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How to Get to Magnetic Island by Car Hire

the beautiful magnificent island in australia

Useful information on Magnetic Island

boat on the beach of magnetic island
Known as the only island on the North Queensland Coast having a charming mix of untouched National Park and with over 20 stunning beaches, Magnetic Island has a resident population of about 2,500 and an array of beautiful holiday resorts. 

Situated only 8 km offshore from Townsville, this paradise island is in a rain shadow which makes it the sunniest city on the Queensland coast.  It averages over 320 days of sunshine per year.

More than half of the Island is covered in National Park, with Mt.Cook in the centre rising to 497 metres. There are also 24 kilometres of walking track through the park with many breathtaking lookouts. Furthermore, the park is a perfect sanctuary for wildlife, including koalas, rock wallabies, and a broad range of bird-life.

There are plenty of exciting things and fun activities to do on the island both for young and old. These include swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing, as well as hiking. If you are looking for some adventure and relaxation, 'Maggie' is the right place for you.

Transportation options to Magnetic Island

Travelling to Magnetic Island is easy. If you are confused how to get there, or where it is, make sure to check out our transportation options below.

Curving road along sea in Magnetic Island inAustralia

By Air

Only 35 minutes to Magnetic Island, you can fly to Townsville with any one of the major carriers such as Jetstar, Qantas,  or Virgin direct from any major Australian capital cities as well as some regional centres. Some smaller air operators also service Townsville from Mt Isa and regional centres. The Townsville Airport is only 10 minutes to Townsville CBD and the ferry terminals. 

By Car

Approximately half way between Mackay and Cairns. Townsville is considered Queensland's second capital. The area is the perfect pit stop in tropical North Queensland for a holiday,

Drive and explore the beautiful Magnetic Island in style by hire car or your own transport.

If you are in Townsville, one option is through Fantasea Cruising Magnetic, which operates daily, all year round to Magnetic Island. Check out their official website for the schedule and rates.