About Schoolies

Schoolies Week is a celebration of crossing the finish line of high school and being released into the world.

Australians have been celebrating Schoolies Week since the 1980’s! Yes, around the time your parents graduated high school!

However schoolies celebrations have now been almost a compulsory Rite of Passage, and so much effort is now put into the schoolies events by groups such as “Sure Thing Schoolies Travel” to make schoolies week the most memorable week of your life…. If you’re expecting the best week of your life… You won’t be disappointed 🙂

If you’re reading this, you’re probably the group organiser for your schoolies group and your friends are relying on you to organise a great trip. That’s why it’s in your hands to make the smart decision and book your trip with Sure Thing Schoolies – Don’t let your friends settle for anything less. After 13 years at school you all deserve an absolutely awesome schoolies week!

Magnetic SchooliesThere is such a thing as a lucky horseshoe. On Magnetic Island it’s called Horseshoe Bay. It’s the best, the ideal location and the coolest place to be for Schoolies week. And when you book you are smack bang in the middle of the best entertainment, eateries and shopping on the island.

It’s a real pain if you have to hike everywhere just to be part of the action. Remember once you’re registered as an official participant at Schoolies, you get that magic wristband which is your ticket to anything and everything you fancy on the Schoolies schedule.


Location, location, location

magnetic-schoolies-3Imagine being stuck in accommodation overrun with families and little kids or seniors with hearing aids wanting everyone in bed and asleep by sundown. That could happen in the wrong location. Ensure you pick the right place – stay at the official Schoolies resort – no need to worry about old people asking you to keep quiet, or worry about Toolies at your hotel.

The Official Schoolies Resort is for Schoolies only – and that’s the way it should be.

There is no curfew or lock-outs to worry about when you stay for Schoolies Week. Get yourself to one of the best locations in Australia.

Magnetic Island has everything including privacy. It’s a short ferry ride from Townsville and the beaches, wildlife, shopping and cafes are fabulous. In fact it’s the ideal spot for a Schoolies week of parties, fun, sun and relaxation.

Did we mention the weather?

Magnetic Island has some 320 days of sunshine a year. Sure Thing have been running package deals for Schoolies to the Island for years. They know the safest and sunniest spots. They know the best hotels for Schoolies with staff on hand who know where the parties are and when.

magnetic-schoolies-2Like so many locations, Magnetic Island is a hot ticket for Schoolies. You can never book too far ahead. Tell your friends, line up your friends and head for the sunshine, the wildlife (the birds and possums are particularly attractive) and the high life in sunny Queensland.

All employees at Sure Thing Schoolies are Fully Accredited and Qualified.
Schoolies at Magnetic Island: Details and Packages now available

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: http://www.sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic_island_ferry_timetable.php
Schoolies 2022
Week One: 19 Nov – 26 Nov 2022

Schoolies 2023
Week One: 18 Nov – 25 Nov 2023

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.

Schoolies AccommodationThe Schoolies Resorts must be booked through Sure Thing Schoolies

Recommended Hotel:

Name: Amaroo on Mandalay Resort
Address: 61 Mandalay Avenue, Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island QLD 4819
Website: www.amarooonmandalay.com.au

Beach: 1500m
Town: 1000m

2 to 5 people per room.
Larger groups can have multiple rooms side by side.
You will not have to share your room with other people you do not know. Each group gets private rooming.

Typical Bedding: 1 x queen bed and up to3 x single beds

Room facilities
All rooms have a private bathroom, living room, air conditioning and a kitchenette.

Magnetic Island Schoolies Accommodation Map

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: http://www.sealinkqld.com.au/magnetic_island_ferry_timetable.php
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: www.magneticislandschooliesweek.com.au/gallery

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.
  • 7 Nights Accommodation at the Schoolies Accommodation
  • Access to on-site Schoolies activities and facilities at Schoolies accommodation
  • Sure Thing Schoolies Registration and wristband for entry into the Schoolies Party
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 schoolies@surething.com.au 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. 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 schoolies@surething.com.au 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:

Full terms and conditions: Click Here
  • ATAS
  • Approved
  • AFTA
  • NSW
  • TCF
  • Sure Thing Schoolies
  • Schoolies Event
  • Book Schoolies

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