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Have you heard the news?! Queensland is officially ‘Good to Go’ and we’re already daydreaming of where we’ll head off to first. Eager to make the most of the school holidays and shake off #isolife, we’re thinking a sunny break in North Queensland will be just the place – and Magnetic Island is top of our list.

Boasting beaches, history and natural beauty – both above and below the water – Magnetic Island is the perfect backdrop for your next family vacay. Enjoying 320 sun-soaked days every year, and just a 20-minute ferry from Townsville, Magnetic Island is the ultimate scenic escape.

From koalas to kayaking, snorkeling to sunbathing, Magnetic Island really does have it all – but with so much to choose from, it can be tough to know where to start. We’ve done the legwork for you and listed our top five family-friendly must-dos to add to your holiday bucket list.

It was hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it.

1. Find your beachside bliss
With over 20 beaches and bays to explore, you’re guaranteed to find your perfect spot on Magnetic Island. Whether it’s a lunchtime picnic, snorkelling, shell hunting or even some sandcastle building, you’ll welcome the shift to island time, whiling away the hours of delighting in family bliss.

2. Hike the forts
One of the most popular tracks on Magnetic Island, the Forts Walk leads to fascinating WWII fortifications and stunning 360 degree views. Plus, it’s the best place on the island to find a wild koala. The 4km trek to the summit is worth every step-even if it means giving the odd piggyback to get the kids there!

3. A day on the water
From sailing adventures to snorkelling the fringing reefs, Magnetic Island has plenty of water-based activities for kids of all ages. If you’re more of a thrill seeker, head down to Horseshoe Bay where you can step-up the holiday experience with jet skis, kayaks, paddle boards, tubing and more!

4. Witness The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. And it’s right on the doorstep of Townsville and Magnetic Island! Get amongst the magic of this underwater spectacle with a dive or snorkel trip.

5. A majestic butterfly wonderland
A seasonal treat just in time for the winter school holidays, the annual Blue Tiger Butterfly migrations sees thousands of these beautiful insects flock to the island for their winter rest. A magical stroll through the melaleuca forest will set your heart aflutter!

So, what are you waiting for? Book your flights now at www.jetstar.com.

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