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Magnetic Island Vacation 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 vacation 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 kilometers) 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 meters). 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 accommodations 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.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Magnetic Island?

A: Many travellers seek out apartments in Magnetic Island. Having said that, there are lots of other options. Private holiday homes, condos and villas are the next most commonly booked hotel types.

Q: What does a holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Flights, hotels, cars — and activities and experiences. Expedia has everything you need for a perfect holiday. Pick one of these options or lock in one of our great travel packages. You've got the flexibility and freedom to customize your escape exactly the way you want it.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Magnetic Island?

A: One of the easiest ways to save dollars is to bundle everything with the help of Expedia. Hotels, Flights and Car Rentals can be combined into a package deal — doing this will save you precious time as well. Keep this in mind before you make your booking.




Magnetic Island Flight Deals

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Top Magnetic Island Hotel & Accommodation Deals

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Peppers Blue on Blue AU$161
Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2020
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Peppers Blue on Blue

Peppers Blue on Blue

123 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay, QLD
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great location, amenities are plentiful, clean throughout and solid buffet breakfast included. Excellent point to explore Magnetic Island from.

    Island Leisure Resort AU$199
    Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020
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    Island Leisure Resort

    Island Leisure Resort

    6 Kelly Street, Nelly Bay, QLD
       
      4.6 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The property met our needs and our budget. We were quite satisfied with both the property and the services.

      Arcadia Village Motel AU$145
      Reviewed on 2 Feb. 2020
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      Arcadia Village Motel

      Arcadia Village Motel

      7 Marine Parade, Arcadia Bay, Arcadia, QLD
         
        4.4 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Good location on the waterfront with bay views. Access to shops, variety of food outlets, close to bus transport and outdoor activities close by.

        Bungalow Bay Koala Village - Hostel
        Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2019
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        Bungalow Bay Koala Village - Hostel

        Bungalow Bay Koala Village - Hostel

        40 Horseshoe Bay Road, Horseshoe Bay, QLD
           
          4.3 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Amazing stay at koala bungalows. Great central location for the island. The bungalows were great, wallaby’s wandering around too. Kitchen was really good as were all amenities. We also visited the sanctuary and held a koala. This is a must. Would definitely recommend a stay here

          Arcadia Beach Guest House AU$78
          Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2019
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          Arcadia Beach Guest House

          Arcadia Beach Guest House

          27 Marine Parade, Arcadia, QLD
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This is a great place to stay. I have been a Townsville resident for many years and have only just discovered it. I will be back again for weekend breaks. I an and his staff are great hosts. Jim Monaghan

            True North Bed & Breakfast AU$179
            Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020
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            True North Bed & Breakfast

            True North Bed & Breakfast

            48 Horseshoe Bay Rd, Horseshoe Bay, QLD
               
              4.7 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Management were helpful and friendly during our stay. Condidering the circumstances with the co-vid19 ongoing closures and concerns for small business. We would love to return. All yhe best.

              Tropical Palms AU$140
              Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019
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              Tropical Palms

              Tropical Palms

              34 Picnic Street, Magnetic Island, Picnic Bay, QLD
                 
                4.6 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Large, clean rooms. Very friendly and helpful staff. Nice small pool.

                Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island
                Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2019
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                Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island

                Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island

                146 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay, QLD
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  We got the apartment overlooking the pool on the same level as the pool. There is no privacy and people in the pool are 2 metres away. Luckily we were able to change rooms otherwise it would have been terrible. The room was amazing and so was the bath.

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