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Townsville-Nelly Bay


Destination(s) 🇦🇺 Australia
Sailings Up to 25 times per day
Distance 11 km, 7 miles
Duration 20 Minutes, 40 minutes
Operated by Magnetic Island Ferries, SeaLink AUS
2p+Car+Return in our estimation AUD 220

The ferry from Townsville to Nelly Bay operated by Sealink and Magnetic Island Ferries takes about 25 minutes to reach Nelly Bay. Everything you need to know about this ferry line.

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Nelly Bay Jetty

Ferry to Nelly Bay and Townsville

Two ferry companies operate on the Townsville-Nelly Bay crossing. Sealink sails in 20 minutes to Nelly Bay and Magnetic Island ferries make the crossing in 40 minutes. Magnetic Island ferries is also a ferry for cars, while Sealink can only take foot passengers.

  • The distance between Townsville and Nelly Bay is approximately 11 km.
  • During Peak season, you can choose from about 25 departures.
  • Tickets to Nellybay can be booked at a ferry comparison website
  • Minimal fare for Townsville-Nelly Bay: AUD $16
  • The average ticket price you can expect with a car and 2 persons is AUD $220 for a return ticket

Route Map

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Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

The ferry between Townsville and Nelly Bay is currently operated by: Magnetic Island Ferries and SeaLink AUS.

How long does the Townsville-Nelly Bay crossing take?

The travel time of the Townsville-Nelly Bay ferry is around: 25 Minutes. Please arrive early at the harbour and calculate extra time for check-in and boarding if necessary. How long in advance you need to be present is usually communicated on your ticket or on the website of the ferry operator you sail with.

How often does the Townsville-Nelly Bay ferry sail?

You can usually take the ferry from Townsville to Nelly Bay (or the ferry from Nelly Bay to Townsville) Up to 22 Times per day. Depending on the season, the number of people on the ferry and the weather forecast, the ferry company can deviate from the timetable/ferry schedule.

What is the distance between Townsville and Nelly Bay?

The distance between Townsville and Nelly Bay is approximately 7 miles or 11 km.