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PUNQ Tour: Magnetic Island
Yunbenun (Magnetic Island)

PUNQ Tour: Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island Tours

'Discover our island's stories'

Discover Magnetic Island's stories with this exclusive PUNQ Tour that will take you around to the island's PUNQ pop ups and public artworks. Crafted specifically for the Yunbenun PUNQ program, the audience will visit the grounds of the Magnetic Island History Museum and Craft Centre at Picnic Bay to see Jenny Mulcahy's public artwork, The Mark, influenced by the island's history as a place of quarantine. The tour will also stop to see Jan Hynes' installation, Drop Bears, along the Forts Walk at Horseshoe Bay where koalas are commonly spotted up in the gum trees, but what else is lurking up in the trees? 

Other stops will include the Jungle Club at Nelly Bay where visitors will be able to grab a coffee and explore the garden installation, Glow Land, and group exhibition, Beyond the Jungle, which flourishes with fantastical organic forms and artworks created from recycled materials. Visitors at the Jungle Club can also reflect on the iconic trees of Magnetic Island in Susan Swaddling's exhibition, Trees and the spaces in-between.  And revel in the landscapes of Magnetic Island through the paintings of Sylvia Hayes in her exhibition, Scapes.

Visitors will also stop at the home studio of Julie Woodlock where you can discover her garden exhibition, The Threats Are Here, a retrospective of Woodlock's artworks from the past decade, primarily centred on threats to the environment and campaigns that the artist has been involved in. And Rhonda Stevens invites visitors to celebrate life and experience the moment at her studio Atelier Trois, whilst reflecting on her contemporary print and sculptural works which engage with this concept and natural materials in her back deck exhibition, Conversations.

And last but not least, Jan Malkin will present her exhibition, A Sense of Place, at the Old School House in Horseshoe Bay. Malkin's exhibition reflects on her journey from the north of England to North Queensland and reveals a glimpse into her exploration of diverse subjects, styles and mediums through an emotional lens.

The tour will also stop at the Horseshoe Bay beach front for lunch where visitors can choose from a range of cafe's and restaurants. 

The bus pick up time will be 9:15am from the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal, in-time for the arrival of the 8:45am ferry from Townsville and will drop everyone back at the ferry terminal around 2:15pm. 

About Magnetic Island Tours

With Best Bus Tours you’ll experience Magnetic island through the eyes of a local.

Magnetic Island Tours offer a relaxed tour of beautiful Magnetic Island in air-conditioned comfort. You’ll get to experience the island through the eyes of a local, learn about its history, geography wildlife and folklore. You’ll soon know why so many are attracted to Magnetic Island.

Their tours have been developed from the combined knowledge of over 40 years of experience of visiting and living on ‘Maggie’.  Whether it’s a story about Henry Butler the first settler, or finding the best spot just to sit back and relax and slip into 'island time', they love to share their island and show you not only the picture postcard perfect spots, but also those secret spots that only locals know about.

PUNQ Tour Details

Magnetic Island Tour
$40 per adult | 21 bookings maximum | 8+ (Children under 8 years are not able to attend due to seating restrictions)
9:15am - 2:15pm Sunday 1 August & Saturday 7 August 2021
Discover Magnetic Island's stories with this exclusive PUNQ Tour that will take you around to the island's PUNQ pop ups and public artworks. Crafted specifically for the Yunbenun PUNQ program, passengers will stop at public artworks, The Mark, by Jenny Mulcahy and 'Drop Bears' by Jan Hynes, visit pop up exhibitions at the Jungle Club and the Old School House as well as explore local artist's home studios. There will be a stop at Horseshoe Bay for lunch where passengers can choose from a range of cafe's and restaurants. 

The bus pick up times for each tour will be 9:15am from the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal, in-time for the arrival of the 8:45am ferry from Townsville and will drop everyone back at the ferry terminal around 2:15pm. 

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PUNQ respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

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