New tourism venture offers access to Magnetic Island's bays and beaches

Visitors given chance to escape on secluded getaways.

Magnetic Island’s 23 bays and beaches are now all accessible to visitors thanks to a new tourism venture.

The Beach Club Magnetic Island will see guests picked up from a designated island location and taken to one of the island’s bays or beaches for a relaxing and, almost certainly secluded, day trip.

The Beach Club is the brainchild of Paul and Clare Ley who operate Pilgrim Sailing from the island, off Townsville.

They have teamed with Executive Chef Dan Blakeman from Nelly Bay restaurant Saltwater Magnetic Island to offer couples the chance to spend time together on a secluded beach for two hours of swimming, snorkelling, exploring or just relaxing.

Mrs Ley said experiences like this had not been offered previously and they would give guests a unique view of the island while celebrating local cuisine. 

The Beach Club Magnetic Island

The Beach Club offers a selection of packages which include picnic rugs, shading and cushions; a gourmet picnic hamper with cutlery, plates and glasses; water and soft drinks; a cooler with ice; and a selection of beach games, like cricket and petanque.

Guests will be picked up by a 5.2m inflatable boat at the Nelly Bay Marina or Horseshoe Bay if weather conditions are unsuitable.

They will then be dropped off at their choice of beach or bay. Most are either inaccessible by land or difficult to reach, meaning the guests’ chances of having a secluded getaway are high.

“We will get guests as close to the beach as possible, depending on the conditions,” Mrs Ley said.

“You might get your feet wet but there will be now swimming to shore.

“We can never guarantee you will have the beach to yourself, there could be someone at the other end, but the chances are highly like that you will.”

Due to COVD-19 restrictions only two guests are allowed in the boat but as conditions are eased further, Mrs Ley said they would look at opportunities to increase numbers.

The Beach Club Magnetic Island

Four of the catered packages are available from $349 to $569 per couple.

“We’re trying to keep it as affordable as possible to make it accessible for people,” Mrs Ley said.

Townsville Enterprise Director Tourism and Events Lisa Woolfe said it was fantastic to see north Queensland tourism businesses continue to innovate and develop new offers for visitors.

“Magnetic Island is a major drawcard for our region, contributing over $202 million to the region’s GDP alone (pre-COVID; September 2019), and continues to be a hero experience for visitors to Townsville North Queensland,” Ms Woolfe said.  

“The Beach Club is yet another example of how resilient and passionate our industry is, and we can’t wait to welcome visitors from interstate to enjoy the paradise that is on our doorstep.