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Magnetic Island Half Day Guided Bus Tour From $85

Experience an unforgettable exploration of Magnetic Island, beautifully nestled within the Great Barrier Reef. With this epic half day guided bus tour, expect an extraordinary expedition unveiling the island’s highlights and hidden gems.

As you adventure through winding roads leading you to paradise, immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Magnetic Island. Take in Geoffrey Bay’s mesmerising backdrop, and hike the famous Forts Walk, with unbeatable landscapes surrounding you. With an expert local guide by your side, take in the tales of the island’s geography, nature, and captivating history, making this tour a wonderfully educational excursion too.

Magnetic Island is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream, so you can delight in the chance to encounter koalas, wallabies, incredible bird species and even butterflies in the epic butterfly forest. Enjoy some free time relaxing at the beloved Horseshoe Bay, indulging in some culinary delights. Lounge on the beach surrounded by palm trees and serene waters, island style. We know you’ll leave feeling enriched with knowledge and a profound appreciation for Magnetic Island unparalleled natural beauty.

This is a half day tour and is perfect for anyone only spending the day on Magnetic Island. You can also plan it into your overnight Magnetic Island escape to make the most of your time on this beautiful island.

Trip Intinerary

Magnetic Island Bus Tour Itinerary

Whether you’ve stayed the night on Magnetic Island already, or you’re coming straight from Townsville on the Sealink Ferry, your adventure begins at Nelly Bay Ferry terminal. Meet your guide and head to your first stop, Rocky Bay, for a great view of the stunning island.

Next explore Cockle Bay and Picnic Bay, and learn a bit of the island’s rich history and unique geography as you visit the local museum. Then, head up Arcadia Hill and take in the breathtaking views of Cleveland Bay and the Coral Sea.

It’s time to go wildlife spotting, as you discover Geoffrey Bay’s incredible rock formations. Learn about the reef research and keep your eyes peeled for friendly Rock Wallabies that roam the area.

Then enjoy some leisure time at Horseshoe Bay, where you can grab some lunch at one of the hip cafes. Lounge on the beach or go swimming in the bay, surrounded by swaying palm trees.

After lunch, head to the Butterfly Forest for a short bush walk and spot beautifully coloured butterflies landing on the trees around you.

If you like, you can add on a visit to the Aquasearch Aquarium for an extra $3, to learn more about the local marine life, including Dr. Rick Braley’s work with Giant Clams.

Finally, finish up back in Nelly Bay, to either return to Townsville or wander back to your accommodation after an enriching day out.

Inclusions & Extras


  • Transport in an air conditioned minibus
  • Maximum 16 passengers
  • Free bottled water available on the bus
  • One awesome Tour Guide

Not Included

  • Lunch and morning tea
  • Entry to Aquasearch Aquarium – $3 per person (Cash only).

What to Bring

  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Spending money (some venues are cash only)
  • A sense of adventure
  • $3 cash for entry to Aquasearch Aquarium

Pick Ups & Departures

Amaroo on Mandalay
Arcadia Village Motel
CSTAY Picnic Bay
Island Leisure Resort
Island Palms Resort
Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal
Tropical Palms Resort & 4WD Hire

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Sealink Magnetic Island Terms & Conditions

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds will be processed according to the following time frames:
Cancellations within 1 Day of the start date incur a 100.00% fee.
Between 1 Day and 2 Days incur a 50.00% fee.
Between 2 Days and 365 Days incur a 0.00% fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?

All bookings must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.

What should I do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.

Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?

Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.

What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?

If you need help with an existing booking please email us at [email protected], if your enquiry is urgent please follow up your email with a quick call on +61 2 5633 1149 so we can help you.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

World Nomads travel insurance policies offer coverage for more than 150 activities. Get a quote, make a claim, or buy or extend your policy while on the road.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

How do I know if my trip is BYO?

Most tour vouchers will specify if your trip is BYO however we recommend asking your tour provider if your trip is BYO when you reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior to departure.

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