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

    Bungalow Bay is a large, friendly and stylish YHA backpacker's hostel, set in the heart of Magnetic Islands National Park. This multi-award winning hostel is easily accessible from Townsville by a 25 minute ferry ride and is situated in the beautiful Horseshoe Bay, just a short walk from some of the most beautiful beaches on the Island. 

    Nestled amongst the gardens, each bungalow here will provide you with a balcony, access to shared bathroom facilities, bed linen, and a fan. Some Bungalows have their own bathrooms and air-conditioning. 

    This unique accommodation provides an outdoor pool, plenty of hammocks and sun lounges, nightly activities and games in our on-site bar. Bungalow Bay YHA has snorkeling equipment hire, bike hire and of course there is the famous on site Koala Sanctuary, where you can join one of 3 daily tours or enjoy a magnificent buffet breakfast with the koalas on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

    The property is 5-minute walk from Horseshoe Bay Beach, where you will find water sports, cafes, restaurants and a convenience store. The nearest supermarket IGA is located in Nelly Bay, a 10-minute drive away.  We are only a 5-minute drive from Arcadia beach and a 15-minute drive from Picnic Bay. Buses run all day, but for a true Magnetic Island experience, topless cars can be hired through our friendly reception staff.

    See the friendly reception staff for a Magnetic Island map, and they will send you on your way with all the best places to see on Magnetic Island. We are also a tour desk and can help you book Great Barrier Reef tours, Whitsundays tours, diving trips and much, much more.

    After a day of activities on the island, guests can relax in our bean bags in the shared lounge area, use our free Wifi and meet like minded travelers.


    • 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 984 Reviews
    • Quiet, and relaxing. Bungalow unique with character. The Koala sanctuary a definite plus.
      Baine P July 2017
    • Great vibe, amazing location everything you need for an island escape. Access to beautiful walks and beaches and the hostel wild life experience was very personal.
      Libby C July 2017
    • I had never hosteled before- this was a great introduction! Staff couldn't be more helpful-made it an amazing stay!!!
      Alicia M June 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

    7:30am 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.