Apex Camps Magnetic Island

An ecological jewel offshore from Tropical North Queensland

Apex Camps Magnetic Island is a simply stunning location that will take your breath away! Just a short ferry ride from Townsville at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and all it has to offer, complete with northern Australia's largest colony of koalas living in the wild, you will love our establishment. 

Our qualified and experienced staff are here to help take the stress out of organising your next camp, as we take care of all of your transport, activity, accommodation and catering needs. We provide fully air-conditioned comfort, delicious onsite catering and more than 20 awesome adventure activities, all for excellent value for money. Our specialty is creating purpose designed itineraries tailored to your group's needs. 

Some of our special features include:

  • 10 acres of camp grounds surrounded by national parkland with an abundance of bushwalks, 23 pristine beaches and bays, and a unique marine environment
  • Purpose built facilities, including a floodlit tennis court and multi-purpose court
  • Spectacular charter reef and snorkelling tours, and abseiling from the island's amazing natural rock formations 
  • We cater to groups with special needs – our activity programs can be modified to ensure inclusion for all students
  • We can also provide Day Camps and Birthday Parties
  • Apex Camps has been a leader in camps and outdoor recreation since 1983
  • As a registered not-for-profit charity organisation, your booking with Apex Camps goes towards supporting Apex Australia, helping improve the lives of young Australians

Please note: Our camps require a minimum of 25 guests, however smaller groups are also considered.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Apex Camps Magnetic Island can comfortably cater for groups from 25 up to 116 guests (larger groups may also be catered for, with access to further accommodation in proximity of the camp). All accommodation is cabin style with 12 cabins (14 rooms) in total and a separate private teacher/supervisor accommodation building, and is fully air-conditioned as required. Staying with us you also have the convenience of an onsite camp manager available 24/7.

CABINS

We have the following cabins:

  • Ten single room cabins, each sleeping 8 in bunk beds (cabin numbers 1-10). Each cabin contains luggage racks for storage and has the added cooling option of fans.
  • A duplex cabin sleeping 8 on one side and 4 on the other, all in bunk beds (cabin numbers 11 and 12).
  • A dual room cabin with bathroom, sleeping 14 in bunk beds (6 and 8 in each room) (cabin numbers 13 and 14, single entry).

TEACHER/SUPERVISOR BUILDING

Our teacher/supervisor building contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms, separated in the middle by a lounge/eating area and kitchenette. There is also an open veranda, accessed from the lounge.

The two larger rooms sleep 4 and 6, all in bunks (10 in total). These rooms have the added cooling option of fans. The smallest room contains a single bed and sink and is often reserved as a sick bay, if needed. All bedrooms include storage.

The common area has a TV with USB input available, couch and an eating area (tables and chairs). The kitchenette contains a fridge/freezer, microwave facilities and two double power points.

AMENITIES BUILDING

We offer a separate external amenities building, located 5-10 meters from accommodation buildings. Included is a disabled toilet and shower (with fold down seat attached to the wall).

 

CATERING

Apex Camps Magnetic Island is a fully catered camp. Our onsite catering team provides high quality, buffet style catering for our guests at very reasonable prices. All of our pre-planned menus have been specially designed to ensure nutritious, delicious and generously sized meals that incorporate seasonal elements and locally sourced, fresh produce. Enjoy your meals in the comfort of our air-conditioned dining hall, with filtered water also available. Perhaps most importantly, our meals are made to keep campers happy, our desserts are free of charge and we wash all of your dishes for you!

Special Diets

We cater for all special dietary needs at no extra cost. Please be sure to advise us of any needs in advance. We are a nut-free camp.

Special Occasions

We can provide a cake for birthdays and cater for other special occasions at no extra cost. Please arrange this with us prior to your camp. 

Supervisor Bonuses

Teachers and supervisors receive FREE all day coffee pod style coffee!

 

FACILITIES

Apex Camps Magnetic Island provides a large range of facilities to add to your camp experience and keep you entertained throughout your stay, including:
 

  • Air-conditioned dining hall
  • Indoor activity and meeting room with seating for up to 125 people, and TV/ DVD and AV/multi-media facilities
  • Floodlit tennis and multi-purpose court - night lights available
  • Sand volleyball court
  • Small oval - sports packs available for use during free time
  • Table tennis table
  • Fire pit
  • Laundry and clothes line
  • Disabled toilet and shower 

Supervisor Bonuses

We also provide FREE wi-fi (island time!), a kitchenette with fridge/freezer and microwave facilities, and an eating area/lounge with TV for supervisors/teachers.

