Apex Camps Magnetic Island

** July-Dec 2020 is booking up fast. Be quick to secure your booking! **

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 School or Group 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 Visits, and Corporate & Group Activities & Events
  • 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.
 

BOOKING

 

ACCOMMODATION

Apex Camps Magnetic Island can comfortably cater for groups from 25 up to 115 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 in total and two separate private teacher/supervisor accommodation buildings, 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 are all air conditioned for your comfort.
  • A duplex cabin sleeping 8 on one side and 4 on the other, all in bunk beds (cabin numbers 11 and 12).
     

TEACHER/SUPERVISOR BUILDINGS

We have two teacher/supervisor accommodation buildings.

Teacher/supervisor building 1 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 of teacher/supervisor building 1 sleep 4 and 6, all in bunks (10 in total). These rooms have the added cooling option of fans and air conditioning. The smallest room contains a single bed and sink and is often reserved as a sick bay, if needed. All bedrooms include storage.

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

Teacher/supervisor building 2 contains three bedrooms and a bathroom, with one of the rooms containing a lounge/eating area with TV and a kitchenette with fridge and microwave facilities. The rooms of this cabin sleep 5, 4 and 4, all in bunk beds (13 in total) and is air conditioned.
 

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 cater for special occasions at no extra cost. Please arrange this with us prior to your camp. 

Supervisor Bonuses

Teachers and supervisors receive FREE cappuccino, latte and hot chocolate during their stay. 

 

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 
  • Table tennis table
  • Laundry and clothes line
  • Disabled toilet and shower 

Supervisor Bonuses

We also provide FREE wi-fi, 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, team builders and radio rogaine, along with some fabulous supervised night activities to keep your group entertained all evening.

With fully qualified, accredited and experienced activity contractors, 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 Townsville activities (2-3 hours).

  • Total of up to 8 activity sessions plus 2 supervised night activities over a standard 3 day/2 night camp (for day visits, up to 3 activities).

  • Stinger suits available for daily hire for water and beach activities (up to 40 suits are available and must be pre booked prior to your camp). Please note: Stinger suits are compulsory for all water and beach 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. 

  • 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, and a waiver for our reef tour, are available here.

  • The below map shows the locations of all of our offsite activities held on the island. 

 

ADVENTURE SKILLS 

  • Abseiling

INTERMEDIATE SKILLS 

  • Raft Building*
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding* (Coming Soon)
  • Snorkelling
  • Kayaking

SOFT SKILLS

  • Archery
  • Bush Walking
  • Fishing
  • Radio Rogaine
  • Team Development
  • Field Games
  • Court Sports
  • Catapults
  • Beach Olympics
  • Archery Tag (Coming Soon)
  • Leadership
  • Kite Building
  • Circus Skills
  • Bush Skills
  • Round Robin

TOWNSVILLE ACTIVITIES

  • Reef HQ Aquarium
  • Museum of Tropical North Queensland

PREMIUM ACTIVITIES

  • Reef Tour*

 

 

NIGHT ACTIVITIES

  • Archery Tag (Coming Soon)
  • Night Walk (Hawkins Point Lookout)
  • Trivia/Quiz Night
  • Movie Night with Popcorn
  • Night Olympics Under The Stars

 

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS

Apex Camps activities are designed for inclusiveness, resilience and active participation. We will give you the freedom to participate at a level that suits you, in a supportive and encouraging environment. We just ask you to step outside your comfort zone, get active and have fun!!

Apex Camps programs are designed to meet specific individual group outcomes, offering a range of adventure-based activities, with an emphasis on delivering learning outcomes, participation and leadership through relevant and engaging experiential practices.

