Magnetic Island

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Magnetic Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Return Ferry Transfer Townsville to Magnetic Island

    1. Return Ferry Transfer Townsville to Magnetic Island

    With this return ferry transfer, you can make the most of a trip to Magnetic Island, located just 8km off the coast of Townsville. It is a charming holiday destination that truly has a magnetic attraction for visitors. From nature encounters, on-water adventures to relaxation, Magnetic Island has something for everyone. Nature enthusiast should visit the island’s koala sanctuary, explore the 25km of hiking trails and discover the snorkel trails at Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay. Head to Nelly or Horseshoe Bay for a water adventure with amazing jet-ski, sea kayaking or a snorkeling or fishing charter. The best way to experience North Queensland is on the water. If you’re after relaxation, Magnetic Island is the perfect destination. Just a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, it feels a world away once you step onto this island. Dine at one of the many island restaurants overlooking the tro...

    Ride to Magnetic Island. Just note that the office to collect the tickets closes by 6PM. If your transfer is after this time, you can call the number on the voucher to get the booking code that will let you get in the boat directly

  • Museum Of Underwater Art & Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

    2. Museum Of Underwater Art & Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

    Begin your journey from the Townsville Breakwater Marina, or from Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island. Sail to the Central Section of the Great Barrier Reef on a custom-built day vessel. First, visit the Museum Of Underwater Art (MOUA) located offshore on the John Brewer Reef. Surrounded by the beautiful and colorful coral reefs, explore this underwater site which is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn more about conservation, restoration, and education about the issues affecting the reefs, with a strong emphasis placed on indigenous culture and history. See The Coral Greenhouse, the first submerged building design by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. After exploring the MOUA, explore other sections of the reef with dives ranging from a depth of 1 to 20 meters suitable for snorkelers, beginner, and experienced divers. See schools of baitfish as well as an abundance of colorful r...

  • Magnetic Island: Snorkel Discovery Tour

    3. Magnetic Island: Snorkel Discovery Tour

    Meet your local host and set off to discover the beautiful Magnetic Island on a personalized 5-hour tour. The host has called this island their home for over 35 years and will show you a variety of incredible places you won't find on your own. Start the tour with a delicious morning tea at a special location. Then, set off to discover secluded bays and beaches. Snorkel along fringe reefs as you meet a range of local marine life and wildlife with interpretations given from your guide. The tour will be designed around the tides and conditions on the day to ensure you have the best snorkeling experience possible. Next, enjoy a spot of catch and release fishing. Also, take part in a range of water activities including stand-up paddle boarding and boogie boarding.

  • Townsville: Helicopter Flight & Magnetic Island Sailing Trip

    4. Townsville: Helicopter Flight & Magnetic Island Sailing Trip

    Departing from Nautilus Aviation's private Helicopter Pad on the lawns of The Ville Resort Casino, fly over Townsville's waterfront and picturesque Cleveland Bay. Admire the views of pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and fringing reefs that surround this laid-back island paradise. On touchdown at Magnetic Island, embark on a cruise to one of the island's many secluded bays. After the crew drops the anchor, take a dinghy to the beach where you can relax on the shore and enjoy time to swim, relax on the giant inflatable mat, or simply chill out on-board and soak up the tropical warmth. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on board the boat with a selection of complimentary beverages. Afterward, enjoy a short ferry ride back to Townsville.

  • From Magnetic Island or Townsville: Yongala Wreck Dive Trip

    5. From Magnetic Island or Townsville: Yongala Wreck Dive Trip

    Enjoy a friendly welcome by a professional crew at the meeting point that will check you in, get your rental gear, and after the safety, you are ready to start the journey.  Relax in shaded or sunny spots on the vessel while traveling to the fascinating Yongala wreck. Spot dolphins, whales (seasonable, and sea snakes while enjoying your morning tea and listening to great stories from the skipper. Just before you reach the wreck it is time for dive briefings. You have the option to dive with your old or new dive buddies or follow a dive leader to discover the best spots on the wreck.  During the surface interval, listen to the Yongala history talk of the passionate crew before diving back in. Once back on board the crew will pack up and leave this amazing dive spot behind to head back to the shore while you can exchange your experiences with your new-found dive buddies and friends. Ba...

  • Townsville: Scenic Helicopter Flight

    6. Townsville: Scenic Helicopter Flight

    30-Minute Scenic Flight – Magnetic Island Rise above the waters of the Coral Sea and take in the scenery of Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island. Watch as rugged cliffs give way to the island’s dense National Park rainforests and blend into the stunning secluded bays that encase this island playground. On the return leg, admire panoramic views of Townsville Port, Castle Hill, the Ross River, and the Strand, offering you an excellent perspective of this diverse region. 45-Minute Scenic Flight – Magnetic Island & Cape Cleveland Lighthouse Soar above the Coral Sea and take in the scenery of Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island’s east coast including shipwrecks, fringing reefs, and stunning sandy bays. Learn about local history with a scenic flight past Cape Cleveland Lighthouse. Perched high on the wind-beaten cliff face, the lighthouse built in 1879 marks th...

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What people are saying about Magnetic Island

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 18 reviews

We booked the tickets the evening before. The vouchers came by email after a few minutes. On site, these could be exchanged for the right tickets at the cash desk. So we saved a few dollars compared to the local purchase. Highly recommended and very simple.

Ride to Magnetic Island. Just note that the office to collect the tickets closes by 6PM. If your transfer is after this time, you can call the number on the voucher to get the booking code that will let you get in the boat directly

Everything was enjoyable. The boat and the spots were awesome.

We love the trip to magnetic island. Really great day outside

Very nice island with wonderful bays for swimming.