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Annual Magnetic Island Events

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Remember to check the What's On Calendar closer to the event date, for updates on all of these events:

Australia Day
Wednesday 26 January 2022
Whether you're listening to the Triple J Top 100 countdown over a BBQ with friends, or wanting to head out, check the weekly What's On calendar for last minute listings and events celebrating Aus Day.

The Great Island Trek Magnetic Island - Part 1 (Part 2 Sept)
(2022 date to be confirmed - March/April)
An awesome adventure with spectacular scenery and amazing spot prizes. Trek, walk or run across Magnetic Island and see secluded bays, spot koalas in the wild, keep at eye out for sea turtles and discover the hidden gem that is Magnetic Island. For more information about this great weekend, visit destinationadventure.com.au

Easter Weekend
Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April 2022

Easter is peak season on Magnetic Island, so book your accommodation early and settle in for a tropical island holiday. Check the weekly What's On calendar for last minute listings, live music and events, plus church services.

Monday 25 April 2022

The dawn ANZAC Day service on Magnetic Island can be a particularly moving ceremony of up to 1000 people. At 5am a pre-dawn start at the RSL leads a parade to Alma Park where the main ceremony is held. After the main ceremony participants usually venture back to the RSL Hall for a hearty breakfast. Check out the calendar for this year's event details.

Labour Day (Long Weekend)
Monday 2 May 2021

Check the daily What's On calendar for all of this long weekend's events and activities close to the event date.

Mother's Day Classic
Sunday 9 May 2021
The Mothers Day Classic (MDC) in Alma Bay, Magnetic Island raises money for breast cancer research, and is an easy
walk or run. This annual fundraising event has been held in major cities and regional areas across Australia since 1998, with local volunteer groups driving the regional events. For more details visit their Facebook page.

Outer Limits Two Bays Trail Run
Saturday 22 May 2021
Choose your own challenge froma 6km, 12km or an 18km course. For more information visit outerlimitsadventure.com.au

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
Thursday 27 May 2021
If the Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation, then the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is the cuppa that stops an island. Magnetic Island's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea has been a long held tradition where local residents take a break to support the Cancer Councils leading fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of it's kind in Australia. A day in the park full of great home-made entertainment, scones and tea. Check out the What's On calendar for this year's venue and times.

World Oceans Day
Tuesday 8 June 2021
Magnetic Island celebrates World Oceans Day with a mix of fun family events, activities, a beach BBQ and live music at Base Magnetic Island in Nelly Bay - check the What's On calendar for details. Also check the calendar for last minute long weekend listings and events.

June (Winter) School Holidays
Sat 26 June - Sunday 11 July 2021 (QLD)

It's a busy time of year for Magnetic Island, but it's also a great time to get outdoors and enjoy your holidays by the sea. Check the weekly What's On calendar for last minute listings and events.
Just make sure you book your accommodation early, as this is peak season for the island.

Battle The Barge
(2021 date to be confirmed)
(Townsville to Magnetic Island return)
Take on the Townsville Fantasea Barge as it takes off to Magnetic Island and back. Battle your way through Townsville's ocean waters and attempt to beat the Barge to the finish line. This race is filled with adrenalin and suspense as competitors give it all they got to prove man can overcome machine! See the What's On calendar or the NQ Ocean Paddle Series.

Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim
Saturday 24 July 2021
The Magnetic Island To Townsville Swim starts at the waters edge in front of the Picnic Bay SLSC Magnetic Island and finishes at water's edge in front of the SLSC Clubhouse on the Strand Beach adjacent to the Strand Park jetty in Townsville. The swim has been held almost every year since 1954. Over the years, the who's who of Australian swimming and surf-lifesaving have competed in the race. Over the past 60 years, the event has grown to become a very iconic event unique to Townsville. They encourage all capable swimmers to train hard, put in the distances and, have a go at conquering the waters of Cleveland Bay and, become a part of both Australian and World Swimming History. It doesn't matter whether you come first or last, it is about giving it your best shot.

(2021 date to be confirmed - August/September)
Bag a bargain book or two at Bookfest. Kids or adults, fact or fiction, romance, biographies, reference, westerns, text books - loads of fun for all including trash and treasure, raffles, cake stalls, coffee shop, sausage sizzle and children's activities. Come along to C&K Magnetic Island Early Childhood Centre at 25 Nelly Bay Rd, Nelly Bay with all proceeds going to Magnetic Island Early Childhood Centre. Feel free to drop off books or donations before the Bookfest at the centre, or to book a stall contact Lana or Kirralea on 4758 1168.

Magnetic Island School Rainbow Run Fundraiser (Bi-annual)
Saturday 28 August 2021
Make your way through 17 stations of obstacles whilst getting a little bit wet, VERY colourful and mabe a bit slimy. You can run, hop, skip or walk whilse the volunteers launch biodegradable coloured paint at you. Once you finish your run, sit down, grab a drink and somthing to eat from one of the food vendors, or go and try your luck in the laser skirmish arena! Food vendors and bar available.
The day is a major revenue builder for the Primary School.

MI Musos Youth Talent Quest
(2021 date to be confirmed - August/September)

This quest gives kids the opportunity to strut their stuff on stage in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Come along and enjoy the fun at 5pm and then stay on for the monthly Musos Jam Night.

Magnetic Island Race Week
Thursday 2 - Wednesday 8 September 2021

North Queensland is becoming one of Australia's premier sailing destinations.The annual Magnetic Island Race Week will offer first-class racing on the crystal blue waters of Cleveland Bay following on from the Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Weeks and is the finale of the Queensland Season of Sailing.

