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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 tropical waters of North Queensland. Relax at a day spa and enjoy beachfront accommodation.

Townsville: Sunset Sailing Tour Boat Cruise

2. Townsville: Sunset Sailing Tour Boat Cruise

Set sail from Townsville Yacht club on a sunset cruise and watch the last rays of the day descend over Townsville. Sit back and relax on this exclusive small group sunset sail escape. With the views of the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy beautiful sights of Strand beach, Cleveland Bay, and also the famous Magnetic Island. Watch the amber sun descend over Magnetic Island or Townsville with some complimentary drinks onboard.

Museum Of Underwater Art & Great Barrier Reef Day Trip

3. 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 reef fish including Parrotfish, Maori wrasse, Clownfish, Angelfish. Keep a lookout for turtles, stingrays, White Tip Reef Sharks, and Black Tip Reef Sharks which can often be spotted. Discover how the Great Barrier Reef is managed and what work is being done to protect it. With a friendly crew, learn more about how you protect the reef and its creatures for future generations to come. After the dives, be returned by boat to Nelly Bay, or Townsville Breakwater Marina.

Magnetic Island: Snorkel Discovery Tour

4. 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.

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. Back at the shore the crew will wave goodbye while you make everlasting memories and images home with you.

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What people are saying about Townsville

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Interesting information and history about the island, great scenery as we travelled along the coast. Enjoyed watching the birds that frequent the different bays catching fish. Snorkelling enjoyed by those who took part. Great morning tea delivered individually. Wonderful viewing of a few whales up close. A circumnavigation of the island was unexpected but much enjoyed as the coastline varies so much.

Really enjoyed our boat trip around Magnetic Island. The captain knew all the little spots inside and out. Morning tea was delicious and we had it on a secluded quiet beach. Snorkeling was amazing. Can't fault the experience in any way! Would highly recommend!!!

All trip a excellent. Only not enough time at waterfall only 30 minute. At least 1 hour is good.

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

Professional staff, quick service and well organised.