Kayaking in Townsville
Magnetic Island Sea Kayaks. On these eco-friendly kayaking trips around Magnetic Island's quieter bays, you might spot turtles, dolphins, dugongs, sea eagles, ospreys, and, mid-July through mid-September, migrating whales and their calves. Two excursions are schedued daily: a leisurely 4½-hour morning tour of beaches, coves, and bays; and a twilight paddle around Horseshoe Bay with a stop for sunset drinks. Rates include single or double kayaks, safety gear, expert intruction, commentary on the island's ecology, breakfast or sunset drinks, reef tax, and National Park entry fees. Experienced kayakers can also rent out single or double kayaks by the day, safety gear included. Horseshoe Bay boat ramp, Horseshoe Bay Rd., Magnetic Island, QLD, 4819. 07/4778–5424. www.seakayak.com.au. A$85 double kayak; A$155 single kayak (morning tour); A$60, sunset tour; A$75 per day, single kayak hire, A$150 double kayak. Morning tour: Daily from 8. Sunset tour: Wed., Fri., and Sat. from 2 hours before sunset.