Magnetic Island, Australia’s East Coast

Come visit beautiful Magnetic Island: this is a Great place to Holiday all year round.

Magnetic Island was named by Capt. James Cook in 1770 when he sailed up Australia’s east coast, he stated that the Island had a strange magnetic effect on his compass. However, investigations have since been carried out and there has been no evidence of any magnetic effects on instruments on or around the Island.

What has been proven: Is the Island is Great if you like water sports, scuba-diving, snorkelling, whale watching or fishing.  If you prefer a more laid back on the beach relaxing time, the Island is perfect for you also.

 

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Immerse yourself in Magnetic Islands seascape and native wildlife while hiking the historic forts.

 

The hike to the forts takes you through National Park where you are able to see Australian wildlife including koalas, wallabies and an array of native birds all in their natural habitat.  The Forts were erected during the battle of the Coral Sea and was manned by the Australian Royal Navy until the end of World War 2.  This hike takes you through Bays where you can cool off with a swim and snorkel through the beautiful reefs.

The Battle of the Coral Sea

When the Japanese bombed the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbour on December, 7th 1941 this ignited an assault on the Pacific Ocean. The Japanese invaded Thailand and Malaya and destroyed 2 of the British Capital Royal Navy warships (HMS Prince of Wales & Repulse)  that were positioned off Singapore. All this had been done within 3 days and was of grave concern to the Australians as this meant the Japanese had almost gained control of all Australians northern shores.

As the threat in the Coral Sea became apparent the HMAS Australia and HMAS Hobart were ordered back home to Australia to meet up by May 4th, 1942 with the USS Chicago and 3 escort destroyers (USS Perkings, Farragut, and Walke).  Their combined efforts were to cover the US Carrier taskforce 17 (Yorktown and USS Lexington). 

The Naval air battle started May 7th, 1942 with the Americans sinking (Soho) a Japanese Carrier. During this battle, the Japanese also did damage to the US Oiler (Neosho) and also sunk was Neosho’s escort (USS Sims).

The battle of Midway Island took place approximately 1 month later and during this battle the Japanese had 4 aircraft carriers destroyed and the Americans lost 1 carrier (USS Yorktown). This was the turning point of the war so thanks to the Australian Defence Forces and their Allied forces, Australia was safe again. 

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References

Battle of the coral sea (2014, June 30th).Retrieved

from http://www.ww2places.qld.gov.au/theservices/royalaustraliannavy/

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