Magnetic Island

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Magnetic Island is an island in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. It is the starting area of the Magnetic Island to Townsville Open Water Swim, an 8 km ocean swim run by the Townsville Open Water Swimming Association Inc. (TOWSA).

Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim

The Magnetic Island to Townsville Open Water Swim was started in 1954 when three surf life savers, Kauko Kaurila, Don Howlett and George Marshall swam for the first time from Magnetic Island to Ross Creek in Townsville, Australia in order to celebrate a Royal visit by the Queen. The first swim across this treacherous channel, a nursery ground for tiger sharks and an area often strewn with stingers, was performed in 1924 by Douglas Pitt on Australia Day who, in order to protect himself from the numerous marine life, swam inside a shark cage made of timber and wire that was towed by a boat.

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