Magnetic Island

Travel Guide
Magnetic Island National Park which includes rugged coastline and general coastal views

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.

Bungalow Bay Koala Village
Bungalow Bay Koala Village
2 out of 5
26-40 Horseshoe Bay Rd, Horseshoe Bay, QLD, 4819
Stay at this hostel in Horseshoe Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Horseshoe Bay Lagoon Conservation Park and Balding Bay ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Wonderful accommodation."

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Serenity on Magnetic
Serenity on Magnetic
4 out of 5
16 - 20 Yule Street, Picnic Bay, QLD, 4819
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Picnic Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (43 reviews)
"Room very clean and tidy. Lots of nice little ho.ely touches."

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

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Peppers Blue on Blue
Peppers Blue on Blue
4.5 out of 5
123 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay, QLD, 4819
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Nelly Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (657 reviews)
Nice place to stay..
"This is the 1st hotel I have stayed at that the room doesn't get made up daily.. apparently when you book at this place you have to pay extra for room service.. the rate wasn't that cheap to start with.. overall the staff were nice, accommodating and friendly, the resort is nice with a huge pool ..."

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

Peppers Blue on Blue
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Serenity on Magnetic
Serenity on Magnetic
4 out of 5
16 - 20 Yule Street, Picnic Bay, QLD, 4819
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Picnic Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (43 reviews)
"Room very clean and tidy. Lots of nice little ho.ely touches."

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Serenity on Magnetic
Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island
Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island
4 out of 5
146 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay, QLD, 4819
Stay at this 4-star luxury aparthotel in Nelly Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (236 reviews)
"Apartment was clean and well equipped Unfortunately no meal options But eating venues close by Staff were very friendly and helped any requirements Pool was good position but needs some repairs with broken tiles Good self contained apartments Great view over the harbour and sea"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island
Dandaloo Gardens
Dandaloo Gardens
3.5 out of 5
42 Hayles Avenue, Arcadia, QLD, 4819
Stay at this 3.5-star beach cabin in Arcadia. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (42 reviews)
"The place was so beautiful! Was like a little oasis full of vibrant plants that gave so much privacy. We knew others were staying there but we barely saw anyone. The rooms were sparkling clean and modern - cannot recommended staying here enough!"

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Dandaloo Gardens
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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