Magnetic Island


Wander and explore the natural beauty of Magnetic Island. Almost 2000 people call this island home, but it's the furry locals that leave a lasting impression. Magnetic Island is home to Northern Australia's largest colony of koalas living in the wild. The Eucalypt forests and rugged landscape provide the ideal home for koalas and many other Australian animals - 166 different species to be exact.

Two-thirds of Magnetic Island is National Park with secluded, but easily accessible, bays and golden beaches. The island has nearly 25 kilometres of walking tracks meandering through the protected national parks.

Magnetic Island is the playground of Townsville, located just 20 minutes from the city centre by regular, fast cat ferries operated by SeaLink Queensland.

The island has quality self-contained accommodation as well as backpacker hostels, ensuring there's something here for every traveller. Enjoy a range of activities including boat trips around the island, guided tours, water sports, golf, diving expeditions, jetskiing, fishing, horse riding, and topless car hire.

Things To Do

Do as little or as much as you like on Magnetic Island, with a range of activities available such as snorkelling, boat charters, guided tours, water sports, golf, diving expeditions, jetskiing, fishing, horse riding, bush walks and more.

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Where To Stay

Magnetic Island's accommodation ranges from 5-star resorts to youth hostels and everything in between. Find something to suit your budget and holiday needs.


SeaLink Travel

Travel Services

Being a suburb of Townsville, you will find everything you need on the island as you would on the mainland, from supermarkets to doctors and banks.

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Direct flights to Townsville are available from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns.


The nearest direct international airport to Townsville is either Cairns or Brisbane. Connections can be made at either airport when flying to Townsville. The Cairns International and Domestic Airport is located approx. 346km from Townsville. The Brisbane International and Domestic Airport is located approx. 1500km from Townsville.

All major centres in the region are linked by the Bruce and Flinders Highways. Once you arrive in Townsville, getting to Magnetic Island is easy. SeaLink offers a fast and convenient passenger service to the island in air-conditioned comfort with their high-speed catamarans, taking only 20 minutes.

Island Transfers & Travel Bookings

SeaLink North Queensland provides the quickest link to Magnetic Island with up to 18 services daily, 7 days a week, in just 20 minutes. SeaLink Travel can also provide accommodation bookings and tours for your time on Magnetic Island. The Breakwater Terminal is located close to the Townsville CBD with Airport transfers available for pick-up and drop-off at the SeaLink terminal.

All returning and departing ferries are met by the Sunbus bus service, taxis and accommodation courtesy vehicles on Magnetic Island. For more information on Magnetic Island, contact the friendly team at SeaLink Travel on 1300 MAGGIE.

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