Townsville Islands & Reefs
Townsville in Queensland's tropical north is one of Australia's gateways to the Great Barrier Reef. From this sunny port city, you can explore all of the spectacles this wonder of the world offers.
A 20-minute ride on the Magnetic Island ferry will take you to another embarkation point for many a dive trip. Magnetic Island off Townsville has gorgeous, isolated beaches and is a tranquil, naturally beautiful location.
Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island is a great spot for snorkelling and exploring some of the island's shipwrecks. Sunferries, Magnetic Island, operates diving and snorkelling trips departing from both Townsville and the island.
There are a number of reefs accessible from Townsville that promise to impress even the most jaded of divers.
One of the best dives in the area is the wreck of the Yongala. Here you can see not only the beauty of the reef, but also an historic wreck, complete with artefacts.
Townsville, Australia is home to some of the country's most beautiful Islands.
Hinchinbrook Island, just north of Townsville is a world-renowned nature reserve and home to the protected dugong. Camping is by permit only.
Orpheus Island is located north-east from Townsville is well know for its luxury and simple pleasures. Part of a National Park, Orpheus Island is an exclusive retreat offering premium service and total seclusion.
Bedarra Island, a little further north, can be accessed by ferry from Mission Beach. This island is home to an exclusive resort, frequented by the rich and famous and is for small numbers of guests with large wallets.
Nearby Dunk Island is more family-friendly, having a resort, camping grounds and national park located within its shores. It is also so close to Mission Beach you would swear you could swim there yourself!