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Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal

This easy-to-navigate and very scenic transport hub is the gateway to the beaches, bush walks and wildlife of one of Queensland’s most idyllic islands.

The Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal is the main entry and exit point for Magnetic Island, Townsville’s enchanting outpost in the Coral Sea. Regular ferries connect the island to the mainland, just 5 miles (8 kilometers) away.

Slow your pace before you make the crossing, because you are on island time now. Not all ferry terminals are located in such a picturesque setting, so make sure you take in the views as you disembark in the marina of Nelly Bay.

It is easy to find your way around the terminal, because apart from visitors, it only serves the 2,500 or so lucky folks who can call this island home.

To help you make the most of your time on Magnetic Island, many local tour operators and services have offices at or near the ferry terminal. Island transport options include buses, taxis and car hire. Sunbus offers services throughout the day, timed to match ferry arrivals and departures. Taxis operate 24 hours a day and leave opposite from the terminal and car rental is available in Nelly Bay too.

Join a tour to see the best of the island with a local guide. There are several tour options and pick ups from the ferry terminal are usually provided if you book ahead. Explore at your own pace by cycling or walking around the island from Nelly Bay. You can rent a bicycle on the island or bring one over on the ferry.

The terminal is situated on the edge of Nelly Bay village, which has accommodations, restaurants and shopping facilities. Just walk over and take your pick.

Two ferry companies operate 7 days a week from the Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal and there are sailings throughout the day. Board as a pedestrian or take a bike or car over to the island. Sealink has a fast catamaran service that takes roughly 20 minutes, but only takes pedestrians. Fantasea has a foot passenger and car service and therefore runs at a more sedate pace, with crossings taking about 40 minutes.


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The Ville Resort - Casino ¥15,112
The Ville Resort - Casino

The Ville Resort - Casino

Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville, QLD
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal, ReefHQ Aquarium, and Museum of Tropical Queensland. Maritime Museum of Townsville and Queens Gardens are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Oaks Metropole Hotel ¥8,270
    Oaks Metropole Hotel

    Oaks Metropole Hotel

    81 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Museum of Tropical Queensland and Cultural Centre Townsville are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Madison Plaza Townsville ¥5,335
      Madison Plaza Townsville

      Madison Plaza Townsville

      409 Flinders St., Corner Of Stanley And Flinders St., Townsville, QLD
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Townsville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Catholic Diocese of Townsville, Castle Hill, and Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre. Queens Gardens and James Cook University are also within 9 mi (15 km). Townsville Station is 22 minutes by foot.

        Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville ¥7,309
        Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

        Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

        8-10 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of South Townsville, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Museum of Tropical Queensland are also within 10 minutes. Townsville Station is 28 minutes by foot.

          Oaks Gateway Suites ¥8,606
          Oaks Gateway Suites

          Oaks Gateway Suites

          2 Dibbs Street, South Townsville, QLD
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated on a river, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Maritime Museum of Townsville and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Museum of Tropical Queensland are also within 10 minutes. Townsville Station is 28 minutes by foot.

            Rambutan Resort ¥6,669
            Rambutan Resort

            Rambutan Resort

            113 - 119 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Townsville, this luxury resort is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Tropical Queensland and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Cultural Centre Townsville and ReefHQ Aquarium are also within 5 minutes.

              Rydges Southbank Townsville ¥6,551
              Rydges Southbank Townsville

              Rydges Southbank Townsville

              23 Palmer Street, South Townsville, QLD
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of South Townsville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of ReefHQ Aquarium, Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal, and Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre. Queens Gardens and Strand Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Townsville Station is 29 minutes by foot.

                Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville ¥7,737
                Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

                Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville

                334 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Townsville, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Maritime Museum of Townsville and Museum of Tropical Queensland are also within 10 minutes. Townsville Station is 24 minutes by foot.