Magnetic Island Ferries
Magnetic Island Ferries
4.5
6:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
6:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
6:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
6:45 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
6:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:45 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Magnetic Island Ferries delivers you and your vehicle to and from Magnetic Island in comfort. Explore at your own pace with regular daily departures from Townsville and Magnetic Island. Visit beautiful Magnetic Island with one of Australia's leading marine tourism operator. Magnetic Island is an adventure seekers dream, whilst also being as laid back as it gets, boasting some of the most secluded beaches in Australia. Located just 8kms from Townsville, our ferry barge can get you and/or your vehicle to Magnetic Island in just 40 minutes! Perfect for a day trip or an extended stay. Taking your car certainly means you will be able to see more and make the most of your time to do as much, or as little, as you want. With over 40kms of road, including some challenging 4×4 tracks, you will spend endless hours exploring this tropical playground.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Srini R
Cleveland, Ohio4 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
went in 2022. We enjoyed the trip and the close encounters w the Wallabies. good place to visit if you can find the time. we drove down here.
Written 5 February 2024
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Raewyn K
Raglan, New Zealand4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Magnetic Ferries website was easy to navigate and book. The staff in charge of passengers were friendly and efficient when boarding and disembarking the vessel. They were running to schedule both of the times we used them.
Written 28 September 2023
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Janeane1965
Melbourne, Australia548 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This company was excellent to deal with and offer’s discount for Emergency Services and Military. Be sure to book well in advance. A quick 40 minute sail to an extraordinary island. What a gem this island is. Simply stunning. We only had time for a day visit but will definitely return to stay a couple of nights.
Written 27 August 2023
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Amy R
Esk, Australia116 contributions
July 2023 • Solo
Super easy to book and find the place, both trips I took with them they always left right on time. You can stay in your vehicle or head up top or inside on the way over.
Written 4 August 2023
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Ahoy Amy and thank you for leaving a review and rating. We love knowing our customers enjoyed taking their car with us, and found the process easy and convenient. Walk on passengers are also welcome, with our secure car park conveniently located on site. You can take your car to Magnetic Island, or if you have previously organised car hire on Magnetic Island, it's easy to travel as a passenger. Hope to see you again soon. Warm regards, Christina
Written 14 August 2023
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ianhillard
Snowtown, Australia106 contributions
June 2023 • Couples
These guys were great, on time and full of helpful information for first time travellers. Crossing was smooth and without delay, lots of families on board
Written 30 June 2023
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Ahoy Ian and thank you for your review. We love what we do, and knowing our customers have enjoyed the experience with us makes it all worthwhile. Looking forward to seeing you onboard next time! Kind Regards, Christina
Written 14 August 2023
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Lori N
Townsville, Australia4 contributions
May 2023
Yet another amazing trip over to Magnetic Island with Magnetic Island Ferries. So convenient to take the car.
Written 14 May 2023
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Thank you for your review Lori, we appreciate you taking the time to help our future customers make a choice. hope to see you onboard again soon. Kindly, Christina
Written 14 August 2023
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Sofie O
5 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
I booked this for my trip to Maggie as I thought this was the only one that went, however turns out there’s another that is much better/ faster (SeaLink). There is no way to get to this ferry with a bus, (you can take the bus to SeaLink) to this you need to take a car/ Uber/taxi. So if you’re a traveler without a car, don’t do the same mistake as me and several other I spoke to, don’t book this one but the SeaLink boat!!. Hope this helps people like me
Written 27 November 2022
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Hi Sofie, thank you for taking the time to provide this review. You are right, there are two ferry companies servicing Magnetic Island, offering a different service, depending on needs. We, Magnetic Island Ferries, transport vehicles and/or passengers, with our Townsville terminal located in Ross Street, South Townsville. The closest public bus stop is 700m away, on Palmer Street. Those with a vehicle but travelling as walk on passengers with us to Magnetic Island, we have a secure Carpark on site, from just $5 per day. We welcome anyone to travel with us as ‘walk-on’ passengers, with our journey at 40 minutes to Magnetic Island, arriving into Nelly Bay terminal. Ride share services and taxi’s are another option for transport to our terminal. Trust this helps clarify further. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, enjoyable and efficient service, that hopefully you can experience one day. Kindly,
Written 27 November 2022
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Ivan R
Melbourne, Australia1,308 contributions
Nov 2022
have used ferries around the world and have to say this one is not cheap, not sure how locals afford it, makes Melbourne road tolls look. Pleasant trip well organised just felt very expensive.
Written 20 November 2022
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Thank you for providing this feedback, and allowing us an opportunity to improve. We acknowledge there is a need and expectation from our customers to provide cost-effective options, which we willingly provide, as we do not receive government subsidies, being a family owned business. Our Off-peak services, referred to as our ‘Seymour Sale’, offer a reduced rate. In addition, our concessional rate applies to Australian Seniors Card Holders, Pensioner Concession Card holders, as well as specialised service personnel. Further information can be found on our website at: https://magneticislandferries.com.au/prices-fares/
Written 28 November 2022
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Liz W
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Great customer service & a fabulous day out on this ferry service. I was impressed by the friendly helpful nature of their staff from my ticket purchase at the terminal, onboard the ferry to purchase a hot drink to departure and return ferry trip.
Lovely day out for anyone who hasn't experienced this very personalised ferry service. I really enjoyed the trip with magnetic Island Ferries & would fully recommend this ferry service to visit Magnetic Island. The islands local bus service was really fabulous and so handy too to go tour over the island!
Great vibes & 10/10 for these services.
Sadly I can't say I had the same good vibe & review for SeaLink customer service when I phoned for some information!
The lady was blunt, disinterested & rude!
So it put me off booking with them!
Written 11 November 2022
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Exploration800325
Brisbane, Australia16 contributions
Oct 2022
The Magnetic Island Ferry operates a drive on barge from South Townsville. They have a secure carpark where you can leave your car overnight or longer, or just for the day.

The staff are extremely pleasant and helpful.

The crossing to the island is longer at 40 minutes compared tro 25 minutes on the regular ferry but there is an air conditioned area where you can order drinks and eats. This makes for a very pleasant, leisurely journey.
Written 27 October 2022
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