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Great Barrier Reef Hotels

Bungalow Bay Koala Village

  • 40 Horseshoe Bay Rd. Map It
  • Horseshoe Bay
  • Local Flavor


  • Efficient management
  • Good-value food and drink
  • Clean communal areas
  • Useful onsite facilities (24-hour ATM, public phone, book exchange, tour desk, jeep hire)
  • No under-18s


  • Can be chilly in winter
  • Rooms are basic
  • Noisy till 11 in peak periods
  • Fee for Wi-Fi access

Updated 12/08/2013

Fodor's Review

Simple A-frame bungalows nestled in 6.5 acres of bushland, hammocks slung around a lovely lagoon pool, and free-range wildlife give this eco-accredited YHA resort the air of a remote campground–but it's actually an easy stroll from Horseshoe Bay. Freestanding bungalows, some configured as en-suited dorms (A$25–A$30 per person, per night), some as doubles or twins (fan-cooled or air-conditioned), with fridges and basic balconies (A$74). There are also a few air-conditioned

double suites in the original 1930s building (A$90). The action centers on the large, open-sided On The Rocks bar, which ropes in the crowd with daily drink specials, bingo and trivia nights, and coconut bowling (winners get free drinks), pizza and garlic bread from noon ($), and sociable Wednesday-night BBQs on the deck ($)–or self-cater (using the well-equipped stainless-steel kitchen. Forget mod cons like in-room Internet or TVs, but if you need to keep in touch, there's public Skype, fast Wi-Fi, computers, and printers. Two-hour guided tours of the onsite sanctuary and adjacent bushland are good value (A$21, reptile-handling and koala-cuddling included), as are the terrific bush-tucker-themed Champagne breakfasts with the koalas, held thrice-weekly. Heritage rooms lack outlook and are close to the bar; for tranquility, book a bungalow or campsite.

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Hotel Information


40 Horseshoe Bay Rd., Magnetic Island, Queensland, 4819, Australia

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07-4778–5577; 1800-285–577-Toll-free in Aust.

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 30 bungalows and suites
  • Rate includes No meals

Updated 12/08/2013

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