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servicesWhether you want to find a great BBQ spot or drop the boat in for a sail, here are a couple of the Magnetic Island services and facilities which you may find handy:

Do you need your car serviced? NBJ Automotive are based in Kelly St, Nelly Bay.

If you're receiving a discounted car registration on Magnetic Island, you'll need to apply for a permit to take your car off the island. Simply email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and they will email you your permit. Alternatively, drop into the MI Police Station between 9am-12noon Monday to Wednesday, and they will give you a permit while you wait.

For emergency ambulance call 000.
For general enquiries call

4796 9054.

Aged/Diabled Residents & Visitors
Magnetic Island Community Care provides services to aged and disabled residents and visitors of Magnetic Island. They also provide mobility and assistive equipment such as shower chairs to holiday makers if they need assistance. For more information view/download their MICare Service Users Handbook.

ATM's are located at the IGA breezeway, Picnic Bay Hotel, Foodworks Nelly Bay, Arcadia Hotel, and Foodworks Horseshoe Bay. EFTPOS is also available at most island businesses.

There is 1 bank on Magnetic Island - Queensland Country Credit Union, located at Nelly Bay Harbour shops (near the Post Office).

BBQ Areas
Free public BBQ areas are located at:
• Picnic Bay jetty park
Nelly Bay, Cnr Sooning St & Mandalay Ave (Opposite the Harbour)
Nelly Bay, The Esplanade (Opposite end of beach to Base Backpackers)
Alma Bay
Horseshoe Bay
Please keep Magnetic Island beautiful by removing all your rubbish and cleaning the BBQ's once you have finished.

Boat Ramps
There are 3 boat ramps on Magnetic Island:
Picnic Bay
Nelly Bay Harbour
Horseshoe Bay

Bottle Shops
There are 5 bottle shops on Magnetic Island, located at:
• Nelly Bay (next to IGA)
• Arcadia Village Hotel

Picnic Bay Hotel
Nelly Bay Bottle Shop (Next to Nelly Bay Foodworks)
Marlin Bar (Horseshoe Bay)
Opening times vary.

Bus and taxis

The chemist is located at the Nelly Bay Foodworks shopping centre.

See our list of child care options under Kids and Families and Babysitters.

Magnetic Island is home to the following churches:

1. Anglican Church of Australia
Saint Margaret's, Endeavour Rd, Arcadia - call 47785 628

2. Catholic Church
Saint Joan Of Arc, Cook Rd, Arcadia - call 4771 4461

3. Uniting Church
Tunbridge St, Nelly Bay - call 4758 1205

4. iSEE Townsville (Formerly MI Community Church)
Australian Christian Church

The Magnetic Island Connect Group/s meet regularly.

Pastor Mike Kelly - for locations call 0401 961 288

Doctors and Medical Centres
There are two medical centres on Magnetic Island:

1. Latitude 19 Health (GP)
68 Sooning St, Nelly Bay - Call 4778 5614

2. Magnetic Island Health Service Centre
(No GP, Emercency Services Only)
76 Sooning St, Nelly Bay - Call 4778 5107

Dog Grooming
See our Animal Sitters & Dog Grooming page.

Facebook pages about Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island is not short on Community Groups! Here is the full list of community pages on Facebook that relate to Magnetic Island:

Magnetic Island
What's On Magnetic Island

This Is Magnetic Island (Tourism Magnetic Island)
Magnetic Island Markets
Magnetic Island Community
Magnetic Island Businesses and Jobs
Magnetic Island Hospitality, Tourism & Events Industry
MICDA (Magnetic Island Community Development Association)
MIFCO (Magnetic Island Fauna Care Organisation)
MINCA (Magnetic Island Nature Care Association
Zero Waste Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island Buy/Swap/Sell
Maggie Island Buy Swap and Sell
Buy, Sell and Swap on Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island Locals Buy And Sell

Maggie Island Gardeners
Sustainable Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island Freecycle
Threads Magnetic Island
Maggie Island Family Group
Magnetic Island Co-Op Playgroup
Maggie Island Gardeners
Maggie Island Co op
Magnetic Island Muso Club
Magnetic Island Community, Events/Local Artists Workshops/Business's etc
Magnetic Island Lost Dogs
Magnetic Island Network for Turtles
Wallaby Refuge on Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island Koala Hospital
Magnetic Island Magpies AFC
Horseshoe Bay Rural Fire Brigade
Magnetic Island SES
Wellbeing On Magnetic Island
Island Coven
Magnetic Island Buddhist Meditation Group
Magnetic Island Community News

Fire Emergency
Call 000 in an emergency. For general enquiries call
4729 9153.

