15 Best Airbnb Magnetic Island Stays – Complete Guide

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Located just a short ferry ride from Townsville in Queensland, this picturesque island sits right in the Great Barrier Reef offering some of the best snorkeling and diving experiences as well as immaculate beaches surrounding the island, and epic viewpoints boasting spectacular sunsets and breath-taking views.

Safe to say, Magnetic Island is a must-see for anyone exploring North Queensland and wanting the idyllic island experience.

There’s a wide selection of choice when looking for Airbnb deals on the island, with some truly unique properties available if you are looking for something different than a standard hotel room.

I have put together this complete guide of the 15 Best Airbnb Magnetic Island Stays in each area to suit a luxury, mid-range, and budget price range.

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SEA GREEN

The Accommodation: 

The entire apartment is yours for the duration of your stay which runs off solar energy with an off-grid style living, built in a recycled shipping container. The unit has a TV, Fridge, microwave, and basic cooking facility with all the cutlery and crockery and running water with WiFi. The apartment has a built-in toilet and an outdoor private shower to adds to the outdoor living vibe of the accommodation. A truly unique Magnetic Island Airbnb.

Location:

Within walking distance of Nelly Bay.

The Rooms:

1 bedroom with a queen-size bed.

Recommended For:

Perfect Airbnb Magnetic Island for solo travelers or couples traveling together.

Price Per Night: $67

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – after 2:00 pm
  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • Smoking is allowed

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BUSH HUT

The Accommodation:

This entire bush hut is available joined by a large deck to a sister hut. Built in an original rustic style it comes with a basic kitchen and shared BBQ. There is also a shared pool and a nice big bath in the hut to soak in. The hut is open plan on the main floor with a queen-size bed and lounge/single bed. The bathroom features a bath with an overhead shower. There is a nice little reading nook and some books so you can relax in comfort. The deck that adjoins this and the beach hut is spacious with a table and chairs and two hammocks.

Location:

Located right on Nelly Bay, with a private track to the beach.

The Rooms:

1 bedroom with 3 beds.

Recommended For:

Solo, couple, or trios traveling together.

Price Per Night: $75

Things To Know:

  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • No parties or events
  • No pets

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TROPICAL ISLAND GETAWAY

The Accommodation: 

This entire cabin is available for your stay making this a fantastic Magnetic Island Airbnb. Located in a beautiful bush setting in a quiet neighborhood. This one bedroom cabin with a double bed and private bathroom has linen and towels provided. It also offers a large relaxing deck and access to a barbeque.

Location:

In the center of Nelly Bay, close to all local amenities and restaurants and within walking distance of the beach.

The Rooms:

One bedroom with a double bed.

Recommended For:

This is a fantastic Magnetic Island Airbnb for solo travelers or couples.

Price Per Night: $80

Things To Know:

  • Check-in: – after 12:00 pm
  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • No parties or events
  • No smoking
  • No pets

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SEAS THE DAY

The Accommodation:

This entire fully self-contained 2 bedroom unit comes with free WiFi and Netflix. The bedrooms have queen size beds with top quality linen and towels including beach towels. The master bedroom also comes with an ensuite. The accommodation has a front veranda overlooking the parkland with plenty of space to relax during your stay. The kitchen is well equipped with all utensils and crockery needed, including a coffee machine, washing machine, and Weber BBQ outside on the veranda.

Location:

Situated on a quiet road in Nelly Bay, you are in walking distance of the main street with bars and restaurants and close to the beach.

The Rooms:

2 bedrooms both equipped with queen-sized beds.

Recommended For:

This is the perfect Magnetic Island Airbnb for two couples traveling together or a small group.

Price Per Night: $110

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – after 12:00 pm
  • Check-out – 11:00 am
  • Self-check-in with key safe
  • No parties or events
  • Smoking is allowed
  • No pets

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ARCADIA VILLA

The Accommodation: 

This gorgeous self-contained guest cottage in Arcadia is close to restaurants, shops, and the beach. Arcadia Villa comes with great views of the National Park and is also right on a bus route. The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen plus a washing machine, queen-sized bedroom, and private bathroom. The cottage is non-smoking but provides an allocated smoking area and WiFi is also available. The villa is also equipped with two kayaks for guests’ use as well as a pool shared with the main house.

