Magnetic Island (‘Maggie' as it's affectionately known) is Townsville's tropical island paradise, situated only 8km from the mainland. With pristine uncrowded beaches, fringing coral reefs, abundant wildlife and a friendly community atmosphere, it's easy to see why the attraction really is ‘magnetic'. Maggie is the perfect base for you to enjoy the AFCM, visit on a day tour or just pop over and explore.
Not to be Missed
With 23 beaches and bays, Maggie has the natural beauty and serenity of an untouched paradise, as well as all the luxuries of today's modern cities. Nestled in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and surrounded by fringing reefs, Maggie is well equipped for a range of water activities. You could also spend your time sampling the fine local art, keeping an eye out for the koalas that live on the Island, discovering one of the many wonderful restaurants or, of course, relaxing on the glorious beaches. With two thirds protected National Park, Maggie is home to some amazing experiences guaranteed to draw you back again and again.
Maggie is just 20 minutes from the heart of Townsville and features a mainland ferry terminal fully serviced by public transport including city buses, taxis and the airport shuttle. The Island is easily accessible by both passenger ferry and barge. Those travelling by passenger ferry will find a range of transport options available on the Island including public bus services as well as car, mini moke and scooter hire.
SeaLink Queensland, the ferry passenger service to Magnetic Island, offers up to 18 return services daily in state-of-the-art, high speed catamarans that can have you in paradise in just 20 minutes, just enough time to relax with a drink in air-conditioned comfort while you cruise across the bay. With services running from 5.30am to 12.00am, visiting Magnetic Island has never been easier.
SeaLink Travel is on site at the Townsville Breakwater Terminal and the Nelly Bay Terminal to assist with any of your holiday needs, and they have a range of day tour, extended stay packages, activities, accommodation and transport available.
Call or visit the friendly SeaLink Travel team during your visit for recommendations on must-do activities, where to stay or where to dine:
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