Annual Magnetic Island Events


annualeventsRemember to check the What's On Calendar closer to the event date, for updates on all of these events:

Australia Day
Thursday 26 January 2017
Whether you're listening to the Triple J Top 100 countdown over a BBQ with friends, or wanting to head out, check the weekly What's On calendar for last minute listings and events celebrating Aus Day.

Fantasea Destination Adventure
Women's Mountain Bike Retreat
Tues 21 - Sun 24 February 2017
Get ready for the Fantasea Destination Adventure 'Magnetic Island Women's Mountain Bike Retreat'. The retreat includes mountain bike skills coaching, strength session, yoga, free diving, mobility workshop, informative semiar with all meals included. For more information check the daily What's On Calendar, closer to the event date.


Fantasea Destination Adventure
Mountain Bike Retreat

Thur 2 - Sun 5 March 2017

Sat 1 - Sun 2 April 2017

Ready for a dirty weekend? Adventurethon Magnetic Island has grown from 79 competitors in the first year to over 2000 competitors and has seen continual growth with more and more participants looking to join the fun and find out exactly how tough and dirty they are.

Adventurethon attracts competitors from all abilities and skill levels, from top athletes from around Australia like Jarad Kohlar (one of Australia's best Adventure racers, trail runners and paddling instructors), Guy Andrews (3 x Uncle Toby’s Ironman winner turned Adventure racer), John Jacoby (3 x World Multisport Champion) and internationals such as Sam Clark (professional adventure athlete), Jess Simson (professional adventure athlete) to mid-range competitors challenging themselves with new goals, to regular mums and dads having a go at their first off-road event and families getting outdoors together. Whatever the skill level or ability, there is an option to suit everyone.

Events include 'Ultra Adventurethon', 'Enduro Adventurethon', 'Dirty Endurance Duathon', 'Taste of Adventurethon' and 'Junior Adventurethon'. It's going to be BIG so check out the details today! For more information, or to register visit Adventurethon.

Easter Weekend
Friday 14 to Monday 17 April 2017

Easter is peak season on Magnetic Island, so book your accommodation early and settle in for a tropical island holiday. Check the weekly What's On calendar for last minute listings, live music and events, plus church services.

Fantasea Destination Adventure
Ocean Paddling Retreat with Clint Robinson

Thur 20 - Sun 23 April 2017

Tuesday 25 April 2017

The dawn ANZAC Day service on Magnetic Island can be a particularly moving ceremony of up to 1000 people. At 5am a pre-dawn start at the RSL leads a parade to Alma Park where the main ceremony is held. After the main ceremony participants usually venture back to the RSL Hall for a hearty breakfast. Check out the calendar for this year's event details.

Fantasea Destination Adventure
Trail Running Retreat with Melinda Gainsford Taylor

Thur 4 - Sun 7 May 2017

Music On Magnetic
(2017 date to be confirmed)

It's a week of fun and discovery in music and dance. The inaugural May 2010 camp was a huge success and included songwriting, world music choir, looping and improvising, flamenco dance, flamenco percussion, ensemble improvisation, Georgian vocal music, humarimba, Spanish guitar, Pushme Pullme dance and Reading Music Made Easy. Each year MOM has increased with interest and provided outstanding teachers combined with a friendly mix of willing pupils. Visit Music On Magnetic or
see the 2016 Music On Magnetic teachers to find out what's in store this year. Book early - spaces are limited!

NQ Home Brew Competition
(2017 date to be confirmed)
2013 was the inaugural NQ Home Brew Competition on the deck at Peppers Blue On Blue Magnetic Island. With prizes valued at over $5,000 plus raffles, tastings, expert judges and great food, it's bound to be another fun day 'on the deck', starting at 11am until 4pm. For more entry details on the 2016 NQHB, email Col Foley at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mother's Day Classic
(2017 date to be confirmed)
The Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) in Alma Bay, Magnetic Island raises money for breast cancer research, and is an easy
walk or run. This annual fundraising event has been held in major cities and regional areas across Australia since 1998, with local volunteer groups driving the regional events. The 2015 event will be Magnetic Islands first event, so lets make it a great one! Check the What's On calendar for event details.

