Getting There & Away
SeaLink runs an excellent ferry service to Magnetic Island from Townsville (return adult/child including all-day bus pass $33/16.50, 25 minutes). There's roughly one trip per hour between 5.30am and 11.30pm. All ferries arrive and depart Magnetic Island from the terminal at Nelly Bay.
Magnetic Island Ferries operates a car ferry crossing eight times daily (seven on weekends) from the south side of Townsville's Ross Creek to Magnetic Island (35 minutes). It costs $226 (return) for a car and up to three passengers, and $28/16 (adult/child return) for foot passengers only. Bookings are essential and bicycles are transported free.