Getting to Magnetic Island
- Seelink makes the most and fastest crossings. thanks to a fast passenger catamaran, the crossing takes just 20 minutes.
- Magnetic Island Ferries sails with a ferry that can also be used by cars in about 40 minutes to Magnetic Island.
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Map with crossings to Magnetic Island
The map shows the route from Townsville to Nellybay. Both ferries operate on this route.
Thanks to Sealink, Magnetic Island is pretty easy and fast to reach. This ferry sails in only 20 minutes to the Nelly Bay Terminal. Since passengers are asked to be present at least 20 minutes before departure, the total travel time will be around 40 to 60 minutes.
It is possible to buy a ticket on the spot but we always advise people to buy a ticket online before departure. This ensures that you have a place on the boat. In addition, it often happens that ticket prices rise as the ferry becomes fully booked.
The Sealink ferry to Magnetic Island is a passenger-only service. You can leave your car at a parking lot. This does cost a bit: around 9 AUD.
Magnetic Island ferries
Taking a car to Magnetic Island can be quite useful for those who want to take a lot of luggage to the island. In addition, the island itself is easy to explore by car. Magnetic Island Ferries offers a number of spaces for the car on board.
The associated rates are of course higher than the prices for foot passengers, but because the people in the car do not have to pay extra, it is not too bad. Prices for cars depend on season and vehicle length, but you should think about $220-$296
About Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island, or ‘Maggie', is a popular island destination in Australia. The island has many beaches and there is a large national park in the middle of the island. In addition to the beautiful beaches, there are many hiking opportunities.
There is a road along the coastline that is easily accessible by car. Therefore, travellers often take the car with them on the ferry to the island.
Frequently Asked Questions
The cheapest ticket to Magnetic Island is an online ticket from magneticislandferries.com.au. A one-way journey is AUD $16. The costs for a return ticket are $32. The Sealink ferry is faster but also a bit more expensive. The ferry costs $20.50 (one way) and $39 (return).
- Sealink ferry: 20 minutes.
- Magnetic Island ferry 90 minutes