HOW TO GET TO MAGNETIC ISLAND
Getting here is easy - leaving is hard
Located only 8 kilometres from the city centre of Queensland’s northern capital Townsville, enjoy a 25 minute passenger ferry ride, or a 40 minute vehicle ride to where another world awaits.
The city of Townsville is well serviced with many daily flights connecting from cities throughout Australia. If you are travellingfrom overseas, you will need to take a domestic flight to Townsville (or if your entry point is Cairns, you may like to arrive by road,an enjoyable five hour drive).Townsville airport transfers can be made by airport shuttle bus, taxi or limousine. It is only a ten minute drive to the city and ferry terminals.
AIRPORT, HOTEL & FERRY DOOR TO DOOR SHUTTLE SERVICE
For a friendly, affordable and an efficient way to get to and from Townsville Airport and the ferry terminals, contact the team at Townsville Shuttle Services.
Please book online at least 3 hours in advance (otherwise give them a call on 0478 160 036) to allow for scheduling.
One Traveltrain operates through Townsville on the coastal route. This is the Spirit of Queensland, which operates five times weekly between Brisbane and Cairns. The Inlander runs twice weekly between Townsville and Mt Isa. All services have club car refreshment facilities. The railway station is right in the city centre and only a ten minute drive from the ferry terminals.
Follow the signs to the city centre. The Sealink passenger ferry terminal is situated on Ross Creek in Sir Leslie Thiess Drive near the Casino. The car and passenger ferry (Magnetic Island Ferries) is on the opposite bank of Ross Creek in Ross Street, South Townsville. If arriving from the south, the Port Access Road is the easiest route to the car ferry.
Two of Australia’s major roads converge in Townsville. The Bruce Highway follows the coast and the Flinders Highway runs inland through the outback. All major bus companies have multiple daily services. The bus transit centre is conveniently located at the Sealink ‘Breakwater’ ferry terminal.
Getting around Magnetic Island
Visit our Car Hire and Transport page for information on getting around Magnetic Island, including buses, maxi (taxi/booked hire) service, as well as car, scooter, and bike hire.