Individual student outcomes include:

  • Experiential learning practises
  • Accountability and discovering one’s own potential
  • To value being outdoors and the importance it plays in our mental health and well-being
  • Development of confidence and resilience
  • Personal Achievement
  • Team Building & Leadership

 

ADVENTURE SKILLS

 

Abseiling

Experience abseiling at picturesque ‘Sail Rock’ on magnetic Island. Abseiling is an activity designed to push your boundaries, test your resilience under pressure and challenge your potential. It’s an adrenaline pumping activity that will provide you with a sense of achievement once accomplished. Abseiling relies on positive encouragement, a support environment to help you overcome your own personal fears. A fun and memorable heights experience!

*Best suited to ages 8 and up

*This activity is a what we call ‘Challenge by Choice’, the choice is yours to push your fears and abseil down the cliff

Learning outcomes for students are;

  • Resilience under pressure
  • Learning to recognise and deal with fear, while overcoming challenging situations
  • Challenging individual potential
  • Positive encouragement and a supportive team environment to help others achieve goals

 

INTERMEDIATE SKILLS

 

Raft Building

This is a fun and often wet session, fostering group problem solving, teamwork, construction skills and a little friendly competition! Participants construct rafts from resources provided, it’s a great hand on demonstration in practical problem solving skills in a real situation. Put your work to the test and see if your efforts float. Once your rafts are built the real fun starts as we put them to the test competing in a number of different challenges. This session is conducted on the Maroochy River, a short walk from camp.

   

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Our stand up paddle (SUP) boarding offers adventure and skill learning on the water. Standing full height on the latest SUP boards, large in size designed for ease of use, participants experience a real adventure.

   

Snorkel Tour

Our off-the-beach introductory snorkel tours provide an affordable and educational way to explore some great snorkelling locations on the island. Experience the beauty of the Magnetic Island Reef, Recks and Rock Headlands, part of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This activity is accessed by a short trip from the camp, depending on the tides and weather conditions as to the most suitable location at the time.

   

Kayaking

Kayaking offers the opportunity to learn new skills, have fun and develop an understanding and appreciation of the beautiful waters surrounding Magnetic Island. Kayaks or otherwise commonly known as “Sit on tops" , It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. It is an activity that can be successfully mastered by participants of all ages and encourages the development of communication skills and teamwork. Conducted at Horseshoe Bay, a short bus ride from camp.

Learning outcomes for students are;

  • Develop and learn cooperation
  • Support
  • Effective communication and quick decision making
  • Positive encouragement and a supportive team environment to help others achieve goals

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

 

SOFT SKILLS

 

Archery

This is one of our most popular activities! Archery can be enjoyed by all ages, abilities and skill levels, with bows designed for each individual age and ability fired towards the target under skilled supervision. Archery provides participants with a new outdoor experience, develops fine motor skills, increases self-confidence and you will gain an understanding of the fundamental skills and safety issues associated with Archery. This activity is sure to hit the mark!!

Learning outcomes for students are; –

  • Hand-Eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • How to string a bow and shoot safely
  • Individual challenge and self-accomplishment 
   

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.

Walk through open grassy areas, woodlands, rainforests and wetlands of our national park. Along the way you’ll see native wetlands plant species including melaleuca and cabbage tree palms, also a number of wildlife species including birds, kangaroos and goannas.

Highlights

  • Hawkings Point and spectacular views of waters surrounding Magnetic Island
  • Boardwalks
  • Local wildlife including Rock Wallabies, Goannas & Bush Stone Curlews
  • Prolific birdlife - excellent vantage points for bird watching 
   

Fishing   

Enjoy a relaxing session on the banks of the Maroochy River wetting a line in the hope of landing that BIG ONE! Fishing can be so much more than simply throwing your line into the water, it’s a fun and exciting way to enjoy the great outdoors and be both physically and mentally challenged. Our instructors will teach you the basics of how to tie your own fishing rigs, find bait, casting and correct fish handling techniques.

   

Radio Rogaine  

This team based, competitive challenge focuses 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, being clear in communication). It’s also a lot of fun!

Note: Can be completed as a night activity.