Check out all the info at SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.

Rotary Magnetic Island Beer Can Regatta & Father's Day Fiesta
Sunday 5 September 2021
The challenge is on! Sit back and enjoy the fun of The Grand Challenge - the Beer Can Regatta and other activities in the morning, all located next to the Picnic Bay jetty.

The Great Island Trek Magnetic Island - Part 2
Saturday 11 September 2021
An awesome adventure with spectacular scenery and amazing spot prizes. Trek, walk or run across Magnetic Island and see secluded bays, spot koalas in the wild, keep at eye out for sea turtles and discover the hidden gem that is Magnetic Island. For more information about this great weekend, visit destinationadventure.com.au

NQ Ocean Paddle Series
Saturday 11 September 2021
(Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island to Townsville)
The long course takes competitors on a wild journey from Horseshoe Bay, around tropical Magnetic Island ending in Townsville, landing at the Rockpool on The Strand. For more information, see the What's On calendar or visit NQ Ocean Paddle Series.

Coral Coast Rally
Thursday 16 September 2021
Formerly known as the Dent To Dunk race, the race starts at Airlie Beach (Whitsundays) and finishes at Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island. The distance is approximately 130nm. For more information contact the Abel Point Yacht Club.

Best Of Magnetic Ocean Swim Classic
(2021 date to be confirmed - September)
With over $5,500 in prize money, this family friendly event includes swim and board races ranging from the 400m Splash For Cash race, to a 5km Ocean Swim race. Check the What's On calendar closer to the event date for more info, or check out/like the Best Of Magnetic Ocean Swim Classic Facebook page to stay in touch.

(2021 date to be confirmed - mid to late October)
The 2013 inauguaral Magnetic Island Oktoberfest was a huge success at Sandi's On Magnetic Island, in Horseshoe Bay and it's looking to be even bigger in 2021. With imported German beer, traditional Bavarian Brass Band music, beer wenches and lederhosen, Bavarian food specials including succulent 'spit roast' pig, beef roast, steaks, pretzels, pork belly, schnitzels, bratwurst and sauerkraut, you'll be set to enjoy another authentic Oktoberfest! 10am-late each day.

Townsville Road Runners, Magnetic Island Race
(2021 date to be confirmed - September/October)

Four runs are set by the Townsville Road Runners, but it is possible to take sections of any of the runs to create your own. The Magnetic Island run starts from the Nelly Bay terminal after the 7.05am ferry from Townsville arrives (at about 7.30am). This event consists of any one of four runs, all finishing at Horseshoe Bay, where there will be tea / coffee etc. There is no timing or placings for this event. Register on the day at the start. More info at:
Townsville Road Runners

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Melbourne Cup on Magnetic Island
Tuesday 2 November 2021

It's the race that stops the nation, (and Magnetic Island), and one of the best places to be is the Picnic Bay Hotel. Big screens, HEAPS of atmosphere, and the only place on the island to place your bets. So head to Picnic Bay to catch Melbourne Cup fever.
9.00am: TAB help desk and R&R Restaurant open.
10am: Sports bar opens.
Fashion on the field prizes and live
music. Come dressed for race day!

Schoolies Week (QLD)
Mid to late November
Unlike many other southern centres, schoolies week on Magnetic Island is a much safer and quieter celebration.
The island offers schoolies the opportunity to get out on the water or stroll it's many beaches during the day before enjoying nights out with friends. Additional activites and police and support are scheduled for the island during Schoolies Week. Visit magneticislandschooliesweek.com.au or Schoolies.com for more information.

Carols By Candelight on Magnetic Island
(2021 date to be confirmed, usually the second week of December)
With lots of popular carols for everyone to join in singing, Magnetic Island Carols By Candelight areheld on from 7.00pm at Alma Bay and led by Graeme MacCourt and a group of singers from the Magnetic Island Churches while the children from the Magnetic Island State School will present a Nativity Pageant during the evening. The Townsville Brolga Brass Band will accompany the singing. The programme will conclude at approximately 8pm. Entry to the Carols by Candlelight is free. Donations received on the evening will be donated to help people in need.

Christmas Day Lunch
Saturday 25 December 2021
You'll need to book early to secure your Christmas Day Lunch at The Boardwalk Restuarant at Pepper Blue on Blue, or at Sandi's On Magnetic Island. (See the daily calendar for details). All of the other restaurants on Magnetic Island are usually closed on Christmas Day, although you have free BBQ's at Horseshoe Bay, Alma Bay, Nelly Bay and Picnic Bay if you want to enjoy Christmas by the beach.

New Year's Eve on Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island is buzzing with a massive selection of NYE events to choose from.
From live music, dinners and shows, it's famous NYE Full Moon Down Under Party and fireworks on the shoreside in Nelly Bay. Just make sure you book your accommodation early, as this is peak season for the island. For more information, visit the NYE listing on our home page (Dec), or check the daily What's On calendar's 31 December NYE listing.

Check out the daily Magnetic Island What's On calendar (on the top left of this page), for the latest listings of events, festivals, gigs, exhibition openings and fun things to do while you're visiting. If you're more of a nature lover, check out the Magnetic Island Eco Calendar.

Top things to do on Magnetic Island
Download our handy list of the Top Things To Do while you're visiting.

Staying over? Find your Magnetic Island Accommodation.
Remember to book early for the high seasons!: Easter, June and September school holidays and the Christmas/New Year break.

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