 

ACTIVITIES

Apex Camps Magnetic Island offers more than 20 awesome outdoor adventure activities for you to choose from!

Take advantage of our tropical island location, with kayaking, raft building, stand up paddle boarding, reef tours and more! Or step outside of your comfort zone by abseiling off the island's amazing rock formations! 

We also run a lot of popular onsite activities, including catapults, archery, slack lining and radio rogaine, along with a great selection of supervised night programs to keep the kids entertained all evening.

With fully qualified, accredited and experienced activity staff, our activites are exciting, fun, safe and sure to engage everyone.
 

  • Each activity session is 1 hour and 30 minutes, with the exception of abseiling (3 hours), reef tours (half day), and night activities (2 hours)

  • Having trouble deciding on a suitable activity program? Let us help you tailor a program to suit your desired outcomes.
  • Risk assessments for all activities available here

 

ADVENTURE SKILLS 

  • Abseiling

INTERMEDIATE SKILLS 

  • Raft Building*
  • Kayaking
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding*

SOFT SKILLS

  • Archery
  • Bush Walking
  • Challenge & Initiatives
  • Fishing
  • Radio Rogaine 
  • Team Builders
  • Amazing Race Challenge
  • Boot Camp
  • Catapults
  • Yoga
  • Slack Lining

SELF-RUN ACTIVITIES

  • Snorkelling*
  • Mountain Biking

PREMIUM ACTIVITIES

  • Reef Tour*

 

TOWNSVILLE ACTIVITIES

  • Reef HQ Aquarium
  • Museum of Tropical North Queensland

NIGHT ACTIVITIES

  • Supervised Camp Fire 
  • Dance Night
  • Trivia/Quiz Night

 

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS

 

Abseiling

Experience abseiling on one of Magnetic Island's amazing rock formations! This confidence building activity provides an opportunity for personal growth, while offering a fun and memorable heights experience. Sites are chosen depending on the age and ability of the group, and as such the activity may involve a short bus ride.

   

Raft Building   

Raft building involves group problem solving, team work and construction skills. Basic instruction in knot tying and lashing is provided. Participants are then required to construct rafts from resources provided and to complete set challenges using their vessels. This is a fun and often wet session, fostering teamwork and friendly competition. Conducted at Horseshoe Bay, a short bus ride from camp.

*Participants must be able to swim. 

   

Kayaking  

Kayaking offers the opportunity to learn new skills, have fun and develop an understanding and appreciation of the beautiful waters surrounding Magnetic Island. It is an activity that can be successfully mastered by particpants of all ages and encourages the development of communication skills and teamwork.  Conducted at Horseshoe Bay, a short bus ride from camp.  

Note: Participants are not required to be able to swim. 

   

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Coming soon!

*Participants must be able to swim. 

   

Archery  

Archery is one of our most popular activities and is sure to hit the mark! The activity can be enjoyed by all ages, abilities and skill levels, with bows designed for each individual and fired towards the target under skilled supervision. 

   

Bush WalkING

Our bush walking will take participants on a beautiful journey of discovery around the camp and Picnic Bay areas, visiting local landmarks and taking in iconic views. The activity is tailored to suit all age groups. 

   

Challenge & Initiatives  

Challenge and initiatives focuses strongly on teamwork and communication, as participants work through various initiative games. Conceptual blockbusting and lateral thinking are required in order to complete the activity, along with a sense of fun and adventure. Challenge and initiatives challenges groups to think outside the box and work together to develop practical solutions to increasingly complex problems.

   

Fishing   

Enjoy a relaxing fishing session on the Picnic Bay wharf, wetting a line in the hopes of landing that big catch! All equipment is supplied and instruction provided by our staff.

   

Radio Rogaine  

Radio rogaine is a team based, competitive challenge focusing on communication, spatial awareness and group dynamics. Participants are provided with walkie talkies and a site map identifying the location of a series of check points. Working together, each team must locate as many check points as they can within a given timeframe. Bonus points are earned by completing a radio based task at each check point, teaching basic communication etiquette (turn taking, listening skills, thinking before talking and clear communication). It’s also a lot of fun!

