Discount rates on North Queensland holidays for veterans

by Terry Walsh, Defence Holidays North Queensland

Defence Holidays North Queensland is a not-for-profit company owned by the soldiers of North Queensland since 1972. It has recently bought the Island Leisure Resort (pictured) located on Magnetic Island, North Queensland, which is a relaxing 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville.  

Along with its sister property, Cocos at Trinity Beach north of Cairns, it is available for holidays at a much-reduced rate (30% discount) for all serving and ex-serving personnel. Public servants and emergency services from all states can also enjoy the same discount.

Both resorts offer a relaxing atmosphere for families, and local shopping, restaurants, and medical facilities are close by. Local tours and Barrier Reef day tours may be arranged on site.

Taxis, transit coaches and hire cars are available from Townsville airport to get you to the Magnetic Island ferry terminal. If you wish to catch the car ferry to Magnetic Island, tickets are available at a reduced rate if booked through the Defence Holidays office.

Hire cars are restricted on Magnetic Island; however, the local bus service should meet your needs.  

Hire cars are available at the Cairns airport for those wishing to travel to Trinity Beach. Public transport is also available from the Cairns railway station.

For enquiries about both resorts or to make bookings, contact us on 07 4725 3842 or email manager [at] You can also visit the website:

Please note any COVID-related travel restrictions that may apply at time of travel.

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