Magnetic Island YHA

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  • Getting here by train

    The hostel is 12km to Townsville Railway Station.

    Arrive Townsville train station Cab to the ferry terminal Sunferries passenger ferry (1 per hour) from 5.35am till 10.05pm Magnetic Island Bus service meet each ferry (catch bus to Horseshoe Bay) 10-15 minutes from the Nelly Bay terminal to Bungalow Bay.

    For Train timetables please visit:

    Getting here by bus

    Greyhound bus picks up and drops off to the Sunferries Terminal, for backpackers convenience.

    Click here for Greyhound bus timetable and bus/ferry link to Bungalow Bay

    Nearest airport

    The hostel is 15km to Townsville Airport. Getting here by air


    Ferry - Sunferries Terminal has 15 departures to Magnetic Island daily.

    Around the hostel

    Main attractions

    • Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary 
    • S.S. Yongala Wreck
    • Horseshoe Bay Markets
    • Magnetic Island Forts Walk

    Nearby facilities & attractions

    • Wildlife
    • Magnetic Island Golf Course
    • Fishing Charters
    • Sailing Tours
    • Motorcycle Tours
    • Horse Ride the Beach
    • Surfing Lessons
    • Scuba Diving Courses
    • Mountain Biking
    • Rock Climbing
    • Bushwalking/Hiking

    Find us...

    Address: 40 Horseshoe Bay Road
    Magnetic Island, QLD 4819
    Phone: (+617) 4778 5577
    Hostel Manager: Brett and Janelle Flemming
    Payment: Mastercard, Visa

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  • Magnetic Island YHA

    This award-winning YHA hostel has all the facilities of an island resort. Set on beautiful Magnetic Island, this backpackers hostel includes an Asian Wok and Curry House, open air bar, funky night atmosphere and hammocks surrounding the pool. The hostel accommodates guests in private A-frame bungalows next to a wildlife sanctuary - it's your chance to sleep with a koala and a croc! A backpackers paradise.


    • Sleeps 120 guests
    • Multi-share dorms
    • Double/Twin rooms
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Group bookings


    •  Air conditioning
    •  Bar
    •  Bicycles
    •  Cafe/Restaurant
    •  Internet/E-mail
    •  Parking
    •  Swimming Pool
    •  Tour Desk


    •  Beach
    •  Bushwalking/Hiking
    •  Diving
    •  Horse riding
    •  Mountain Biking
    •  National Park
    •  Rock Climbing
    •  Snorkeling
    •  Swimming
    •  Wilderness


    84% customer rating, based on 897 reviews
    • Awesome location and staff are super friendly. Great place to chill out for a few days.
      Carrie S April 2017
    • Friendly staff, great facilities, chilled out atmosphere. Bus stop perfectly located outside the hostel as well as parking space for cars and scooters. Would highly recommend
      Richard B April 2017
    • Awesome stay at this YHA!
      Tobias B April 2017
    • Great location. Close to the beach. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Aircon was fantastic! Simple accomodation but good value for money.
      Kelli P March 2017
    • One of the best YHAs I've seen!
      Felix S February 2017

    Find us...

    Address: 40 Horseshoe Bay Road
    Magnetic Island, QLD 4819
    Phone: (+617) 4778 5577
    Hostel Manager: Brett and Janelle Flemming
    Payment: Mastercard, Visa

    Opening times

    Hostel Open all year

    7:300am to7:00pm

    If you are planning on arriving outside of these hours, please phone the hostel to make alternative arrangements.

    Check in from 1:00pm daily 
    Check out until 10:00am daily

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    Things to do in Magnetic Island

    Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary - 3 tours daily. Champagne breakfast with the koalas Weds / Fri / Sun mornings. Enjoy interactive wildlife talks with our rangers. Hold a koala, croc, snakes and lizards. Learn about the natural environment, culture and history of Magnetic Island. 23 secluded beaches, 15km of walking tracks, horseriding on beach, trips to the outer reef, dive the S.S. Yongala wreck, hire a mini moke to explore

    Nightly activities at the hostel's open-air deck and restaurant, or enjoy the island's many cafes and bars.

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    FREE things to do in Magnetic Island

    1. The Forts Walk - see Koalas in their natural setting with spectacular views over looking many of the bays on Magnetic Island.
    2. Walking Tracks - There are many walking tracks on Magnetic Island with destinations ranging form look out points to secluded beaches all around the island.
    3. Daily Lorikeet Feeding - Everyday at 4:30pm we host lorikeet feeding where guests are able to feed the local parrots.
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