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 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 of the dive tours operated in the region. Magnetic Island off of 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. Renowned, fully-licensed operators from Magnetic Island, run 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 a 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 known for its luxury and simple pleasures. As a listed 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 catered to a small number of guests with large wallets.

Nearby Dunk Island is more family-friendly with 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!

Bedarra Beach Orpheus Island Restaurant View Bedarra Resort Dunk Island Aerial Magnetic Island - Horseshoe Bay