Arcadia Beach Guest House & Car Hire, Magnetic Island

Arcadia Bay
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Good experience

Hosts are very friendly and helpful!! Location is perfect and accommodation is very clean!!! Very friendly environment! Thanks for all!

Caro & Stef
Age 24 | French

Magnetic island Arcadia guest house

Arcadia guest house was pretty awesome, thanks to Russell and Bernadette. we stayed in a safari tent and it was nice and simple, there's tv, a pantry equipped with a microwave, fridge, and stove. The beds are comfy. Our hosts, Bernadette and Russell, were good! They picked us up (in a red mercedes), drove us around and arranged our snorkeling tour! location is convenient too.


Most friendly little lodge

I found Arcadia Beach Guest House via the internet, and how lucky I was! Pete and Joe, the new managers, picked me up by the ferry in a convertible VW Beetle. Colorful, friendly and helpful, always with a smile on their lips, if not a plain old funny remark, made this my most pleasant stay in Australia. Situated right by the beach and with great facilities, including a kitchen with all the cutlery you'd want, a great dining area with TV, rental cars on site. Rooms were plain, but very clean. Dorms had two or four beds, all single-beds (no bunk beds for once). It's the kind of place, where you sit down and make friends with not just the managers, but also fellow-guests. Unlike Base Backpackers, it's a quiet place, where the focus is on a friendly peaceful atmosphere rather than party 24/7. Supermarket and restaurants close by, WI-FI on site. To top it all off, we were dropped off again by the ferry four days later in the lodge's Rolls Royce!!!



This was by far the best place I stayed in Australia. The hosts were exceptional as was the hostel itself, which is actually more of a B&B than a hostel. Location is great -- just a few minutes' walk from Arcadia itself. Clean and friendly. The new owners just took over the place about a year ago.


Most friendly by far

I stayed at Centaur House way back in 1989 and it still ranks at the top of my list as most memorable. In fact, I was thinking about my trip to Australia last night and it was the first place I wanted to look up in an attempt to thank Ken and Liz for their hospitality. The guests were a great crew as were the staff and locals. Having been on the road for several months by the time I landed on Magnetic Island, it was refreshing to stay at a place you were made to feel at home. Betting on the frog races is something I won't forget. So relax, chill out, and clean up after yourselves if you find the kitchen a tad messy. Hope to make it back that way one day!

Helene Taylor

went there for two nights and stayed three weeks. friendliest hostel in twenty years of traveling.


I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. Mine hosts were very friendly and very knowledgeable about most subjects. I found the rooms clean and spacious. The kitchen could have been cleaner, but that's a minor complaint as everything else was comfortable. It has easy access to everything, plus the beach opposite, and the pleasure of feeding the wallabies and possums every night. Paradise what else do you need?

I stayed here for twelve nights from Sept/Oct. 2005. I recommend this oldest guesthouse to anyone; it has good rates and a perfect location for relaxing. I'm still e-mailing the owners and will see them again next year. Thanks for your hospitality, Ken and Liz.

Marina Minnelli

No wayyyyyyyy! I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy. Overall it was dirty, and it was impossible to use the toilets and kitchen (they're a threat to your health!!). Absolutely to avoid.


Response from the accommodation:

New owners took over the property in 2006. We have renovated the entire property, added new rooms, kitchens and fabulous common areas, all spotlessly clean :-)

More reviews...


Magnetic Island's first small hostel and the first backpackers in the world - commencing in 1964. Beachfront on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, it's now known and respected as Arcadia Beach Guest House & Car Hire. We are situated directly across from beautiful Geoffrey Bay and offer a unique, clean and friendly atmosphere. All linen and towels are supplied as well as tea and coffee. Snorkeling equip, 4 wheel drives and cars for rent.
The accommodation on offer includes dorm, twin, queen, king rooms, ensuite rooms, two studio apartments's and a 2 bedroom cottage overlooking the beach, and for something a little different, the four Safari Tents, which are located in our tropical gardens, consisting of queen beds and twin beds, power, light and fan. There are three communal areas for you to relax and meet new people, ample bathrooms, 2 kitchens, wood-fired pizza oven, pool table and swimming pool.
The guesthouse is centrally located with restaurants, general store, internet cafe, pub, bottleshop and more just a short walk away. Geoffrey Bay across the road and Alma Bay just minutes away, both these beaches offer some of the best shore based diving and snorkeling available, with minimal interference by jellyfish stingers.
Arcadia Beach Guest House is truly a unique and relaxed environment, catering for the variety of today's travellers. This place must be seen and experienced by all...
"A huge leap forward from the old Centaur House";-)

Location and Contact




Address: 27 Marine Parade Arcadia, Arcadia Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia

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Website Arcadia Beach Guest House & Car Hire Magnetic Island
Phone Number: +61 (7) 4778-5668, 1-800-655-680
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage



Airport Pickup (Free from Ferry)

Breakfast (10)

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

No Bunkbeds

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool


Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8 AM - 6 PM (08:00-18:00)

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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