild, whilst even the most seasoned beach bum can find themselves totally relaxing on their own slice of island paradise.

#FollowMe to this gorgeous island, as I show you the best that Magnetic Island has to offer...

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 Finding hidden beaches at Cockle Bay

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 The serene golden sands of Horseshoe Bay.

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 A wild possum eating nacho chips at Man Fridays restaurant (yes...really)

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 Cutie alert!

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 Little beaches don't get much cuter than this!

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 Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

photographing wild kookaburra

 Magnetic Island= Wildlife photography haven

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 Acting out our own 'Nicholas Sparks' scene on the Picnic Bay jetty

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Life is better under the palm trees

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 Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer

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 Wild rainbow lorikeets

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 Trying to spot wild rock wallabies

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 A look out to one of Magentic Island's beautiful bays

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 My real life teddy bear

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 Big bird, little birds

My Outfits


Ok... so I technically should have posted this ages ago! I visited Magnetic Island just before Hamilton Island back in December whilst my parents were visiting from the UK. But my blogging life went all crazy, collaborations and outfits kept coming, and it just kept being pushed back and back. But that's enough waffling from me...

Magnetic Island is a stunning mountainous island located eight kilometres off the coast of Townsville, North Queensland. Known fondly to locals as 'Maggie', this cute island is the perfect place to unwind, explore and get lost in nature.


What To Do In Magnetic Island


Spot Wild Koalas On The Forts Walk

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Magnetic Island is one of the best places in Australia to spot koalas in the wild. This being my third time visiting Magnetic Island, I knew that The Forts walk is the place that you are certain to spot these cute little teddies.

The Forts Walk is around 90 mins long and takes you through a gumtree lined path and up to a historic World War II fort. Along the way, you can gaze out onto serene views of secluded beaches and miles of bush-filled wilderness.

Koalas are literally the laziest critters ever and don't tend to move much, which can make them hard to spot. Nonetheless, we actually managed to spot ten of these cuties!


Beach Hopping 

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The island is home to a whopping 23 beaches and around half can be accessed by car or walking. With so much sandy utopia to explore, I suggest making a day of it! Rent a car, grab a map, wind the windows down and hop from beach to beach.

Horseshoe Bay, Nelly Bay and Arcadia are the most popular beaches and are the perfect spots to grab a bite to eat between swimming sessions. Alongside this, these are the only three beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards on the island.

If you're feeling adventurous, walk down the short road to Cockle Bay, a tiny seaside settlement lined with cute fishing boats. Arthur Bay and Radical Bay win the prizes for being the most picturesque, whilst West Point, which can only be accessed by 4WD offers sunsets like no where else.


Rainbow Lorikeet Feeding At The Koala Bungalows

Warning: if birds freak you out, do not do this!

Each night at the Koala Bungalows, there is a wild lorikeet feeding. The keeper will literally plop some food into your hand, then about 20 birds will land on you. I have to admit, this even made me a little squeamish, as they were actually on my head (eeek!) If you do go and feed these beautiful birds, wear a long-sleeved shirt, as these angry birds do peck. My arm looked like it had been mauled by the time the feeding was over! But these pretty birds were so beautiful that it was sort of worth it.

Yes: I did get a photo of this happening. No: I will not show you.


Feed Wild Rock Wallabies at Geoffrey Bay

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Geoffrey Bay is home to a colony of oh-so-cute rock wallabies, which actually eat from the palm of your hand. And these gentle babies will not draw blood like the angry birds!

Nature lovers can also get their fill of wild birds around the island or feed one of the cute possums at Man Friday's Mexican restaurant. 

The best thing about Magnetic Island is that it has an atmosphere that lets you relax, unplug and unwind. Whether you are an Aussie, or hope to visit here one day, this place needs to be on your wanderlust list!


  1. Great photos! Love them all :)

  2. Love the photos! The koala is soooo cute <3

  3. Girl you've struck my wanderlust! Dying to travel more this year <3


  4. Sounds fabulous, loving the pics :) xx

  5. I am not much of a beach girl but this location is STUNNING! Also, those photos of the birds are beautiful. Great post lady!

    Dakota D.
    Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter: @missdsquared413

  6. So many beautiful photographs! Magnetic Island looks so beautiful. Those stunning rainbow birds are ever so cute.

    Craving sunshine and sea, a lovely way to live.

    Laura xo

  7. What a beautiful island, dear! Thanks for sharing these adorable pictures with us. The photo of the palmtrees is gorgeous, and I also loved those cute wild rainbow lorikeets (their colors, omg!!). I'm glad to see that you and your bf enjoyed exploring that gorgeous place! :)

  8. This island looks absolutely amazing! I would love to go beach hopping around on those beautiful beaches :) I'll definitely have to add it to my travel bucket list... thanks for sharing girl!

    XO Jessi,

  9. Can it get any prettier than this?! I'm in awe of all that beauty.
    Really love your travel adventures, Rachel!

  10. What a gorgeous place to visit! Love your pictures :)

  11. Look at those birds! They are so beautiful, and Australia is so abundant with nature and wildlife! I love it :)

  12. Dreaaaaaaaaamy!! Loving the sunshine and good vibes, as well as the caramel-coloured lace-up tank you're wearing in a few of the photos; so gorgeous.

