Apex Camps Magnetic Island

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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, Birthday Parties 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.




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.


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).


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.


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).



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 cappuccino, latte and hot chocolate during their stay. 



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
  • FREE general sports packs available on request for use during free time, including equipment for tennis, soccer, football, netball and basketball. Extended sports packs are available for the duration of your stay, including table tennis, bocce, baseball, beach volleyball, cricket, frisbee throwing and sandcastle building.
  • 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.



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. 



  • Abseiling


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


  • Archery
  • Bush Walking
  • Fishing
  • Radio Rogaine 
  • Team Builders
  • Amazing Race Challenge
  • Boot Camp
  • Catapults
  • Yoga
  • Beach Olympics
  • Archery Tag


  • Reef HQ Aquarium
  • Museum of Tropical North Queensland


  • Reef Tour*




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





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 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

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. 

*Participants must be able to swim. 



Our off-the-beach snorkel tours provide an affordable way to explore one of two great snorkelling locations on the island - Nelly or Geoffrey Bay. Experience the beauty of the Magnetic Island Reef, part of the spectacular Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This activity is accessed either by foot or by bus, depending on the tides and weather conditions as to the most suitable location at the time.  

*Participants must be able to swim.



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. 


archery tag NEW 

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 "champiton team".  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 8 years or over to participate.


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, including a slack line activity, in order to 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!



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.



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.  


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.



For some good old fashioned beach fun in the sun, our beach olympics is the perfect activity! This activity can include anything from competitive beach sprints, three legged races, obstacle course runs, ball games, relays and more - either in the water or on the sand! Beach olympics incorporates team work and competitive fun, and can be tailored to suit any group. 


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.

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

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. 


Please note, risk assessments for each activity are available here

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