Health & Beauty
There is a great selection of health and beauty businesses available, from beauticians and hairdressers to massage therapists, yoga and holistic remedies. For more information check under 'personal' here.

Hospital (See Doctors and Medical Centres above)
Townsville is the largest local hospital to Magnetic Island. In severe cases a helicopter services the island.

Internet and Online Services
Magnetic Island is well covered with WiFi and internet services.

Mobile Library
If you need to catch up on some great reading, the mobile library visits Magnetic Island every Tuesday:

Time: 10am-3pm (Closed for lunch between 12-12.30pm)
At: Lions Park, Cnr Mandalay and Sooning Streets, Nelly Bay. (Next to the Nelly Bay Harbour marina and opposite the bakery).
For additional information, holiday programs and activities, visit CityLibraries and click on 'View Calendar' under Mobile Library Service.

The main newsagency, Arcadia News, is located opposite Alma Bay Park, next to the Hotel Arcadia bus stop.

Petrol Stations
There are two petrol (fuel) stations on Magnetic Island. Neither are open after hours, so remember to top up during the day!

Fish'n N Fuel'n, Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay. Open: 6am-6pm
Arcadia Store, Bright Ave, Arcadia.Open: 8am-6pm

Poisons Information
Simply freecall 13 11 26

The police station is located in Picnic Bay, although it unattended it diverts to Townsville.

For normal equiries call 4778 5270 Mon-Wed 9am to 12pm
or call 000 in an emergency.

Post Office
The post office is located in the Nelly Bay Harbourside Shopping Centre, on the corner of Sooning Street and Mandalay Ave.

Primary School & Daycare
Magnetic Island State School is located in Mandalay Avenue for primary school education and Magnetic Island Creche and Kindergarten is located in Sooning Street, Nelly Bay.

For a baby sitter click here. Secondary and tertiary education is widely available in Townsville. For more information on kids and families, click here.


Public Toilets
Picnic Bay (Opposite the jetty)
• Nelly Bay, Cnr Kelly St & The Esplanade (Opposite end of beach to Base Backpackers)
Nelly Bay terminal only open 8am - 4.30pm
Alma Bay
Horseshoe Bay
Florence Bay

Magnetic Island Community Care (MICC) cares for the frail aged, those younger with disabilities, and carers in our community. It offers centre-based day care, social support, respite care, transport, counseling/support, information and advocacy, meals on wheels and domestic assistance. Download the handy� Seniors Useful Phone Number list.
You can also check the daily What's On calendar for weekly activities. For more information on MICC email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 4758 1506.

Supermarkets, Markets and Fresh Produce
There are four supermarkets on Magnetic Island:
IGA, Nelly Bay
Foodworks, Nelly Bay - order online + free delivery
Arcadia Store, Arcadia
Foodworks Horseshoe Bay

Tennis Courts
If you're looking to play tennis on Magnetic Island here are your options:

Horseshoe Bay Recreational Centre - public
Island Leisure Resort - ask at reception (Kelly St, Nelly Bay)
Amaroo On Mandalay - ask at reception (Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay)
Apex Club - ask at reception (Picnic Bay Road, Picnic Bay)

Tip/Dump/Transfer Station/Landfill/Waste Facility - Magnetic Island
For all the information you need regarding the Magnetic Island Transfer Station and how and when you can dump your green waste and rubbish, (and the costs involved) visit townsville.qld.gov.au

Transport on (and to) Magnetic Island
See our bus and taxi page for local Magentic Island services.
See our 'How To Get To' Magnetic Island page.
See our Magnetic Island ferry and barge page.

Veterinary Surgery
Bill McDonald is the local island vet, and can be found at 3/36 Mandalay Ave, Nelly Bay. Please phone for an appointment on 4778 5977. Usual opening times are Tuesday to Thursday 9am - 4pm and Saturday 9am - 12noon.

To find out more about the Magnetic Island flora and fauna
visit our
Parks and Wildlife page.

For more information on retail outlets, services and trades, visit the Magnetic Informer or pick up a hard copy of the Magnetic Island Telephone Directory (Magnetic Informer) at most retail outlets.

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