Car hire is readily available through the major companies in most cities within Australia. Thus, you may hire a vehicle and drive to Townsville, putting your hire vehicle on our Magnetic Island Ferries barge for direct service to Nelly Bay. Another option is to travel as a passenger on the ferry, then hire a car upon arrival on Magnetic Island. Car hire is available at affordable rates for the day or for longer periods of time. Vehicles are late model, automatic, and air-conditioned.

Independent Rentals ( or 1800 678 843) have agreements in place so that hire cars can be taken safely across on the ferry. Thrifty Car Rentals also allow vehicles to travel to Magnetic Island ( or 1300 367 227). Please check your terms and conditions of car hire for more information.

Hiring a car to explore Magnetic Island offers you immense flexibility to enjoy all that the island has to offer. Keep your own schedule, and take in whatever strikes your fancy. Discover a hidden beach cove, snorkel, lounge in the sun, shop, dine, and more.