Just 8 kilometres off-shore, Magnetic Island is a short trip across the sheltered waters of Cleveland Bay.

Getting to Magnetic Island

SeaLink operates 18 daily services to Magnetic Island and will have you in paradise in only 20 minutes on one of our 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. Tickets are available online for purchase should you wish to pre-pay ahead of travelling.

Townsville Airport is a short 8km drive to the Breakwater Terminal for your Magnetic Island Ferry. Taxis meet all arrivals and departures. A taxi will cost you approx. $20 to get to the SeaLink ferry terminal. 

Townsville City Shuttle also operates from the airport to major hotels and the Breakwater Ferry Terminal, costs are $10pp or $15 for a couple - Bookings are essential and can be made by Townsville City Shuttle bookings

Uber is available in Townsville.

Car parking at the Breakwater Terminal is available for $8.00 per 24 hours.

Transport on Magnetic Island

There’s no shortage of transport options on Magnetic Island, from walking to public transport to relaxing tours, you will find how incredibly easy it is to explore from the moment you step onto the Island. On arrival to the island you'll find many options at the Nelly Bay terminal including: 

Public Bus

The most economic and easiest way of travelling between the Island’s main hubs is by public bus Runs daily, operating between 6:00am – 10:00pm.  For Sunbus Magnetic Island timetable information click here.

Hire Car

If you want to explore the Island at your own pace, hiring a car is the way to go. Whether you want to feel the wind in your hair, or explore the secluded bays only accessible by 4WD, there are options to meet every style! 


Touring Magnetic Island has never been easier. Sit back and relax while being driven around to some of Magnetic Island’s key highlights, enjoy commentary from Island locals and discover something new about this tropical paradise.

On Foot

One of the best ways to discover Magnetic Island is on foot, with over 26km of walking trails linking bays and secluded beaches, you will be sure to encounter some of the best hidden gems Magnetic Island has to offer.


Bring your own or hire one on the Island. Magnetic Island is well serviced with a bituminised road network, as well as unsealed roads, making it easy to discover the many bays on offer by bike. 


Taxi services on Magnetic Island are available, with taxi ranks in most of the main bays.