The Tropicana Guided Adventure Company runs expertly guided, small-group expeditions to normally inaccessible bays and beaches around Magnetic Island in a stretch jeep.

The company’s signature tour is its five-hour Wilderness Adventure, accessing remote, permit-only areas around Florence Bay and West Point. The excursion allows time to explore remote beaches, hike to lookouts, photograph wildlife, and watch the sun set over the sea from West Point. The tour leaves Nelly Bay Harbour daily at 2:30, returning in time for the 7:50 SeaLink ferry to Townsville (or dropping guests off at Magnetic Island accommodations).

Other day trips start from A$66 per person for a three-hour eco-orientation tour, departing daily at 11 from Nelly Bay near the taxi stand (catch the 10:30 SeaLink ferry from the mainland). An 8½-hour sightseeing tour of the island, including its wildlife hot spots and remote and tourist areas, leaves daily at 11 am from Magnetic Harbour (A$198, including lunch and refreshments).