Apex Camps Magnetic Island

An ecological jewel offshore from Tropical North Queensland

Apex Camps Magnetic Island is located on the breathtaking Magnetic Island, a short ferry ride from Townsville in beautiful tropical North Queensland. The camp is located in Picnic Bay on the west of the island, surrounded by national parkland with an abundance of bushwalks and beautiful beaches. Your gateway to the Great Barrier Reef with a unique marine environment, and home to northern Australia's largest colony of koalas living in the wild, our 10 acre camp offers the perfect camp atmosphere for all types of groups.

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 activity, accommodation and catering needs. We provide fully air-conditioned comfort, delicious onsite catering and more than 20 exciting outdoor recreation 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:

  • Purpose built facilities, including a floodlit tennis court and multi-purpose court
  • Individual and outcome specific programs designed for every client 
  • We cater to students 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

Apex Camps Magnetic Island is located just 8km offshore from Townsville by 25 minute ferry ride. You will find us at Birt Street, Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island QLD 4819.

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



We can accommodate up to 116 people in 12 fully air-conditioned cabins (total 14 rooms), with a separate teacher/supervisor building. We offer a wheelchair accessible toilet/shower. For larger groups, we also have access to multiple offsite accommodation options in close proximity to the camp.



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!



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 and DVD facilities
  • Floodlit tennis court 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



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 Beach Games, Kayaking, Raft Building, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, a Reef Tour 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. 

We also offer 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 (full 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



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.



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. This activity is sure to hit the mark.


Bush Walk

Our Bush Walk 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  

This session focuses strongly on team work and communication as participants work through various initiative games. Conceptual blockbusting and lateral thinking are required in order to complete these sessions, 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.



Enjoy a relaxing 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  

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.


Reef Tour

If you are after the full Great Barrier Reef experience, we can organise your full 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. 


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 team work together with fun, highly competitive challenges!  



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



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

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


Boot Camp

Our Boot Camp program 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!


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. This session is conducted at Horshoe Bay, a short bus ride from camp.

*Participants must be able to swim. 


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 team work. The session incorporates basic skill tests such as turning around, walking backwards and a jumping mount, which can progress to more difficult challenges.



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, while making this a fun session for all.  


Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Coming soon!



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Reef HQ Aquarium - TOWNSVILLE

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Museum of Tropical Queensland - TOWNSVILLE

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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! You can also choose to do a 'Maggie Fashion Parade'!

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. 




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. 

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

Snorkel Kits
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 (up to 20 kits available and must be pre-booked prior to your camp).

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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