Location:

Arcadia Bay is situated in the middle of the bays and has 2 lovely safe beaches.

The Rooms:

One bedroom with a queen-size bed.

Recommended For:

This is one of the most gorgeous Airbnb Magnetic Island stays for couples or solo travelers.

Price Per Night: $87

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – after 3:00 pm
  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • Not suitable for children and infants
  • No parties or events
  • Smoking is allowed
  • No pets

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NELLY BAY APARTMENT

The Accommodation: 

This two-bedroom apartment is perfect for a romantic getaway. Just 100m from the ferry terminal and bus stop making it easy to get on or off the ferry without transport. One secure dedicated undercover parking spot is available with lift access directly from the car park to the apartment on the fourth floor if you do bring your car.

This apartment faces the beautiful coral sea with magnificent views of the night lights of Townsville. It has all the mod cons, 2 bathrooms and a separate bath newly furnished with full-size fridge and fully equipped kitchen, coffee pod machine, washer, dryer, and is fully air-conditioned. It is open plan with large sliding doors that fully open up onto the balcony and BBQ.

Location:

Located right on the waterfront in Nelly Bay offering panoramic views out across the water.

The Rooms:

Two-bedroom apartment with a king-size bed in one and queen-size in the other, both with private bathrooms.

Recommended For:

This is a fantastic Airbnb stay for couples, a small family, or a small group of friends.

Price Per Night: $200

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – 2:00 pm
  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • Self-check-in with key safe
  • No parties or events
  • No smoking
  • No pets

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WILDLIFE HAVEN

The Accommodation: 

This designer style apartment comes with an infinity pool and is surrounded by local wildlife. Just a five-minute walk to the ferry, supermarket, restaurants, and beach. Designed to capture tropical island breezes and encourage wildlife. The bathroom is equipped with a double spa bath, double shower, and separate toilet. This is a great Airbnb on Magnetic Island to consider.

Location:

Just 5 minutes from the ferry port in Nelly Bay.

The Rooms:

One bedroom with a double bed and bathroom.

Recommended For:

Wildlife Haven is the perfect Airbnb for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

Price Per Night: $65

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – Flexible
  • Check-out – 12:00 pm
  • Not suitable for children and infants
  • No parties or events
  • No smoking
  • No pets

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WILDLIFE HAVEN

 

THE BEACH HUT

The Accommodation: 

This rustic cabin is within walking distance of the beach and the ferry and is sandwiched between a habitat reserve and a marine park. The property has use of a shared pool. The Beach Hut has a private bathroom, fridge, kettle, microwave, toaster, and BBQ. Whilst staying you have exclusive use of the cabin which opens onto a deck that is shared with one other cabin (‘The Bush Hut’). The cabin has one queen-size bed, plus access to another single bed in a loft which is accessed via a ladder.

Location:

Situated in Nelly Bay, you are within walking distance to local shops, cafes, restaurants, and the beach.

The Rooms:

Studio apartment with open plan living with one queen size bed and one single bed.

Recommended For:

Perfect for couples or small groups traveling together.

Price Per Night: $75

Things To Know:

  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • No parties or events
  • Smoking is allowed
  • No pets

BOOK NOW → THE BEACH HUT

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MAGNETIC VILLA GETAWAY

The Accommodation:

This large, modern villa comes with a large air-conditioned bedroom and a private bathroom. One comfortable queen and one single bed with free WiFi. Guests have their own private kitchen and access to our gourmet kitchen if required. Guests are free to enjoy the massive back deck and sun lounges overlooking the pool, the BBQ as and also access to the pool and jacuzzi.

Location:

Within walking distance of the beach and all restaurants and shops in Picnic Bay.

The Rooms:

Shared sleeping with two single beds and two queen beds.

Recommended For:

This is a great Magnetic Island Airbnb for groups traveling together or for families.

Price Per Night: $69

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – 2:00 pm
  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • No parties or events
  • No smoking
  • No pets

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REFLECTIONS EMERALD VILLA

The Accommodation: 

This entire villa has been designed exclusively for couples to enjoy. This boutique group of 4 private villas enjoys views across Picnic Bay and the blue waters of the Coral Sea to the hills of Cape Cleveland. Guests enjoy private courtyards with large temperature-controlled plunge pools, king size bedroom suites, separate living pavilions, BBQs, and views across the bay.

