The Hotel: Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island
A modern collection of self-contained units, the four-star Grand Mercure Apartments Magnetic Island houses up to 58 fully equipped apartments. Situated beside the Coral Sea and Marine Reserve with scenic views of the neighbouring city of Townsville and Cleveland Bay, it’s an ideal base from which to explore the local area.
Upon checking in, groupies can crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy some chocolates before getting acquainted with their spacious room settings. The one- and two-bedroom apartments come with fully equipped kitchens, with stainless steel appliances, and feature scenic balcony views. With fantastic nature all around, guests will find much to see and do. Or, if staying on-site is preferable, there are four swimming pools - including a rooftop pool - to take advantage of, as well as an exercise room and barbecue facilities.
- Bed size/type: One queen bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- Bed size/type: One king bed and two single beds
- Standard occupancy: Four people
- Maximum occupancy: Four people
The Area: Magnetic Island, QLD
Known as “Maggie” to the locals, Magnetic Island is a national park covered isle just a few kilometres offshore from Townville. A popular spot for tourists and locals alike, the destination offers sailing, diving and snorkelling experiences along with nature walks to spot the local flora and fauna. Take a sea kayak tour around the island to learn its secrets, lap up the sun and get hearts beating all at once.
Families head to Riverway for all-ages fun, whether it’s a dip in the swimming lagoons, stroll through the cultural centre or coffee in a buzzing café. Hit up one of a handful of beaches, creeks and swimming holes for a true tropical north Queensland experience, following dips up with a wander through lush rainforest. On selected days of the week, travellers can bring back trinkets and treasures from their time in the city at a market – try Cotters Markets, Willows Markets or Showgrounds Markets.