Getting to Magnetic Island

Travelling to Townsville - Gateway to Magnetic Island

Townsville is the city to travel to for any trip to Magnetic island. Townsville is known as the capital of North Queensland, a vibrant tropical city of 180,000 residents. The transport options to reach Townsville from anywhere in Australia are wide and varied. Whether you choose to drive, fly or arrive by train, there is sure to be an option to suit your needs

car travel

Driving to Townsville

On the Bruce Highway drive north from Brisbane, approximately 1350 km and from Cairns drive south, approximately 350km to Townsville. The ferry terminals are located near to the centre of the city and easy to locate. see ferry links and information

Flying to Townsville

Townsville airport is serviced by Virgin Blue, JetStar, and Qantas. Townsville Airport is a short 10km drive to the Breakwater Ferry Terminal. Taxis meet all arrivals and departures. The taxi costs app $22 to get to Ferry Terminal. A shuttle bus service also operates from the airport to major hotels and the Breakwater Ferry Terminal, and costs around $10 - $12 per person.

Jetstar has direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and connecting flights from other areas. Direct flights start from under $200 from most places.

Qantas has direct flights from Melbourne (Jetstar), Sydney and Brisbane and connecting flights from other areas.

Virgin Australia has direct flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns and connecting flights from other areas.

By Rail

Queensland Rail's The Sunlander and the Tilt Train provide regular services into Townsville from both Brisbane and Cairns.

Travelling to Magnetic Island from Townsville

Magnetic Island is also unique in that access from the Australian mainland is effortless, affordable and convenient.
There are two separate ferry companies which travel to Magnetic Island. Sunferries operates a passenger ferry service and Fantasea operates a vehicle ferry service. These services depart from opposite sides of the river. Both services arrive on Magnetic Island at the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal where guests of Best of magnetic will be greeted and transferred to their accommodation. See Getting to your Accommodation.

Sealink Ferry Magnetic Island

Sealink Passenger Ferry

Sealink operates up to 17 daily services to Magnetic Island and will have you in paradise in only 20 minutes on one of their high-speed catamarans. There is no need to prebook your ferry ticket, tickets are available at the terminal or onboard the boats if the terminal is closed. There are a variety of ticket types available including adult, child, concession and family.
Sealink Breakwater Terminal is located at Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville.
Click on the image for timetable information

Fantasea Cruising - Car Ferry

Fantasea Cruising Magnetic's "Riverside Arcadia" catamaran delivers you and your vehicle to and from Magnetic Island in comfort. Operating from 6am - 6pm weekdays and 6am - 4pm on weekends. Booking is highly recommended.
Fantasea Cruising Magnetic's Townsville terminal is located at Ross St, South Townsville.

Note: Best of Magnetic can book your Fantasea car ferry ticket for you. Ask when you book your accommodation.


Getting to your Accommodation

 The Best of Magnetic office is only metres from the Magnetic Island ferry terminal, just across the car park. All guests should check-in with our friendly office staff as there is no on-site reception. We may be able to provide a courtesy transfer to your accommodation providing no children or infants require car seats by law. There is also a taxi service (131008) and bus service (departing from the ferry terminal). We also offer very competitve rates on quality hire cars that wil make sure you see more and do more while on Magnetic Island.