Maud Bay and Norris Bay, Magnetic Island

Check out this secluded section of beautiful, picturesque Magnetic Island. While locals have known about this area for decades, Lovers, Maud, Norris, and Joyce Bays are all part of the secluded 'Five Beach Bay' area and are rarely visited by those on foot.

Maud Bay and Norris Bay, Magnetic Island
Cover photo by Jess Hay

Location - Magnetic Island National Park, North Queensland, Australia
Difficulty - Grade 4
Distance - 3 kilometres return
Time - Allow 2 hours return

Magnetic Island is located just out from Townsville, North Queensland and may well be one of Australia's most underrated tourist attractions. Five Beach Bay is even more of a secret, with very few people frequenting these beautiful beaches. Even though locals have been doing this hike for decades, and motorboats, kayaks, and SUPs have made access a bit easier, these parts of beautiful, picturesque Magnetic Island are still some of the most obscure and secluded, making this adventure quite special.