As part of my stay on Magnetic Island we followed the advice of a good mate working for TravelBugs and he hooked us up with a stay in a Base Hostel – so here’s my review.
After hearing the reviews if Kez and Jimmy about their stay in Base Central in Brisbane I was rather dubious about being holed up on Magnetic Island in part of that chain.
However on arrival I was utterly impressed. The hostel was slap bang on the beach, littered with tall green palm trees and there were several hut dorms around the grounds.
After a prompt and helpful check in we dropped off our stuff in our room – a small but perfectly adequate 8 bed dorm with air con and under bed storage that was clean and tidy.
The hostel has a medium sized out door pool complete with an on site dive centre (which I shall review later this week), a global gossip Internet cafe, restaurant and bar.
The whole bar and hostel thing seems to be a commonly reoccurring theme on the East Coast – and as with most of my other reviews it’s both a positive and negative.
The positive is that you can enjoy an ice cold beer or cocktail on the spacious semi covered patio overlooking the tropical blue waters. And with schooners at $6 or jugs at $14 it isn’t too pricey for a few afternoon bevvies.
However the problem arises when a non BYO rule comes with it. And the ban on BYO in Base extends to a 2 times nightly room check and a strongly enforced confiscation policy.
Even so a bottle of vodka in a water bottle is easily disguised!
In the evening the bar becomes the central point of the hostel, with theme nights, games and giveaways and pumping tunes, even more so as there is a strict no dorm parties rule. This means if you want to party it’ll cost you – $5 happy hour Jagerbombs do soften the blow though, but I would rather save some of my hard earned cash by pre drinking goon!
Despite the bar being the party place it does close at midnight – great if you want to sleep, no so great if you want to carry on partying!
The onsite travel desk offers a variety of on island activities to book as well as helping you plan the rest of your east coast tour – whether this be north and south.
We were booked in on the Steal Deal – which was basically 2 nights accommodation, ferry transfers from Townsville and an evening meal, breakfast, welcome cocktail and days snorkel hire thrown in on top, which was well worth it. Although the meals are limited they have a good choice and portion sizes are worth it. I recommend spending the extra $10 to upgrade to two meals and two brekkies.
Overall the vibe of this hostel suits the island life – laid back and relaxed with a slight dash of intoxicated revelry in the evenings. Apart from the booze rules I can’t say there’s anything bad to say, the staff were friendly and helpful, I got a good nights kip and it was perfectly placed for snorkeling and sunbathing – happy days!
One of the best hostels I’ve stayed in since landing in Oz