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.


Plan your holiday

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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.

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.

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.

Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$109 - 259
Stay at the iconic Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville in the heart of the central business and entertainment district and enjoy all that Townsville has to offer. A short stroll from your accommodation you will find award winning restaurants, nightlife, entertainment and major tourist attractions such as the Strand, Castle Hill and Reef HQ Aquarium.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Beach House Motel

North Ward, Townsville Area
From AU$105 - 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.

Tropical Palms Resort and Four Wheel Drive 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. Tropical Palms Resort is just a 100 metre walk to the Picnic Bay Jetty, safe swimming beach, Picnic Bay Hotel and other restaurants.
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