  13. Beautiful photos!

  14. These pictures are absolutely stunning babe!
    xx Frederique

  15. Stunning! I loved the pictures!

  16. Pretty photos! That picture of you and your boyfriend is so cute!

    xo, mikéla /

  17. Omg, this place is amazing! I can't believe how many wild life you have seen. possum photo is adorable as koala bear! Wonderful photos too

  18. Oh my goodness, Rachel ! This is absolutely so beautiful!! My favorite part was your "Nicholas Sparks" photo ! So fabulous! Honestly I could look at all of these gorgeous views and adorable animals forever!

  19. Aw that looks like a dream! Lucky you! Those pictures are breathtaking!

  20. This place sounds just amazing and I would absolutely love to see a koala in real life! I'm not too sure how I would feel about the birds though, I think I would be too scared of them! x

  21. Beautiful shots!! Cool capture of the possum!
    Adi xx

  22. Wow!!! So amazing place!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,

    Eniwhere Fashion
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  23. Beautiful location! The koala is so cute <3 I am in love.

    xo, Yasmin

  24. I would really love to visit the magnetic island, I love nature I love animals, this would be a perfect place for me. You look incredibly fabulous, this year I have to have a body like yours and am serious about those goals!!

  25. Oh how do you manage to make me want to prepare a suitcase and leave at the other side of the world, overtime I read your posts! Magnetic islands sounds and looks like a paradise on earth! Wonderful scenery and rich nature, with all these adorable species of animals! How cute are these Koalas? I really do hope to visit this island one day! Thank you so much for sharing with us and have a great start to the week!

  26. These photos are breathtaking! I would love to travel more this year!

    Bella x

  27. These pictures are unbelievably gorgeous and it looks like it was such an incredible trip!! Living vicariously through you!


  28. I've never even heard of this before but I'm so glad you posted because this place looks incredible! All of your captures are so beautiful! Anytime animals are involved I'm down! Thanks for the lovely post!

    Manda |

  29. Wow, these are amazing photos! You lucky thing :) <3

  30. My God, Magnetic Island certainly lives up to its title right Rach? Just when I think I can't fall any harder for you and your beautiful summer soul and paradisal blog, the perfect vibes just keep blasting those babelicious vibes! Your wardrobe is straight outta the most stunning summer town there ever was; killing it with fierce in your gorgeous maxis and pretty shades. So much love! You and Jake make for the most mesmeric couple, so much CUTE! And eeep, 23 beaches? Can never have enough beaches #beachdontkillmyvibe. Literally feel like I've taken a blissful escape of a vacation touring round Magnetic Island with you and your dreamy self, I'm totally in awe of Horseshoe Bay, Cockle Bay and Geoffrey Bay and my soul is shattering with cuteness overload at all the sweet friends you met along the way; koalas! Rainbow lorikeets! And major aww fever to that pretty possum! You definitely need a crown for your official state as queen of pure paradise! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  31. Seriously so cute! You're giving me major FOMO. Like this seriously looks like the perfect place to go to for summer

  32. I'm seriously convinced that you live in paradise, haha. Let me know if you ever want to trade places, I'm more than happy to trade the snow we're having right now for this awesomeness and to see these cute little creatures, which I can't even handle their cuteness! I always love the photos you share here and on IG, it's like a tropical oasis. Thanks for sharing, beauty, Magnetic Island seems like a dream destination!



  33. This looks like a very lovely, relaxing vacation :) Makes me want to go too

    xo D from TSD

  34. Thanks for sharing this post.. so amazing.
    Great photo selection.

  35. Such an amazing travel diary!! Love the photos! I will keep this spot in mind for the Wanderlust in me! :)

    All the Cute

  36. Your travel diary is fantastic. This place looks so beautiful, I hope to visit soon.

    xo, Maryam

  37. These photos are gorgeous! Looks like such a nice little getaway!
    I can't get over the ocean view! I'm in melbourne at the moment and so jealous of all the beautiful weather you're getting up north!

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

  38. Hello dear!!
    Discovering this nice island on your pictures 🌴 and see the lot of animals I loved so much .
    I wish to embrace rhe little Koala 🐨 is so cute .
    Kisses from Italy

  39. Hey Darling,
    So Beautiful Island and I wish I would be there now:) The Photos are Stunning and you both look so Sweet:) I am in Love with this place after seeing your Photos:)
    Kisses Karina
    Have a Beautiful Day

  40. These photos are so stunning! I love your outfits! Also it's so sweet that you are always stopping to say "hi" to cute animals! I'm a big animal lover too!

  41. I always wanna meet a kuala bear!! So luckly and this Island indeed looks magical and magnetic with it's gorgeous beauty! It's currently cold and Toronto and I can't help but day dream about this


  42. Oh my god this post has bought back memories ! I haven't been to Magnetic Island since I was a kid such a fun place. Thankd for sharing your adventures here Rachel glad you had fun :) XOWP

  43. Your holiday photo looks amazing! Makes me want to book a beach holiday right away!

    Xx, Jessie

  44. Well that island sure lives up to its name as it's truly magnetic and capturing! I would love to visit such a beautiful place once I go to Australia! :)

  45. Oh my goodness, Magentic Island sounds like a dream! And 23 beaches on one island, I can't even fathom how amazing that is. You are so lucky to have visited multiple times, and to be in the presence of nature and so many animals. I'm so jealous you got see so many of them up close! Definitely adding this magical place to my travel list now :)

    xo Soo |


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