Location:

Located right on the waterfront on Picnic Bay, you can enjoy gorgeous panoramic views out across the water. You are just a short walk from local shops, bars, and restaurants.

The Rooms:

One bedroom with a king-size bed and a private bathroom.

Recommended For:

This is the perfect Magnetic Island Airbnb for couples looking for that extra touch of luxury.

Price Per Night: $322

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – 2:00 pm
  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • Not suitable for children and infants
  • No parties or events
  • No smoking
  • No pets

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MAGNETIC SANDS

The Accommodation: 

This accommodation offers true beachfront townhouse living. Offering a private master bedroom with ensuite, spa bath, and private balcony within a shared townhouse with glorious views of Nelly Bay beach and the Coral Sea. There is a spacious living area downstairs along with a large front patio. Right on the beachfront with amazing views of the coral sea. Guests have access to the downstairs lounge room, fully equipped kitchen, laundry and private patio out the front. There is a swimming pool at the rear of the complex for guest use also.

Location:

Located right on Nelly Bay within walking distance of the beach, shops, and local amenities.

The Rooms:

This is a private room in a shared accommodation comprising of a king-sized bed and private bathroom.

Recommended For:

This is a great Airbnb stay for solo or couple travelers.

Price Per Night: $160

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – after 1:00 pm
  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • Not suitable for children and infants
  • No parties or events
  • Smoking is allowed
  • No pets

BOOK NOW → MAGNETIC SANDS

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THE ISLAND CABIN

The Accommodation: 

Situated in Nelly Bay, this comfortable Island Cabin and is under a 5-minute walk to the closest supermarket, chemist, and bottle shop in Nelly Bay. The ferry and barge are approximately 1 km away. The cabin sleeps up to 3 people with a queen bed and single bed provided in this fully air-conditioned unit. Guests will have access to a gas cooktop, microwave, toaster, television, kettle, fridge/freezer. The cabin also has a separate shower and toilet.

Location:

Located within walking distance of the beach, you are also close to all the local amenities that Nelly Bay has to offer.

The Rooms:

Offering two beds, one single and one double in a shared room along with a private bathroom.

Recommended For:

This is great for couples or friends traveling together.

Price Per Night: $80

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – 2:00 pm
  • Checkout – 10:00 am
  • Not suitable for children and infants
  • Self-check-in with smart lock
  • No smoking
  • No parties or events
  • No pets

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MAGNETIC BLUE

The Accommodation: 

This entire apartment is available located 100m from Alma Bay and Geoffrey Bay. Offering a queen bed and single bunk as well as a kitchenette and bush kitchen, bar-fridge, bathroom, and toilet. Set in a tropical garden, with a patio area to enjoy the outside living. The patio has a daybed, BBQ, and cooktop burner for outdoor cooking. In the room, there is air-conditioning and fans, your own TV, DVD player and range of DVDs.

Location:

Located in Arcadia, you are within walking distance of the beach and all local amenities.

The Rooms:

The accommodation has shared sleeping arrangements comprising of a queen bed, a bunk bed, a couch, and a cot.

Recommended For:

This is a great Magnetic Island Airbnb for families and friends traveling together.

Price Per Night: $68

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – 2:00 pm
  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • No parties or events
  • No smoking
  • No pets

BOOK NOW → MAGNETIC BLUE

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DANDALOO

The Accommodation: 

This self-contained cabin offers comfortable living for up to four guests in the center of Arcadia. With WiFi access and a comfortable seating area on the attached deck, this is a great place to relax. Guests have access to a shared pool and all units have a fully equipped kitchen and washing facilities.

Location:

Located in central Arcadia within walking distance of the beach, local shops, bars, and restaurants.

The Rooms:

Studio living for up to four guests with two double beds provided with a private bathroom.

Recommended For:

This is a lovely stay for small families or small groups traveling together.

Price Per Night: $120

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – after 1:00 pm
  • Check-out – 10:00 am

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MAGNETIC VILLA RETREAT

The Accommodation: 

This large, modern home with a magnificent deck level pool and jacuzzi overlooking the National Park and Townsville is just 200m from the beach. The private bedroom with ensuite has a super king-size bed and a single bed with a TV. The accommodation has a small separate kitchen with a refrigerator, toaster, and microwave.

