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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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.

BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park

Belgian Gardens, Townsville Area
From AU$36 - 240
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.

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.

Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$140 - 565
The multi award winning Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville is ideally located in the heart of Townsville's premier dining precinct and close to the Strand, Castle Hill, central Central Business District precinct, Casino and all of Townsville's attractions.

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.

CStay Holiday Accommodation

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$58 - 80
Welcome to affordable holiday accommodation on magnificent Magnetic Island, just eight kilometres offshore from the city of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. If you want to party hard, CStay is not what you're looking for.

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.

Mariners North Holiday Apartments

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$235 - 475.00
Welcome to Mariners North Holiday Apartments Townsville, where you enjoy guaranteed ocean views from every apartment. As the one and only 'absolute oceanfront accommodation' located anywhere in Townsville, Mariners North Holiday Apartments takes pride of place on The Strand on prestigious Mariners Peninsula - the most exclusive location in the city.

Sails on Horseshoe

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$190 - 305
From the door of your apartment, it is a short across the road to the golden sands of beautiful Horseshoe Bay. Sails has one-bedroom and two-bedroom fully self-catering units all of which have a separate lounge/dining area and a balcony or garden with table and chairs for alfresco dining.

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.
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