Townsville to Magnetic Island Return Ferry Transfer

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Highlights & inclusions

Only 20 minutes to Magnetic Island
State of the art catamaran
Up to 17 daily return services
Relax on a secluded beach
Try the activites on Magnetic Island
Cruise the tropical waters of Nth Qld

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Thu, Jul 18, 2024

What you can expect

Book a return ticket on the Magnetic Island ferries to travel in style and comfort on a modern, high-speed catamaran from Townsville with 17 services a day. A short and scenic 20-minute ferry ride is all it takes to reach this wonderful destination that is truly magnetic. There are a host of things to do on Magnetic Island, an island situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

Discover this beautiful corner of the world with a snorkel, jet ski, fish or unearth the military history on the Forts Walk where a colony of wild koalas can often be found snoozing in the Eucalyptus trees. If your objective is to do nothing at all, that’s ok too. Simply kick back and relax on the beautiful golden sands at any of the palm-fringed beaches while soaking up the tropical Queensland sun.

The Magnetic Island ferry travels to and from the island all day long so you’ll be able to book your ticket online then head out from the Breakwater Ferry Terminal in Townsville at a flexible time that best fits your schedule. See what all the fuss is about by booking your trip on the Magnetic Island ferry today and get a dose of fun in the sun amongst a spectacular reef environment that you can enjoy however you see fit.


What you need to know

  • Return ferry transfer from Townsville to Magnetic Island
  • Food and beverages
  • Tours and activities on Magnetic Island
  • 17 daily return services
  • Only 20 minutes to Magnetic Island
  • Relax in a state-of-the-art high speed catamaran
  • Relax on a secluded beach
  • Cruise the tropical waters of North Queensland
  • Try one of the many adventure activities on offer on Magnetic Island (optional extra)
  • 17 ferry services depart daily from the Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Townsville, from approximately 6.30am to approximately 6pm
  • Travel time is approximately 20 minutes each way
Departure Location
  • Breakwater Ferry Terminal on Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville and Nelly Bay Magnetic Island
Additional Information
  • Child age is 5-14 years inclusive. Children aged 0-4 years are free of charge
  • Return tickets are open dated for 1 month
  • On-site parking at the Breakwater Terminal, Townsville is available $9.00 per calendar day payable direct at the car park entrance
Cancellation Policy
  • More than 30 days before departure – 10% of total cost
  • Between 7 and 30 days before departure - 50% of total cost
  • Less than 7 days before departure - 80% of total cost
  • Within 24 hours of departure - 100% of total cost
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present at the ferry ticket counter in the Breakwater Ferry Terminal, Townsville
  • Vessel subject to change without notice
  • We recommend you reconfirm your booking at least 48 hours prior to arrival
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher


  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Motorised wheelchair friendly
  • Mobility scooter friendly
  • Vision Impaired friendly
  • Steps/changes of level indicated with colour or texture
  • Guide, hearing and assistance dog friendly
  • Guide, hearing and assistance dog friendly
  • > 5 Dedicated accessible/disabled parking bays onsite
  • Accessible drop off point
  • Wheelchair accessible public transport options nearby
  • Alternative accessible parking very close by
  • Slight incline at entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance
  • Minimum 850mm width for a mobility device to enter
  • Gendered accessible bathroom available for use
  • Clear accessible path through the venue
  • Regular height tables (750mm) high
  • Guide, hearing and assistance dog friendly
  • Minimum 900mm wide pathways throughout venue
  • Pathway surface is concrete
  • Outdoor environment includes steep inclines
  • Outdoor environment includes ramps
  • Wheelchair ramp into vehicle
  • Designated wheelchair space inside vehicle
  • Wheelchair can be securely stored during experience
  • Folding wheelchair can be loaded onboard
  • Wheelchair can be accommodated throughout experience
  • Pathway surface is (other)

    Boarding ramps are covered in an all weather non slip material, vessel cabins have waterproof carpet and outdoor areas on vessel are metal with non slip paint.

  • Getting to the experience from the car park, drop-off point or transport stop?

    The dedicated accessible/disability car parking spaces are located approximately 40m from the Breakwater Terminal entrance in Townsville. The car park is concrete and there is a slight incline up a graduated ramp then the remaining area is paved to the front door. If arriving by bus, it will stop at the front of the terminal so guests will arrive to the paved area. If arriving by private vehicle or taxi, there is also a slight incline up a graduated ramp onto the paved area and this is approximately 30m from the Breakwater Terminal entrance.

Recent reviews

53 reviews

Easy to board and unboard ferries. Can take your car. Friendly staffs.

Great fun! Absolutely beautiful island! Perfect weather! Perfect beaches! Great food available everywhere. Great for family. Great for outdoor fun and connecting with nature. Marine life in abundance. Regular ferries. Bus timetables makes public transport a great option.

Kanden Samynaden about 2 years ago

Easy 20 minutes cruise to Magnetic Island where you can get a daily ticket to the bus and explore the whole island.

So much to do and see around the island! I found 3 koalas on the forts track and even though it was not the season I saw many butterflies at butterfly forest. You can also hand feed lots of rock wallabies near alma bay. The view between the ferry and picnic bay is breathtaking.

Leticia Lucindo almost 3 years ago

What a fantastic day

What a fantastic day! Absolutely amazing! Myself and my girlfriend booked the return ferry for the day and purchased the €7 all day island bus pass (where you can hop on and hop off at different bays on the island). We managed to visis 4 of the bays during the day. We saw 5 wild koalas on the fort track and carried on to explore the WW2 forts which was great as you got incredible views of Arthur Bay! We fed wild rock wallabies (carrot and sweet potato- do not feed them human food!) You can purchase some wallaby food near by if you want but we just fed them some chopped up carrot. We saw 2 stingrays in the clear waters down at rock wallaby. If we were to do the island again, we would recommend hiring a car or moped for the day, as we had to be back in time for the next bus which runs every hour. We then went to Horseshoe bay to have a swim and to watch the sunset it was gorgeous! Overall magnetic island was magnificent! If you are visiting Townsiville you HAVE to visit magnetic island... it's a must!

Joey Welbourn almost 7 years ago