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 two little resorts very close to our workshop venue.
The first one is simple but clean budget accommodation for around $ 170 a week (!) per room. Contact the owner Anton on 0423 608 734 for to book (limited number of rooms).
The second option is a bit more upmarket with 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, rates will be updated soon on this website, or please contact Dave or Michelle 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
There are two supermarkets on the island, however, if you don’t want to self-cater, our venue, the Picnic Bay Hotel, is offering a great food deal for lunches and dinners for $199 for the whole week. Please book directly through them, the menu is found below (subject to change due to seasonal availability):