My partner and I stayed in an ocean view room overlooking Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island. It was an absolutely stunning view waking to every morning and no matter where you were in the appartment you were seeing water. Convenient as walking distance to the ferry terminal however private enough and without much noise. The Island itself is small as much of the land is heritage listed national parks but there are many walking tracks, amazing bays around the island and plenty of eating options. The appartment was new, modern and very well layed out. It was stunning, very comfortable and relaxing.
Very family friendly, great location (10 mins walk from ferry, short 5 mins walk to supermarket/cafe/restaurant/bottle shop/chemist). Lovely pool, very friendly staff - this was our second visit and we'll be back !
Very friendly helpful staff, 2 very clean, well set up kitchen and relaxation areas. Our tent was clean, beds comfy, power available......everything we needed for a budget stay. An echidna came nosing around the garden in front of our tent and a mother possum with baby on its back came to the kitchen area in the evening - delightful. Only one shared toilet and one shower which could have been an issue but it caused us no problem.
I had such an incredible time, and the X Base Magnetic hostel was a big part of that. Younger crowd, lots of friendly people from all over the world travelling through, island bar with great parties nightly, and located on the beach/ocean in Nelly Bay. Conditions are extremely lacking in rooms (basically run-down shacks for housing luggage, equipment, etc.), but who wants to stay in their room at a place like this? Not ideal if you're looking for a clean, ritzy establishment. But if you just want to hang out on an island and party for a few days, it's perfect.
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