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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here for 1 night for my birthday with my partner on a Saturday. I was a bit worried about booking whats known as a "party hostel, as we don't normally stay in hostels, but loved the look of the private ocean front bungalows - and I'm glad we booked! Maybe its just the time of year, but it wasn't...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'day there Ana J! We're super glad that you enjoyed our little slice of paradise! We're really lucky to be based in such a beautiful part of Magnetic Island. I hope you come back and visit us again the next time you're on Magnetic Island :-) Best wishes & safe travels, Georgia

Kent, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Boyfriend and I stayed here two nights - not loads of hostels to choose from but we went with Base as part of a package through our travel agent where we got a 'free breakfast' and 'free dinner'. The food wasn't bad but the vouchers were actually just money off, not completely free. My boyfriend also had to wait over...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'day Amy A, We appreciate that you took the time to leave us a review. We love getting feedback from our Guests. I've passed on your message regarding the lack of cutlery and crockery in the Kitchen so we can get that fixed. I've also let the Head Chef know about the burger taking one hour - although we can...

Galashiels, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The Mrs and I stayed 2 nights here on our trip up the east coast. Great fun place to meet new people, had a cracking time all round. Massive shoutout to Jay for getting the Fireballs in! We got a 4x4 to explore the island and the guys on the desk were always on hand to help out. Thanks to...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'day there! Cheers for leaving us a fantastic review! I'll pass on your praise to our General Manager and to our lovely Housekeeping Supervisor Jay. We really hope you come back and join us again for some more fireballs! Best wishes & safe travels, Georgia

Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Throughly enjoyed staying here, staff very welcoming, rooms exceptionally clean! Jayson wyatt topped it off though obviously! Thank you for everything really enjoyed being here! Great facilities and vibe :)

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'Day Francesca S! I love to hear such positive reviews. Our staff are dedicated to making your stay here amazing. I'll pass on the special praise to Jay and make she he gets an awesome surprise! Be sure to pass on the praise to everyone you meet and safe travels for the rest of your trip! All the best Jamie...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

The only good part of the hostel was how it looked like from inside the grounds. It was beautiful, like a little tropical resort, with cool huts to stay in and a pool area. That was it though. The full Moon party was extremely dissapointing. Terrible+overpriced food. No glow paint or any colors or paint for that matter. Some local...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'day there littalwabbit, We appreciate the time you took to write this review. We're glad you thought our grounds were beautiful - we put a lot of effort in them to keep them green and lovely and we're glad it's paid off! I've passed on your comments about the cutlery to our Head Chef. We are sorry you weren't able...

Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

A friend and I visited the hostel and we thought it was excellent. Good location with it being right on the beach and about 10 mins walk into the town or a bus is available. The staff were very helpful and friendly. They had lots of activities each evening and food available was delicious. The only negative think I can...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello there, Annmarie S! Unfortunately a lot of people recently have had the same satisfying stay as you did and our hostel has had to keep up with a huge demand. When you rang there probably wasn't this influx of guests we are experiencing now but I can only apologise for our reception team ofr not taking the time out...

Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Unless you are looking to party and drink continuously this hostel is over rated. The kitten is awful so cooking your own meals is pretty much off the agenda. It's not cheap and the hostel is just focused around drinking all the time. Rooms are basic and the bathrooms stink and don't feel very clean.

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Howdy Rebecca P! We have nightly entertainment and activities that run a handful of times through out the week. We try and tailor these events towards a diverse range of guests that come and stay with us. We try our very best to cater for everyone's needs so it's disappointing that you couldn't find one of our many events satisfying....

Reviewed 4 December 2016

The hostel is nice, has a good bar and great views. ive heard the full moon parties here are amazing still yet to attend one! This hostel is very much different to any other i have been to in the way of the style, buildings and layout, it is a nice place. The island it self is great and defiantly...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'day Craig M, Cheers for your review! We really appreciate all feedback given and it seems like you had a ball with us which is exactly what we're after! We hope you come back and join us for one of our world famous Full Moon Parties! Cheers, Georgia

Mission Beach, Australia
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We stayed here after recommendation from an agent. The location couldn't of been better. What amazing views to wake up to. The reception staff were very welcoming. The doors were good. Like the individual coloured lights they all had but........ It is a party hostel. I like a drink and have spent summer in magaluf but this place is on...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'Day becks773! It's awesome you love our location as much as we do, it really does offer great views and sits on a magical island! Our recepetion team work around the clock to deliver incredible customer service and make your stay as pleasant as possible, I'll pass on the positive feedback. Unfortunately it's out of our control to what our...

Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Where to begin.. This hostel has been one of the highlights of our east coast trip. The highlight of our stay was the staff. They are so much fun, friendly and always trying to get everyone involved in the activities. Seeing as there is no where to go in magnetic this place was the craziest and most hilarious nights we...

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BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'day Awesome Foursome! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I'll definitely be passing on your praise to all the staff - we love it when our staff get mentioned! We really hope you all come back and join us again soon! Best wishes & safe travels, Georgia

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Base Magnetic Island is a must do on any East Coast trip - in fact it's a destination holiday in its own right, especially as the only backpackers in Australia with 100% beach frontage. Boasting on average, more than 320 days of sunshine per year, Magnetic Island is the ultimate tropical adventure for anyone looking for something special Spend your days sipping a cocktail in the sun by the pool, spotting koalas from North Australia's largest wild Koala population or learning to dive at our on site SCUBA facility. From lazy days on the beach directly in front of the property to heaving parties of over 4,000 people for our Full Moon Down Under events - Base Backpackers has something for everyone. From ocean front en-suite private cabins - to shaded camping grounds and everything in-between, we've got an on site travel shop, cafe, restaurant and party bar and a team of staff that are willing to help in any way we can. Come stay and play in one of Australia's premier backpackers, on beautiful Magnetic Island. Getting here: Catch the SealinkQLD ferry transfer from Townsville to Nelly Bay, then it is a short ride on the Public Bus heading towards 'Picnic Bay' the bus stop is out the front of our property ... more   less 

Additional Information about Base Backpackers

Address: 1 Nelly Bay Road, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Magnetic Island
Price Range: $66 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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“far from the reception, front row”
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“try for ocean views”
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