Magnetic Island Sustainability Weekend Tour

8:45am Saturday 26 October - Sunday 27 October 2019 (finish time optional)

An Urban Coral Reef and Centre of Living: Magnetic Island

We will embark on an expedition to a solar suburb in the middle of the world’s largest solar city – the Great Barrier Reef, an island ‘held hostage’ because there’s no escaping conservation when you are surrounded by little coral reefs in the middle of the big reef that most people think is a barrier. 

After we dock into the connection point for visitors to the island, we will discover how people have learned from nature’s lessons to redesign and reconnect waterways to benefit the community and the environment.

We then travel to the outermost suburbs of a tropical island where living natural villages build their homes to adapt to harsh, chaotic and sheltered environments. 

We then head to a place where all of the homes and businesses get connected in way that not only helps to protect the reefs by recycling water, yet also creates a dry rainforest for community use. Throughout the island adventure, you may see our ‘urban coral reefs’ springing up all over the island, and they are not even in the sea.

The island and community itself, is like an ‘island economy’ in its own right and is situated in a naturally sensitive world heritage area – positioned right in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and most of the island is National Park. This means that community development and business activities can become challenges. 

At the same time, we have learnt many local lessons from the community such as ecological waterway management, wastewater recycling, building and development design as well as energy management. This work has long proved to become a world-class exemplar to share with other cities and communities. The Magnetic Island Solar Suburb formed part of the Townsville Solar City project and led to the deferral of an expensive under sea power cable by more than 10 years and potentially forever. 

This is an island suburb of Townsville where the tension of a tropical laid back paradise is juxtaposed with it being a vibrant urban residential centre and holiday destination.

Delegates will see:
  • A big harbor for a small creek – the Nelly Bay Harbour and arrival point for the island
  • Gustav Creek – learning from the best of people and nature
  • Each bay a village … an urban getaway from Townsville 
  • Building and Commerce – where do the costs go and where does my business go
  • The tension of an island paradise in an urban environment
  • The outmost suburbs of a tropical island – the Fringing Coral Reefs of Magnetic Island
  • From 2 to 1 – the Horseshoe Bay Water Recycling Plant and Community’s Forest
  • Urban coral reefs – the Men’s Shed and a Solar shaded Skate Park
  • Horseshoe Bay – where a beach is more than moving sand
  • Nelly Bay return to the gateway to Townsville.

Weekend Tour includes:

  • Saturday night accommodation at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort in a Studio Queen Room
  • Sunday buffet breakfast at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort
  • Return ferry ticket: Townsville to Magnetic Island on the Sealink ferry (25 minute trip)
    • Saturday depart Townsville 8:45am - Arrive 9:10am Magnetic Island 
    • Sunday departure times Magnetic Island optional to suit your flight - times include 11:10am, 12:15pm, 1:35pm, 3:00pm and other later times are available.
  • Saturday half day field trip (9:30am – 1:30pm) including lunch
  • Delegate free time to explore Magnetic Island - Saturday afternoon and Sunday
  • Sunday depart Magnetic Island to suit your flight. To view the ferry timetable, please click here.

Delegates are invited to enjoy free time on Magnetic Island following the conclusion of the tour at 1:30pm. Delegates will be responsible for their own post tour activities, dinner, hotel check out and timings for ferry departure. Any additional items not listed above are at the attendee's own expense.

Tickets: $388.00 (until 2 Sept)                 $433.00 (3 Sept onwards)
Partner Ticket: $150.00 (until 2 Sept)     $195.00 (3 Sept onwards)

Optional Extended Stay:

Make the most of your time on Magnetic Island by extending your stay to include Friday night! Ferries are available after the conference concludes, with the last ferry departing at 11:30pm. An additional night in a Studio Queen Room with buffet breakfast is $250.00 for delegates and $22.00 for partners.


A return ferry ticket is included in your tour package. For the ferry timetable please click here. For those traveling outside the tour time (ferry departs Townsville at 8:45am), please be at Peppers Blue on Blue Resort foyer by 9:15am.

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort is elegantly laid out at the water’s edge overlooking the Coral Sea and private marina. The ferry that transports you to the island delivers you to the finest Magnetic Island accommodation. At night, you can dine on the glittering boardwalk, with great food and wine on the table and a canopy of stars above. 

Hotel King Room

The Hotel Rooms are beautifully furnished and decorated. You’ll have all the conveniences of a modern resort, with an ensuite, air conditioning, full mini-bar, digital TV and private balcony. The king-size bed converts to twin singles. Please note: these rooms do not have marina views and overlook the ferry terminal, IGA shopping centre and the marina car park precinct.

Studio Queen Room

Spacious open plan Studio room has a modern kitchenette and full laundry facilities. The decor is clean and crisp with splashes of colour and the bath is nice and deep. You’ll have a private balcony that's exclusively yours and a plush queen-size bed. Please note: these rooms do not have marina views and overlook the ferry terminal, IGA shopping centre and marina car park precinct.


  • Tours are available to full conference delegates only. Numbers are strictly limited, with a minimum number required to proceed. 
  • Accommodation rooms are limited. Hotel King Rooms are sold out. The package price has increase to the next room type of a Studio Queen Room.
  • Delegates are responsible for organising their own transfers from Townsville Ferry terminal to the airport or any other destination on Sunday.


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