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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Tropical Palms Resort and 4WD Hire

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$120 - 180
Tropical Palms Resort offers 12 self-contained rooms for family holidays. Sleeping up to two adults and three children. Located in beautiful Picnic Bay on Magnetic Island. Tropical Palms Resort is just a 100 meter walk to the Picnic Bay Jetty, safe swimming beach, Picnic Bay Hotel and other restaurants.

BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park

Belgian Gardens, Townsville Area
From AU$30 - 220
BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park truly has the premier location in Townsville, offering a spectacular beachfront outlook with stunning views of Magnetic Island. Only a short distance from the popular Strand or the city centre, they offer all your caravan, camping and accommodation needs in beautiful Tropical North Queensland.

Beach House Motel

North Ward, Townsville Area
From AU$110 - 360
Beach House Motel is a family owned and operated motel right in the heart of the Townsville Strand. It is surrounded by a wide variety of local attractions and activities and is only a short walk to the restaurant and cafe precinct.

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$194 - 580
Experience the unique allure of one of Australia’s most relaxed escape destinations, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort on Magnetic Island. Just 20 minutes by ferry from Townsville, Magnetic Island is a blend of native Australian bushland, breathtaking beaches and sandy bays.

Base Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$10 - 125
Base Backpackers is located right on the beach and is the only place to Stay and Play on Magnetic Island There is a choice of dorm rooms at Base from mixed dorms to the female sanctuary dorms which includes a sanctuary pamper package on arrival.

Oaks Metropole Hotel

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$103 - 456
Townsville hotels come no more spacious, affordable and comfortable than Oaks Metropole Suites, making it the perfect Townsville hotel choice for those wanting to make the most of this exciting coastal city with prime access to local attractions, and the comfort of fully serviced and spacious apartment living.

Beachside Magnetic Harbour Apartments

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$245 - 400
Beachside Magnetic Harbour holiday apartments are located on the marina in Nelly Bay Magnetic Island. With ocean, harbour and parkland views from these near new luxury one, two or three bedroom apartments you will be sure to have a happy and memorable holiday on this island paradise.

Oaks Gateway Suites

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$108 - 617
Gateway on Palmer is Townsville's next generation in resort-style accommodation. Located on the waterfront and conveniently close to the Central Business District fringe, Gateway caters to all travellers, both leisure and business.

Island Leisure Resort

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$139 - 249
Island Leisure Resort is a small boutique resort. Their self-contained Polynesian bure-style units have a kitchen, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, television and outdoor dining patio. The resort is immersed in one acre of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens with a huge lagoon pool and spa.

Townsville Central Hotel

South Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$89 - 167
Townsville Central Hotel is a hotel in the heart of the city. Located on vibrant Palmer Street, guests can enjoy a range of dining options at the surrounding cafes, bars and restaurants. Townsville’s main shopping mall, Flinders Mall, is close by and there is easy access to the city’s entertainment highlights.
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