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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Understandably, this is a backpacker's hostel, and so you would not expect 5* service, but out-right rudeness shouldn't be tolerated when you are paying a customer. The check-in experience was long and overly complicated. Admittedly, we arrived with a large group off the bus, but that should have made it easier, as the person behind reception could have just done...

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BASEMagnetic, Guest Relations Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Deena M, We do have peak times during the day where we receive a high volume of check ins. Unfortunately there is no easy way to deal with this and the current implemented system is by far the best tried and tested technique. Our rooms are awesome and we work hard to keep these, along with our shared toilet...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worst hostel I've stayed in, meaning I checked out early. The room was dirty, and cramped. There were lots of dead flies in the toilets/ shower area & people were having sex in there too. I like a good party but this hostel doesn't give you the option of chilling, the staff come into your room in the evening to...

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BASEMagnetic, Guest Relations Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello, Sorry to hear our hostel wasn't your cup of tea! We definitely try to keep our hostel open to the diverse range of clients we attract day in day out. We've recently revamped our chill out zones and purchased some awesome bean bags for the pool area, turfed deck and camp kitchen so hopefully these will give guests that...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

By far the best hostel I have stayed at on the east coast! The staff are all amazing and the atmosphere is great. The hostel is right on the beach and is more like a resort than a hostel! Special shout out to Jay who's tour of Maggie Island was absolutely the highlight of the trip! Was such a great...

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BASEMagnetic, Guest Relations Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'Day Jessica S! Thanks for leaving such an awesome review! Our staff really work hard to make your experience the best so we're glad you picked up on it. With our incredible location its hard not to fall in love with this hostel. Jay loves to help out our guests so i'll pass on the great praise you have for...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for the party and hostel atmosphere. I was here 8 years ago and loved it, it's only gotten bigger and better! Definitely the place for young 20's, backpackers and partiers! So much fun, beers are comparable to other bars. Right on the beach and nice atmosphere! I highly recommend, even if you can't stay, make a trip...

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BASEMagnetic, Guest Relations Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'Day Stephanie M! We must be doing something right for you to give us an awesome review without even staying the night! Our bar caters for all walks of life and we try to keep our entertainment diverse for the different age groups coming through every day. 8 years later and we're are still kicking it, bigger and better than...

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was by far one of the best hostels I've stayed in, all the staff are so friendly and helpful (cheers for the bus money Max). Each night is better than the next from boozy bingo to bar wars you can't have a bad night. Jay also helped my friend and I out as we'd caught the sun a bit...

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

Hello AlexandraMelv! Thanks for taking time out of your jam packed travels to leave us such an awesome review. We really pride ourselves on going the extra mile for guests and Max & Jay are stoked with their special mentions! Our nightly entertainment keeps people coming back to this great secluded bar and certainly helps you take away brilliant memories...

Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I stayed at Base for 2 nights while I was visiting Magnetic Island. Great location right on the beach, awesome and friendly staff (especially Jay), overall it was our best hostel experience yet on the East Coast! Jay took my friend and I on a tour to see koalas and wallabies which was awesome!! He also took us to West...

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

Hello Candice M! Awesome review and thanks for taking the time out of your travels to do so. Our location is pretty special and together with our amazing staff it makes it hard for guests to leave us! I'll pass on the high praise to Jay and shout him a few JD's. Safe travels and all the best, Jamie

San Diego, California
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I stayed at Base Backpackers for 2 nights. I hiked Fortswalk and went around Horseshoe Bay. Later Jayson offered my friend and I to see Koalas. Best tour guide in town!!! Honestly better than if we paid for a tour or to go to the Koala sanctuary. We saw 3-4 koalas and got awesome pictures, we then went to an...

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

G'Day ariel_gaf, We've got some pretty strange and wonderful wildlife on the island which is always good to see but when you've got your own personal tour guide it makes it that little bit more special. Jay's always on hand to help and its amazing he takes the time out of his day to do so. I'll make sure he...

Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights. The location is incredible, great view. The vibe was brilliant you could be as involved as you want with cheap Drinks and food. Very friendly staff especially the new guy behind the bar. Exceptional! The huts were beautiful and such a unique experience... only gave them a 4 because our hut leaked during the massive...

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

G'day Sophie P! Thanks for the amazing review. We really work on getting the vibe right for the diverse range of people we have come through our doors 365 days a year so its awesome you loved that aspect of our hostel. Our staff make this place very special and also very hard to leave and it looks like they've...

Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Probably one of the most fun hostels I've stayed at around the world. Perfect location, staff became our friends and one hell of a good time. Stayed over my birthday and all the workers made sure we celebrated it the right way. Boozy bingo is a must. Your liver will never forgive you. We're already having island withdrawals

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

WOAH SANDRA G! First of all, thanks for taking the time out of your travels to right such an incredible review. Our staff always try and create the right atmosphere and get everyone involved so its awesome to hear their hard work is paying off. Boozy bingo is my fave too! Island withdrawals are very common, make sure you come...

Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Stayed here having travelled up the East Coast and wish I'd never bothered. What started as a really good time ended up as a total upset. I stayed here with a group of people who I had met on the East Coast and the final night was a disaster. We had to split our group up over two hostels as...

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

Hello Kirsten P It's good you enjoyed our Boozy Bingo but its such a shame this was over shadowed by the actions of a staff member. I'm really sorry to hear that one staff member ruined your trip over to Magnetic Island. I'd really like to get to the bottom of this situation so i'd like you to email me...

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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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: ₹ 3,194 - ₹ 6,750 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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“Rooms 24 & 25 have an ocean-view balcony. Rooms close to the bar would have been super loud.”
 of 5 bubbles 880deenam, 2 Feb 2017 | Read review
“The rooms by the sea are definitely the places to stay in. A real room with a view!!”
 of 5 bubbles SWOOZ186258, 30 Dec 2016 | Read review
“far from the reception, front row”
 of 5 bubbles Bbthequeen, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Get a beach hut at the front near the end!”
 of 5 bubbles loveshotels4, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“try for ocean views”
 of 5 bubbles r0bynb23, 15 Sep 2016 | Read review
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