Ferry | Townsville - Magnetic Island Ferry and Car Hire

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Option Prices

  • Ferry
  • Ferry & Island Car Hire
Adult (15+ yrs) - Return
Child/Concession (5-14 yrs)
Infant (0-4 yrs)
Family Return** (2 Adults + up to 3 Children 5-14 yrs)
Ferry & Car Hire Package (1Adult)
Ferry & Car Hire Package (2Adults)
Ferry & Car Hire Package (3Adults)
Ferry & Car Hire Package (4Adults)
Ferry & Car Hire Package (Family up to 2A+2C)

Tour Information

For tour meeting point and time, please take the tour vouchers as the final confirmation. The meeting point and time in the tour info are only for reference. Enquire through our service: LINE ID: @fit_travel or Wechat: FIT_TRAVEL_AU

Magnetic Island Return Ferry from Townsville

Magnetic Island's relaxed tropical lifestyle, quiet, secluded beaches, rugged nature, abundant wildlife, and easy access to the Great Barrier Reef make it a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Magnetic Island is just a short ferry ride from Townsville, making it the perfect holiday destination. Whether it's a short public holiday break, a weekend adventure, or something longer, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Magnetic Island is only 8km from the coast of Townsville. Our blue fast ferries take only 20 minutes to get there.

The island is a haven for local wildlife. The Magnetic Island National Park encompasses 76% of the island's total land area of 52 square kilometers. Most of the National Park is in the steep, hilly interior and on the rough north-western side. Mount Cook, at 497 meters above sea level, is the highest point on the island.

Bring light, airy clothing. Summers are hot, winters are mild, and the island receives over 300 sunny days annually.Wearing loose, breathable garments is always a safe bet. But you should always protect yourself from the strong UV rays by donning a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as well as a long-sleeved shirt, no matter the time of year. In general, the average annual temperature on Magnetic Island is 28 degrees, making it a tropical destination.

A few things you might not have known about Magnetic Island

  • Just 8km from Townsville in Tropical North Queensland
  • Boasts 23 beautiful bays and beaches
  • The Island is two thirds protected National Park and is situated in the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • The highest point on the Island is Mount Cook at 497m (1,631 ft.) above sea level
  • The only fully self-contained Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Magnetic Island has a resident population of over 2,100
  • Home to Northern Australia’s largest colony of Koalas living in the wild.

Magnetic Island Ferry and Car Hire Packages

Venture to Magnetic Island with SeaLink on an enjoyable journey on one of our fast ferries to explore the beauty this Island has to offer, while on board enjoy a cold beverage on us. Once on the island go at your own pace and discover the stunning wildlife, beaches and landscapes of Magnetic Island by hire car. It is that easy!

• Return ferry transfers
• Drink each on-board SeaLink ferry
• 1 Day Car Hire (9.00am to 5.00pm) – ex Magnetic Island
• Magnetic Island Map

Duration: 1 Day
Operates: Daily (excl Christmas Day)
Times: Flexible
Ferry Departs: Townsville (Car hire from Magentic Island)
Meals: 1 beverage each on-board SeaLink Ferry

Magnetic Island Standard Ferry Timetable

Day Depart Townsville Depart Magnetic Island
Mon-Sat* 5:30am 6:00am
Mon - Sun* 6:30am 7:00am
Mon - Sat 7:00am 7:45am
Mon - Sun 7:45am 8:25am
Mon - Sun 8:45am 9:30am
Mon - Sun 9:30am 10:05am
Mon - Sun 10:30am 11:05am
Mon - Sun 11:40am 12:15pm
Mon - Sun 1:00pm 1:35pm
Mon - Sun 2:15pm 3:00pm
Mon - Sun 3.50pm 4:30pm
Mon - Sun 4:30pm 5:00pm
Mon - Fri* 5:25pm 6:00pm
Mon - Sun 6:00pm 6:35pm
Mon - Sun 7:30pm 8:00pm
Mon - Sun 9:20pm 10:00pm
Wed - Sat* 10:30pm 11:00pm

*Indicates services may not operate on public holidays.

Click here to download Magnetic Island ferry timetables.

