Magnetic Island

It might only be a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, but once you set foot on Magnetic Island you’ll soon be running on island time. 

How to get to Magnetic Island

From Townsville, jump on the Sealink passenger service for a 25 minute trip to the Island. For those arriving by car, Fantasea Cruising Magnetic is a 45 minute service which runs daily. 

Things to do in Magnetic Island

Work your camera and your legs on the Forts Walk, keeping an eye out for koalas, WWII military base ruins and views of the island’s 23 bays and beaches. Set out on a self-guided snorkelling tour of Geoffrey Bay then hand-feed rock wallabies once back on shore. Venture off the beaten path to some (almost) secret national park beaches including Arthur, Radical and Florence Bay. Prefer a different mode of transport? Feel the wind in your hair behind the wheel of a classic moke or topless car, or set sail on a tall ship. Saddle up for horse riding through Maggie’s best beach and bush real estate, or, get your heart racing at Horseshoe Bay with jet-skiing and sea kayaking.


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Summer Days at the Museum

Townsville City, Townsville Area
15 December 2018 – 28 January 2019
These school holidays when it's hot outside, the Museum of Tropical Queensland is the cool place to be with a new science exhibition, awesome events and interactive activities for children of all ages.

Stable on the Strand

Townsville City, Townsville Area
Free Entry
18 – 22 December 2018
Townsville's Christmas Festival, Stable on the Strand, celebrates its 17th birthday in 2018 at Townsville's premier event location, Strand Park. Stable on the Strand is one of Australia's most spectacular Christmas events, delighting crowds of 40,000 people over five nights as Christmas is shared with story, song and festivity.

New Year's Eve Celebrations

North Ward, Townsville Area
Free Entry
31 December 2018
Welcome in the New Year in a relaxed, North Queensland style with Townsville City Council's New Year's Eve celebrations! Join them at any one of the locations for a fun family night out involving a movie on the big screen, food vendors, amusements and exciting fireworks display.

Castle Hill Trail Run

West End, Townsville Area
From AU$10 - 30
24 February 2019
The first run in the Outer Limits Trail Running Series 2019: The Castle Hill Trail Run. This event being early in the the year is designed to get people into trail running and utilise Townsville's biggest icon.

The Two Bays Trail Run

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$10 - 45
25 May 2019
Outer Limits hosts the Two Bays Trail Run on Magnetic Island. The spectacular run takes you from Nelly Bay to the other side of the Island and finishes at the picture perfect Arcadia Bay. The event offers a 10 kilometre and a 20 kilometre course, both are challenging and beautiful at the same time.

Supercars Watpac Townsville 400

Townsville, Townsville Area
5 – 7 July 2019
Soak up the colour and atmosphere of North Queensland’s largest annual sporting event at the 2019 Watpac Townsville 400, 5 to 7 July. The rivalry between Supercars teams has never been more intense, and at the halfway point in the Championship the racing is sure to be fierce including a stellar line up of support categories that will round out the on-track action.

Style Over Speed Black Tie Bike Ride

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$10 - 10
6 July 2019
Riding your bike is an ad for cycling…so do it in style! Style Over Speed is a traffic-stopping black-tie affair. Over 80 cyclists parade through town along The Strand, out to the casino and back finishing with live music, a bar and a fashion parade by participants with their bikes.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$20 - 230
26 July – 4 August 2019
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative ten day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland.

McDonalds Townsville Running Festival

North Ward, Townsville Area
4 August 2019
In a setting that sees the sunrise over Magnetic Island, the majestic coral sea, the sunset behind the iconic granite of Castle hill, they have picture perfect prime real estate to bring you a Running Festival that stands like no other.

Townsville Triathlon Festival

North Ward, Townsville Area
10 – 18 August 2019
Introducing the brand new Intersport Townsville Triathlon Festival Multisport Event. The TTF is entering its 17th year and is established as a significant race on the National Triathlon circuit as a World Age Group Qualifying Olympic Distance event.
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