Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal

Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal featuring a ferry as well as a small group of people
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This easy-to-navigate and very scenic transport hub is the gateway to the beaches, bush walks and wildlife of one of Queensland’s most idyllic islands.

The Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal is the main entry and exit point for Magnetic Island, Townsville’s enchanting outpost in the Coral Sea. Regular ferries connect the island to the mainland, just 5 miles (8 kilometers) away.

Slow your pace before you make the crossing, because you are on island time now. Not all ferry terminals are located in such a picturesque setting, so make sure you take in the views as you disembark in the marina of Nelly Bay.

It is easy to find your way around the terminal, because apart from visitors, it only serves the 2,500 or so lucky folks who can call this island home.

To help you make the most of your time on Magnetic Island, many local tour operators and services have offices at or near the ferry terminal. Island transport options include buses, taxis and car hire. Sunbus offers services throughout the day, timed to match ferry arrivals and departures. Taxis operate 24 hours a day and leave opposite from the terminal and car rental is available in Nelly Bay too.

Join a tour to see the best of the island with a local guide. There are several tour options and pick ups from the ferry terminal are usually provided if you book ahead. Explore at your own pace by cycling or walking around the island from Nelly Bay. You can rent a bicycle on the island or bring one over on the ferry.

The terminal is situated on the edge of Nelly Bay village, which has accommodations, restaurants and shopping facilities. Just walk over and take your pick.

Two ferry companies operate 7 days a week from the Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal and there are sailings throughout the day. Board as a pedestrian or take a bike or car over to the island. Sealink has a fast catamaran service that takes roughly 20 minutes, but only takes pedestrians. Fantasea has a foot passenger and car service and therefore runs at a more sedate pace, with crossings taking about 40 minutes.

Top Hotels Close to Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal

The Palmer Collective
The Palmer Collective
4 out of 5
12 14 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $76 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property ...
4/5 Very Good! (310 reviews)
"Very clean room and comfortable bed."

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The Palmer Collective
Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $86 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Townsville. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
3.7/5 Good! (956 reviews)
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The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $191 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
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The Ville Resort - Casino
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The Palmer Collective
The Palmer Collective
4 out of 5
12 14 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $76 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
The Palmer Collective
Madison Plaza Townsville
Madison Plaza Townsville
4 out of 5
409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $86 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Madison Plaza Townsville
The Ville Resort - Casino
The Ville Resort - Casino
4.5 out of 5
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $191 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
The Ville Resort - Casino
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
4.5 out of 5
334 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $110 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Aquarius on the Beach
Aquarius on the Beach
4 out of 5
75 The Strand, North Ward, QLD, 4810
The price is $112 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 20
Aquarius on the Beach
Rydges Southbank Townsville
Rydges Southbank Townsville
3.5 out of 5
23 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $93 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Rydges Southbank Townsville
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
4.5 out of 5
81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $124 per night from Jul 21 to Jul 22
Oaks Townsville Metropole Hotel
Rambutan Resort
Rambutan Resort
5 out of 5
113 - 119 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $89 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Rambutan Resort
Allure Hotel & Apartments
Allure Hotel & Apartments
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Morehead St and McIlwraith St, South Townsville, QLD, 4810
The price is $86 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Allure Hotel & Apartments
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