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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Museum Alive!

Townsville City, Townsville Area
6 – 22 April 2019
The Museum will come alive not only with the creepiest and crawliest, but the fun and the furry this Easter! Everyone is invited to get up close to some of Queensland’s creepiest and cutest creatures, join an expert to learn about (or even hold) some unique insects and animals, see live animal shows, participate in special creative activities and even have a munch on a bug or two!

Natural Curiosity: Discovering the secrets of Queensland's Greatest Collections

Townsville City, Townsville Area
6 April – 10 November 2019
An exhibition created by the Museum of Tropical Queensland. We are all curious about the natural world. We are intrigued by how things began, what they are like now and how they will be in the future.

Adventurethon Magnetic Stage Race

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
27 – 28 April 2019
This is an Adventurethon event which has been pulled apart to create three stand-alone individual races (Run, MTB and Paddle), with times that can be tallied together in a stage race format at the end to find an overall champion.

Recovery of the Great Barrier Reef

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$795 - 795
7 – 11 May 2019
Travellers from around the world come to the Great Barrier Reef, an Australian World Heritage Area, to explore its extraordinary diversity of animal and plant life. Coral reefs face a growing number of threats, from climate change and storm damage, to sediment and nutrient run-off.

Festa Italiana

Townsville City, Townsville Area
19 May 2019
Italian Food and Wine Festival. Join them as they create a little slice of Italy in their own town square, for an Italian-inspired food and wine festival. Share in a feast of aromatic pastas, artisanal pizzas, rich desserts and their chefs’ playful approach to Italian classics.

Pint Of Science (Townsville)

Townsville, Townsville Area
20 – 22 May 2019
Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia (and the world!). In 2019 the festival will run on May 20, 21 and 22. Please visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.

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.

Eco Fiesta 2019

North Ward, Townsville Area
Free Entry
26 May 2019
Find out how you can lead a more sustainable lifestyle at Townsville City Council's Eco Fiesta. This popular annual event features exhibitors and market stalls, demonstrations, presentations from guest speakers, live entertainment, tree giveaways, food vendors and amusements.

Townsville Magneticon Cosplay and Gaming Expo

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$25 - 40
1 – 2 June 2019
Townsville's first and largest Cosplay and Gaming Expo with exhibitors from all over Australia. A local event that allows those to find their alter ego and dress in their favourite character. Join in the fun and explore the many things to see and do over a massive two day fan fair.

The TEN Tenors present Love Is in the Air

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$85 - 95
7 June 2019
Love is in the air – and they want to share it with you all! Everyone adores songs about love. Songs that celebrate one of the greatest feelings in the world, the glory of love, which is all around us each and every day.
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