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Overview of Cstay


2 out of 5

4.6/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.6/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Social distancing
32 Picnic Street, Picnic Bay, QLD, 4819

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationPicnic Bay Beach3 min walk
  • Popular LocationMagnetic Island Golf Course8 min walk
  • Popular LocationRocky Bay11 min walk

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About this area

Picnic Bay

Located in Picnic Bay, Cstay is near the beach. National Trust Heritage Centre and Jezzine Barracks are local landmarks, and travellers looking to shop may want to visit Fairfield Central Shopping Centre and Willows Shopping Centre. Maritime Museum of Townsville and ReefHQ Aquarium are also worth visiting.

What's nearby

  • Picnic Bay Beach - 3 min walk
  • Magnetic Island Golf Course - 8 min walk
  • Rocky Bay - 11 min walk
  • Nelly Bay Beach - 17 min walk
  • Alma Bay - 7 min drive


  • The reef bar cafe - 4 min walk
  • Mama Roma - 4 min walk
  • Man Friday - 4 min drive
  • Scallywags cafe - 4 min drive
  • Tamarind - 6 min drive

Getting around

  • Townsville, QLD (TSV) - 153 min drive

About this property


Beach hostel in Picnic Bay with free parking
Guests at this beach hostel will appreciate convenient on-site amenities such as barbecue grills and a picnic area. All 20 rooms offer free WiFi, fridges and showers.
Cstay offers 20 forms of accommodation with air conditioning. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower.
Recreational amenities at the hostel include an outdoor pool.

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Free off-site parking

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fridge


  • Library

Guest services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage

Languages spoken

  • Afrikaans
  • English


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning


  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower

Food and drink

  • Fridge


  • Desk

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Check-in from 2 PM - 5 PM


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 5 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or 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 credit cards

Property is also known as

Cstay Hostel Magnetic Island
Cstay Magnetic Island
Cstay Hostel Picnic Bay
Cstay Hostel
Cstay Picnic Bay
Cstay Picnic Bay
Cstay Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Cstay Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Picnic Bay

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 38 out of 62 reviews
5 - Excellent 61%
Rating 4 - Good. 23 out of 62 reviews
4 - Good 37%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 62 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 62 reviews
2 - Poor 2%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 62 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
It was a nice quiet place close to all Picnic Bay facilities
Stayed 6 nights in Aug 2021

2/5 Poor

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Our room was both uncomfortable-thin mattress, thin pillow, sqeaking bed--and unclean--dead insects and other dirt lying around on the floor both in the bedroom and the shared shower room. But the biggest problem was the absence of hot water in the shower. As a result we left one day early. The manager seemed more intent on playing with his dog than responding to our concerns
Stayed 4 nights in Jul 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great place to stay
I enjoyed my 3 nights I stayed at Cstay. The location was great. Adam the owner was a really nice guy and I felt at home when I got there. There's a nice pool, kitchen, lounge to relax. The pub and cafes are close to eat at. Also a very nice beach and jetty you can fish at as they have free fishing rods. I'll be back. It's a wonderful place to stay on a budget.
Stayed 2 nights in Apr 2021

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
on a budget
a clean, good, no frills budget accommodation . Great position close to beach,hotel and restaurants. I needed an overnight stay that didn't cost a lot and this was perfect. the shared bathroom arrangement was clean and no problems. appeared to be a share kitchen available which i didn't use so I guess you could say it is an upmarket backpackers. room had a small fridge, airconditioner and double bed although room could be a bit small for 2 people with luggage.
Stayed 1 night in Apr 2021

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2020