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It’s a good idea to look beyond the price tag and the glossy travel brochures to get services you can count on.

If a travel bargain seems too good to be true, check the fine print for all the terms and conditions of the package. You may find the trip is not such a bargain after all.



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Your location (at Magnums) is: 370 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach Queensland 4802

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The Whitsundays enjoys a tropical climate of hot summers, warm winters and bright spring and autumn days. Average daily temperatures range from around 22 – 23 degrees Celsius in the winter months of June and July, and up to 29 – 30 degrees Celsius in December and January during the height of summer. Water temperature remains a welcoming 25 degrees Celsius most of the year round.

The tropical wet season occurs during January to March when days can be steamy and the summer heat is often broken by tropical showers.

What the weather is doing right now!

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Wet Weather Activities
It’s raining? So what! There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Whitsundays in the wet.
The summer rain isn’t cold, and if you’re wet already, then why not get out and do all the activities you’d planned – snorkelling, sailing, cruising and exploring the Whitsundays. Just because it is raining in Airlie Beach might not mean it’s raining on the islands, or at the Reef, or vice versa, so make sure you check with local operators as to the conditions of the day.

Magnums has a new recreational room with a large screen television, games and lounge areas. You can also access the free WiFi and use our purpose built PC stations.

Stinger Information

Stinger Information

Marine stingers may be present in the waters of tropical Queensland all year round, with the higher risk season during October – May. During this period, jellyfish are prevalent in the waters around the mainland, islands and have occasionally been found out on the reef.

Safe swimming

By taking simple precautions to minimise risk you can safely and comfortably swim in all parts of the Whitsundays region. When taking part in any snorkelling, diving, or swimming activity with an accredited Whitsundays tour operator, protective “stinger suits” will be available to all customers at little or no cost.

If you are stung, Whitsunday Regional Council provides vinegar to treat stings at each of the beaches on the Whitsunday Coast and all tour operators should carry vinegar too. Pour vinegar liberally over the affected area and seek medical attention urgently. Call 000 for an ambulance.

Please note: If you do happen to get stung by one of these “stingers”, do not rub the sting area. Apply vinegar immediately and seek medical attention urgently. Dial 000 for an ambulance. Do not re-enter the water.

Please see marinestingers.com.au or ask your tour operator for more information.

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest living structure and the only one visible from outer space, the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

The Whitsundays region benefits from being located as the closest point off the Queensland coast to the Great Barrier Reef.

Stretching over 2000 kilometres in length, the Great Barrier Reef protects the Whitsunday Coast and Islands from huge ocean swells providing the region with some of the safest sailing and cruising waters in the world.

The magical, naturally formed Heart Reef is located in the Whitsundays and is the Whitsundays number one photo opportunity from the air.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to a stunning array of animals, from microscopic plankton to whales weighing more than 100 tonnes. The Great Barrier Reef supports the following and more:

  • 1625 species of fish, including 1400 coral reef species
  • More than 3000 species of molluscs (shells)
  • 630 species of echinoderm (starfish, sea urchins)
  • 14 breeding species of sea snakes
  • 215 species of birds including 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds
  • Six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle
  • 30 species of whales and dolphins
  • One of the world’s most important dugong populations
  • 133 species of sharks and rays

(Ref: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/about-the-reef/animals. GRMPA 2012)

The different types of animals found along the Great Barrier Reef help make it one of the richest and most complex natural systems on earth.


Check out tour operators that visit the Great Barrier Reef.

Wildlife & Conservation

Wildlife & Conservation

Native Animals found around Magnums Accommodation

All native animals are protected by law.

Magnums is renowned for its tropical surroundings and its commitment to the local flora and fauna. Conservation of our native species depends on us maintaining a suitable habitat and providing education to staff and guests.

Australian Bush Turkeys

Bush turkeys eat insects and larvae pests. These are also called Brush Turkeys and Scrub Turkeys.

The Australian brush turkey is known as ‘mound builders. They build mounds to incubate their eggs.

You may notice these mounds and leaf litter around the resorts and pathways, much to the horror of our maintenance staff who are continually trying to keep the pathways clear and clean!

