Nelly Bay is the ferry’s arrival point on Magnetic Island, as well as the main residential area of the island. The ferry terminal is served by island bus and taxis as well as options for car hire and bicycle rental being located nearby. The majority of the island’s retail shopping and services are found in Nelly Bay, including the new Nelly Bay Harbour development. Accommodation options in Nelly Bay are plentiful, ranging from hotels to resorts to holiday apartments.

Nelly Bay is perfect for swimming, windsurfing, sailing, or snorkeling right on the reef, as well as a morning jog or leisurely evening walk. At the northern end of the beach there is a children’s play area and coin-operated barbecues with picnic facilities.