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Property Description

Bungalow Bay is a large, friendly and stylish backpacker 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 A-frame 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, snorkeling equipment hire, bike hire and of course we have our famous on site Koala Sanctuary where you can join one of our 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 our 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 we 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 Wi-Fi and meet like minded travelers!

We can't wait to host you here at Bungalow Bay!

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Dec 01, 2022
Amazing hostel, so much wildlife it literally feels like you are camping in the wild, great experience and very chill. Only issue was the space in out 8 bed dorm was very narrow so was awkward to open bags and storage was very limited.
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Couple, 25-30
Nov 24, 2022
Pretty good overall. Good pool and bar. Cabins were cute but spacious and beds reasonable. Showers and toilets outside so a bit dirty/full of bugs. Kitchen was fairly limited. Not many utensils etc and gas jobs kept getting blown out by the ceiling fans. Fridge space also pretty limited. Wi-Fi only worked in bar area not rooms. Great location though - Horseshoe bay has stinger nets and great for sunsets. Also close to forts walk and lots of snorkelling.
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Male, 18-24
Nov 19, 2022
A nice location close to horse shoe bay. The little bungalows were fairly small me and my friend struggled to find room to put our bags down in a 6 bed dorm. The wifi is only 500mb per person per 24 hours which I found incredibly frustrating. The kitchen was also rather hot and I found in a struggle to cook in at meal times.
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Female, 18-24


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
  • General

    • Wheelchair Friendly
    • Security Lockers
    • Swimming Pool
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • BBQ
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Air Conditioning
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Card Phones
    • Washing Machine
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Late check-out
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Bar