Magnetic Villa Retreat is near the bus stop where you can catch a bus all over the island for $7 per day pass. Buses run regularly and are timed to meet the ferries and on-site parking is available. The owners offer are pick up and drop off at the ferry.

Location:

Just 200m from the beach in Picnic Bay you are also within walking distance of all local amenities making this a fantastic location on Magnetic Island.

The Rooms:

With one bedroom offering a double and single bed as well as a sofa bed, the villa also offers a private bathroom.

Recommended For:

This is a great place to stay for couples or small groups.

Price Per Night: $79

Things To Know:

  • Check-in – 2:00 pm
  • Check-out – 10:00 am
  • No parties or events
  • No smoking
  • No pets

BOOK NOW → MAGNETIC VILLA RETREAT

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MORE MAGNETIC ISLAND GUIDES

Once you’ve found your accommodation in Magnetic Island, be sure to check out my other guides below;

30 Awesome Things To Do On Magnetic Island

12 Best Magnetic Island Restaurants

7 Best Magnetic Island Tours

Magnetic Island Car Hire

 

HOW TO GET TO MAGNETIC ISLAND

The best way to reach the island from Townsville is with the Magnetic Island Ferry which takes just 25-minutes on the passenger ferry or 45-minutes on the car ferry.

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The Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal is located at Ross Street, South Townsville, and there are several ferries departing each day. It is possible to bring your own vehicle with you on the ferry as well, just be aware that pre-booking is essential to secure a spot for you and your car.

I have put together a separate guide that has everything you need to know about the Magnetic Island Ferry including prices, timetables, and terminal locations to help you plan your trip ahead of time.

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GETTING AROUND MAGNETIC ISLAND

Once you’ve made it to paradise and checked-in to your accommodation in Magnetic Island, you have multiple options on how to get around the island’s 40 kilometers of roads, including multiple fun 4×4 tracks waiting for you to play on.

Own car:

The first option you have is to bring your own vehicle with you on the Magnetic Island ferry. If you come for a couple of days or even weeks, this is definitely the cheapest option.

Bicycle:

You can bring your own bike on the ferry free of charge. Just keep in mind there are lots of hills on the island, so I wouldn’t recommend this during the summer months.

Rent a car:

Choose one of the many cars at Best of Magnetic Car Rental. Go topless in one of the island’s iconic Barbie cars or hire a 4×4 to take you safely down all the dirt roads to some of the more remote locations. Depending on the vehicle, rentals start at around $69 a day.

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Rent a scooter:

An easy and fun way to explore all of the best things to do on Magnetic Island is by scooter. Road Runner Scooter Hire offers a wide range of different single and dual seat scooters. Rates start at $40 per scooter per day.

Public bus:

Sunbus is the public bus service on Magnetic Island and has 29 bus stops located throughout the island. The service runs regularly and reliably from one end of the island to the other from morning till night.

The bus meets arriving visitors at the ferry terminal in Nelly Bay and stops conveniently near all of the accommodation points. You can purchase single, daily, and weekly tickets or purchase a ferry and bus package from the Breakwater Terminal in Townsville.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT MAGNETIC ISLAND

With its stable climate and pleasant day and night temperatures, Magnetic Island is enjoyable to visit all year round.

If I had to pick the best time of the year to visit and book your accommodation on Magnetic Island I would say during the dry season between May and November, just because the high humidity during summer months can be very tiring for visitors unaccustomed to a tropical climate.

Summer (November – March) is also the season for marine stingers, but be mindful and careful all year round. Horseshoe Bay and Picnic Bay are protected by a stinger net and you can and will be advised to hire stinger suits for when you go snorkeling or diving.

When hiking to more remote Magnetic Island beaches, take notice of any warning signs and ideally carry some vinegar with you to douse the sting.

February and March are usually the quietest months of the year on Magnetic island, while the months between June and October are the busiest, and prices of accommodation on Magnetic Island can vary.

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The coastline and hinterland areas along the east coast of Australia boast countless beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes, and many more fun-fuelled adventures waiting to be had!

This is what Australia is all about and what I love to share with you in my detailed destination guides.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about where to stay on Magnetic Island, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Travels!

Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

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