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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Katchafire (New Zealand) and EarthKry (Jamaica) and Naâman (France) - Townsville

Townsville City, Townsville Area
2 November 2018
Friday 2 November at The Ville, Townsville with EarthKry and Naâman (France) and DJ Red at 7pm. NZ’s Katchafire will be joined by Jamaican maestros EarthKry on the ‘Legacy Love Today’ Australia 2018 tour!

PBR Australia Grand Finals

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$23.50 - 93.50
23 – 24 November 2018
Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenalin cowboy as they take on the nation’s most extreme bucking bulls in a three-hour action packed event that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first bull of the night through to the last.

Professional Bull Riding

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$23.50 - 93.50
23 – 24 November 2018
Welcome to the roller coaster world of the adrenalin cowboy as they take on the nation’s most extreme bucking bulls that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first bull of the night through to the last.

Carols by Candlelight

Railway Estate, Townsville Area
Free Entry
9 December 2018
Join Townsville City Council and celebrate the Christmas spirit at the 2018 Carols by Candlelight. The event will feature a headline artist, performances from plenty of local talent and vocal support from the 80 piece community choir - all backed by the 1RAR band!

Stable on the Strand

Townsville City, Townsville Area
Free Entry
18 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.

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.

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
29 August – 4 September 2019
Bringing together the excitement of competitive sailing and community events, along with the ambience of Magnetic Island each August/September, SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week offers an experience to remember.
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