Magnetic Island

Distance from Rollingstone Beach Front Resort:  via road to Townsville is 63 km > Magnetic Island Ferry is a 25 minute crossing

Magnetic Island is accessed via ferry from Townsville, approximately 25 minutes duration.  Magnetic Island is a relaxed tropical island with secluded beaches, rugged nature, abundant wildlife and stunning views whichever way you look.  It also has easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and is popular for snorkelling and diving.

Magnetic Island sits within the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, but the landscape here is different to the usual tropical rainforest found on many of the Great Barrier Reef islands. About 275 million years ago, nature’s forces created an extraordinary landscape of rocky terrain and giant boulders. Its climate is typical of the dry tropics and it is covered with eucalypt woodlands.

The traditional owners of Magnetic Island, the Wulgurukaba Aboriginal people, have inhabited the island for thousands of years. They call the island Yunbenun. Shell middens, stone tools and art sites are physical reminders of their strong connection with the island. Magnetic Island was named by James Cook in 1770 when the island appeared to affect the magnetic compass on his ship.


  • Follow the 1.2-kilometre (0.75-mile) Hawkings Track for views across the island
  • Relax on one of the 23 beaches on Magnetic Island
  • Snorkel just off the beach to see an array of tropical fish.
  • Dive the SS Yongala wreck
  • Take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Try beach fishing or a sea fishing tour

Getting there:

Magnetic Island Ferries depart from Townsville  regularly throughout the day.