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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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Madison Plaza Townsville ¥6,787
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.

    Oaks Metropole Hotel ¥8,098
    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 apartment building 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).

      The Ville Resort - Casino ¥12,623
      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).

        Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville ¥8,998
        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.

          Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville ¥8,972
          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.

            Aquarius on the Beach ¥8,739
            Aquarius on the Beach

            Aquarius on the Beach

            75 The Strand, North Ward, QLD
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Offering direct access to the beach, this North Ward hotel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of The Strand Beach and Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal. Strand Park and Queens Gardens are also within 10 minutes.

              Rydges Southbank Townsville ¥7,865
              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.

                Allure Hotel & Apartments ¥7,082
                Allure Hotel & Apartments

                Allure Hotel & Apartments

                Cnr Morehead St and McIlwraith St, South Townsville, QLD
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in 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 1 mi (2 km).