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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The Ville Resort Casino

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$110 - 700
The Ville Resort - Casino is superbly located on the breakwater boasting a variety of accommodation rooms overlooking either Magnetic Island and the Coral Sea or Marina and city. Enjoy some of the best dining options Townsville has to offer at The Ville's restaurants.

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.

Rambutan Townsville YHA

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$25 - 209
This luxurious hostel is the ultimate spot to kick back and relax, boasting a stunning rooftop pool surrounded by cabanas and pool lounges, as well as an outdoor bar and restaurant. Rambutan Townsville YHA has a range of accommodation options including mixed gender dorms, private dorms and king rooms.

Rydges Southbank Townsville

South Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$119 - 179
Rydges Southbank Townsville is centrally located on Palmer Street in the heart of Far North Queensland's capital. The beautiful accommodation rooms offer views of Townsville City, Castle Hill and Ross River Marina.

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.

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.

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.

Central Holborn Apartments

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$105 - 170
Situated in the newly developed Central Precinct, Central Holborn by Vivo Property is new and stylish serviced apartment complex offering variety of modern and spacious one, two and three bedroom fully self-contained apartments.

Sails on Horseshoe

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$170 - 290
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.
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