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.

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

Timetable updated 4th August 2020 

Palm Island
August 6*Thursday8.00am2.00pm
August 7Friday1.30pm4.30pm 
August 8Saturday12.00pm2.00pm
August 9Sunday12.00pm2.00pm
August 10Monday 7.30am9.30am
August 13*Thursday8.00am10:00am
August 14Friday1.30pm4.30pm 
August 15Saturday12.00pm2.00pm
August 16Sunday12.00pm2.00pm
August 17Monday 7.30am9.30am
August 20Thursday12.00pm2.00pm
August 21*Friday12.00pm2.00pm
August 22Saturday12.00pm2.00pm
August 23Sunday12.00pm2.00pm
August 24Monday7.30am9.30am
August 27Thursday12.00pm2.00pm
August 28Friday1.30pm4.30pm 
August 29Saturday12.00pm2.00pm
August 30*Sunday10.00am12.00pm
August 31Monday7.30am9.30am

*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