Magnums tropical surrounds provide the perfect habitat for these turkeys! Bush turkeys are generally nervous and will keep out of your way. Scratch among leaves looking for food and run fast when disturbed. They can sometimes be heard making soft grunts and the males have a deep three-noted booming call. Brush turkeys are protected by law. They are regarded as common by government environment agencies.

Bats & Flying Foxes

Bats are invaluable mosquito controllers

You will probably not see bats or flying foxes within the grounds of Magnums, however you will see them in the twilight sky and on the foreshore. Flying-foxes pollinate and disperse the seeds of many native plants and rainforest trees.

Never touch a flying-fox, only a registered bat carer should deal with any live animal.

Bats and Flying Foxes are protected by law. They are regarded as common by government environment agencies.

Frogs & Cane Toads

Frogs eat insects and their larvae
Frogs aren’t poisonous and do no damage. Frogs are most likely settle to in the toilet or bathroom. You will often hear them singing in perfect conditions.

Cane Toads

These little guys are considered a nuisance throughout Australia. There is an public eradication program in many states, however we strongly advise that you leave this to our fauna team as they are trained to identify frogs and cane toads and humanely eradicate toads, if necessary.

Thanks to our team at Magnums, we haven’t seen any for a while now!! Some native frogs (like these ones above) look a lot like cane toads.


Geckoes are natural pest controllers. They eat cockroaches, moths, mosquitos and midges.

As a recycling machine, Geckoes droppings are much cleaner than those of the pests they control.

He is our icon – go the Gecko.


Lizards are great pest controllers and eat cockroaches and snails. There are no poisonous lizards in Queensland.

Lizards are often mistaken for snakes; if you are concerned please ask our reception team to arrange for identification and removal if necessary.


Goannas are large lizards that are great pest and snake controllers eating insects, smaller lizards and snakes.

Goannas are rather wary of human intrusions into their habitat, and will most likely run away (into the scrub, up a tree, or into the water. Some of our Goanna’s have lived at Magnums for many, many years and are part of the family!


Snakes – if you’re lucky you will see one.

It is rare that you will see a snake around the Magnums accommodation, if you do, get your camera out, but do not try to catch or provoke.

You may spot a Carpet Python or Green Tree Snake, which are common to North Queensland. Non-venomous, but capable of giving a serious bite if provoked.

They assist in eliminating rats and mice and deterring possums and most households in Australia choose to co-exist with non-venomous snakes as home pets.


If you hear a man walking on your roof in the evening – it bound to be a Possum. Possums carry their babies in their pouches and both mum and baby are very cute, but we would ask you not to feed or encourage them to be dependent on humans. If you leave food on your baloney it will be stolen. Possums are not dangerous – they are generally shy creatures.

Rainbow Lorikeets

Commonly found in the Whitsunday region, Lorikeets are one of the more vocal birds, Rainbow Lorikeets are well known for the array of colours seemingly splashed over their bodies. The Rainbow Lorikeet enjoys the Magnums gardens and you will find them in many places throughout the Whitsundays.


Galahs are a pink and grey coloured cockatoo found in most areas of Australia. Galahs have the reputation of being somewhat one of the cheekier Australian birds. Galahs are actually intelligent, social and highly adaptable birds. Galahs can be messy and very noisy, so we prefer that guests do not feed or encourage them to habitat the BBQ and living areas.


The name “Laughing Kookaburra” refers to the bird’s

“laugh”, which it uses to establish territory amongst family groups. It can be heard at any time of day, but most frequently shortly after dawn and after sunset to dusk.

One bird starts with a low, hiccuping chuckle, then throws its head back in raucous laughter: often several others join in. If a rival tribe is within earshot and replies, the whole family soon gathers to fill the bush with ringing laughter. Hearing kookaburras in full voice is one of the more extraordinary experiences of the Australian bush, something even locals cannot ignore; some visitors, unless forewarned, may find their call startling.

Magnums guests sometimes can’t help themselves but laugh along with our Kookaburras.


Ants are primarily a nuisance, but cause little damage. They feed on food including starch, meat, fats and sweets. Guests play the major role in the control of ants by ensuring proper food storage and waste management, reducing the food that often attracts ants indoors. Magnums actively discourages ants from becoming a nuisance by adhering to strict housekeeping procedures.

