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Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is often underrated... until you spend some time there! Over 50% of the island is National Park, and home to the largest koala sanctuary in Australia. Koalas are elusive little cuties, and this may be your best chance to see them in the wild. Feeding rock wallabies and catching the sun setting back over Australia from West Point beach are all on the agenda. Rent a mini 4WD between some mates and go exploring for the day - it's the best and coolest way to get around. Radical Beach a close walk from the accommodation is one of the best swimming beaches on the island.

Population: 2000

Vibe: Island life at it's finest

Known as: The best place to see wild koalas


Forts Walk Sunset

Forts Walk
Join your Stray guide on a trek around the Forts Complex. Combining WW2 history with stunning scenery, this 1.5 hour walk will lead you to an incredible viewpoint where you can admire the horizon and surrounding islands.

Hire a 4WD and cruise around the island
A backpacker favourite! Hire a mini 'barbie car' and zoom around the island or round up a group of mates and drive in convoy. If you have your 4WD for the whole day - make sure to head out to West Point for sunset.

Spot koalas in the wild
Look up! You're bound to see atleast one wild koala nestled in a tree during your time here.They sleep for 22 hours a day though... so there's a high chance they'll be asleep.

Swim at Horseshoe Bay
It's rare to find a safe space to swim in Queensland (thanks to all the deadly marine life), but Horseshoe bay is equipped with stinger nets to prevent any unwanted attention. Hallelujah!


YHA Bungalow Bay

Wake up to the sound of nature in this unique hostel - set within a tropical garden environment. Just a short stroll away from Horseshoe Bay and with a bus stop outside the front door, this place is a gateway to the Island's best kept secrets. It even has it's very own Wildlife Park, where you can join a daily tour to learn more about the local wildlife and even see koalas!

40 Horseshoe Bay Road
Magnetic Island,QLD 4819, Australia
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Tel: +61 7 4778 5577

Magnetic Island YHA


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What to do on Magnetic Island

Here's the lowdown on all the must-see parts of this awesome island. Ssshhh, it might even be our favourite island in Australia!