Backpacker Hostels in Magnetic Island, Australia

3 Hostels for Backpackers available. Prices start from $14 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Magnetic Island

Digital Nomads Female Solo Traveller Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…You can also feed the rainbow finches and there are koalas next to the hostel in a reserve. The whole island is beautiful and a trip to feed the wallabies at dusk is recommended. an awesome place … More
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…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 … More


Picnic Bay
Digital Nomads Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest
"…The communal lounge has ample seating and a large flat screen TV. The screen can be used for slideshow presentations to show off your digital photos of the fascinating Picnic Bay and Magnetic … More

Backpacker Hostels in Magnetic Island, Australia

3 Hostels for Backpackers available. Prices start from $14 for a dorm bed.

Get to know Magnetic Island (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Magnetic Island.

Magnetic island is one of the best and most beautiful islands located on the east coast of Australia in Queensland (region of "Great Barrier Reef"). You can reach the island by ferry -- there are a lot of ferries leaving daily from the city of Townsville (you just need to check the timetables) and the trip takes around thirty minutes to get there. Your hostel will give you details about how to reach your specific backpackers hostel (they may offer a shuttle service if it isn't walking distance). The island is well known for its nice weather, turquoise waters, beautiful beaches, and amazing wildlife.

During your stay, you can enjoy the sun and relax on the beautiful beaches, you can take some walks around the island to enjoy the amazing landscapes and wildlife, make a fishing tour to check your skills at this sport, rent a bike, and do a lot of water activities (sailing around the island, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and jetskiing). If you enjoy nature, you will love this island -- as most of the island is a protected national park, you will have the chance to see a lot of animals in their habitats, like wallabies, possums, koalas, and different kind of birds. At night, you can choose to have dinner in a nice restaurant or grab some food from take-aways available -- even though Magnetic is a small island, it has a lot of shops where you can buy anything you need.

If possible, try to match your visit to Magnetic Island with the full moon event. Every month on this island there is one of the best full moon parties in all of Australia -- it's worth a visit for those who like to party hard (it starts around 5 p.m., and it doesn't have time to end). If you manage to visit the island at this time, book your accommodation in advance because it gets really crowded.

There are a lot of hostels in Magnetic Island, so you will not have problems while booking your accommodation (during event times, book in advance to avoid disappointments and guarantee better rates). Magnetic Island's hostels have a good quality/price relation, so enjoy your stay -- definitely you will love it.

Written by local enthusiast for Magnetic Island hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Magnetic Island hostels Grace

Magnetic Island Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Magnetic Island, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
Total number of hostels 3
Average dorm price $39
Average private room price $111
Cheapest Hostel in Magnetic Island Arcadia Beach Guest House & Car Hire with $27
Party hostels in Magnetic Island Selina Magnetic Island (1 in total)
Most Magnetic Island hostels are located in Arcadia Bay, Picnic Bay
Average rating of all hostels 8.3

FAQ about Magnetic Island Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Magnetic Island. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

Other Nearby Cities

Nelly Bay (0.3 Km / 0.2 mi.)
Townsville (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Ayr (75 Km / 46 mi.)
Alva (74 Km / 46 mi.)
Cardwell (131 Km / 82 mi.)
Mission Beach (163 Km / 101 mi.)
Tully (167 Km / 104 mi.)

Travel Tips for Magnetic Island - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Magnetic Island. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Magnetic Island. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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