This service takes approximately 1¾ hours travel time each way. For a current list of ferry departure times to Palm Island please refer to the timetable below. 

We offer standard tickets, multi-trip tickets and group rates, check our prices for Palm Island Ferry here.

Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to boarding to ensure sufficient time to purchase tickets.

COVID-19 Community Updates

For Palm Island travel restrictions & information please visit Palm Island Service Updates

Timetable updated 21st September 2020 

Palm Island
September 28Monday7.30am9.30am
Palm Island
October 1Thursday 12.00pm2.00pm
October 2Friday1.30pm4.30pm
October 3Saturday12.00pm2.00pm
October 4Sunday12.00pm2.00pm
October 5*Monday 12.00pm2.00pm
October 8Thursday 12.00pm2.00pm
October 9Friday1.30pm4.30pm
October 10Saturday 12.00pm2.00pm
October 11Sunday12.00pm2.00pm
October 12Monday 7.30am9.30am
October 15*Thursday 10.00am2.00pm
October 16Friday1.30pm4.30pm
October 17Saturday 12.00pm2.00pm
October 18Sunday12.00pm2.00pm
October 19Monday 7.30am9.30am
October 22Thursday 12.00pm2.00pm
October 23Friday1.30pm4.30pm
October 24Saturday 12.00pm2.00pm
October 25Sunday12.00pm2.00pm
October 26Monday 7.30am9.30am
October 29Thursday12.00pm2.00pm
October 30Friday1.30pm4.30pm
October 31Saturday 12.00pm2.00pm

*These times are different to our standard timings

**Minimum Freight** 

Choose to travel home on Monday after a weekend on the mainland without the stress of an overcrowded freight area!


  • Please ensure that all freight items are checked in through the freight counter outside the Terminal.
  • Freight items do not include – prams, hand bags or back packs.
  • Each passenger is allowed up to FIVE items of freight as long as each item is less than 20kg.
  • These items must be assigned a freight sticker and will be carried free of charge.
  • Any excess freight (i.e. more than five items) will be charged at $7 per item.
  • All excess freight items over 20kg will be charged according to size and weight to a maximum of $15 per item.
  • The Master of the Vessel has the authority to deny freight if deemed excessive.
  • Hand Trolleys will not be permitted on board our Palm Island Vessel

The Palm Island Timetable recording is updated every Sunday or when the schedule has changed.

Please call 07 4726 0800 and press 2 to hear the latest timetable information.

Circumstances beyond our control may cause alterations to departure times without notice.

Ferry Departure Points

Townsville Palm Island
Breakwater Ferry Terminal 
Sir Leslie Thiess Drive 
Townsville, Queensland 4810
Palm Island Jetty
Palm Island, Queensland 4816

Terminal Operating Hours: Breakwater Terminal (7 days a week)     
Mon-Sat: 6.00am - 6.00pm     
Sunday: 7.45am - 6.00pm