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Our Experience Staying At Bungalow Bay Koala Village, Magnetic Island

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So we’re naming the Bungalow Bay Koala Village on Magnetic Island as one of the coolest hostels in Australia. And there’s a good reason for this – it’s the only place on the island where you can sleep inside a wildlife sanctuary with cuddly koalas. How many places in the world allow this experience?

Whether you’re a budget traveler, or a family like us, there’s no competition when it comes to finding a place to stay on Magnetic Island, especially if you love animals like us.

It stole Kalyra’s heart. Everyday, she’d ask if she could do the wildlife tour and have breakfast with with crocs, lizards and snakes again.

She’s now got high expectations of places to stay, and it’s going to be hard work finding places to please her now!

But if you’re wondering what it’s like staying at Bungalow Bay Koala Village on Magnetic Island and need a bit more insight into the experience on offer, then this guide is for you. We’ve shared our personal experience staying here so you can decide if it’s an experience you’d like to have.

Disclaimer: We stayed at Bungalow Bay Koala Village in partnership with YHA Australia, but all thoughts, ideas and opinions in this guide are our own. We were in no obligation to write this guide, but did so because we felt it was an experience worth sharing.

This hostel was also previously owned by YHA, but is now owned and operated by the global luxury hostel brand, Selina, and has had some upgrades since we visited (which we have shared below).

Where Is Bungalow Bay Koala Village?

sunset at Horseshoe Bay
Sunset at Horseshoe Bay

Bungalow Bay Koala Village is perfectly located on Magnetic Island, just a five-minute walk from Horseshoe Bay, the biggest bay on Magnetic Island.

It’s known for the pretty sunsets and is the place where you’ll find the most cafes and bars.

Maggie island, as Magnetic Island is affectionately known, is not known for having a throbbing nightlife scene; that’s not what you come here for.

There’s a bus stop outside the hostel, which takes you all over the island. Well, up and down the one main road to most of the bays. You need a 4×4 to access some of the remote spots, but you can easily hire one from the front desk.

A car parked in front of a lake

Our Experience Staying at Bungalow Bay Koala Village

The first thing we loved about Bungalow Bay Koala Village was that the staff are super…

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