Peak services departing from Townsville

  • Daily: 3:50pm departure (Monday-Friday - preferred school student services).
  • Friday: 1.00pm & 2.15pm departures
  • Saturday morning: 8.45am, 9.30am, 10.30am & 11.40am departures
  • Sunday morning: 9.30am & 10.30am departure

Peak services departing from Magnetic Island

  • Monday – Friday: 6.30am and 7.45am (preferred school student services).
  • Saturday afternoon: 4:30pm departure
  • Sunday: 11:05am, 12.15pm, 1.35pm & 3.00pm departures

Click here to view Magnetic Island Sunbus information.

Click here for our latest information on travel to Magnetic Island.

**Please note ferry fares and timetables are subject to change without notice, for up-to-date information keep an eye on our website.

Tour Inclusions

  • Return Ferry ticket Townsville - Magnetic Island
  • Ferry and Car Hire Packages can be choose*

Tour Exclusions

  • Travel insurance is recommended
  • Personnel Consumption
  • Meals are not included
  • Hotel Transfer
  • Other items not mentioned


Breakwater Terminal (Townsville) opening hours

Breakwater Terminal (Townsville) opening hours are: 6.00am - 6.00pm (7 days a week), except on:

  • Christmas Day ( 25th of December) opening hours are 8:15am to 11:45am.
  • New New Year's Eve ( 31st of December) opening hours are: 6.00am - 9.20pm
  • **Please note outside these hours, ferry tickets can be purchased on-line or on-board our vessel.

Nelly Bay Terminal ( Magnetic Island) opening hours

Nelly Bay terminal (Magnetic Island) opening hours are: 8.15am - 4.30pm (7 days a week), except on

Christmas Day ( 25th of December), office will be closed.

**Please note outside these hours, ferry tickets can be purchased on-line or on-board our vessel.

Where to find Nelly Bay Terminal?


  • Prices in AUD are valid until 31 March 2024. All prices and departure times subject to change without notice.
  • be present at the terminal a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes prior to the service's scheduled departure time (Please refer to your travel itinerary for SeaLink North Queensland tour check-in times)
  • once boarded keep your ferry ticket with you until your travel is complete.
  • respect our employees, including our vessel crew and promptly obey any instructions given to you, including a direction to provide your ferry ticket.
  • listen carefully to the safety briefing, identify your nearest exits, and familiarise yourself with the location and operation of safety equipment.
  • behave in a way which does not disturb or cause offence to your fellow passengers;
  • produce a valid Australian concession card, student identification card or proof of identification at the request of SeaLink staff. (International concession and student cards do not apply) click here for a list of approved cards
  • be wearing a shirt to be permitted to sit inside ferry cabins
  • drink in moderation and only consume alcohol which we supply to you on the vessel – not alcohol that you bring on board with you.
  • Car Hire note :
    - Baby seats/capsule & booster seats available (payable direct)
    - Drivers must be 21-79 years, full licence credit card scan & security deposit required
    - Driver must hold an open or international drivers’ licence
    - Insurance excess reduction available (payable direct)
    - Fuel not included
    - Upgrades to 4WD and larger vehicles are available at additional cost. Please enquire.
    - Full details including licence number, phone number, email, date of birth and local address (i.e. hotel/motel) are required to book vehicles on Magnetic Island. Bookings cannot be confirmed without these details. Guests will only be contacted on these details if absolutely necessary in relation to their vehicle hire.
    - Booking Conditions: On Request. Rates are based on entry level price for low-priced hire car. Different car hire category on request and the new fare will apply at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy

15% surcharge if change or cancel after order is placed. No refund if cancel within 30days.
Noticed: If you would like to cancel, please kindly email us to cancel the tour at least 2 business days prior to this cancellation period. Once cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 7-28 business days.
Cancellation notification needs to be formally replied receipt by us during our office hours as acknowledgement.

NOTE: FIT TRAVEL would adopt suppliers' cancellation policy. Cancellation fees, if any by the suppliers, will be charged according to the supppliers' cancellation policy ( FIT TRAVEL does not charge additional cancellation fees ).
With this specific product's cancellation policy, the suppliers reserve the right of final interpretation.
If your order only pays the deposit of a product: a, if the product has available seats on the departure date and price and contents are the same as the order you placed, the booking would be confirmed by us without additional notification to you, and the deposit is not refundable. b, if the product has no available seats or price or contents are not the same, we might provide alternative options. If you do not agree with the options, the deposit is refundable.


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