Bungalow Bay is a koala sanctuary and YHA hostel all rolled into one. On beautiful, tropical Magnetic Island, the accommodation is unique in appearance and located just 3 minutes walk from the beach. Dorm rooms are available but as this trip was my Christmas present, we paid a little extra for a private cabin but still made use of the shared bathroom and shower facilities. The cabins are A frame, wooden and open to the elements. They are also fully gauzed and have a fridge and a fan which we were very grateful of in the steamy tropical Queensland nights (and days!) Other facilities include camping area, camp kitchen, a beautiful natural looking salt water pool with hammocks, a bar area, free board games, free scooter hire and they also offer snorkel gear for full or half day hire.
The onsite koala sanctuary offers many different options for interacting with the wildlife. We began with a bush-tucker breakfast with the animals. We were served guava champagne, lemon myrtle fish, spiced lamb chops, fresh fruit, yoghurt, fresh honey comb, bacon, eggs, etc etc. The way we were seated was great for meeting other travellers and while we were eating we were surrounded by koalas, crocodiles, pythons, spiders etc. After breakfast, we went on a two hour tour of the sanctuary where we had the opportunity to learn about and interact with loads of awesome animals. Unlike other tours I’ve been on, this one didn’t feel rushed or forced. We were told about the animals and given as much time as we liked to hold and interact with them which I wasn’t expecting. Definitely value for money and not something you get to do everyday!