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Magnetic Island Vacation Packages

Stroll along a golden-sand beach, snorkel with a turtle, hike through a eucalypt forest and enjoy a drink beneath the palm trees on this enchanting hideaway just a short ferry ride from Townsville.

Magnetic Island is an attractive combination of national park and small coastal villages. This pleasant vacation spot is nestled in Cleveland Bay, just off the coast of bustling Townsville.

Magnetic Island, or “Maggie” to the locals, is 12,627 acres (5,110 hectares) in size with more than half of the island covered by national park. The hilly island dotted with boulders is home to some 2,500 people and a wide variety of wildlife.

Take the ferry over to the island and marvel at the scenery during the cruise. Once you reach Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal at Nelly Bay, go your own way by renting a car or let someone else do all the driving by joining a guided tour. Walkers are easily catered for as well with over 15 miles (24 kilometers) of walking tracks mapped out in Magnetic Island National Park. Koalas and rock wallabies are commonly seen among the eucalyptus trees and granite boulders.

Make the most of the warm tropical weather by trying some watersports. Many exciting options are available, but snorkeling among the fringing coral reefs never gets old. Let the sun warm your skin to dry off while lazing on one of the many golden beaches, including those at Picnic Bay.

Challenge yourself to the Forts Walk on Mt Cook, which marks the island’s highest point at 1,630 feet (497 meters). The forts date back to World War II and, along with an interesting history, provide panoramic views over the island and Queensland coast.

After a day of activities, relax with a meal and drink at one of the many bars and restaurants around the island. Enjoy fresh local seafood with vegetables sourced from the rich agricultural areas on the mainland.

Choose from the wide range of accommodations options if you are able to stay the night. After sunset, listen for the mournful call of the curlew and point a torch up in the tree canopy to spot a brushtail possum out on its nightly forage.

Magnetic Island was named by explorer James Cook, who said it affected his compass. No proof of any such magnetic interference was ever found, however everyone who comes to Townsville will feel the pull of this irresistible island.


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$92
Arcadia Village Motel

Arcadia Village Motel

7 Marine Parade, Arcadia
4.4
of 5, from 232 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Arcadia hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Magnetic Island National Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Horseshoe Bay Beach. Magnetic Island Golf Course and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$150
Peppers Blue on Blue

Peppers Blue on Blue

123 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay
4.4
of 5, from 462 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Nelly Bay, this luxury hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Magnetic Island National Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Magnetic Island Golf Course. Horseshoe Bay Beach and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$139
Magnetic Sunsets Resort

Magnetic Sunsets Resort

7 Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay
4.6
of 5, from 34 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Horseshoe Bay apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Horseshoe Bay Beach and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Magnetic Island National Park. Magnetic Island Golf Course and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Maggies Beachfront Apartments

Maggies Beachfront Apartments

1 Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay
4.7
of 5, from 17 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Horseshoe Bay, this luxury apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Horseshoe Bay Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Magnetic Island National Park. Magnetic Island Golf Course and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Sails On Horseshoe

Sails On Horseshoe

13 Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay
4.6
of 5, from 72 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Horseshoe Bay, this apartment building is 0 mi (0.1 km) from Horseshoe Bay Beach and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Magnetic Island National Park. Magnetic Island Golf Course and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island

Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island

146 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay
4.2
of 5, from 218 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Nelly Bay, this luxury apartment building is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Magnetic Island National Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Magnetic Island Golf Course. Horseshoe Bay Beach and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$58
Bungalow Bay Koala Village - Hostel

Bungalow Bay Koala Village - Hostel

40 Horseshoe Bay Road, Horseshoe Bay
4.2
of 5, from 44 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Horseshoe Bay, this hostel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Horseshoe Bay Beach and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Magnetic Island National Park. Magnetic Island Golf Course and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 12 mi (20 km).

$49
Arcadia Beach Guest House

Arcadia Beach Guest House

27 Marine Parade, Arcadia
4.3
of 5, from 105 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Arcadia guesthouse is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Magnetic Island National Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Magnetic Island Golf Course. Horseshoe Bay Beach and Maritime Museum of Townsville are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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