NQ Ocean Paddle Series
- Race 3 Fantasea Horseshoe Gallop

(2017 date to be confirmed - mid to late May)
(Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island to Townsville)
The long course takes competitors on a wild journey from Horseshoe Bay, around tropical Magnetic Island ending in Townsville, landing at the Rockpool on The Strand. For more information, see the What's On calendar or visit NQ Ocean Paddle Series.

Two Bays Trail Run
(2017 date to be confirmed - mid to late May)

Long course: Approx. 20km
Short course: Approx. 10km. Start in Nelly Bay (next to the ferry terminal) and finish at Horseshoe Bay. More info at:

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
(2017 date to be confirmed)
If the Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation, then the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is the cuppa that stops an island. Magnetic Island's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea has been a long held tradition where local residents take a break to support the Cancer Council’s leading fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of it's kind in Australia. A day in the park full of great home-made entertainment, scones and tea. Check out the What's On calendar for this year's venue and times.

Magnetic Island Open Day
(2017 date to be confirmed - May/June)
There's a bunch of great activities for the whole family to enjoy across the island including FREE guided walks of The Forts by a local military historian, FREE guided wildlife walks, plus dining specials, live music, a jumping castle, self guided snorkel trail, island art exhibition and auction and much more. The weather is perfect too for one of our many bush and beach walks (1-3 hours). Check the daily What's On calender for more information and updates.

Fantasea Destination Adventure
Health Reset Week

Mon 5 - Sun 11 June 2017
(Also Mon 10 - Sun 16 July 2017)

World Oceans Day
(2017 date to be confirmed Queen's Birthday Holiday - Long weekend)
Magnetic Island celebrates World Oceans Day with a mix of fun family events, activities, a beach BBQ and live music at Base Magnetic Island in Nelly Bay - check the What's On calendar for details. Also check the calendar for last minute long weekend listings and events.

The Coral Coast Yacht Race & Rally
(2017 date to be confirmed - June)
Formerly known as the Dent To Dunk race, the race was renamed in 2012 and starts at Airlie Beach (Whitsundays) and finishes at Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island. The distance is approximately 130nm. For more information contact the Abel Point Yacht Club.

KiteFoil - SeaLink Boat vs Board Showdown
(2017 date to be confirmed - June/July)
The 1st annual SeaLink Boat vs Board Showdown from Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island to Townsville in 2014 included the current worlds best KiteFoil Boarders
in the fleet. Held during the KiteFoil Gold Cup Australia from September 25 to October 1 2014. See more on Instagram.

June (Winter) School Holidays
Sat 25 June - Sunday 10 July 2016 (QLD)

It's a busy time of year for Magnetic Island, but it's also a great time to get outdoors and enjoy your holidays by the sea. Check the weekly What's On calendar for last minute listings and events.
Just make sure you book your accommodation early, as this is peak season for the island.

Fantasea Destination Adventure
Yoga Tropical Island Holiday

Thurs 29 June 29 -  Sun 2 July 2017

Fantasea Destination Adventure
Health Reset Week

Mon 10 - Sun 16 July 2017

Battle The Barge
(2017 date to be confirmed)
(Townsville to Magnetic Island return)
Take on the Townsville Fantasea Barge as it takes off to Magnetic Island and back. Battle your way through Townsville's ocean waters and attempt to beat the Barge to the finish line. This race is filled with adrenalin and suspense as competitors give it all they got to prove man can overcome machine! See the What's On calendar or the NQ Ocean Paddle Series.

Fantasea Destination Adventure
Celebrate U Weekend

Thurs 3 - Sun 6 August 2017

Fantasea Destination Adventure
The Great Island Trek

Fri 25 - Sun 27 August 2017

Magnetic Island to Townsville Swim
(2017 date to be confirmed - August/September)
The Magnetic Island To Townsville Swim starts at the waters edge in front of the Picnic Bay SLSC Magnetic Island and finishes at water's edge in front of the SLSC Clubhouse on the Strand Beach adjacent to the Strand Park jetty in Townsville. The swim has been held almost every year since 1954. Over the years, the who's who of Australian swimming and surf-lifesaving have competed in the race. Over the past 60 years, the event has grown to become a very iconic event unique to Townsville. They encourage all capable swimmers to train hard, put in the distances and, have a go at conquering the waters of Cleveland Bay and, become a part of both Australian and World Swimming History. It doesn't matter whether you come first or last, it is about giving it your best shot.

