Schoolies Magnetic Island

Magnetic SchooliesMagnetic Island located a short ferry ride from Townsville is a popular Schoolies destination for students from Queensland. Enjoy #islandlife for a week to celebrate finishing high school. The official Schoolies accommodation ensures that you and your friends will be hanging out with other school leavers, creating an awesome and fun atmosphere to party and relax.

Magnetic Island sits within the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the world and an incredible place to see colourful coral reefs, tropical fish and secluded beaches. Back on the island there are plenty of beaches to explore and walks to enjoy. At night enjoy the exclusive parties, BBQs and activities at the resort with the official Sure Thing Schoolies wristband.

magnetic-schoolies-2Things to do Schoolies Magnetic Island:

  • Go kayaking or stand up paddle boarding from one of the main pristine beaches.
  • Watch the sunset from Horseshoe Bay
  • Head out on a boat to explore the surrounding bays and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • For those hikers, head into the National Park and do the Forts Walk, a breathtaking hike with stunning views out over the island.


Schoolies Events on Magnetic Island:

Get access to the Sure Thing Schoolies parties with your wristband, these are all ages events and are ideal for those who aren’t 18. The vibe at the resort goes off every night and is the perfect place to celebrate with friends.

Magnetic is on Australia’s east coast next to Townsville QLD, around a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville.
Magnetic Island Schoolies map
The ferry between Townsville and Magnetic Island makes up to 20 return trips a day for $21.30 return for a student. The ferry schedule can be found at:

Schoolies 2024
Week One: 16 Nov – 23 Nov 2024

Schoolies 2025
Week One: 15 Nov – 22 Nov 2025

Schoolies aged 16 to 18 who are completing year 12 on the year of travel may attend. If you have left school early (eg Year 10) for work or TAFE and you are in this age group then you may also attend. The Schoolies accommodation and activities are accessible to all Schoolies 18+ as well as under 18.

If you choose not to drive then you can book your flights to Townsville with Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar, AirNorth, Regional Express, Emirates or American Airlines.

The closest airport to Magnetic Island is Townsville airport.

Closest to Magnetic Island Schoolies Accommodation Map

From Townsville you can easily catch the ferry to Magnetic Island. The ferry runs up approximately 20 times a day and a ticket can be purchased directly with the ferry operator. The cost is $21.30 return for a student. The ferry timetable can be found on this website:

There is a Sure Thing Schoolies Party for Schoolies of all ages (16 to 18). You get access to this by booking through Sure Thing Schoolies. In addition, there is a great Schoolies vibe at the Schoolies accommodation that can be enjoyed every evening for all Schoolies regardless of age. Staying at the Schoolies accommodation is a huge advantage for those who are under 18 as it gives you a venue to enjoy and celebrate your Schoolies week.

Free for Schoolies at Accommodation

  • Swimming Pool
  • BBQ Area
  • Schoolies games and activities

Premium Activities

(Costs involved)

  • Horse Riding
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Sports
  • Kayaking
  • Catamarans
  • Wake boarding
  • Tube Rides
  • Water Skiing
  • Fishing Trips
  • Comedy Shows
  • Koala Sanctuary
For Schoolies images click:

Official Magnetic Island Schoolies Video

Measures are in place to make it as safe as possible for Schoolies. Sure Thing Schoolies has a 100% Safety record in all 14 years that it has been running Schoolies events. Magnetic Island is considered to be one of the safest Schoolies destinations. There is also staff on site at the Schoolies accommodation at all times. Part of enjoying Schoolies celebrations is staying safe and healthy.

Stage 1
Upon payment of deposit, group members must register on an online form:

  • Full name as per I.D. or passport
  • Mobile number
  • Personal email address

Stage 2
On 10th of August of the year of travel, group members must register on an online form:

  • Address
  • Home Number
  • Date of Birth
  • High School Name and Suburb
  • Portrait photo

Check-in vouchers are sent by email approximately 28 days before departure.

Travel insurance can be purchased through Sure Thing Schoolies at a discounted rate. Travel insurance documentation and payment will have to be finalised and confirmed before it applies. Contact for Schoolies travel insurance details.

Payments are non-refundable. Changes are allowed in certain circumstances, see terms and conditions for details

Yes. We understand that you want Freedom at Schoolies. You have the freedom to explore the beautiful Magnetic Island, however, the best beach on the Island is right across the road. You can go shopping, do tours and activities as you wish.

Absolutely. This is a must to ensure you that have no problems at check-in. It will also ensure you are at a “Verified” schoolies hotel – these hotels must meet guidelines of safety, prime location, good rooms, schoolies-friendly staff, and it also ensures that you don’t miss out on the genuine schoolies experience.

On Magnetic Island, location is very important, so ensure you are where the action is – The best stretch of beach, shops, cafes and schoolies entertainment are at a part of the island called “Horseshoe Bay“. It is also a huge benefit to be amongst other schoolies – the last thing you want is to be at a hotel with young kids taking up the pool, and elderly people asking you to keep the noise down after 8pm. Schoolies hotels are set up especially for the enjoyment of schoolies… you’re here celebrating the end of high school after all!

At Magnetic Island there is one particular hotel that stands out from the rest for schoolies week. Being located at the best part of the island at Horseshoe Bay in a verified schoolies hotel means you are safe and are within convenient walking distance to the shops, cafes, beach, and schoolies headquarter area. There is no need to waste time or money catching any buses. The name of the hotel is “Amaroo on Mandalay Resort”. If you are heading to Magnetic Island for schoolies week – this is the place to be.

No, there is no schoolies Curfew. Sure Thing Schoolies runs safe and professional schoolies events and NEVER enforces a curfew or lock-out, and NEVER leashes you to the hotel grounds.

Enjoy the amazing food available at Magnetic Island. The food includes all the normal stuff you would expect such as Pizza, Chicken, Steak, Pasta, Fish and Chips, Wedges, Seafood, Burgers, Fresh Fruit. There are also cafes, restaurants and a supermarket close by. There is a full kitchen in each of the Schoolies apartments as well as a resort BBQ if you feel like preparing your own food.

Yes. There are so many food outlets available that you are very likely to find multiple options for your dietary requirements.

Yes. Full bedding is supplied at the resort including sheets, pillow and blankets. Remember to bring your own beach towel.

Yes, there is a full kitchen and television in each room for those staying at Amaroo on Mandalay Resort.

No, it’s not banned, but please consume it legally and responsibly

Being in QLD, Magnetic Island is in the UTC +10 time zone

This is the highest level of accreditation available to Australian Travel Agents and Tour Operators. Only the best of the best have this qualification. Sure Thing Schoolies is honoured to have ATAS accreditation. Sure Thing is the only Schoolies company that is ATAS accredited – ensuring you reliability, credibility, professionalism and an absolutely awesome Schoolies week.

Yes, there are ATMs available within walking distance.

Yes, Amaroo on Mandalay Resort is rated as the Number 1 Schoolies accommodation. This is mainly due to the perfect location (right in town and right on the beach) as well as the awesome Schoolies vibe and those who are on-site to help.

Just like the hottest concert tickets… The schoolies hotel rooms get snapped up nice and early, the earlier you book, the better it is for you. To get things rolling, contact and let them know how many people are in your group. From there, they will send you an itinerary of the best available rooms and will give you details on how you can make them yours!

These are the House Rules for this event: