travel, meals and beds
Island, venue and how to get there
Magnetic Island is just a 20 min. ferry ride off the coast of Townsville in the dry tropics of North Queensland within the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area. The permanent population is just over 2000 but it is a popular visitor destination. So it offers all necessary facilities and shops.
While you are here you can take advantage of many of the attractions the Island has to offer: magnificent walks with wide ocean vistas; the huge variety of beaches from the safe family playfulness of Alma Bay to the eye-popping crystalline beauty of Florence Bay; scuba diving at Arcadia; and horse-riding, sea kayaking and other water sports at Horseshoe Bay.
Passenger ferries run between the Island and Townsville up to 18 times a day and the car ferry or ‘barge’ runs 8 times a day. There is a regular bus service on the Island connecting the ferry terminal with the other ‘bays’ and there are four taxis on the Island. Townsville airport is served by Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin direct to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Gold Coast and Canberra as well as to regional centers. There is a regular shuttle bus operating between the airport and the Breakwater ferry terminal.
Music on Magnetic is held in and around the Picnic Bay Hotel, which has recently undergone major renovations. The convention room and the beautiful outdoor entertainment areas provide the perfect tropical setting for both our workshops and evening entertainment.
The Hotel sits right on the beautifully landscaped beachfront, a magnificent backdrop for our activities with the newly renovated old jetty as a focus point and added attraction. There is a bus stop right in front of the Hotel and a whole array of affordable accommodation very close by.
We arranged special deals with three little resorts very close to our workshop venue.
The first one is simple but clean budget accommodation for around $ 200 a week (!) per room. Contact the owner Anton on 07 4758 1616 or 0447 581 613 to book (limited number of rooms). Visit them online at http://cstay.com.au.
A second option is also just up the road from the venue and consist of two-bedroom units with kitchen and bathroom plus sofa-bed and can sleep between 2 and 6 people. The special Music on Magnetic rate is $ 550 for the week. The place is called Serenity and run by Moira and Jeremy, who have been taken part in a number of Music on Magnetic festivals themselves. Contact Moira for more information and bookings on firstname.lastname@example.org , and hurry, there are only 2 of these units available!
A third and similarly more upmarket option also has rooms that sleep between 2 and 4 people and are fully contained with a well-equipped kitchen and bathroom. The cost is a flat rate per week for our customers only, so contact Dave or Michelle for prices and make sure you mention that you are Music on Magnetic customers.
The web link is: http://www.accommodation-magnetic-island.com.au
But there is a lot else available in May on the island as it’s low season. For finding a house to share we recommend you contact First National Real Estate:
There also is camping available on the island, albeit not in Picnic Bay, but with a direct and regular bus service to it.
And some more links to affordable accommodation:
If you are looking for somebody to share with, we recommend to go to our public “Music on Magnetic friends” facebook page and put the word out: http://www.facebook.com/groups/116560471713558/?fref=ts
Picnic Bay Hotel, is offering 10% off their regular menu (drinks not included). We will also endeavour to find some similar deals for M on M customers in other food outlets on the island (will be announced at the orientation session). There are two supermarkets on the island if you would like to self-cater.