Magnetic Island makes an easy tropical island getaway – just eight kilometres off the coast of Townsville – and is choc-a-block with ways to explore its clear waters, coral reefs, beaches and bushland. But one particularly unique activity will stay with you for years to come: riding on horseback into those gorgeous waters. Children as young as six can take part on the rides, offered by Horseshoe Bay Ranch – a truly magical experience.
Horseshoe Bay Ranch offers two-hour rides at 9am and 3pm daily. You’ll wander through bushland before heading to the beach. Rides are $100 per person. 07 4778 5109.