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week
(2017 date to be confirmed - first weekend of September)
Sunferries (now SeaLink) Magnetic Island Race Week in 2009 was a huge success with plenty of great sailing, picture perfect weather and parties to be had with approximately 56 entries. 2011 grew with 86 entries and excellent sailing. The 2014 race starts on Thursday 28 August - Tuesday 2 September and looks to be even bigger with fun events for everyone to take part in! Check out all the info at
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.

Fantasea Destination Adventure
Steve Moneghetti Running Retreat

Thurs 7 - Sun 10 September 2017

MI Care Biennial Arts Show
(2017 date to be confirmed - September)
The Magnetic Island Care Biennial Art Exhibition is t
he island's largest art exhibition, and features a wide range of paintings, local hand crafts and sculpture at Arcadia Village Hotel in Alma Bay. All proceeds go to MI Care and it's support of our elders.

Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival
(2017 date to be confirmed)
It's a fantastic month that includes 50+ events including:

• Rotary Magnetic Island Beer Can Regatta
• Great Barrier Reef Film Festival (TBC)
• Morleys Spring Equinox Earth Fest

• Junior Fishing Competition
• Talk Like A Pirate Day
• Oktoberfest
• Bookfest
• Magnetic Island State School Fete
• MI Musos Youth Talent Quest

• Twin Peaks Challenge
• Photographic Competition
• The island-wide Festival Front Yard Fantasies Competition

• Sand Sculpture Competition
... writing workshops, ceramic workshops, live music, art exhibitions, environmental walks and talks, kids workshops, restaurant discounts and mega markets - you name it, the Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival has something for everyone. Plus extra mid-week kids activities during the school holidays! Just remember to book your accommodation early.

(2017 date to be confirmed - September)
Bag a bargain book or two at Bookfest. Kids or adults, fact or fiction, romance, biographies, reference, westerns, text books - loads of fun for all including trash and treasure, raffles, cake stalls, coffee shop, sausage sizzle and children's activities. Come along to C&K Magnetic Island Early Childhood Centre at 25 Nelly Bay Rd, Nelly Bay with all proceeds going to Magnetic Island Early Childhood Centre. Feel free to drop off books or donations before the Bookfest at the centre, or to book a stall contact Lana or Kirralea on 4758 1168.

Magnetic Island School Fete (Bi-annual)
(2017 date to be confirmed - September)
The Magnetic Island School Fete
is a fabulously fun day for the entire community. Locals support this bi-annual event with great gusto to make the day a success with live entertainment, great kids activities, market stalls, bargain buys, food stalls, plant sales, book sales and fun games - a definite 'must see' on the Magnetic Island calendar! The day is a major revenue builder for the Primary School.

Rotary Magnetic Island Beer Can Regatta
(2017 date to be confirmed - September)
The challenge is on! Warm up with giant bean bag races, try your strength at the kids tug of war, and then sit back and enjoy the fun of The Grand Challenge - the Beer Can Regatta.

Magnetic Island Wine Festival
(2017 date to be confirmed - September)
The 2010 inaugural Magnetic Island Wine Expo featured over 12 wine merchants and the opportunity to sample over 50 wines with live music plus lucky draws all afternoon! For a great afternoon head to the Water Garden Oasis as part of the Picnic Bay Hotel and sample a wide selection of wines while enjoying tropical views of Picnic Bay.

Spring Equinox Earth Fest & MI Musos Youth Talent Quest
(2017 date to be confirmed - September)
As part of the Magnetic Island Bay Dayz Festival, this fabulous day in Alma Park celebrates the world we live in with demos, workshops, markets and the Youth Talent Quest. Come along and enjoy the fun!

Best Of Magnetic Ocean Swim Classic
(2017 date to be confirmed - September)
With over $5,500 in prize money, this family friendly event includes swim and board races ranging from the 400m Splash For Cash race, to a 5km Ocean Swim race. Check the What's On calendar closer to the event date for more info, or check out/like the Best Of Magnetic Ocean Swim Classic Facebook page to stay in touch.

