Magnetic Island, Queensland

Getting Here

Your dream tropical island escape is closer than you think. Located a mere 8km off Townsville, getting to Magnetic Island is both effortless and convenient. Townsville is the capital of North Queensland and is situated only 349kms south of Cairns and 270kms north of the Whitsundays.

Travelling from overseas get yourself on a flight to Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns. Then take a local plane, train or bus to Townsville.

Direct flights to Townsville are available from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns. Choose from a variety of (direct) regular flights from Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns to Townsville. Check fares and departures with either Virgin Blue or Qantas or JetStar. The "Queenslander" train, from Brisbane, has daily departures to Townsville. Check with Queensland Rail. Greyhound runs regular bus services direct to Townsville from most cities and towns.

Queensland MapOnce you have arrived in Townsville getting to Magnetic Island is easy via high-speed catamaran or car ferry.
Sunferries offer a fast and convenient passenger service to the
Island in air-conditioned comfort with their high-speed catamarans taking only 20 minutes leaving from the Breakwater Terminal in the CBD.
Visit for timetable and fares.

The drive on, drive off convenience of the M.V Riverside Arcadia Car and Passenger Ferry is also available providing no fuss, efficient service with facilities to accommodate most vehicles including campers and trailers.
FantaSea leaves from Ross Street in South Townsville, just across the river from the CBD. Cars never have to reverse to get on. It is essential to make a booking for a car. Passengers can just walk-on.
Visit for timetable and fares or ring 07 4796 9300 to make a booking. Travel time about 40-45 minutes.
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