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New Listing, Private self contained 1 bedroom unit
Entire guest suite · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
New Listing, Private self contained 1 bedroom unitLocated on a no through road amidst tropical palms is our fully self contained 1 bedroom unit. Surrounded by native bush and wildlife you get to experience the real Maggie just 1km from the shops of Nelly Bay and a 2 minute walk to the bus stop. The unit is fully air conditioned or enjoy the fresh air and wildlife sounds by utilizing the ceiling fans. Share our large private pool with gorgeous tropical surrounds. Off street parking is provided and we can pick you up from the ferry on arrival.
Entire rental unit · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath
SEA-greenApartment offers a off grid living experience in luxurious setup. The unit is a great base from which to explore the wonders of Magnetic Island that offers! There is a bus stop right in front of the house, and only five minutes walk down to esplanade nelly bay beach! Apartment is self contained comfortable, clean and tidy. The wildlife you can view around Magnetic Island will make it a holiday to remember. I
MAGNETIC ISL•2bed2bath apt•Great Value•Great Views
Entire rental unit · 5 guests · 3 beds · 2 baths
MAGNETIC ISL•2bed2bath apt•Great Value•Great Views***Full refund if you cannot travel due to covid restrictions*** Free unlimited Wifi!! Newly furnished 2 bed 2 bath apartment at Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island. This apartment is perfect for families or 2 couples . This apartment, 1407, located at Bright Point is 100m from the ferry terminal and bus stop making it so easy to get on and off the ferry without transport. 1 x Secure undercover car park. A travel cot OR air mattress for 1 additional child is available on request at additional charge

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Popular amenities for Magnetic Island holiday rentals

  • Kitchen
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

Other great holiday rentals in Magnetic Island

  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Nelly Bay
'Sea's the day' 2mins to the beach
$100 AUD per night
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Horseshoe Bay
$280 AUD per night
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Horseshoe Bay
Heaven on Horseshoe, Large deck & lagoon pool
$280 AUD per night
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Nelly Bay
Panoramic Ocean Views 2 bed/2 bath Unit, Nelly Bay
$190 AUD per night
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Horseshoe Bay
Kismet Cottage
$170 AUD per night
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Picnic Bay
Luxurious Tropical House with Pool, close to beach
$300 AUD per night
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Horseshoe Bay
NEW! Maggie A-frame hideaway
$250 AUD per night
  1. Private room
  2. Nelly Bay
Magnetic Sands on the Beach
$110 AUD per night
  1. Entire cottage
  2. Horseshoe Bay
Moana Cottage
$175 AUD per night
  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Magnetic Island
"Magnetic Blue" self contained apt.
$71 AUD per night
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Nelly Bay
Marina View Nelly Bay Magnetic Island
$135 AUD per night
  1. Entire bungalow
  2. Arcadia
Arcadia Villa
$89 AUD per night

Your guide to Magnetic Island

Welcome to Magnetic Island

With gorgeous beaches, fringing coral reefs, and rugged bushland, Magnetic Island is a spectacular pocket of north Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. More than half of the island, located off the coast of Townsville, is a national park. The rest is given over to conservation parks, mangroves, and a handful of settlements.

The villages of Nelly Bay, where the ferry from Townsville docks, and Picnic Bay are at the southern end of the island. Then there’s Horseshoe Bay to the north and the hamlet of West Point to the west. On the coastline between these villages you’ll find scores of secluded beaches and reefs to explore with a snorkel and flippers or dive gear. Offshore you may see sea turtles and dugongs, which are drawn to the meadows of seagrass around the island. In the interior, there’s a network of walking tracks through the hoop pines and eucalyptus forests of Magnetic Island National Park, which is home to koalas, kookaburras, and rock wallabies, among many other native animals.

How do I get around Magnetic Island?

From Townsville Airport (TSV) you can take a taxi, rideshare, or shuttle service to the city’s Breakwater Terminal. From here it’s a 25-minute public ferry ride, or 20 minutes by catamaran, to Magnetic Island’s Nelly Bay. Once you’re on the island there are plenty of ways to get around if you don’t have a car. There are some taxis, and a bus runs all the way from Picnic Bay in the south to Horseshoe Bay in the north about once an hour during the day. You can also bring a bike on the ferry, and cover a lot of the island on foot if you’re a keen hiker. If you want to drive around the island, you can hire a car in Townsville and take it on the car ferry, which departs from a dock across the creek from Breakwater Terminal. The journey takes 40 minutes. Otherwise you can hire a car on the island.

When is the best time to stay in a holiday rental in Magnetic Island?

Magnetic Island is a little cooler than mainland Townsville, although not by much. Expect hot, humid days and warm nights from early spring, with high temperatures barely budging from October through to mid-autumn. The tropical island gets more than half its annual rainfall from January to March, with the wet season lingering until April. There are some netted beaches on Magnetic Island, but you’ll need a stinger suit to protect yourself from jellyfish between November and April if you’re venturing into the water. Visit the island in late autumn and winter and you’ll enjoy cool, dry weather for hiking. As a bonus the sea will still be warm, and you’ll be far less likely to encounter any marine stingers.

What are the top things to do in Magnetic Island?

Museum of Underwater Art’s Coral Greenhouse

One of the first two installations of Townsville’s Museum of Underwater Art, this steel sculpture of a greenhouse sits on the ocean floor at a nearby reef, slowly being colonised by sea life. Only five tour operators are licensed by the museum to offer diving trips to the Coral Greenhouse: two of these companies operate from Magnetic Island.

Snorkel trails

At Nelly Bay and Geoffrey Bay, on the eastern coast of the island, you can swim out to coral reefs and follow numbered floats along marked snorkel trails. Grab a waterproof swim card from any shop on the island so you can identify the corals and colourful fish you’ll encounter.

Hiking the national park

There’s a walking track to suit everyone on the island, from a short walk around Horseshoe Lagoon to the Picnic Bay to West Point Trail. The return journey to West Point along the wetlands and grasslands of the western side of the island takes around five hours.