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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 6 April 2016

Stayed 3 nights over Easter - would have been happy to extend stay but a large group had booked out all rooms. Gorgeous view from Private Double room, totally made the stay. Whole place is set right on the beach front, though the beach itself is not really used due to seaweed and water unswimmable unless you have a stinger... More 

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

G'day there mellebayham! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a positive review! We really appreciate your feedback and have fixed the window screen to stop the Wasps making their way into that room. We hope you come back and stay with us again! Best wishes & safe travels, Georgia Reception Manager More 

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54 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed this Hostel. Great people, great games and lots of drinking. The full moon party was awesome but I'd advise caution if you don't like groping cause I'm a guy and got grabbed by the opposite sex quite a few times. I couldn't even imagine what happened to girls there.

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

G'day there Christopher R Thank you for such a banging review! We really love that you enjoyed Base Magnetic Island as much as we do. We hope to see you again at our next Full Moon Party! (May 20th, by the way :D) Best wishes & safe travels, Georgia Team Leader More 

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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights while travelling the east coast. Will start with the positives first, the hostel is located on Nelly bay with a great view of the sea. It's very much a party hostel, really enjoyed the boozy bingo it was great fun. Now the negatives, not a picky person when travelling just want a clean basic room... More 

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

G'day there Cill B, Thank you so much for leaving us a review. We really appreciate feedback of all sorts, and it helps us work out what we can do better. We've taken some serious action to ensure that the points that you brought up have been fixed. We hope that you come back to give us, and our beautiful... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Out of all the Base hostels I stayed in, this one was the best. Great workers, great atmosphere and overall great experience. Shared a mixed 6 person dorm, very clean, toilets not to far away. Music doesn't disrupt your sleep which is a plus, you can upgrade for a double room for not so much. they have a lovely chill... More 

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Thank TomGward
BaseMagneticIsland, General Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi TomGward, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review. Really love that you get a chance to enjoy our piece of paradise. Hopefully you get a chance to come back and visit us again soon and we can continue to provide an awesome experience. Hope the rest of your travels are spectacular. Cheers, Tom Cooney More 

Yorkshire
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

This place has everything you need from a beach hostel. Clean kitchen and toilets, big enough for everyone at busy times. Snorkelling straight off the beach is not the very best but we still spent a few hours looking at the different fish and coral. The mixed dorms got hot inside during the day but the air con finally caught... More 

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BaseMagneticIsland, General Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'day Tinkerbyname, What an awesome review to wake up to, thanks so much for taking the time. We really put a lot of love and passion into the place here, so it's incredible to hear when people enjoy their time with us. I'll have a look at the air-cons and see what we can do in relation to getting them... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2016

I stayed here over New Year and went to the Full Moon party.. I had a blast. Met some great people and really enjoyed the general atmosphere. Theres always nights on in the bar and drinks offers. Its right on the beach. It is a little bit secluded, about a 20 min walk to the shop and botte-o but its... More 

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Thank lazyeyebailey
BaseMagneticIsland, General Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi lazyeyebailey, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, it's awesome to hear you enjoyed your stay. We know the walk to the shops is a bit of hassle some times, especially in the glaring heat the morning after ;) but we agree, it's a little bit of the charm of the place being so... More 

Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

So we stayed here for 3 nights. We ended up staying in 3 different rooms so feel that we have a good overall knowledge of the place! It was annoying that we had to move so much as I had called ahead to pre-book a smaller room. I wasn't told about the double room option only the 6 bed dorm!... More 

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BaseMagneticIsland, General Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi UKtravelperson, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, and huge apologies about all the room moving, we are just super busy at the moment. I'll make sure to upgrade the staff information so that we can include the options for the private rooms where available as that would have made everything much easier for... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

I recently stayed at Base Magnetic with my mother and we loved our stay 100%. We had a beautiful bungalow right at the beach overseeing the ocean with a comfortable double bed, a fridge, tea and coffee as well as a big ensuite. We had a little terrace stepping out of our door and enjoyed sitting there in the mornings... More 

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Thank Shirelle S
BaseMagneticIsland, General Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Shirelle S, Thanks soo much for leaving us a such a glowing review, we know in party hostels it can be often hard to find a quiet corner but i'm stoked you felt we provided some opportunity for a bit of peace and quiet as well as put the party shoes on when you feel like it. Hopefully you... More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Stayed here for 3 nights in a 6 bed dorm and loved it. The bungalows are well air coned and very clean with plenty of plugs. Extremely picturesque so perfect for those who love a good Instagram. Kitchen had plenty of plates, cutlery and space. Lots of space to sit by the bar although in the evening the music can... More 

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Thank Becca E
BaseMagneticIsland, General Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Becca E, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review, and such an awesome one too. Huge apologies about the veggie burger, I've got the F&B team working an a couple of new vegetarian options so you don't feel left out in the food offerings next time, it's definitely not supposed to come on a... More 

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Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Great location, right on the beach! Bar staff are awesome and our favourite waiter was josh! You will spot him wearing a flowery top and mini skirt ;0) great chilled atmosphere in the day and plenty to keep you busy in the evening! Nice to sit at the bar when the sun sets to have a drink. Huts for dorms... More 

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BASEMagnetic, General Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for much for taking the time to leave us a review, it's great to hear when people love the place as much as we do. I'm hoping you were here for Ladies night, otherwise Josh must be in some desperate need of laundry day. Hopefully you get a chance to come back and visit us again soon.... More 

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Highlights
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
Internet
  • 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: $64 - $135 (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
“Get a beach hut at the front near the end!”
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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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“not 6 beds”
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