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Magnetic Island

Affectionately named 'Maggie' by the locals, Magnetic Island is just offshore from Townsville. National park covers more than half of the island, which can be explored via a network of walking tracks from various points on the island.

Magnetic Island is self-contained offering many of the conveniences found in towns and cities, yet surrounded by the natural beauty of the national park and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

It offers the visitor a number of budget-style options, as well as resort style facilities on an island with white-sand beaches, granite boulders, great walking trails, ancient rainforests and a national park.

Location: Offshore from Townsville.
Access: By Passenger and car ferry from Townsville. The 11.5 km trip to Nelly Bay Marina takes approximately 30 minutes. The island can also be accessed by private boat.

The island is easily explored by bicycles, motorbikes and small vehicles which can be hired. There is also a local bus service operating on the island.

Check out our listing of Magnetic Island accommodation and the Great Barrier Reef accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre "The Lounge" @ Arcadia
7/5 Bright Avenue
Ph: 0407 057 172

Townsville Visitor Centres

Magnetic Island Tours/Charters

QLD Tours • Outback • Eco • Adventure • National Tours
Awesome Fishing
• Ph: 07 4778 5705 • Mobile: 0408 785 195
• The best fishing off Magnetic Island. Charter is for the boat and skipper and includes all bait and all quality tackle supplied - maximum of six persons.
Bungalow Bay Koala Village Wildlife Tours
• Bungalow Bay Backpackers • Ph: 07 4778 5577 • Freecall: 1800 285 577 • Email
Bungalow Bay Koala Village is the only resort in Australia that can boast its own wildlife park on site. In-house guests, day visitors and island residents have the opportunity to learn all about the habitats and unique Aussie animals of Magnetic Island, through an interpretative and hands-on approach which encourage you to explore the island and animals of Magnetic Island.
Sealink Charters
• Ph: +61 7 4726 0800 • Email
• Cruises, private charters and transfers, including but not limited to Palm Island and Magnetic Island.
Tropic Sail
• Shop 7, Breakwater Marina, The Strand, TOWNSVILLE QLD 4819 • Ph: +61 7 4772 4773 • Email
• Tropic Sail offers bareboat and skippered Sailing Holidays from Townsville, Tropical North Queensland... Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Discover Magnetic Island and 13 other unspoiled & secluded islands of The Palms group aboard your own luxury charter yacht. If you are looking for a unique holiday destination and a way to escape the crowds, then the serenity of sailing these spectacular waters will not disappoint. Lush tropical rainforests, deserted sun drenched beaches, Aboriginal culture, pristine fringing coral reefs and fascinating historic ruins makes this one of Queensland's most exclusive and exciting holiday destinations - and to date it's best kept secret.

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Magnetic Island Transport

Transport: National • QLD
Located just 8 km off-shore from the mainland, Magnetic Island is a short trip across the sheltered waters of Cleveland Bay. Most transport services to Magnetic Island depart from Townsville (considered the ‘Capital of North Queensland’). There are two mains services - passenger ferry and car/passenger ferry.
• Ph: +61 7 4726 0800 • Freecall: 1800 447 333 • Email (online form)
• Passenger ferry - Sunferries has been an award winning ferry service since 1997, providing the link between Townsville and Magnetic Island. We also conduct day trips for the Great Barrier Reef via cruise company - Sunsea Cruises and have a wide range of tour and accommodation packages to choose from at our travel company - Sunsea Travel.
• Contact: see website
• Public transport provider for Magnetic Island.
Fantasea Cruising Magnetic
• Ross St, SOUTH TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810 • Ph: +61 7 4772 5422 • Fax: +61 7 4721 3576 • Email
• Car and passenger ferry - only Fantasea Cruising Magnetic can take you and your vehicle to Magnetic Island. See website for booking and viewing timetables.
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Magnetic Island Distance

Distance to Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Nelly Bay / Magnetic Island:
• Airlie Beach 289
• Ayr  
• Brisbane 1,368
• Cairns 360
• Cardwell 180
• Charters Towers 149
• Ingham 125
• Mackay 402
• Port Douglas 426
• Rockhampton 734
• Townsville 13
• Tully 221
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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