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Base Backpackers Magnetic Island
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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“Right on the beach”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Great location on the bus route from the ferry and literally on the beach! Bit of a walk to the supermarket but food and drinks available on site. Kitchen could have done with a good clean and there were ants eeeeeeeeeeeverywhere but that's difficult to avoid in Queensland. We stayed in one of the cabins and it was great. Relaxing during the day, fun at night.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Although this was only our second hostel experience, it was fantastic! The hostel is clean, well maintained and great value for money! It is also well located for everything you need on the island!! We booked a twin room and actually got 2 single beds - our definition of what a twin room should be like, unlike our last hostel experience!!!

We would definitely recommend staying here!

The staff were also fantastic, and all very welcoming! Thank you guys for making our stay!!

Troy

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Morcote, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

I arrived on magnetic island for a stay of 2 days, and I was very surprise at the moment that I've see in what a fantastic position is located this hotel, directly near the see!.
You fell asleep whit the sound of the ways on the night :)

The bungalows are arranged on the cliffs whit a unforgettable view on the see, the room where I stayed was for 8 person, and I sleept very well, the roommates was very nice and I spend whit them 2 great days full of relax and laughts.
For sure the island not offer many attractions but its a place where you can relax for a few days.
That's right that the restaurant isn't really good but it's also throught that you can find places where the food is worser.
But if you like to cook your own food, 10 minutes from the hostel you can find a market whit all the things that you need!
If I go back to magnetic island, I'll stay for sure on the Base hotel

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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London
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Booked the 2 nights package deal with PeterPans which includes the ferry crossing and some free food and drinks and was really impressed. The rooms were fine and I could see the sea from my bed which was great. Communal bathrooms were fine and meant you never had to wait to use the shower. This hostel is right on the beach so you can sit around the swimming pool looking out to the sea. The bar is also great with activities every night, a great place to meet people and have a good time!

Go see the wild koalas (late afternoon is the best time) and see the sunset at West Point, amazing!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Most unfriendly staff ever especially the blond hair female manager. Beautiful Island but horrible experience in this hostel. I got overbooked, not willing to search for a solution but she answered me with the question: ' So what are you going to do now?' Horrible fan rooms, NO AIRCON! Really disgusting kitchen, to many cowebs in the rooms. Too humid. The pool is all the time occupied by the diving school. Dont have enough supplies, like scooter rentals and snorkling stuff. DONT GO TO THIS HOSTEL!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend recently stayed here for two nights. Not the best hostil iv seen but nice enough. The food was really nice considering the backpackers diet we been on for the past month, the rooms had an amazing view(125) looking over the ocean, the staff seemed to enjoy themselfs, they were good. Kitchen though was a masave let down, nothing worked! Kawala sanctuary is a must see, the bargain of our trip defo

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We were first put into a 8 bed cabin like thing, was vile and hot. The little huts looked so cool and were were put in the horrid for the same money so we complained and PAID to upgrade to a saver double room which was around $70 a night. Was alot better although air con was sooo loud! Toilets and showers were ok, bit dirty and not enough mirrors considering every girl seemed to be always doing themselves up! Lady at reception with black hair was lovely and really friendly. also free meals were good!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Base Backpackers Magnetic Island
Address: 1 Nelly Bay Road, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Magnetic Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Magnetic Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers Magnetic Island 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Base Magnetic Island is a must do on any East Coast trip - in fact it's a destination holiday in its own right, especially as the only backpackers in Australia with 100% beach frontage. Boasting on average, more than 320 days of sunshine per year, Magnetic Island is the ultimate tropical adventure for anyone looking for something special Spend your days sipping a cocktail in the sun by the pool, spotting koalas from North Australia's largest wild Koala population or learning to dive at our on site SCUBA facility. From lazy days on the beach directly in front of the property to heaving parties of over 4,000 people for our Full Moon Down Under events - Base Backpackers has something for everyone. From ocean front en-suite private cabins - to shaded camping grounds and everything in-between, we've got an on site travel shop, cafe, restaurant and party bar and a team of staff that are willing to help in any way we can. Come stay and play in one of Australia's premier backpackers, on beautiful Magnetic Island. Getting here: Catch the SealinkQLD ferry transfer from Townsville to Nelly Bay, then it is a short ride on the Public Bus heading towards 'Picnic Bay' the bus stop is out the front of our property ... more   less 
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