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September 4th 2013
Let the Bay Dayz begin

With 54 events in just one month the monster Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival, now in it’s sixth year, is set to kick off this Friday 6 September with a ‘A Portrait Of Maggie’, an exhibition by renowned painter Peter Lawson, plus the Barramundi Brothers at the Festival opening at Barefoot Gallery in Horseshoe Bay at 6.30pm. It then it continues throughout September with over 54 events to choose from!

There’s something for everyone during Festival month on Maggie, from the Community Fair, the Best Of Magnetic Ocean Classic, the Maggie Motor & Bike Show, a Kids Corroboree, the Spring Equinox Fair, exhibitions, workshops, eco walks and talks for adults and kids, Tastes Of Magnetic restaurant discounts, Movies Under The Stars, Mega Markets and the favourite family Sand Sculpture Competition, and, (back by popular demand), the Festival’s Scarecrow Trail.

For the full month of the Festival, local residents are displaying scarecrows in their front yards to make up this year’s Scarecrow Trail. With the trail to be launched on the 6th September, it’s featuring over 25 incredibly creative and fun scarecrows around the island.

Over the past six years MICDA (Magnetic Island Community Development Association) has built on the great partnerships with local community groups, artists, businesses and volunteers who all contribute to four weeks of varied activities.

To follow the Scarecrow Trail (and to vote for your People’s Choice) or simply download the full Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival program, visit:

Don’t miss out on any Maggie events! Simply sign up for your FREE weekly eReminder on What’s On to stay up to date with everything happening on Magnetic Island.


1) ‘A Portrait Of Maggie’ Exhibition & Festival Opening Party with the Barramundi Brothers: Fri 6 Sept, 6.30pm-8pm Barefoot Gallery, Horseshoe Bay.
Barefoot Art Food Wine invites you to the Festival opening with A Portrait Of Maggie. A series of island inspired gems by the Island’s renowned painter Peter Lawson plus the musical talents of the perennially entertaining, The Barramundi Brothers. Stay for dinner. Bookings advised: 4758 1170. Opens on Fri 6 Sept from 6.30-8pm and runs until Sun 6th Oct.

2) ‘Tastes Of Magnetic’ Restaurant Specials: Fri 6 Sept to Fri 4 Oct
Savour the best of Magnetic Island fare with the MI Festival’s Tastes Of Magnetic. For only $30 you will receive a choice of main course, a matching beer or wine, a coffee and a little something sweet. Each participating restaurant will be creating a special Festival dish for the occasion. Be sure to get in early and book. This offer is available for the duration of the Festival, from Friday 6 Sept to Friday 4 Oct, and for orders placed between 6-7pm at:
• R&R Bar Picnic Bay Hotel Ph: 4778 5166
• Le Paradis 98-100 Sooning St, Nelly Bay. Ph:4778 5044
• Man Friday (BYO, ask for the Festival $25 specials). 37 Warboys St, Nelly Bay. Ph: 4778 5658
• Hotel Arcadia 7 Marine Pde, Arcadia. Ph: 4778 5177
• Marlin Bar & Bistro 3 Pacific Dve, Horseshoe Bay. Ph: 4758 1588
• Noodies On The Beach 6 Pacific Dve, Horseshoe Bay Ph: 4778 5786
• Sandi’s on Magnetic Island 7 Pacific Dve, Horseshoe Bay Ph: 4758 1672

3) Full Moon Down Under TOGA Party: Fri 6 Sept 5pm to late, Base Backpackers Nelly Bay.
FMDU on Friday 6 Sept is TOGA PARTY NIGHT, with Illy performing LIVE plus special guests. Tickets from $25.00. Remember to bring ID! Visit SeaLink Travel or call 07 4726 0888.

4) MIHCC Exhibition ‘Memories 1913-1970’: Fri 6 Sept to Sat 6 Oct
10am-2pm, Magnetic Island History and Craft Centre, Granite St, Picnic Bay.
This exhibition celebrates the centenary of the Picnic Bay School that opened 12 June 1913, by telling its story through the recollections of former pupils and teachers. Open daily from 10am-2pm except Tuesdays.

5) Community Fair (MI School Fete): Sat 7 Sept, 10am-3pm, MI State School, Nelly Bay.
This biennial event is a fantastic family day and a great way to help raise funds for the Magnetic Island State School. The fair has lots of fun activities including rides and slides, second hand clothes, trash and treasure, book stalls, a cake and cookie stall, Maggie Chef plus displays on keeping chooks, aquaponics, permaculture and loads more! It’s a fun filled day out for the whole family! Enter from Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay entrance, next to the swimming pool. Free entry.

