More to Maggie than Madness12:51 PM on Fri 04 Jul 2014

Yes Base Magnetic Island is home to Australia's very own Full Moon Party - but beyond the madness this island getaway has the ultimate chill factor!

Where is it? 

If you are heading up the East Coast of Australia then it's likely that you have already heard the tales of Australia's only beach front bar. Magnetic Island is a tropical oasis located in between Airlie Beach and Cairns. The island can be accessed by Ferry which departs from Townsville. 

How do I get there? 

If you are travelling with Greyhound - the bus will drop you off and pick you up at the Townsville Ferry Terminal. If you are travelling with Premier you can catch a quick public bus from to ferry terminal from the Premier drop off. By Car or Campervan? Parking is cheap at the marina. 

Then What? 

We recommend at least 2 nights to chill on Magnetic Island (or maggie as the Queenslanders like to call it). Base Backpackers offers beach front accommodation at Horseshow Bay. The hostel offers Cheap Deal Packages that include your accommodation, ferry tickets, snorkel hire, a drink and meal options. All you have to do is jump on the ferry from Townsville, pay $2 for the public bus on the other side which will drop you off at Base and reeeeeeeeeeeeelax. 

Camping, Teepees, Dorm Rooms, Female Only Dorms and Prive Beach Front Bungalows are available. 

What Can I Do There? 

If you like to party - Base Magnetic Island is the place to be. If you don't like to party - Base Magnetic Island is still the place to be. The hotel offers a little something for everyone - a Kitchen for those wanting to whip up some noodles or a cook that can hook you up with breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

The bar opens early if cocktails by the pool is your thing and there is nightly entertainment: Trivia, Bingo, Dress Up Parties & More. Scuba Diving is on offer as well as snorkel hire. The pool and sundeck overlooks the beach and the views are stunning! 

Keen to cuddle a Koala? Magnetic Island is one of the cheapest and less touristy places to get a photo with a Koala on the East Coast! There are also loads of spots on the island where you are likely to catch them in the wild. Just ask the reception staff where to go! 

Maggie is also famous for the Mini Moke! You gotta do it! If hiking is your thing there are loads of walking trails near the hostel that offer amazing views. 

What is this Full Moon Party you speak of? 

Yewwwwwwww! Australia's very own Full Moon Party is held at Base Magnetic Island every month. Expect to see an epic DJ line up, loads of fluro paint, half naked peeps, buckets & all round craziness. We recommend booking tickets for the New Years Eve Party if paying hundreds in Sydney is not really your cup of tea. 

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