Magnetic Island Visitor Information

Magnetic Island is made up of a number of residential and holiday-rental villages and bays. This short break-down of the Magnetic Island villages should help in working out where to explore on your next visit to the tropical island.

Picnic Bay

Refers to both a bay in the south of Magnetic Island (offshore from Townsville in Queensland, Australia) and the island's main town., Picnic Bay was, until recently, the landing site for ferry services from the mainland. Today ferries arrive at the new terminal in nearby Nelly Bay. The town of Picnic Bay features an open-air shopping complex, The Picnic Bay Mall, and a patrolled beach along the waterfront. The town also hosts the Magnetic Island Golf Course and the Magnetic Island Police Station.

Nelly Bay

Nelly Bay is a village of Magnetic Island and a suburb of the City of Townsville, Australia. Nelly Bay is considered the main Bay and Village of Magnetic Island as the village consists of the Magnetic Harbour precinct which accommodates the island's new Ferry and Barge Terminal. New arrivals travelling to Magnetic Island by ferry or barge from Townsville will arrive here, a spectacular first impression.


With a more residential focus, around 97% of the dwellings are houses or units, Arcadia is also home to Alma Bay and Geoffrey Bay, the Island's best known beaches. The suburb is also home to Centaur Guest House, a World War 2 house built in memory of the hospital ship Centaur. It is also includes the famous Turnbull mansion which was built in the early 1900's.

Horseshoe Bay

Considered the islands main tourist strip, Horseshoe Bay is the best place to get into the waters and explore the fantastic snorkelling, fishing and water sports opportunities. From Horseshoe Bay, visitors can also try bush to beach horse-riding or hop on a jet ski in the calm waters. The crystal waters and mild weather also present a great backdrop for a quiet picnic or waterfront dining.

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