Magnetic Island Afternoon Tour

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3 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


A mature and highly-regarded local guide will provide friendly, entertaining commentary on hundreds of topics covering birds and wildlife, trees, geology, history and folklore on your tour of the scenic roads and byways of the beautiful Magnetic Island. Departing Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal you'll visit all the major sights, including one or two secret spots some locals don't even know about.


  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Pilgrim Magnetic Island, 123 Sooning St, Nelly Bay QLD 4819, Australia

After boarding the bus at Nelly Bay terminal you will meet your friendly local guide who will escort you throughout the day. Our guides are all locals, with a depth of knowledge about life on the island.

After a brief introduction you will make your way through Nelly Bay to the western side of the island. On the way you’ll get some background facts on the island and an introduction to the geography and fauna.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Good Ju Ju's Lookout, Nelly Bay Rd, Picnic Bay QLD 4819, Australia

Admire the breathtaking views over Cleveland Bay as your guide explains the island's geography and its relation to Townsville.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Magnetic Island Country Club, 2 Hurst St, Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819 Australia

Pass by one of Greg Norman's favourite holes of golf on the planet

Stop At: Cockle Bay Drive, Cockle Bay Dr, West Point 4819, Australia

Visit Cockle Bay to learn about the early settlers, the wreck of the SS City of Adelaide and some of our local bush tucker

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Picnic Bay Jetty, Picnic Bay QLD 4819, Australia

Visit Cockle Bay and Picnic Bay. Disover the history of the Heritage Listed Picnic Bay Jetty. Take a walk along its length and admire the views towards the mainland.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Pilgrim Magnetic Island, 123 Sooning St, Nelly Bay QLD 4819, Australia

Leaving the early settlers behind we retrace our steps back to Nelly Bay. Afterwards, the bus will make its way over Arcadia hill where you will be rewarded with stunning views across Cleveland Bay towards the Coral sea

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Geoffrey Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland Australia

No visit to the Maggie would be complete without a stop at Geoffrey Bay to see if you can find some of our extremely cute Allied Rock Wallabies. These wallabies are found only in Northern Queensland between Townsville and the Burdekin River.

Geoffrey Bay is also an opportunity to get out of the bus and get up close and personal with our incredible rock formations.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Horseshoe Bay Beach, 1 Pacific Dr, Horseshoe Bay QLD 4819, Australia

Climbing the long steep hill towards Horseshoe Bay you will get some breathtaking views across the island. You will then head down the other side into the old farming precinct before we stop for some free time in Horseshoe Bay where a variety of food is available.

During the winter when the butterflies are around we will definitely visit the Butterfly forest for a short bush walk. Its an experience not to be missed and great balm for the soul.

Horseshoe Bay also offers year round swimming with a safe swimming enclosure in place during the summer months. An excellent place to cool off if you bring your swimmers.

You can choose to leave the tour here and stay for dinner in one of the local cafe's or restaurants. Alternatively you can return with the bus to Nelly Bay Ferry terminal or your accommodation.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Nelly Bay, Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland

Return to the Ferry

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional information

  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
October 2023

Very informative, interesting and fun. Neil was great to chat with and knew everything about the island, we learned so much more than we would have by just touring around ourselves. The wallabies and seeing some local hawk species were a great highlight. The bus was clean and well maintained. Ove...

September 2023

Interesting info. Opportunities to hop off the bus and explore a little. Recommend to do this tour early in your stay. Tour guide told some stories which attached meaning to the experiences.

September 2022

Neil arrived in a small van shortly before our 3pm tour. Since pickup is right outside of the Nell Bay ferry terminal, some people stepped off the 2:15pm ferry from Townsville and were right on time. Neil was our guide for the almost 3 hour tour. Instead of an hour at Horseshoe Bay we spent less ...

Jenner S
September 2022

Much fun was had touring the island and visiting the bays. Fun and knowledgeable guide, everyone loved seeing the rock wallabies and getting up close to feed them! Local history was so interesting, amazing little island, highly recommend!

September 2022

The tour was perfect as we only had limited time on the island and it was a great way to experience the island and learn & see as much as we could in our limited time on Magnetic Island. The guide was very informative and it was an enjoyable afternoon.

September 2022

This is a must when visiting Magnetic Island.! Neil was entertaining and gave us an excellent history lesson of the the island. I would absolutely recommend this tour. We had limited time so we took the shorter afternoon tour but didn’t feel that we missed anything by doing so.

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