6) Wipe Out Weeds Talk: Sat 7 Sept, 12 noon, RSL Hall, Arcadia.
They may look good, but weeds can take over whole habitats if they’re left to invade. Dr Jan Wegner from JCU will collect and identify some local guilty culprits and then explain the best ways of managing and removing them in a talk at the RSL Hall starting at noon. Gold coin donation appreciated.

7) Best Of Magnetic Ocean Classic: Sun 8 Sept 7am: Registrations. 9am: Races. Alma Bay.
Everyone is invited to take part in the inaugural Best Of Magnetic Ocean Classic 2km swim at Alma Bay. Categories: Under 10-13 male and female, 14-18 male and female, Open male and female, and Masters (over 35) male and female. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category male and female. Open to all.
For full entry details and race information visit

8) National Sustainable House Day: Sun 8 Sept 10am-3pm Various Locations
As part of the National Sustainable House Day, six island residences offering both design ideas plus day-to-day usage tips and tricks on how to build and run an energy efficient house will be open. Locations are available at and keep an eye out for the Festival flags at the front gate.

9) Horseshoe Bay Markets: Sun 8 Sept 9am – 2pm Horseshoe Bay Foreshore
Jewellery, clothing, art, food, and an assortment of treasures are all available at the Horseshoe Bay markets. Enjoy a stroll on the beach or visiting a local restaurant or the pub for lunch afterwards. It’s a wonderful way to spend your Sunday morning catching up with locals. Markets are open from 9am - 2pm.
To book a stall call the Magnetic Island Markets Coordinator on 0455 970 289.

10) Come & Try Bowls For Free: Sun 8 Sept 12.30-4pm MI Bowls Club, Arcadia.
Everyone is welcome to the MI Bowls Club Sunday 8, 15 and 22 Sept. Club bowlers are available to assist learners. Free to play. Just ask the bus driver to drop you off!

11) Essential's Spa Offer: Tues 10 & Thurs 12 Sept All Day, Nelly Bay.
1.5hr Relax & Recharge Package $100 + FREE Express Manicure (Save $60), OR
1.0hr Hot Stone Massage $90 + FREE Shellac Manicure (Save $50). Phone 4758 1224.

12) Guided Snorkel Trail Tour (Nelly Bay): Wed 11 Sept 10am-11am, Nelly Bay.
Rick Braley from Aquasearch Aquarium will be guiding this great underwater adventure! The new MI Snorkel Trails offer you the chance to see local fish and coral with lots of handy info.

Simply go to and download your map to check out over 25 fun and inventive scarecrows across the island! AND vote for your ‘People’s Choice’ online.

‘A Portrait Of Maggie’: Launch Fri 6 Sept and runs to Sun 6 Oct. Barefoot Gallery Horseshoe Bay.
‘Memories 1913-1970’: Fri 6 Sept to Sun 6 Oct. MI History & Craft Centre, daily 10-2pm except Tuesdays.
‘Nelly Bay Terminal 10th Anniversary Art Exhibition: Fri 6 Sept to Sun 6 Oct. 8am-5pm, Nelly Bay terminal.
MI Care Art Show: Until Sun 15 Sept at the Hotel Arcadia Conference Room, Arcadia.

• Stage Door Theatre Restaurant Discount
Mention the Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival when you book Forbidden Melody - Broadway IV at Stage Door Theatre Restaurant and get $10 off - that’s only $65 (instead of $75) for a three-course meal and the fabulous comedy cabaret show on Friday or Saturday nights! Bookings are essential.
Email or call 4778 5448.

• Island Nursery Raffle
Receive $20 OFF all plant sales over $50 for the duration of the Festival (Fri 6 Sept – Sun 6 Oct).

• Essentials Beauty Discounts
Pamper yourself with some great beauty discounts at Essentials, on Magnetic Island:

Tues 10 and Thurs 12 Sept: A Festival Treat
1.5hr Relax & Recharge Package $100 + FREE Express Manicure (Save $60), OR 

1.0hr Hot Stone Massage $90 + FREE Shellac Manicure (Save $50). Phone: 4758 1224.

Wed 25 and Fri 27 Sept: Feel Absolutely Fabulous
1/2hr full body massage and 1hr deluxe facial $90 (Save $40), OR,
Full pedicure and shellac manicure $50 (Save $25). Bookings essential. Phone: 4758 1224.

• Tastes Of Magnetic Restaurant Discount
$30 Special Offer from Fri 6 Sept - Fri 4 Oct See 2) above for more info.

To download the full Bay Days Festival program visit:

For more media information or photos contact:
Sara Shaw: 4778 5646 or

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Readers comments
Tonia In reply to The ongoing price of Nelly Bay Harbour
It's 14 years since I last visited Maggy. I am shocked by Nelly Bay and saddened. It is insensitive, ugly and juxtaposed to the essence of Maggy. I embrace progress in general, but this is poorly conceived and executed. Shame.
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