Considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland, the sprawling city of Townsville boasts a revitalized esplanade called The Strand, stunning views of Magnetic Island from Castle Hill, and a military fort overlooking Cleveland Bay. During this 2.5-hour sightseeing tour, travel to them all by air-conditioned minivan, making stops at viewpoints along the way to hear your guide’s commentary on Townsville's historical landmarks. Numbers are limited to 12 passengers for a small-group experience.
• 2.5 hours
Join a professional crew aboard a custom-built vessel for snorkeling, an introductory dive with an experienced instructor, or two certified dives in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This day trip takes you from Townsville or Magnetic Island to Lodestone Reef, where you get the chance to see reef fish, sea turtles, stingrays, reef sharks and more up close. Lunch as well as equipment are included.
• 9 hours
Magnetic Island is situated only 5 miles (8km) offshore from Townsville and is a quick and easy trip by ferry. This ferry service operates eight times a day for a 40-minute trip from Townsville to Magnetic Island. At the time of booking, please select your date of travel and ferry time for your one-way trip from Townsville to Magnetic Island. The date and time for your return journey can be booked when checking in for your outbound ferry in Townsville or once you are on Magnetic Island.
• 40 minutes
Magnetic Island is the perfect place to relax and unwind and with your own vehicle you will be able to explore Magnetic Island at your leisure. Magnetic Island is situated only 5 miles (8km) offshore from Townsville and is a quick and easy trip by ferry. Operating eight times a day this is the only car ferry available for the 40-minute trip from Townsville to Magnetic Island. At the time of booking, please select your date of travel and ferry time for your one-way trip from Townsville to Magnetic Island. The date and time for your return journey can be booked when checking in for your outbound ferry in Townsville or once you are on Magnetic Island.
• 40 minutes
Travel from Townsville to Magnetic Island in just 20 minutes aboard a high-speed catamaran. Choose from 18 departures per day to travel to this island paradise in the Great Barrier Reef, with extensive national parks and abundant wildlife. A large koala population has been making a comeback on the island and tropical waters teem with marine life. Amenities such as restaurants, spas, resort hotels and more provide options for those who like creature comforts as well. Stay for a day or longer with a round-trip ferry ticket that is valid for up to one month.
• 20 minutes
Jump on board a beautiful 58 foot yacht for gentle sail to one of Magnetic Island's secluded bays. Enjoy a swim or a snorkel or just relax while a delicious BBQ lunch is being prepared for you and only a few other guests.
• 3.5 hours
Experience Palm Island from the air and gain a true appreciation of its wonder and beauty. There will also be the chance to see all the beautiful sights of Magnetic Island and the sights of Townsville from the air.
• 1 hour
Enjoy a small-group sunset sailing cruise for a maximum of 6 people departing from Townsville. Set sail for a 2-hour sunset sail including a platter of food with drinks (non-alcoholic) included as you sit back and relax taking in the stunning views from the boat.
• 2 hours
Looking to explore Magnetic Island whilst learning to scuba dive? Choose this 3-day PADI open water course on Magnetic Island and you can visit paradise and learn to dive at the same time! During the course you will complete a number of pool and theory sessions before finishing off with 4 open water ocean dives. Upon completion you will be certified to dive anywhere in the world up to 18 meters deep.
• 3 days