Magnums provides a spray solution of mild vinegar and water to disrupt the ant trails and encourages guests to actively assist in the control process.


Moths and Butterflies are very similar insects, however moths look rather drab and are generally nocturnal. Moths are attracted light so you will see them hovering around the Magnums accommodation areas in the evenings.

Moths are harmless; however we’d suggest you don’t invite them into your wardrobe as they just love to nibble on clothes.

Mosquitos | Midges

You’ll hear most visitors to North Queensland talk about our lovely “Mossies” and “Midges”, an inherent part of your travels to North Queensland. Very itchy!!

Magnums has extensively planted out natural repellent plants to assist in the control of these insects. This has proven to be extremely successful to date.

Note: Magnums strongly advises all guests to wear repellent, especially when touring islands and beaches. This can be purchased at most local shops or pharmacies.

Midges are so small you can only see a black spot, mosquitoes are generally large enough to spot and splat!

Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association

Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association

What is the Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association?

The Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association, often referred to as WCBIA, represents members operating a multi-million dollar charter boat tourism industry within the Whitsunday region of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This is an association that aims to maintain the highest standard of quality and safety among their vessels in order to continue to develop a more sustainable, viable and professional sector of the marine tourism. In order to join WCBIA, vessels must undergo the Vessel Rating System audit within three months of introduction. Industry operators must find the perfect combination of boat, crew and activities on board while maintaining the highest level safety and comfort. If the vessel is able to meet the standards expected of this elite association, then they can become a member and promote their ‘red tick’ status…

What does the big red ‘tick’ mean?

The red ‘tick’ is a marketing logo that identifies WCBIA members from the rest; a logo worn with great pride! For tourists, it is a logo of reassurance… It allows tourists to easily identify a WCBIA product versus one that has not been able to meet such high standards.

Why pick the tick?

All WCBIA vessels are independently and regularly audited by an assessor to ensure your experience in the Whitsundays is the best it can be.

WCBIA members are committed to:

  • Operating in a manner that enhances and preserves the natural, social, cultural and economic values of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
  • Acting honestly, fairly, and with professional courtesy at all times.
  • Maintaining the highest level of safety and marine practice.
  • Providing accurate information on the cultural and natural resources of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park & Island National Park.
  • Working cooperatively with government agencies and regulators to ensure protection and preservation of the Great Barrier Reef Marine & Island National Park.
  • Protecting and promoting World Heritage Values.
  • Fostering an environmental and service ethic amongst all involved in marine tourism.
  • Marketing and promoting all products with integrity and honesty. Adhering to pricing clarity at all times.
  • Striving for excellence in quality and service to customers.
  • Providing our passengers with a positive lifetime experience in the Whitsunday Region of the Great Barrier Reef Marine & Island National Park.

WCBIA has been an active association for over 10 years and is still the premium Whitsunday organization that helps keep the standards high across the fleets.

Working In The Whitsundays

Working in the Whitsundays

Looking for Work?

The Whitsunday region has something to offer people from all walks of life.

The main employers in the Whitsundays are mainly based around hospitality (bars and restaurants), tourism (hotels, apartments, retail stores) and marine (deckhands, skippers, dive instructors and hosts).

These jobs are regularly available and can be sourced once you’ve arrived, or by checking the local newspaper, the Whitsunday Times employment advertisements, local recruitment agencies and the website Work in the Whitsundays.

Harvest Jobs and Fruit Picking Work in the Whitsundays

Are you a backpacker looking for a harvest job & fruit picking work in the Whitsundays? Visit www.harvesttrail.gov.au for more information.

Provided you have a current working visa, the Whitsunday region provides several excellent opportunities for seasonal harvest work. Jobs are available in Mackay, Bowen, Calen and Ayr throughout most of the year, but predominantly from May to December.

Phone the National Harvest Telephone Information Service 1800 062 332 for information on harvest labour wages, working conditions or accommodation.

When the hard work is over, you can enjoy the “fruits of your labour” – tour and travel packages are available here.


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