Magnetic Island Tour: Maggie Comprehensive

Magnetic Island Tour: Maggie Comprehensive

5 hours Nelly Bay, Australia

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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 5 hour 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. After an hours free time in Horseshoe bay for lunch you will head back to the Ferry terminal in time for the 3pm Ferry departure.
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Stop At: Magnetic Island Marina, 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: Magnetic Island History and Craft Centre, 15/11 Granite St, Picnic Bay QLD 4819, Australia

Closed Tuesdays and between Australia Day to Easter.

Set in the heritage listed Picnic Bay School and historic Butler Hut, the centre operates a museum and sells locally made craft and historical publications. The museum shows island history through permanent displays and varying annual exhibitions.

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Optional stop where we will discover its story and how it was saved from demolition, and take in the beautiful surrounds

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Leaving the early settlers behind we retrace our steps back to Nelly Bay where there will be an opportunity for a short toilet and coffee break. 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: 10 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: 20 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 an hour’s 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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Aquasearch, 6-10 Elena St Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819 Australia

After lunch you will return to the Ferry, giving you the chance to catch those incredible views once more. This time though we will head through the back of Arcadia, along pretty Hayles avenue with a short stop at Aquasearch Aquarium ($3 entry fee, cash only) where we will try and find Nemo and Dory and chat about our Giant Clams, before heading back to the Ferry Terminal in time to meet the 3pm depature to Townsville.

Duration: 20 minutes


  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel / Accommodation pick-up on Magnetic Island


  • Ferry tickets to and from Magnetic Island.
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Aquasearch Aquarium entrance fees (AUD3 cash only for over 5's)
  • Hotel / Accommodation pick-up on the mainland
  • Entry/Admission - Aquasearch

Departure Point

Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal Stop 1, Nelly Bay QLD 4819, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Outside front reception


  • Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 17 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Accredited COVID Clean Practicing Business Vehicle cleaned and disinfected after every tour


6 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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Mahbubur Rahman July 2021

It was a fantastic experience with the trips provided by bus service. The guide is experienced and shared valuable information about the spots visited. We managed to cover most of the attractative spots of magnetic island. I recommend this tour anyone planning to explore magnetic island.

Tim July 2021

Our guide Neil was very knowledgeable and we learned many interesting facts about the island and it's history.
He is definitely a cut above the rest as far as tour guides are concerned and had the weather programmed so that it rained while we were on the bus and dry when we were walking around.
The small number of people on the tour (15?) also added to the enjoyment.
Seeing the butterflies in the bush at the end of the tour was an absolute highlight.
Thank you very much.

Cheryl L June 2021

The rock wallabies, butterflies, golden orb spider and the beautiful scenery. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable

Yvonne May 2021

Fantastic day with a really friendly tour guide
Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
So much to see and do on magnetic island
Something for everyone
Loved seing and learning all anout the local fauna and flora

Julie E December 2019

Neil is a brilliant tour guide of Maggie Island. He loves the island and it shows .He was very informative,knowledgeable,funny and easy going. Sit back and relax in his A/C bus and enjoy the gorgeous view. Great value for money. Would definitely recommend this tour A+

Sripriya S January 2019

The guide was amazing. It was a wonderful experience to go around the island. Beautiful place to visit.

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

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