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Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

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Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

I will be staying on Hamilton island and need to get a ferry to Airlie beach to pick up a hire car. I then plan to drive to Townsville and get the ferry to Magnetic Island. My question is 'Is this possible in one day?'

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1. Re: Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

Yes but I would pre book everything so you know the times

Hamo to Airlie Book a ferry One hour

www.cruisewhitsundays.com.au

Airlie to Townsville

Town has a hertz and Europcar

Drive time to Townsville 3 to 4 hours

Townsville to Magnetic Island about 30 minutes www.sunferries.com.au/timetable.asp

You can take the car on the ferry.

Enjoy Skip

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2. Re: Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

I think Sunferries are passenger only and if you want to take your cat over you need to use a different company- and it takes about 1hr.

This site includes links to the passenger and vehicle ferry companies.

http://qldtaxi.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=106&Itemid=133

Unless it has changed in the last few years you have always had to travel on the vehicle ferry if you want to take your own car over.

It is more than possible to go from Hamilton Island to Magnetic Island in 1 day- just check the times for the car ferry and book in advance- especially in the school holidays.

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3. Re: Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

that should read car not cat. In fact I don't know if you can even take a cat (meow variety) over there now.

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4. Re: Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

You'll have a whole lot less hassles by catching a bus from Airlie to TSV which will drop you off about 500m from the Sunferry terminal. If you need a car on the island hire a moke. The bus takes about 6 hours and I think there are plenty of them - search "greyhound buses", etc.

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5. Re: Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

Many thanks. Very useful links.

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6. Re: Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

The car ferry leaves departs from Ross Street South Townsville approx 5mins from Jupiter Casino. The ferry has an easy ramp to drive onto and a small cafe for purchasing coffee or snacks whilst travelling over to Magnetic Island. Tickets can be purchased at the terminal or booking ahead is advisable. The ferry arrives at Nelly Bay.

www.fantaseamagnetic.com.au

PH: 617 47725422

Loading time is 20minutes prior to departure. For timetables go to website mentioned above.

To avoid disappointment book ahead.

Costs - Return fare AUD$123.00 (2007).

The ferry trip with car takes approx 45mins.

The passenger Sunferries ferry departs from Townsville to Magnetic Island (nelly Bay Wharf)on a regular daily basis. For timetables check the website. www.sunferries.com.au

The trip takes approx 20minutes. Ferries depart from Flinders Street Townsville.

Magnetic Island Bus Service meets every ferry, and offers unlimited day travel with commentary. The bus operates between Horseshoe Bay and Picnic Bay.

Cost of Ferry 2007.

Return / Single

Adult $23.00 $11.50

Another option is to catch the passenger ferry over to Magnetic Island and hop onto the Magnetic Island Bus Service which gives you a 3 hour bus tour around the island.

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7. Re: Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

Voyager...you have been given a lot of useful links and tips...

Just be aware that it will be a BIG day 6 hours there and back (just to Townsville)... 1 hour return on the ferry to Magnetic Island with another extra 2 hours on a ferry from Hamo to Airlie.. then getting a transfer into town to fill out the paper work for the car... returning the car and making the last ferry back to Hamo at around 5pm.

Myself personally would not try and attempt it in one day... I would stay on Maggie for the night to make the most of the island.

SB

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8. Re: Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

Hi Thanks for your post. What I didnt make clear was that it was one way. I plan to stay on Magnetic island for 2 nights then go on up the coast.It seems from all the comments and yours that it would be OK time wise and Ive got useful links to book the tickets.

Thanks again

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9. Re: Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

Hi Could I please ask you for more info about getting from Hamilton to the mainland.Where does the ferry go from on Hamilton? Where would it be best to pick up a hire car ie is Airlie Beach the best place?

Many thanks

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10. Re: Driving from Airlie beach to Townsville / Magnetic island

WhitsundaySkipper,

Still there?? I need some help. My husband and I (30 and 50yrs) would like to take the Magic in mid September. The Magic departs at 4pm from Airlee and our flight arrives at 1:30pm- Hamilton Island. The tour agent tells us we can make it to ship but I just want to be sure since she also told me that if we don't make it, we won't get a refund. We are considering flying in the day before but we would sacrifice a day in Sydney. I was wondering if you think we should NOT book anything and just see what ship we could get when we arrive? Or should we book another ship which leaves laterin the day? Or just go with the original plan(i.e. leave the airport and get directly to the ship)?

We chose the Magic because we heard that did get good reviews, and looked a bit more spacious then the others we looked at like the Anaconda III and the Kiana. And I must note that though we are DIVERS we would like to see as much as the islands as possible.

Thanks, jen