Return Ferry Townsville and Magnetic Island

Explore the quickest way to get from the mainland to all of the magic Magnetic Island has to offer
Townsville, Australia
20 Minutes
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Not included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Vaccination Required
Vaccination Required
What's Included

  • Get up to $10 cash back per person when you book with us
  • Return ticket between Townsville and Magnetic Island aboard the ferry
  • Make the most of your day with the ferry ride taking just 20 minutes
  • Ticket valid for 1 month from the date of purchase
  • Access the natural beauty and serenity of an island paradise with a thriving community
  • See an array of unique wildlife and the region's largest colony of wild koalas
  • Explore over 20km of walking trails through the National Park
  • Back on the mainland, enjoy Townsville's vibrant-yet-relaxed North Queensland lifestyle
  • Explore the city centre with dining, accommodation, and shopping at your fingertips
  • Family package optional 
What to Expect

The quickest link between Townsville and Magnetic Island, this comfortable, 20-minute ferry ride is the perfect option for those looking to make the most out of their time in North Queensland.


With up to 17 round trip services per day and your ticket valid for 1 month from the date of purchase, this is perfect for those looking to spend a day - or longer - exploring Maggie Island.


Fast becoming one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations, this region of Queensland is rich in history and natural beauty, with Magnetic Island a unique tropical oasis away from the mainland.


Here, you can enjoy the serenity of an island paradise with a thriving community, that also acts as a haven for unique wildlife - including Northern Australia’s largest colony of wild koalas.


Guests can also use their time on the island to explore over 20km of walking trails through the National Park, or take a dip and discover the fringing coral reefs leading straight off one of the 23 bays and beaches.


Back on the mainland in Townsville, a vibrant and bustling community awaits.


After enjoying your time at Maggie, explore the city centre which is brimming with dining and shopping options, as well as popular attractions including the stunning Castle Hill.


You can also spend some time soaking up the sun along the beachfront promenade, The Strand.


Although they feel world's apart, make your next trip to North Queensland one to remember with a return ferry pass between Townsville and Magnetic Island, or, check out what else you can do while in the region, here.


Departure info:

We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to departure to allow sufficient time to redeem your online ticket purchase. Boarding commences 10 - 15 minutes prior to departure.


The Breakwater Terminal is open 7 days a week from 6am - 6pm.


The Nelly Bay Terminal is open 7 days a week from 8:20am - 4:25pm.


Ferry timetable: 


Frequently Asked Questions

There is car parking available at the Breakwater Terminal starting from $9.00 per day for a standard vehicle.

The car park has adequate lighting but is not fenced. Vehicles are left at their own risk.

Secure lock up parking is available at Metro Quays Car Park in Ogden St.

Sunbus conduct services from the city mall directly to our terminal which meet every day-time ferry.

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There are storage lockers (82.5cm long, 50cm wide, 60cm high) available for hire within the Breakwater Terminal. These lockers are only accessible between opening hours. Large lockers are $8 per 24hrs.

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Yes. Dogs must be muzzled and on a leash in the terminals and on board the vessels, or in a pet carrier.

Animals are not allowed on seats and must not obstruct passageways.

Assistance and service animals are exempt from muzzling, containment and seating restrictions.

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Yes! The supplier has taken all reasonable steps to ensure safe access to their vessels for customers who require wheelchair access.

All vessel gangways operating ferry services are a minimum of 890mm wide to allow access to most types of wheelchairs. Please note that all Cruise Ship Transfer gangways and some Charter gangways may not be wheelchair accessible (ie: 750 mm wide).

Disability toilets are located in both the Breakwater Ferry Terminal in Townsville and Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal on Magnetic Island.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable.

  • ID must be presented to staff to be eligible to receive Australian concession or Australian student rates, otherwise a full fare applies.

  • Lost tickets will not be reissued, including ferry and parking tickets.

  • Damaged or faded multiple trip tickets can only be reissued if the original is surrendered and the expiration date and number of trips remaining are still legible.

  • Multiple trip tickets will not be extended if circumstances are beyond the supplier's control, including but not limited to weather conditions, result in scheduled services being reduced or cancelled.

  • The supplier is not a common carrier and reserves the rights to refuse to carry any passenger, baggage or goods at its discretion.

  • As a passenger, you agree that you will accept the delivery of services from the supplier at your own risk. The supplier will not be liable for any loss or damage, howsoever or whatsoever caused, as a consequence or arising, indirectly or directly, out of the provisions of services to a passenger, including, loss and/or damage occasioned by the supplier and/or its agents and/or its employees negligence.

  • Ferry tickets are non-refundable and non-replaceable and staff reserve the right to refuse travel to any passenger with an invalid or illegible ticket.

  • See T&Cs for more info.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation of a booking of part thereof will incur the following fees:

-   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

  • If a scheduled ferry service in cancelled by the supplier due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances a transfer to another service or full refund will be offered.

  • A ‘no show’ will incur 100% penalty. No refunds are given on unused ferry tickets.

  • No refunds will be made for services not availed once travel has commenced. All refund claims must be made in writing. Please note operators reserve the right to charge cancellation fees in addition to the above.


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