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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: Most visitors choose to stay in apartments in Magnetic Island. But that doesn't mean you have to. You'll also find private holiday homes, condos and villas in abundance here, and they're all available on Expedia.

Q: What does a Magnetic Island holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: It comes down to what kind of break in Magnetic Island you want. Pick a hotel and flight, or hotel, flight and car, or car and hotel — or any of these by themselves. If you like, you can also add on some experiences and activities.

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

A: A holiday package takes the hassle out of travelling, and it can save you some serious dollars as well. Flights, Hotels, Activities, Rental Cars — Expedia has it all. Bundle the lot and start dreaming of what you'll be able to do with all your extra spending money.




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Top Magnetic Island Hotel & Accommodation Deals

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Peppers Blue on Blue AU$161
Reviewed on 4 Aug. 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

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

    Arcadia Village Motel AU$144
    Reviewed on 18 Mar. 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

      Excellent location close to all amenities and great little beach nearby. Host was wonderful and went out of her way to welcome and provide information. Early arrival was met with an early checkin which made for a full and great day

      Island Leisure Resort AU$199
      Reviewed on 9 Aug. 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

        Clean, quiet & well equipped, friendly staff and great location

        Arcadia Beach Guest House AU$73
        Reviewed on 27 Feb. 2020
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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

          Unreal location and really friendly staff! We stayed in the safari tent which was very nice and the bed was very comfy! Ian and Kev were class and gave us a lot of tips of what to do on the island!

          Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island
          Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2020
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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

            Was lovely location but the patio was covered in sand. Value for money though and nice private and secure location.

            Base Magnetic Island Hostel AU$141
            Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2019
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            Base Magnetic Island Hostel

            Base Magnetic Island Hostel

            1 Nelly Bay Road, Nelly Bay, QLD
               
              4.1 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The location of the hostel is right on the beach and easy to get to from the harbour. We stayed in a double room which was fine for a couple of nights. The evening entertainment is good and there is something on every night. Room was fine and what we expected, could have been a little cleaner but ...

              Bungalow Bay Koala Village - Hostel AU$89
              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

                Blue on Blue Superior Studio Room 1241
                Reviewed on 16 Dec. 2019
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                Blue on Blue Superior Studio Room 1241

                Blue on Blue Superior Studio Room 1241

                123 Sooning Street, Nelly Bay, QLD
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Good position, near Poland shops and ferry. Very hot balcony... with semi water views

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