Magnetic Island YHA

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Things to do in Magnetic Island YHA

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.

At the hostel

Bingo night

BINGO!! It's free to play plus there's drink specials and prizes all night.

Deck bar

Coconut bowling

Get all pins down in two go's and win! Drink specials all night.

Deck bar

Giant jenga

Giant jenga and drink specials all night - 2 for 1 cocktails!

Deck bar


Battle of the sexes pictionary.  Drink prizes and specials all night.

Deck bar

Pizza night

Pizza, garlic bread and a pot of beer or cider. Yum!!

Deck bar

Trivia night

Put your thinking caps on.  Four round pub quiz with drink prizes and specials all night.

Deck bar

Tours & activities related to this hostel

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East Coast Highlights

Travel Australia's popular East Coast and visit the 3 must-do attractions - Fraser Island, Whitsunday Sailing and Magnetic Island. Save even more by adding a 10 night YHA accommodation pack to use anywhere en-route!

East Cost Highlights package includes the most popular tours along Australia's East Coast. This saves you over $70 and also gives you peace of mind that you're on the best quality East Coast tours. 

Package includes:

  • 3 Day Fraser Island tour
  • 2 Day Whitsunday Sailing tour
  • 2 nights at Magnetic Island YHA, including ferry transfers and entry to Koala Sanctuary.

The East Coast Highlights package offers the flexibility to add Greyhound’s Hop on/Hop off coach pass from Sydney to Cairns or vice versa (valid 3 months from date of travel). You can also choose to add a 10 or 15 night YHA accommodation pack. (valid 3 and 4 months from date of purchase)

To help plan your trip, we have included a suggested Southbound Itinerary (Cairns to Sydney) and Northbound Itinerary (Sydney to Cairns) for you to download. This is simply a suggestion, the package is designed to be flexible so you can hop on and off wherever you like along the route.

It is recommended you pre-book dates, especially for the Fraser Island and Whitsunday tours, as they can be booked out during the peak season. Please put your preferred date for each of the 3 trips in the comments when making a booking as well as your YHA/HI membership number.

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Fraser Island Whitsundays package

Experience the best of the East Coast with this great value Fraser Island and Whitsundays 6 day adventure package. Includes 1 FREE night at Airlie Beach YHA

Travel from Brisbane up the stunning East Coast to explore the magic of Fraser Island and the breathtaking crystal clear blue waters and white sand of the Whitsundays. Get ready, you are about to make some memories!

Day 1: Make your way to Hervey Bay, the Gateway to stunning Fraser Island. Hervey Bay YHA offers a free shuttle from the Greyhound and Premier bus stop to the hostel. Stay at Hervey Bay YHA

Day 2 and 3: Your 2 day/ 1 night all inclusive tour to the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, begins! You will be picked up from your accommodation between 7.00 and 8.00am before boarding the ferry for the 50 minute cruise across the Great Sandy Strait. Look out for playful dolphins, turtles or the elusive dugong. Make sure you have everything you need for the day as your 4WD tour starts as soon as you arrive on the island. 

From here, you will spend two action packed days discovering shipwrecks, ancient rainforests, freshwater lakes and pristine white sandy beaches. This unforgettable trip takes in some of Fraser Island's most famous locations, including Lake McKenzie, The Pinnacles Coloured Sands, Maheno Shipwreck, Indian Head, and Seventy-Five Mile Beach. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped back to Hervey Bay YHA around 9.30pm.

Day 4:After spending the day exploring Hervey Bay, it's time to board the night bus and get on the road north as you make your way towards Airlie Beach to embark on a once in a lifetime 2 day/1 night sailing adventure.

Day 5: Use your FREE NIGHT at Airlie Beach YHA to explore the vibrant hub of the Whitsundays. With breathtakingly scenic walking trails, a huge lagoon with free BBQs, and world famous backpacker beer gardens, Airlie Beach allows your holiday to be as relaxed or adventure-seeking active as you feel like!

Day 6: Your 2 chilled out days of sensational sailing around the unparalleled Whitsunday Islands starts at 8.30am from Abel Point Marina. Spend the next two days snorkelling, swimming and relaxing. Of course, no trip to the Whitsundays is complete without a visit to the postcard-perfect Whitehaven Beach! On a budget? No worries! Bring your own alcoholic drinks on board the boat (no glass). After sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef and making memories to last a life time, you return to Airlie Beach by approximately 4.00pm.

What to Bring:

1 small overnight bag with clothes and toiletries. Don't forget swimwear, hat, towel, sunscreen, and of course, your camera.

Important Information:

This itinerary is based on using the Greyhound Bus service but does not include transport between Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach. Ask us about our exclusive discounts on Greyhound's East Coast Hop-on Hop-off pass.

Please let us know if:

  • You have any dietary requirements
  • You need a different itinerary from the one listed above- just tell us what tour dates you need and we will do our best to make it happen;
  • You are travelling on and need any tips, or tours booked. We are here to help;

Are you travelling the opposite direction? No worries, contact us directly and we can personalise an itinerary that works for you.

