Find the best place to stay — Magnetic Island

Where to stay around Magnetic Island?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 332 vacation rentals near Magnetic Island. From 178 apartments to 113 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Magnetic Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Magnetic Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Magnetic Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Oceania: 60,899 vacation rentals
  • Great Barrier Reef: 2,310 vacation rentals
  • South Pacific: 61,320 vacation rentals
  • Townsville Region: 333 vacation rentals
  • Townsville City: 316 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Magnetic Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Magnetic Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Magnetic Island:

  • Townsville City: 316 rentals
  • Townsville: 335 rentals
  • Picnic Bay: 329 rentals
  • Horseshoe Bay: 308 rentals
  • South Townsville: 332 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Magnetic Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Magnetic Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Australian Institute of Marine Science: 328 rentals
  • Horseshoe Bay Beach: 333 rentals
  • Magnetic Island Golf Course: 334 rentals
  • Townsville Palmetum: 333 rentals
  • Radical Bay: 333 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Magnetic Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Immerse yourself in Magnetic Island's natural beauty

Located a stone's throw from Townsville, Magnetic Island is fringed by aquamarine waters and silvery eucalypt forests. It's home to a welcoming community of locals who live and breathe the laid-back lifestyle and Magnetic Island vacation rentals offer the chance to exchange smiles with your neighbors and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the island. Sitting within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, opportunities for snorkeling and diving abound, while for those keen to enjoy the stunning scenery on land there are countless walking trails, winding through the surrounding forests to explore.

Beach hopping on Magnetic Island

It's hard to resist the call of Magnetic Island's stunning beaches. There are more than 20 tempting stretches of sand to explore, dotted with giant granite boulders, lush pines and dusky-green gum trees. Seeking a place to sleep just a footstep from the sand? With their ocean views and secluded settings, Magnetic Island vacation rentals offer a tropical dream come true. Horseshoe Bay is the heart and soul of Magnetic Island's buzzing social scene. It's brimming with trendy cafes, breezy brunch spots and vibrant bars and seafood restaurants. You'll also find a lively scene in neighboring towns such as Picnic Bay and Nelly Bay.

Cuddling koalas on Magnetic Island

If cuddling a koala is on your wish list head to Bungalow Bay Koala Wildlife Park for the chance to learn more about the loveable marsupials and chat to the resident rangers. For those feeling brave, there are opportunities to go face to face with saltwater crocodiles, pythons and other native wildlife. Scuba divers will jump at the chance to explore SS Yongala, considered one of Australia's top wreck dives, while for those not certified the Magnetic Island Snorkel Trail showcases a wonderland of tropical fish and colorful coral gardens.

Tropical winters on Magnetic Island

Thanks to its renowned climate, Magnetic Island is an all-season destination for sun seekers. That said, the island is at its busiest during the winter months when temperatures hover around the 80s. Planning a sun-drenched getaway? From romantic retreats to family-sized villas, Magnetic Island vacation rentals make it easy to slip into island time. There's a higher chance of rain during spring, when Queensland's tropical climate starts to show its colors, while summer can become humid and there is the risk of the occasional tropical downpour. Stingers often venture into the waters around the Great Barrier Reef which means swimmers and divers will need to wear a protective suit or stick to swimming enclosures that can be found in destinations such as Horseshoe Bay.

Sea turtles on Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island National Park occupies more than half the island and is laced with 15 miles of walking tracks. Keep an eye out for koalas dozing in the trees and rock wallabies bounding beneath the canopy. The island is a sanctuary for native Australian birds, including cockatoos, kookaburras, rosellas and lorikeets and more, while hundreds of sea turtles flock to Magnetic Island during the summer months to nest on its secluded beaches. Life on Magnetic Island revolves around the waters and no visit would be complete without making a splash in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.