   

Team Development

A series of interactive and fun activities that will help your group work cohesively together in a supportive environment Team Development is an hysterical activity that will have participants solving a river crossing and electric grid maze dilemmas, escaping free from hand cuffs, being challenged by lava pits and stolen bottles + more! Based on the principle that 'Together Everyone Achieves More' (TEAM), participants work closely together to negotiate solutions with an aim to developing the 5 Cs of successful team functioning: Communication, Cooperation, Commitment, Care and Concern.

Learning outcomes for students are; building confidence, recognise and managing emotions, develop problem solving skills, demonstrate effective communication skills and exercise trust and respect.

   

Field Games 

Students will participate in a series of fun activities that focus more on active participation than competition. Fun, physically challenging games that will have everyone smiling in a supportive and positive environment. Held on the camp's large sports oval, activities can include safe foam hockey, lacrosse and Olympic frezbie to name a few.The emphasis is on ‘TEAMWORK’ and how each individual participates and contributes within a team environment.

Learning outcomes for students are; –

  • Hand-Eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • Individual challenge and self-accomplishment
  • Personal growth.  
   

Court Sports

Students will participate in a series of fun activities that focus more on active participation than competition. Our onsite multi-purpose court is great for team games and the court area can be quickly transformed for all types of court sports.

We deliver a series of fun, physically & mentally challenging games that will have everyone smiling in a supportive and positive environment. There are a large number of activities that are great for developing all aspects of team functions, motor skills and personal growth. Team members will participate in a number of different activities such as safe foam hockey, lacrosse and Olympic frezbie to name a few. The emphasis is on ‘TEAMWORK’ and how each individual participates and contributes within a team environment.

Learning outcomes for students are; –

  • Hand-Eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • Individual challenge and self-accomplishment
  • Personal growth.
   

Catapults

Incorporating a history in the use of catapults during medieval wars, participants are taught basic knot tying skills and design that enable 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.

   

Beach Olympics

Designed for fun and laughter and guaranteed to wear energetic campers out. Games are tailored to suit the group’s age and program objectives, including traditional beach relays, competitions and much more. This activity is a must for those coming from non-coastal areas. Conducted at the beautiful ‘North Shore beach’, a short trip from the camp.

Note: This activity is not able to run on Mondays or weekends. Does not involve free swimming, though participants may get wet during some games. 

   

Archery Tag (Coming Soon)

This is a fun way to learn archery and team based activity. Using the obstacles placed in strategic places, two or more teams can battle it out to win the prestigious title of "champion team". Different variations of Archery Tag can be played so you'll never grow bored of this action packed activity. This safe and supervised game uses a bow and padded arrow with face mask to attack the defenders on the opposite side (similarly to laser tag).

*Must be 10 years or over to participate.

   

 

Leadership

Leadership has specifically designed problem-solving challenges to test you both physically and mentally. In these challenges students are encouraged to “think outside the box”!! Students learn effective communication and decision making skills, in these fun, interactive and rewarding problem solving challenges. These activities are designed to bring out the leader in you!! Based on the principle that 'Together Everyone Achieves More' (TEAM), participants work closely together to negotiate solutions with an aim to developing the 5 Cs of successful team functioning: Communication, Cooperation, Commitment, Care and Concern. This activity is also a great way to spot those who stand up and lead by example!

Learning outcomes for students are; building confidence, recognise and managing emotions, develop problem solving skills, demonstrate effective communication skills and exercise trust and respect.

   

 

Kite Building

Students design their own kite using a variety of materials, including the kite kit, crayons and felt pens. Participants are to follow instruction cards provided to construct their kite using fibreglass rods, sticky tape, tails, and handles. At the end of the sessions the participants will get a chance to see their creation flying high!!

   

 

Circus Skills

Circus skills is more than just great fun! It’s for all ability levels from beginner to advanced, circus skills is the development of fine motor skills, co-ordination, fitness and teamwork. The skills acquired has the ability to set and have you work towards personal goals, it provides confidence through success and performance. You will learn the skills of juggling, plate spinning, diablo sticks etc before turning it up and putting on a show!!

