Picnic Bay has great accommodation options in this quiet and picturesque island village.

Couples looking for a private escape on Magnetic Island will find relaxation at the Reflections Villas on the Picnic Bay foreshore. Families will enjoy the beachfront properties Beached on Magnetic, Shipwreck Sands, Magnetic Daze and Picnic Beach'scape. Nobby Headland offers exclusive properties overlooking the bay in an exclusive location with Headland House, Driftwood, Tranquility Base, The Pavilions and Headland Hideaway. The Picnic Bay Apartments, Sail Rock Apartments and Serenity on Magnetic offer fantastic accommodation options for those on a budget.

Picnic Bay was once the main hub of Magnetic Island with ferries from Townsville docking at the now Historic Picnic Bay Jetty. These days Picnic Bay is a more relaxed, quieter area for visitors to enjoy. The Picnic Bay Mall has become the home of 'Little Italy' with a popular Italian restaurant, cafe and tapas bar. The jetty is a great location to try your luck at fishing or to simply sit and watch the sun set while taking in the views of the Townsville coastline in the distance. For golfing enthusiasts a round at the iconic Magnetic Island Country Club is a must.

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Take either the Sealink or Magnetic Island Ferries from Townsville’s Breakwater Ferry Terminal to the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal or Magnetic Island, (every 25 minutes). Upon arrival, take the 250 bus line from Kelly Street at Warboys Street to Granite Street at Picnic Street, (every hour) Alternatively you can take a car hire and drive to Picnic Bay, amenities, tourist attractions and Picnic Bay accommodation yourself. 

From fishing, swimming and snorkelling in crystal clear waters, fine Italian dining, catching the sunset on Picnic Bay’s idyllic jetty, enjoying picnics along the coastline, taking a trip to the local crafts centre to enjoying a game of golf, Picnic Bay is the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. Picnic Bay is also home to an array of iconic Australian wildlife. If you’re lucky, you’ll see lively wallabies and koalas to tropical fish and turles. 

If you’re planning on staying several nights on this island paradise, Picnic Bay accommodation is top class! Contact one of our friendly staff for the latest deals on air bnb’s, rental villas, communal apartments and more! Let us find accommodation that suits you!

Picnic Bay is located south of Magnetic Island, off the city of Townsville, QLD.

Unfortunately there are no caves located at Picnic Bay, however, there are plenty of rock formations and crevices to explore north of Magnetic Island. Take a day trip to Horseshoe Bay and enjoy its many bushwalks. Here, you can explore “The Labyrinth”. Like it’s name, this stunning network of caves and passages that take on a whole new meaning of 3-dimensional exploration.

When it comes to fishing, Picnic Bay is an angler’s dream! Picnic Bay Jetty and Middle Reef (southernmost reef) are some of the best game fishing locations on Magnetic Island. Fishing boats are available for hire via our website, and if required, boat ramps are located in the Picnic, Nelly and Horseshoe Bays. Contact us for more information.