location. location.

Magnetic Island maps

Magnetic Island is located a mere 8km off Townsville, North Queensland’s capital city, situated only 349kms south of Cairns and 270kms North of the Whitsundays.

Once you have arrived in Townsville getting to Magnetic Island is easy. Reach your destination via SeaLink high-speed catamaran, Magnetic Island Ferries car ferry or water taxi. Discover each of Magnetic islands glorious bays by car, bus, taxi, scooter, bicycle or simply take a stroll.

each bay is unique in it's offerings

Magnetic Island’s four residential bays each feature stunning beaches that are all easily accessible and suitable for the whole family. Picnic Bay Beach is the quieter option, with its rustic charm and a jetty perfect for the keen fisherman. Nelly Bay Beach is ideal for a casual afternoon stroll and provides a glorious backdrop for the new Magnetic Harbour. Arcadia’s beach, Alma Bay is a favourite family swimming spot and perfect for a day out with its lush green parkland, picnic tables and playground. Horseshoe Bay Beach is famous for its array of activities and must-see sunsets. Each of the main beaches is in close proximity to a great range of restaurants and pubs to ensure refreshments are never too far away. Alternatively, pack a picnic or sizzle some sausages on the inbuilt barbeques to replenish those energy levels.

Browse our online publications

Click and browse our online publications to learn even more about Magnetic Island’s many attractions, history, walking trails and community. The Informer Business Directory lists all local community businesses, services, maps and timetables making it an invaluable resource to all who live on, are thinking of moving to, or are looking at investing in our beautiful Island.

travel to and around the island

18 trips. 20 minutes.

your quickest link to the island

Sealink offer a fast and convenient passenger service to the Island in air-conditioned comfort with their high-speed catamarans taking only 20 minutes to cross the bay.

Drive to Magnetic Island

passenger and car ferry

The drive on, drive off convenience of Magnetic Island Ferries provides a no fuss, efficient service with facilities to accommodate most vehicles including campers and trailers.

Do it by bus!

all day passes and tours

Sunbus picks up from every SeaLink ferry to take you to your destination. In addition to single journeys you can purchase all day pass to tour the Island at your leisure.