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Base Backpackers Magnetic Island
Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia
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27 reviews
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“Kinda diasappointing”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Stayed at Base for two weeknights and was sort of disappointed. We had heard good things about it but it didn't live up to our expectations. For a start there weren't many people around but thats not the fault of management. The patios outside the cabins were so loud! We were prepared for a party place but it sounded like someone was stomping right beside you whenever somebody walked by. The kitchen wasn't very clean. The washing machines all had different prices on them. It was displaying $6 for a white wash and $3 for colours. The staff were a bit flippant (we did meet one or two nice ones though). We ordered breakfast in the morning from the restaurant and the lady working there- she had "Mama" or something on the back of her apron seemed a bit pissed off that we were ordering 10mins before closing. She made a comment to one of the other staff members about how backpackers are supposed to clean up after themselves. It was quite rude as it doesn't state anywhere we have to clean our own dishes and we were made feel disrespectful. First restaurant I've ever been to where we had to clear our own plates. Especially when there was nobody else there! Drinks promotions were good. Pasta for dinner was basically pasta and a bit of pesto. So basic for what it cost! Good amenities and location but wasn't made feel very welcome compared to other backpackers.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We stayed in a private room in Base in early August. It was directly overlooking the sea which was nice to wake up to! The room itself wasnt the cleanest and the bed linen was stained! However the hostel itself is well maintained. The food at the bar is nice and cheap! There are drinks promotions also. The location is fantastic as its right on the beach. Its about 10/15 mins walk to the harbour area where the boat arrives to and where theres a supermarket. We walked along the beach to get there. There is also a public bus that goes from outside the hostel. We used this to get from the ferry terminal with our bags. Theres a small little pool in the hostel which is nice. Shower facilities are good and there are quite a number of showers. All in all a good stay.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Base is in the best hostel location in Magnetic Island! Right on the beach with cute water view bungalow. Facilities are great, food amazing quality and well presented. Public transport at their door!
Apart from that Base has awesome staff. Super friendly and very helpful.

Room Tip: Room at the front are better. Very good value to upgrade to private too.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Noosa, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Hi guys!
I would like to say a big THANK YOU for this amazing weekend! Everything was perfect from the beginning to the end! The room was clean, the food was delicious and the staff was always lovely and helpful. Oh, forgot to mention... best bar service ever ;-)
I also loved the amazing ocean view from my bedroom. Breathtaking!
Thank you and I hope I can be there again soon!
xx
Carol (BWT Noosa)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

What an amazing hostel, this was more like a resort and the views were stunning. The staff were FAB, especially Troy who really looked after us. We stayed in the beach front huts and were so comfortable, amazing to go to sleep hearing the waves... Woke up to beautiful sunrises over the ocean, very special.

Fun bar, fun crew, great atmosphere, and the brekkies are AMAZING!

Room Tip: The absolute beach front huts are ace, a million dollar view
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Milford Sound, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Ive stayed at this hostel twice now - loved it both times! The location is pefect .. you really dont feel like youre staying at a backpackers. The common area is big, clean and has a great ocean view. The cabbins are small but cosy and with everything to do at the hostel and on the island, you barely spend any time in the cabbins. The bathrooms are big, with great showers!! Also, a great place to party! Id love to go back again in my travels.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Really good hostel lovely location and amazing big pool which was lovely. The reception was helpful about day trips!
The bar was amazing gave loads of free drinks and had such a fun night out here!!
The only thing is the kitchen is awful it has ants and so many other animals everywhere and really needs to be sorted out!!
Everything else was fine the bathrooms weren't great but were fine.

  • Stayed March 2013
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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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