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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

Unless you are looking to party and drink continuously this hostel is over rated. The kitten is awful so cooking your own meals is pretty much off the agenda. It's not cheap and the hostel is just focused around drinking all the time. Rooms are basic and the bathrooms stink and don't feel very clean.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hostel is nice, has a good bar and great views. ive heard the full moon parties here are amazing still yet to attend one! This hostel is very much different to any other i have been to in the way of the style, buildings and layout, it is a nice place. The island it self is great and defiantly...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'day Craig M, Cheers for your review! We really appreciate all feedback given and it seems like you had a ball with us which is exactly what we're after! We hope you come back and join us for one of our world famous Full Moon Parties! Cheers, Georgia

Mission Beach, Australia
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

We stayed here after recommendation from an agent. The location couldn't of been better. What amazing views to wake up to. The reception staff were very welcoming. The doors were good. Like the individual coloured lights they all had but........ It is a party hostel. I like a drink and have spent summer in magaluf but this place is on...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'Day becks773! It's awesome you love our location as much as we do, it really does offer great views and sits on a magical island! Our recepetion team work around the clock to deliver incredible customer service and make your stay as pleasant as possible, I'll pass on the positive feedback. Unfortunately it's out of our control to what our...

Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

Where to begin.. This hostel has been one of the highlights of our east coast trip. The highlight of our stay was the staff. They are so much fun, friendly and always trying to get everyone involved in the activities. Seeing as there is no where to go in magnetic this place was the craziest and most hilarious nights we...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'day Awesome Foursome! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I'll definitely be passing on your praise to all the staff - we love it when our staff get mentioned! We really hope you all come back and join us again soon! Best wishes & safe travels, Georgia

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The main attraction of this hostel was the view, which was admittedly amazing. It was right on the beach front and it was beautiful to watch the sunset over the beach. The hostel was also pretty funky with the rooms being lit up in different colours at night. The let down was that they weren't really rooms, and more like...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello, We are working very hard and have big plans to refurbish the toilets on site! Unforetunately they are open to the elements and this takes its toll on our facilties. Glad you though our staff were super friendly and helpful its something we strive towards. Our aircons keep you cool all night long and the outside lights really make...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wasn't very impressed with this Base. To start, my deal had specified free meals and free use of snorkels as well as a kayak lesson. When I checked in I inquired about this and was told they didn't offer a kayak lesson and that the kayaks on site were for staff only. I did get some coupons for meals...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello, I believe your agent may have misguided you on a few things! We certainly offer meal vouchers and snorkel hire and everyone who is entitled to this optionj recieves these wonderful gifts on check in. We are open to the elements right on the beach so we get some stick but our maintance team have taken this on board...

Darwin, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This has to be one of the best located backpackers in Australia. The views and beach are amazing, great vibe at the bar, the oceanfront bungalows are fantastic! The facilities are basic but plenty of showers and toilets and little bar/restaurant which is handy.

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BASEMagnetic, Guest Relations Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Nadine, Glad you share the same opinion as us! This is one of the best located resorts on the East Coast and with the vibe and set up we have created it is only going to get better. We are working very hard to bring all aspects of our hostel up to the standards of our guests and will...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place feels more like a resort on a tropical island than a hostel. The view from the bar/pool area is stunning. I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday here and the staff really did go above and beyond to make my day special. Especially Jay who posted bikinis back to me as I had left them behind in...

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BASEMagnetic, Guest Relations Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello! Glad you enjoyed our outrageous views and wonderful weather. I'm so happy our staff made your stay here awesome especially as it was your birthday! Jay's always happy to help and he'll get a well deserved reward for going that extra mile. Hopefully you'll be back soon to soak up the atmosphere with a Jam Jar cocktail. Thanks Jamie

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

BASE Magnetic is more like a resort than a hostel! Each "dorm" is actually an individual building. It is right on the beach with a swimming pool overlooking the water. The bar has good food, but is kind of pricey. The closest grocery store is a 15-20 min walk and also pricey, so bring groceries from the mainland if you...

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BASEMagnetic, Guest Relations Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello egnefkow1, So glad to hear you loved our hostel! It's really a unique spot. Sorry to hear about the air con, I think any AC would struggle to keep up with the heat during the day here! Stoke to learn you loved our food as well. Hopefully see you again soon! Jamie

Lancashire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed 2 nights on the package deal. I guess you get what you pay for... Very basic rooms - just bunk beds, no lockers and an air conditioning unit that doesn't work. One lovely kind employee tried to help us fix this and even offered to move us rooms but the huge group of football girls that had arrived were...

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Highlights
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Base Backpackers

Address: 1 Nelly Bay Road, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Magnetic Island
Price Range: $63 - $136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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“far from the reception, front row”
 of 5 bubbles Bbthequeen, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
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“try for ocean views”
 of 5 bubbles r0bynb23, 15 Sep 2016 | Read review
“I think they are all shared dorms from memory, but very rustic A frames, right on the beach and bus stop...”
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