All the conveniences of the mainland can be found on the Magnetic Island while community retains its small island character.

Island facilities include:

  • Banking Services
  • Supermarkets
  • Newsagent
  • Bakery
  • Chemist
  • Video Hire
  • Bottle Shops
  • Massage Therapists
  • Doctors Surgery & Health Clinic
  • Ambulance Service
  • School and Daycare
  • Churches
  • Hair Dressers
  • Petrol Station
  • Post Office
  • Bus Service
  • Taxi Service


Call 000 for an emergency ambulance to be sent.

ATM’s may be found at: Picnic Bay Hotel, Arcadia Hotel, and Foodworks in Nelly Bay and Horseshoe Bay. EFTPOS may also be available at many island businesses.

Queensland Country Credit Union: At Nelly Bay Harbour shops (near the bakery).

The bakery in Nelly Bay is currently closed, however baked treats may be purchased at Arcadia Store, Foodworks Nelly Bay, IGA and many island cafes.

BBQ Areas
Public BBQ areas are located at Picnic Bay Jetty Park, Nelly Bay Esplanade, Alma Bay, and Horseshoe Bay.

Boat Ramps
Boat ramps may be found at:
• Picnic Bay
• Nelly Bay Harbour
• Horseshoe Bay

Bottle Shops
Bottle shops are located at:
• Picnic Bay Hotel
• Nelly Bay Bottle Shop (Next to Foodworks)
• Arcadia Hotel
• Marlin Bar (Horseshoe Bay)
Note: Opening times vary.

Located in the Nelly Bay Foodworks shopping centre.

Magnetic Island is home to five churches:
1.Anglican Church of Australia
Saint Margaret’s, Endeavour Rd, Arcadia – call 4772 1022

2. Baptist Church
25 Wansfell St, Picnic Bay – call 4778 5464

3. Catholic Church
Saint Joan Of Arc, Cook Rd, Arcadia – call 4771 4461

4. Magnetic Island Community Church
Shop 10 Picnic Bay Mall, Picnic Bay (opp. Cafe Sunbirdz)
Service 3pm each Sunday – call Alan on 0458 158 185

5. Uniting Church
Tunbridge St, Nelly Bay – call 4758 1205

Doctors and Medical Centres
There are three medical centres on Magnetic Island:
1. Horseshoe Bay Medical Centre
Pacific Drive, Horseshoe Bay – Call 4758 1888

2. Magnetic Island Medical Centre
68 Sooning St, Nelly Bay – Call 4778 5614

3. Magnetic Island Health Service Centre
76 Sooning St, Nelly Bay – Call 4778 5107

Fire Emergency
Call 000 for a fire or other emergency.

Health & Beauty
Magnetic Island has a large variety of health and beauty related businesses including beauticians and hairdressers, massage therapists, yoga practitioners, and holistic remedies.

Hospital (See Doctors and Medical Centres above)
Magnetic Island does not have its own hospital. The nearest is in Townsville, 8km across the water. In the case of dire situation, helicopter transport may be used.

Internet and Online Services
Magnetic Island has wide-ranging WiFi and internet coverage.

Wireless Hotspots can be found at:
• All Seasons Magnetic Island, Nelly Bay
• Arcadia Beach Guest House, Arcadia
• Arcadia Store, Arcadia
• Noodies On The Beach, Horseshoe Bay
• Sails On Horseshoe, Horseshoe Bay
• Shaws On The Shore, Horseshoe Bay
• Sunbirdz Café, Picnic Bay

Internet Cafes:
• All Seasons Magnetic Island, Nelly Bay
• Psst Hi Cafe, Nelly Bay
• Hotel Arcadia, Arcadia
• Noodies On The Beach, Horseshoe Bay
• Sails On Horseshoe, Horseshoe Bay
• Sunbirds Café, Picnic Bay

Mobile Library
The mobile library visits Magnetic Island every Tuesday as follows:

10 am – 11.45 am            Picnic Bay Mall
12.45 pm – 3.15 pm         Magnetic Island Primary School, Nelly Bay
3.30 pm – 6.30 pm           The Esplanade, Arcadia

Arcadia News is the main newsagency on the island and is located opposite Alma Bay Park in Arcadia.

Petrol/Fuel Stations
• Fish’n N Fuel’n, Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay
• Arcadia Store, Bright Ave, Arcadia

Poisons Information
Freecall 13 11 26

The island’s police station is located in Picnic Bay, although when unattended it diverts to Townsville. For non-emergencies call 4778 5270 Mon-Wed 9am to 12pm (call 000 all hours for an emergency).

Post Office
Located in the Nelly Bay Harbourside shopping centre, at the corner of Sooning Street and Mandalay Ave.

Primary School & Daycare
In Nelly Bay: Magnetic Island State School (primary level) is located on Mandalay Avenue. Magnetic Island Creche and Kindergarten is located on Sooning Street. Secondary and tertiary education is nearby in Townsville.

Supermarkets, Markets, and Fresh Produce
Magnetic Island has four full service supermarkets:
• IGA, Nelly Bay
• Foodworks, Nelly Bay
• Arcadia Store, Arcadia
• Foodworks Horseshoe Bay

There are also weekly open air markets around the island on Friday night and Sundays. Fresh produce is often sold by local growers in the park in Alma Bay on Saturday mornings.

Veterinary Surgery
Alison Bee is the island veterinary service provider and can be found at 3/36 Mandalay Ave in Nelly Bay. Please phone 4778 5977 for an appointment.

For additional information on retail outlets, services, and trades on the island, a copy of the Magnetic Island Telephone Directory is available at most retail outlets.