Getting there & away
Sunferries (4771 3855; www.sunferries.com.au; return per person $26; 6.45am-7pm Mon-Fri, 7am-5.30pm Sat & Sun) operates a frequent passenger ferry from the Breakwater terminal on Sir Leslie Thiess Dr in Townsville (no forward bookings required; be there 30 minutes ahead of departure). There is car parking here ($5 per day).
The Magnetic Island Car Ferry (4772 5422; Ross St, South Townsville; from Magnetic Island 5.20am-6.55pm Mon-Fri, 7.10am-6.55pm Sat & Sun) does the crossing eight times each weekday and seven times on Saturday and Sunday from the south side of Ross Creek. It costs $144 (return) for a car and three passengers and $22 (return) for a passenger only. The ferry docks at Magnetic Harbour in Nelly Bay.