Learning outcomes for students are; –

  • Hand-Eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • Individual challenge and self-accomplishment
  • Personal growth.
   

Bush Skills

Sure, we’ve all seen ‘Bear Grylls’ but what happens when you’re injured or stranded and your iPhone batteries die. Bush skills is a practical activity teaching participants the skills and knowledge about surviving in the bush. Our qualified survival instructors will teach you hands on activities such as fire lighting without matches, shelter construction, damper making, trapping, water collection and navigation. They will be a budding ‘Bear Grylls’ in no time!

   

Round Robin

Round robin is the perfect way to get your entire group working together. Participants rotate through action-packed team challenges and sporting games such as 'coconut toss' safe foam hockey, lacrosse, Olympic frezbie, volleyball, rapid T-ball, multiball soccer and crazy cricket!

Students will participate in a series of fun activities that focus more on active participation than competition. Fun, physically challenging games that will have everyone smiling in a supportive and positive environment. Held on the camp's large sports oval, activities can include safe foam hockey, lacrosse and Olympic frezbie to name a few.The emphasis is on ‘TEAMWORK’ and how each individual participates and contributes within a team environment.

Learning outcomes for students are; –

  • Hand-Eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • Individual challenge and self-accomplishment
  • Personal growth.

Note: Run as a whole group activity.

 

PREMIUM ACTIVITIES

 

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. 

 

TOWNSVILLE ACTIVITIES

 

Reef HQ Aquarium - TOWNSVILLE

Please enquire for more details.

Note: May be run as a whole group activity.

   

Museum of Tropical Queensland - TOWNSVILLE

Please enquire for more details.

Note: May be run as a whole group activity.

 

NIGHT ACTIVITIES

 

Night Activities

We can provide archery tag, night games, indoor games, night walks, trivia/quiz nights and cinema movie nights. Test your knowledge with our Quiz Master! For our movie nights, relax and watch a movie on our large projector screen while enjoying fresh popcorn. Or maybe have a night game of archery tag, or take a night walk under the stars to Hawkins Point Lookout.

Some of these activities are subject to weather conditions. We have a number of replacement night activities for inclement weather conditions.

   

Archery Tag (Coming Soon)

This is a fun way to learn archery and team based activity. Using the obstacles placed in strategic places, two or more teams can battle it out to win the prestigious title of "champion team". Different variations of Archery Tag can be played so you'll never grow bored of this action packed activity. This safe and supervised game uses a bow and padded arrow with face mask to attack the defenders on the opposite side (similarly to laser tag).

*Must be 10 years or over to participate.

   

Night Explorer Walk (Hawkins Point Lookout) (New)

Check out the stars, the night sounds, the animals in the wild and beautiful scenery looking out over the bays to night lights of Townsville. Our guide will point out special features of the walk. It's the perfect end to a day.

   

Trivia/Quiz Night

The ideal team based activity where everyone can come together in a relaxed and fun environment. Let our facilitators entertain your group with fun and interactive trivia questions, and mini games in between. This activity is sure to keep everyone engaged.

Note: May be run as a whole group activity.

   

 

Movie Night with Popcorn

Relax under the stars and watch a movie on our large pop-up cinema screen while enjoying fresh popcorn (and ice blocks during summer). This is the perfect activity to unwind after a busy day of activities.

Note: May be run as a whole group activity. We recommend wearing long sleeve tops, pants and insect repellent, and bringing towels to sit on. Depending on weather conditions, mosquito/sand fly activity and preferences, this activity may run as an indoor movie night using our permanently mounted projector, large screen and speaker system.

   

 

Night Olympics Under the Stars

A whole group night activity with action aplenty! At night, the multipurpose court lights up and turns into an 'Olympic stadium'. Up to 140 participants compete in teams in a world-themed 'Olympic' event, with more than 14 challenges in order to win the title of the night: 'Olympic champions'.

Note: May be run as a whole group activity.

 

Please note, risk assessments for each activity are available here

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