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Base Magnetic Island Hostel

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On the beach
On the beach
On the beach
Outdoor pool

Overview of Base Magnetic Island Hostel

Base Magnetic Island Hostel

2 out of 5

4.1/5 Very good

Guests rated this property 3.3/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Social distancing
1 Nelly Bay Road, Nelly Bay, QLD, 4819

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationNelly Bay Beach1 min walk
  • Popular LocationMagnetic Island Golf Course19 min walk
  • Popular LocationRocky Bay1 min drive

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About this area

Nelly Bay

Located in Nelly Bay, Base Magnetic Island Hostel is on the beach. Travellers eager for a bit of culture can stop by Museum of Tropical Queensland, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Radical Bay and Horseshoe Bay Beach. Maritime Museum of Townsville and ReefHQ Aquarium are also worth visiting. Kayaking and scuba diving offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with ecotours and hiking/biking trails nearby.

What's nearby

  • Nelly Bay Beach - 1 min walk
  • Magnetic Island Golf Course - 19 min walk
  • Rocky Bay - 1 min drive
  • Picnic Bay Beach - 3 min drive
  • Craft Market - 10 min drive

Getting around

  • Townsville, QLD (TSV) - 151 min drive


  • Man Friday - 19 min walk
  • Tamarind - 4 min drive
  • Early Bird Cafe - 9 min drive
  • Sandi's on Magnetic Island - 9 min drive
  • Cafe Nourish - 9 min drive

About this property

Base Magnetic Island Hostel

Waterfront hostel with an outdoor pool
This hostel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool and a nightclub. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a bar/lounge, laundry facilities and tour/ticket assistance are on-site. All 30 rooms offer balconies, WiFi and ceiling fans.
Base Magnetic Island Hostel offers 30 forms of air-conditioned accommodation which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature a ceiling fan. Rooms open to balconies. This Nelly Bay hostel provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.
Recreational amenities at the hostel include an outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: WiFi (AUD 4 per day)
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Motorhome/coach/lorry parking on site

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast available for a fee daily 7:30 AM–11 AM: AUD 8-16 per person
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • Bike rentals
  • Billiards/pool table
  • Motorised watercraft
  • Nightclub
  • Outdoor pool


  • ATM/banking services
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English


  • Beachfront location
  • Garden


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Braille signage
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • No lift (single-level property)
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Outdoor space

  • Balcony


  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

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Check-in from 2 PM - midnight
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 10:00 AM - midnight
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children 18 and younger are not allowed at this property from January to December; the rest of the year they are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: AUD 20 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between AUD 8 and AUD 16 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: AUD 4 per day (rates may vary)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard and cash

We should mention

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including stag and hen parties
Pool access available from 7 AM to 7 PM
Children 18 years old and younger are not permitted from January to December
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms

Property is also known as

Base Hostel Magnetic Island
Base Magnetic Island
Base Magnetic Island Hostel
Hostel Magnetic Island
Magnetic Island Base
Magnetic Island Base Hostel
Magnetic Island Hostel
Base Backpackers Hotel Magnetic Island
Base Magnetic Island Hostel Nelly Bay
Base Magnetic Island Nelly Bay
Base Magnetic Island Nelly
Base Magnetic Hostel Nelly
Base Magnetic Island Hostel Nelly Bay
Base Magnetic Island Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

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Overall score and ratings


Very good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 17 out of 47 reviews
5 - Excellent 36%
Rating 4 - Good. 22 out of 47 reviews
4 - Good 47%
Rating 3 - Okay. 4 out of 47 reviews
3 - Okay 9%
Rating 2 - Poor. 3 out of 47 reviews
2 - Poor 6%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 47 reviews
1 - Terrible 2%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with group
Liked: Staff & service
Poor mans Maldives
A little hut over the water - perfect spot. Nothing flash, very private and the view over the water with the waves crashing on the rocks made this place perfect. The room is basic but tidy. No fridge or anything like that so be sure to utilise the communal kitchen. Not having a bathroom was easier then expected and the communal block was always clean. Didn’t spend anytime at the restaurant or bar so can’t comment on these. Great base to hire yourself a scooter and zoom around the island. 5 min ride into the main town. Breakfast at a shack was a 5 min walk. First time staying at a backpackers and I was pleasantly surprised. Would def stay there again.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2020

5/5 Excellent

Stayed 1 night in Jul 2020

4/5 Good

Liked: Staff & service
Base Review
The location of the hostel is right on the beach and easy to get to from the harbour. We stayed in a double room which was fine for a couple of nights. The evening entertainment is good and there is something on every night. Room was fine and what we expected, could have been a little cleaner but was okay for the most part.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2019

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This is a great hostel, defianltey a party hostel but if you get a room furthest from the bar no issues on sleep. Staff are fabulous, friendly, helpful and full of energy.
Stayed 1 night in May 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in May 2019