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Greyhound pass Melbourne - Cairns

Travel Australia's famous East Coast in comfort with this Hop on Hop off Greyhound pass. Exclusive discount, save $27 when you book with YHA!

Travelling Australia's East Coast is a popular route for backpackers and using this hop-on hop-off coach pass is a perfect way to do it!

Greyhound makes travelling easy with daily departures so you can travel when it suits you. Once your pass is issued, you have the flexibility to reserve seats up until 24 hours before each departure either online or by phone. Greyhound coaches are safe, comfortable and offer free WIFI and USB chargers at every seat.

Stop at all the must see destinations; Sydney, Byron Bay, Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach! 

Why rush? Take your time to discover some of Australia's best kept secrets along the way… Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Lennox Head, Townsville or Mission Beach.

BUY NOW AND SAVE. You have 6 months from date of purchase to start travelling. Once you start you have 3 months.

Pass is valid:

  • For 3 months (90 days) from the date of first departure from Melbourne or Cairns
  • For use on Greyhound Services on the East Coast between Melbourne and Cairns
  • Hop-on hop-off unlimited times in one direction only

There are also Sydney to Cairns or Brisbane to Cairns Greyhound passes available.

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Magnetic Island Koala experience - 3 days 2 nights

Get up close and personal with Australian wildlife on Magnetic Island in Queensland with this 3 day/2 night adventure.

Get up close and personal with Australian wildlife on Magnetic Island in Queensland with this 3 day/2 night package. Travel by ferry from Townsville to one of Queensland's best kept secrets, where coral reefs fringe secluded beaches and wildlife is abundant.

Magnetic Island YHA has its very own wildlife sanctuary, where you can cuddle a koala, hold a blue tongue lizard and learn about Australia's native animals on your guided tour. There's even champagne breakfast with the animals on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (optional extra). 

Spend the day snorkelling the coral reefs, relax at Horseshoe Bay Beach, feed the local rock wallabies, or explore one of the many walking tracks in the island's National Parks.

Please note: You can catch the local bus from the ferry terminal directly to the hostel. The bus costs approximately $3 and is payable direct to the driver.

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Whitsundays sailing tour - 2 day 2 night

Explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on some of Australia's most impressive overnight sailing boats. Save $15!

Explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on one of Australia's most impressive sail boats. Take time out to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and visit Queensland's stunning white sandy beaches.

This 2 day/2 night Whitsunday Maxi Overnight Sailing Adventure is the trip of a lifetime!

Explore the magical Whitsunday Islands, relax on the famous Whitehaven Beach and take a walk to Hill Inlet lookout. With daily departures you can experience the best snorkelling spots on the Whitsundays coral reef. You can also choose to go scuba diving (extra cost).

What to bring: Small overnight bag, swimming clothes, hat, sunscreen and camera. 

Please note: There are 4 maxi sailing boats to choose from depending on your departure day - Condor, Broomstick, Boomerang and British Defender.

Price is per person. 

Short on time? Check out our 1 night Whitsunday sailing trip.

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Whitsundays fly and cruise package

Experience the 74 Whitsunday Islands from the sky and sea. Take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef plus an exhilarating boat ride to Whitehaven Beach. SAVE UP TO $15

Experience the 74 Whitsunday Islands from the sky and sea. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Whitsundays with a one hour scenic reef and island flight where you'll see Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet from the sky. Your flight also travels over the Great Barrier Reef including the famous 'Heart Reef'.

Following the flight, your day just keeps getting better! Jump on board an exhilarating boat ride with Ocean Rafting. Stop off at the top snorkelling spots and discover the underwater world teeming with fish. Relax on the pure white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach and enjoy a guided bushwalk to Hill Inlet. Your ocean rafting trip includes buffet style lunch plus all snorkelling equipment, including wetsuit hire.

This package has the best view of the Whitundays from above and below the water!

What to Bring: Swimming wear, hat, sunscreen and camera

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Whitsundays Sailing Tour - 2 days 1 night

Want to experience the Whitsunday Islands highlights but short on time? This package is the one for you! *FREE luggage storage!*

If you're a little short on time but still want to experience the magic of sailing through the Whitsunday Islands then this 2 day, 1 night trip is what you're looking for.

Sail the Whitsunday Islands, snorkel the most amazing fringing reefs and relax on unspoilt beaches including Whitehaven Beach. Each boat is BYO alcohol (bring your own) and you can choose to help out raising the sails or spend your day relaxing on the spacious deck. experienced crew will ensure your sailing adventure is one you'll remember for a lifetime.

What to bring: Swimming wear, hat, suncream, camera, small bag with overnight clothes and toiletries

Upgrade to private hostel accommodation and save!

Please note: Double room option must be booked in multiples of 2. Price is per person. Check out our 2 night Whitsunday sailing adventure if you're staying longer.

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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