Magnetic Island is just offshore from the city of Townsville, Queensland. Magnetic Island is accessible from Townsville to Nelly Bay by ferry operated by Sunferries or one's car can be transported via fantaSea. There is a large national park and bird sanctuary and excellent walking tracks can be taken between the populated bays and to a number of tourist destinations such as the World War II forts.
Magnetic Island has long become established as a holiday destination with many hotels and several resorts in operation to cater for all levels of service. Aboriginal middens and cave drawings can still be found in a number of bays around Magnetic Island.
Magnetic Island's neighboring islands include: Acheron Island, Brisk Island, Fly Island, Havannah Island, Herald Island, Rattlesnake Island, Palm Island.