Magnetic Island YHA

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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


81% customer rating, based on 1137 reviews
  • Hostel was absolutely fantastic. Staff were friendly and I informative.
    Jessica W 8/02/2018
  • Forts walk was very good, lots of wild koalas and amazing views!
    Paula Z 11/01/2018
  • Loved the hostel, the staff were very helpful and flexible with our changing needs of how many nights to stay etc. Really nice vibe in the hostel.. thanks!!
    Charlotte P 10/01/2018
  • Best hostel so far!
    Jennifer B 26/10/2017
  • Absolutely one of my highlights of my 2 week trip down the east coast of Australia! This place was a dream...
    rosemary g 21/10/2017
  • Great place with great staff
    Matthew P 17/09/2017
  • It has an extraordinary location at Magnetic Island.
    Daniel S 7/09/2017
  • Quiet, and relaxing. Bungalow unique with character. The Koala sanctuary a definite plus.
    Baine P 14/07/2017
  • 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 11/07/2017
  • I had never hosteled before- this was a great introduction! Staff couldn't be more helpful-made it an amazing stay!!!
    Alicia M 29/06/2017


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


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 1pm - 7pm
Check out until 10:00am daily