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Magnetic Island holiday houses

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Magnetic Island is a 25-minute ferry ride from Townsville. Situated within Australia's popular Great Barrier Reef, you may expect to pay dearly to stay in an island resort, but Magnetic Island offers an alternative accommodation solution.

It is the only Great Barrier Reef Island with a wide range of accommodation and holiday houses. Renting a holiday house or apartment means you pay one amount for the entire accommodation and the per person price can be pleasantly surprising.

This is an experience unique to Magnetic Island. Unlike the other islands in the area, such as Hamilton, Daydream and Lizard, on Magnetic you are able to rent your very own home away from home. Having your own kitchen and laundry cuts down on some of those holiday costs.

There are numerous properties available for rent. Select whether you'd prefer an apartment or house and preferred location, and a website does the rest, providing you with a list to choose from.

Calypso holiday house at Arcadia Bay is a great option for families. It is fully equipped, has two bedrooms and is just minutes from the beach.

For a more luxurious option, Magnitude apartment is on the waterfront at Nelly Bay. It has all modern conveniences and a private plunge pool.

Check Magnetic Island First National's website regularly for daily "Featured Places" as well as the "Last Minute Specials", which make it even easier to snap up a bargain.


Eight kilometres off the coast of Townsville, North Queensland.


Calypso starts at $875 a week and sleeps four. Magnitude Apartments start at $2450 a week and are suitable for up to six.

Virgin Blue has flights to Townsville.

One-way fares from;

  • Brisbane, $135
  • Sydney, $149
  • Melbourne, $209
  • Adelaide, $280
  • Perth, $310
  • Darwin, $315

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at August 16, 2007 and are subject to change.

For more information

Magnetic Island First National
21 Marine Parade, Arcadia
Magnetic Island 4819
Ph: (07) 4778 5077
Fax: (07) 4778 5244

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

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