Note: Can be completed as a night activity.

   

Team Builders    

'Together Everyone Achieves More' as groups take part in (sometimes hysterical!) activity challenges such as completing the 'electric grid maze' and 'lava crossing'. Participants work together to negotiate solutions and make use of various equipment in order achieve success for their group. Team builders focuses on developing the 5 Cs of team functioning (Communication, Co-operation, Commitment, Care & Concern), with participants experiencing both physical and cognitive interaction.

   

Amazing Race Challenge  

Our amazing race challenge takes participants on an adventure through parts of Magnetic Island. Working in small groups, teams must undertake a variety of tasks to gain points for their team. The sessions can be tailored to any age group by varying the difficulty and length of tasks. This is a great activity that brings teamwork together with fun, highly competitive challenges!  

   

Boot Camp

Our boot camp session is suitable for kids of all ages and fitness levels. We focus on play based fitness, helping kids challenge themselves to work outside of their comfort levels, while educating them about the importance of health and fitness in their lives. This is a fun, energetic and educational activity sure to get everyone's hearts pumping!

   

Catapults

Incorporating a history in the use of catapults during medieval wars, participants are taught basic knot tying skills and design that enables them to build their own team catapult. They then shoot sponges at each other, testing out their skills and aim while other team members attempt to catch the sponges.

Note: Young participants may simply make use of a pre-built catapult and the activity combined with another activity.

   

Yoga  

Take a break from the fast paced excitement of camp! Our yoga sessions give you a chance to relax, refresh and refocus, providing participants with the opportunity to zone in on themselves and practise mindfulness. Play-based activities are used to teach yoga poses and breathing, making this a fun session for all.  

   

Slack Lining  

Slack lining is a popular activity that makes use of a tensioned line between two anchor points. Slack lining teaches participants balance, confidence, trust and teamwork. The session incorporates basic skill tests such as turning around, walking backwards and a jumping mount, which can progress to more difficult challenges.

   

SNORKELLING - SELF-RUN

Why not create your own DIY snorkelling adventure at nearby Picnic Bay? You can hire a snorkel kit for the day, including mask, snorkel, fins and stinger suit, and explore the reef at your leisure! 

*Participants must be able to swim. 

Note: Up to 20 kits available. Must be pre-booked prior to your camp.

   

Mountain Biking - SELF-RUN

Set off on your own exciting mountain biking adventure, with mountain bikes available for daily hire. 

   

Reef Tour

If you are after the full Great Barrier Reef experience, we can organise your half day tour to the outer reefs off Townsville. Your exclusive charter boat will take your group on a memorable day of reef exploring and snorkelling with experienced and knowledgeable staff. Includes all equipment and catering. Departs from ferry terminal at Nelly Bay, a short bus ride from camp.

*Participants wishing to snorkel must be able to swim. 

   

Reef HQ Aquarium - TOWNSVILLE

Please enquire for more details.

   

Museum of Tropical Queensland - TOWNSVILLE

Please enquire for more details.

   

Night activities

We can provide supervised camp fires, dance nights and trivia/quiz nights. Enjoy a camp fire under the stars in our specially designed fire pit (with marshmallows of course!), rock the night away with our in-house DJ, or test your knowledge with our Quiz Master! 

Please note: For our supervised camp fires, staff will supervise all safety aspects of the fire while you lead your group in some fun. This activity is weather permitting. 

 

 

AVAILABLE FOR HIRE

Sports Packs
We have extensive sports packs, a small oval, multi-purpose courts, sand volleyball court and other facilities that groups can make use of during their free time. Sports equipment is available for bocce, basketball, baseball, beach volleyball, beach games, croquet, soccer, tennis (including night lights), and table tennis. We also have fishing reels. Packs may be hired for the duration of your stay. 

Stinger Suits
Protect yourself during all water and beach activities by wearing a stinger suit, available for daily hire (up to 40 suits are available and must be pre booked prior to your camp). Stinger suits are compulsory for all water activities during stinger season (typically November to May). At all other times, a stinger suit is highly recommended, or at a minimum a long sleeved sun shirt/rashie top and a pair of stockings. 

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