We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Base Backpackers

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
Base Backpackers
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

494 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 462: English reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

Location of this hostel is amazing, pretty much in the beach. But the hostel doesn't offer much. Rooms are air conditioned but it is controlled by reception so not effective. Food good value. Nights are restricted and not very well organised. Alcohol prices are pretty expensive for a hostel.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank James C
Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

I've stayed in base for 3 days and 2 nights and I can assure everyone that that's NOT enough for this epic hostel ! I've checked into a privat double suit where I had the ocean right to my window. Balcony outside, Tv in the room and privat bathroom. That definitely gave my stay a different touch ! Sooo worth...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Tara M
United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is by far one of the best hostels I've stayed at in Australia! Decent entertainment every night, a swimming pool, hammock area, bar, serves food at a cost and right on the beach. I got to stay in a little hut with an amazing seaview but there are cabins too. There is free WiFi at the bar and rooms...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank sianstravels2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed at Base for 2 nights would highly recommend this hostel if you want a good party. Bar staff were all so lovely and great crack, always got the crowd going. Good food and resonably priced. Happy Hour drinks are cheap too. Special shout out to Danny, he made our stay fab ☺ Love the 6 Irish Gals X

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Aoifeeee
BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Aoifeeeeee & the Irish girls! Thanks for the review girls, we are glad you enjoyed your stay here, so spread the love to everyone else! I'll pass on the special thanks to Danny and make sure he gets a well deserved pat on the back. Thanks Jamie

A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hostel has a really amazing location. It is a little bit remote on the side of a street with a magnificent view over the ocean. The best part is that you can enjoy the view while having a nice beer in the hostel's own bar. Also there are games every night and there is always a nice atmosphere and...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello, I couldn't agree more about the breath taking view that you can sit back and enjoy with a beer in your hand. The view and the location are what make this place so unique. Our towels are $14 with a $10 deposit included when you bring it back and we'd be more than happy to swap it for a...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

By far one of my most favourite hostels in Australia! The staff is awesome, fantastic atmosphere, met so many cool people. The bingo night was absolutely fab! Hostel has the best view of the whole east-coast, directly at the beach and rooms with sea view. Jay, you are awesome! Had such a good time during the koala tour and we...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Jayne K
BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

YESSSSS Jayne K! That's what we love to hear! Our staff work around the clock to make everyone's stay amazing and are just glad they can help create some awesome memories. Our beach rooms with panoramic views of Nelly bay are to die for too. We work very hard on trying to deliver great backpacker nights so it's good to...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a really good time at Base. I had a hut with amazing sea view and the sunrise from the room was fantastic. The best part of my stay was when Jay, a super nice guy who works at the hostel, took me and my friend around the island and showed us koalas and some secret spots. It was...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Linn R
BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

G'Day Linn R, We are stoked you soaked up the incredible views our hostel has to offer. Jay loves showing everyone around our island home so we are glad he made your stay wonderful. Just don't tell everyone about his secret spots! Thanks for the awesome review and we'll pass this on to Jay :) Thanks Jamie

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Jey, one of the managers, took me and two friends around the island and showed us some really stunning spots! We saw 8 Koalas and a Baby and he gave us some interesting information. He wants to make a real tour of it and I really support him, because it was so nice! About the room I was disappointed, because...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Luisa M
BASEMagnetic, Front Office Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Luisa M, Awesome that Jay took you out to see some of our awesome sights and beautiful Koala's! Unfortunately not everyone can get one of our sea view huts its subject to availability. We've got some amazing snorkelling spots on the island right onto the reef but like anywhere else its very weather dependant and it is wet season...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A hostel with a lot of potential. Near by the bus station, ocean view etc. BUT it is very dirty and you have to pay attentio to not slip on the whole bathroom floor. The rooms ar ok - a bit small for a 8 bed dorm, but ok. The kitchen was very dirty. The staff was not that friendly,...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank vz71
BASEMagnetic, Guest Relations Manager at Base Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi there vz71! We too know the potential this hostel has and every day take on constructive criticism to make it that little bit better, so thank you for the review. The location is close to the bus station and there's a public bus that drops you off at our front door so that's why we haven't implemented a shuttle...

Reviewed 2 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...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Deena M
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...

123 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (118)
Viewed
View from Room (16)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (14)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (19)
Viewed
Room/Suite (12)
Viewed
Dining (7)
Viewed
0:20
Videos (1)
Viewed
Other (49)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (5)
Viewed
Other (5)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Magnetic Island hotels
2.0 mi away
Arcadia Village Motel
Arcadia Village Motel
#1 of 1 in Arcadia
222 reviews
3.6 mi away
Bungalow Bay Koala Village
Bungalow Bay Koala Village
#2 of 18 in Magnetic Island
425 reviews
0.8 mi away
CStay
CStay
#1 of 18 in Magnetic Island
57 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.0 mi away
Peppers Blue On Blue Resort
Peppers Blue On Blue Resort
#2 of 5 in Magnetic Island
834 reviews
1.7 mi away
Arcadia Beach Guest House
Arcadia Beach Guest House
#2 of 8 in Magnetic Island
173 reviews
0.8 mi away
Island Leisure Resort
Island Leisure Resort
#3 of 5 in Magnetic Island
176 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
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: £39 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, Hotels.com, HostelWorld, Travelocity and Expedia so you can book your Base Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Base Backpackers Hotel Magnetic Island
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Base Backpackers staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“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
5 of 5