Magnetic Island is a picturesque World Heritage listed island, a short boat ride from Townsville across Cleveland Bay. A tropical paradise consisting of 52 square kilometres of bays, beaches and national park, ‘Maggie’ is a popular tourist destination due to its attractive, contrasting landscape of palm, eucalypt and hoop pine trees with small pockets of rainforest. Magnetic Island is made up of four villages - Picnic Bay, Nelly Bay, Arcadia and Horseshoe Bay.
In the Townsville Hospital and Health Service, we recognise that looking after people’s health involves occupations as diverse as operational staff, receptionists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, to name but a few. Our workplaces are progressive, and our workforce grows with the opportunities presented by new challenges and change. Our staff value their collegial relationships, career opportunities, their satisfying work, and being part of an organisation that strives for excellence.
As an employee on ‘the Island’, you will contribute to the provision of health services to an island community and a transient population of tourists. The Magnetic Island Health Service Centre is located in the main village, Nelly Bay, which also accommodates the island’s ferry terminal.
Magnetic Island Health Service Centre (MIHSC) is a small Primary Health Care Facility that provides accident and emergency treatment, general outpatient services, doctor’s appointments, health promotion and education, immunisation, child health services and home visits to residents and visitors to Magnetic Island.
Magnetic Island only measures 10 kilometres by road from one end to the other, but accommodates 4 villages and is serviced by a local bus and taxis. Magnetic Island offers resort style living with a wide range of active pastimes and facilities: snorkeling, diving, swimming, fishing, bike riding, horse riding, and walking.
Magnetic Island enjoys average daytime temperatures ranging from 25°C and 31°C, and nights ranging on average between 14°C and 24°C. Magnetic Island receives 1,150 mm of rain each year and nearly 300 days of dry weather.
The Magnetic Island State School educates students from Preparatory Year to Year 7 with the Year 7’s National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy results regularly being above the Australian average. Secondary school students are required to make the 20 minute ferry ride to Townsville to complete their studies
at one of the many excellent high schools.
There are shops in all of the 4 residential bays including supermarkets, newsagents, boutiques, hardware stores, vehicle hire, bakery, chemist, photo shop, hairdressing salons, and liquor stores, along with the local credit union, post office, real estate agencies, service stations and trades related businesses.
Located in the Great Barrier Reef Region, many Townsville locals visit ‘the Island’
for seaside activities, including the hire of sailing catamarans, jet skis, sailboards,
surf skis, canoes and aqua bikes.
Bay Days Festival on Magnetic Island is the month long event running through September every year that features live music, art exhibitions, gallery openings, fancy dress nights, jetty dining, walks, theatre, guest speakers, community singing workshops, Mega Markets and much, much more. Visit What's On Magnetic Island for more information.