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Holidays in Magnetic Island

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Magnetic Island Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Magnetic Island hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

For more information about the impact of COVID-19 on your Magnetic Island trip, please visit our Coronavirus Information page.

Top Magnetic Island Flight & Hotel Packages

Madison Plaza Townsville
Secura Lifestyle The Lakes Townsville
Aquarius on the Beach
Rydges Southbank Townsville
The Robert Towns

2021 Magnetic Island holiday deals

Madison Plaza Townsville
Aquarius on the Beach
Rydges Southbank Townsville
Hotel Grand Chancellor Townsville
Q Express

Top hotels in Magnetic Island

Peppers Blue on Blue
Peppers Blue on Blue
4.5 out of 5
123 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay, QLD
The price is AU$161 per night from 1 Dec. to 2 Dec.
4.4/5Excellent! (606 reviews)

"Lovely spacious room Helpful staff The location was great beside Ferry Terminal, bus stop and IGA for supplies some cafes close by"…"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2020

Peppers Blue on Blue
Tropical Palms
Tropical Palms
3.5 out of 5
34 Picnic Street, Magnetic Island, Picnic Bay, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$141 per night from 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.
4.6/5Exceptional! (90 reviews)

"Fantastic place. The room is immaculate and the people really friendly"…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2020

Tropical Palms
Beachside Palms Unit 2
Beachside Palms Unit 2
Unit 2 The Esplanade, Nelly Bay, QLD
The price is AU$584 per night from 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
See you again soon

"Our experience with renting this property was easy and had no problems at all. Our family really enjoyed their experience on Magnetic Island. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb. 2020

Beachside Palms Unit 2
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top activities in Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island Holiday Packages

Stroll along a golden-sand beach, snorkel with a turtle, hike through a eucalypt forest and enjoy a drink beneath the palm trees on this enchanting hideaway just a short ferry ride from Townsville. Magnetic Island is an attractive combination of national park and small coastal villages. This pleasant holiday spot is nestled in Cleveland Bay, just off the coast of bustling Townsville.

Magnetic Island, or “Maggie” to the locals, is 12,627 acres (5,110 hectares) in size with more than half of the island covered by national park. The hilly island dotted with boulders is home to some 2,500 people and a wide variety of wildlife.

Take the ferry over to the island and marvel at the scenery during the cruise. Once you reach Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal at Nelly Bay , go your own way by renting a car or let someone else do all the driving by joining a guided tour. Walkers are easily catered for as well with over 15 miles (24 kilometres) of walking tracks mapped out in Magnetic Island National Park . Koalas and rock wallabies are commonly seen among the eucalyptus trees and granite boulders.

Make the most of the warm tropical weather by trying some watersports. Many exciting options are available, but snorkeling among the fringing coral reefs never gets old. Let the sun warm your skin to dry off while lazing on one of the many golden beaches, including those at Picnic Bay .

Challenge yourself to the Forts Walk on Mt Cook, which marks the island’s highest point at 1,630 feet (497 metres). The forts date back to World War II and, along with an interesting history, provide panoramic views over the island and Queensland coast.

After a day of activities, relax with a meal and drink at one of the many bars and restaurants around the island. Enjoy fresh local seafood with vegetables sourced from the rich agricultural areas on the mainland.

Choose from the wide range of accommodation options if you are able to stay the night. After sunset, listen for the mournful call of the curlew and point a torch up in the tree canopy to spot a brushtail possum out on its nightly forage.

Magnetic Island was named by explorer James Cook, who said it affected his compass. No proof of any such magnetic interference was ever found, however everyone who comes to Townsville will feel the pull of this irresistible island.

Frequently asked questions

How much does a Magnetic Island holiday package cost?
The most affordable Magnetic Island package is AU$348, so your dream escape can become a reality — without it costing a fortune. Combine flights, hotels, car rentals and more to customize a package that’s perfect for you.
If I'm not able to travel, can I cancel my Magnetic Island holiday package?
Plans can change unexpectedly, so yes. You may be able to change or cancel your Magnetic Island holiday package at no cost within 24 hours of booking. For bookings older than that, you can still make the necessary changes, but your car rental company, airline or hotel may impose a charge. Need more information? Have a look at our Customer Service Portal. We’re here to help make sure your trip goes off without a hitch.
How do I get a cheap travel package to Magnetic Island?
Lock in flights that suit your busy schedule, add a hotel to your booking and watch the savings stack up. It’s as easy as that! With a Magnetic Island holiday package, you can save as much as $200 on your next unforgettable escape. From flights and hotels to activities and rental cars, Expedia makes travelling cheaply a cinch. And with over 400 partner airlines and 1 000 000 hotel options worldwide to pick from, you won’t be short of choice.
When is the best time of year to visit Magnetic Island?
If keeping expenses to a minimum is your priority, is the best time to escape to Magnetic Island. is generally the priciest month, so you’ll need a bigger travel budget if you visit then. are the peak season months and when this destination is often at its best. Alternatively, consider if you’d prefer a quieter getaway.
How far in advance should I book my Magnetic Island holiday?
It’s always wise to book early. Airlines usually release flight tickets up to 12 months ahead of departure, and this is a perfect opportunity to score some of the cheapest prices. Boss just told you to take your holiday time next month? No sweat. Expedia are never short of fantastic bargains to send you off on the getaway of your dreams, at an affordable price.
What does an Expedia Magnetic Island travel package include?
With Expedia, you can choose any combination of hotels, car rentals and flights to build your perfect Magnetic Island package. Once you’ve made your booking, you can add on the fun stuff like tours and experiences. Don’t forget, the more you bundle, the more dollars you’ll save!
What should I know before booking a Magnetic Island travel package?
A travel package can be tailored to your budget and is a terrific way to make your budget go further. How little or much you include is completely up to you. Rental cars, hotels and flights — decide on a combination that suits your style.
Does Expedia offer Book Now, Pay Later Magnetic Island holiday packages?
Thanks to our partnership with online lender Affirm, those booking via Expedia can now pay in simple installments that won’t hurt your wallet. Book Now, Pay Later and begin your dream holiday today!
Can I choose my airline with a Magnetic Island Expedia holiday package?
Definitely. Expedia has more than 550 partner airlines to pick from globally. With such a big range of choice, finding the right carrier to whisk you away to Magnetic Island will be easy.