Mayhem On Maggie
(2017 date to be confirmed)
It's a massive night on Maggie and amateaur boxers clash at the Arcadia Village Hotel in a night of nights. We recommend that you book your accommodation early for this one! See the What's On event calendar for details closer to the date.

Great Tropical Jazz Party
(2017 date to be confirmed)
For 20 years the Great Tropical Jazz Party has been a highlight weekend of cool jazz, held beneath the palms on beautiful Magnetic Island, attracting visitors and jazz aficionados from all over the world. The 2016 Party will be one night only featuring an all start line-up of musicians from around Australia. For more information on the artists performing visit the  Magnetic Island Great Tropcial Jazz Party. Check out the What's On calendar for more details.

(2017 date to be confirmed - September)
The 2013 inauguaral Magnetic Island Oktoberfest was a huge success at Sandi's On Magnetic Island, in Horseshoe Bay and it's looking to be even bigger in 2015. With imported German beer, traditional Bavarian Brass Band music, beer wenches and lederhosen, Bavarian food specials including succulent 'spit roast' pig, beef roast, steaks, pretzels, pork belly, schnitzels, bratwurst and sauerkraut, you'll be set to enjoy another authentic Oktoberfest in 2015! 10am-late each day.

Townsville Road Runners, Magnetic Island Race
Four runs are set by the Townsville Road Runners, but it is possible to take sections of any of the runs to create your own.
More info at:
Townsville Road Runners

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Labour Day (Long Weekend)
Monday 5 October 2017

Check the daily What's On calendar for all of this long weekend's events and activities close to the event date.

Townsville Road Runners Magnetic Island Run
The Magnetic Island run starts from the Nelly Bay terminal after the 7.05am ferry from Townsville arrives (at about 7.30am).
This event consists of any one of four runs, all finishing at Horseshoe Bay, where there will be tea / coffee etc. There is no timing or placings for this event. Register on the day at the start.

Melbourne Cup on Magnetic Island
Tuesday 7 November 2017

It's the race that stops the nation, (and Magnetic Island), and one of the best places to be is the Picnic Bay Hotel. Big screens, HEAPS of atmosphere, and the only place on the island to place your bets. So head to Picnic Bay to catch Melbourne Cup fever.
9.00am: TAB help desk and R&R Restaurant open.
10am: Sports bar opens.
Fashion on the field prizes and live
music. Come dressed for race day!

Schoolies Week (QLD)
Saturday 19 - Saturday 26 November 2016
Unlike many other southern centres, schoolies week on Magnetic Island is a much safer and quieter celebration.
The island offers schoolies the opportunity to get out on the water or stroll it's many beaches during the day before enjoying nights out with friends. Additional activites and police and support are scheduled for the island during Schoolies Week. Visit or for more information.

Carols By Candelight on Magnetic Island
Mid Dec 2016

With lots of popular carols for everyone to join in singing, Magnetic Island Carols By Candelight are
held on from 7.00pm at Alma Bay and led by Graeme MacCourt and a group of singers from the Magnetic Island Churches while the children from the Magnetic Island State School will present a Nativity Pageant during the evening. The Townsville Brolga Brass Band will accompany the singing. The programme will conclude at approximately 8pm. Entry to the Carols by Candlelight is free. Donations received on the evening will be donated to help people in need.

New Year's Eve on Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island is buzzing with a massive selection of NYE events to choose from.
From live music, dinners and shows, it's famous NYE Full Moon Down Under Party and fireworks on the shoreside in Nelly Bay. Just make sure you book your accommodation early, as this is peak season for the island. For more information, visit the NYE listing on our home page (Dec), or check the daily What's On calendar for individual listings for each venue.

Check out the daily Magnetic Island What's On calendar (on the top left of this page), for the latest listings of events, festivals, gigs, exhibition openings and fun things to do while you're visiting. If you're more of a nature lover, check out the Magnetic Island Eco Calendar.

Top things to do on Magnetic Island
Download our handy list of the  Top Things To Do while you're visiting.

Staying over? Find your Magnetic Island Accommodation.
Remember to book early for the high seasons!: Easter, June and September school holidays and the Christmas/New Year break.