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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Robyn and Phil are great hosts, picking you up and dropping you off at the ferry terminal plus orientating you to Horseshoe Bay and the local amenities and wildlife. They also kindly allowed us to use their computer, so we could check in online and print off our boarding passes for our internal flight from Townsville. (Handy hint, when you get off the ferry at Townsville there is a shuttle bus waiting outside which goes to the airport.)

We stayed 4 nights so Phil took us on a complementary trip to see sunset at Westpoint, which is a beautiful setting. Breakfast is a feast with fresh fruit, followed by either a cooked breakfast or a continental breakfast. The bungalow is set in stunning gardens with Wallabies looking through the fence, Koalas in trees behind the property and an abundance of birds including the very noisy Lorikeets. Due its position you either need to walk 10 minutes to the bus stop or you use the bikes provided to cycle down to Horseshoe Bay. (5-10 minute ride depending on how hot it is) I feel a little mean giving it a very good rating but for a B and B of this standard, we would not expect to have to share a bathroom.
Magnetic island is like being in paradise and the local bus service means everywhere is easily accessible, we would recommend a day pass costing $7.20. We would hop on and off the bus during the day and we also used it when going out for dinner most evenings. My partner felt nervous cycling after dark especially with wallabies jumping out in front of you, we can't help being city born and bred!
Arthur Bay is a lovely quiet beach with snorkelling to the left of the bay and is a 20 minute walk from the Forts bus stop. Florence Bay is a larger but equally quiet beach with great snorkelling in the middle of the bay and is a 35-40 minute walk from the Forts bus stop.
Alma Bay is a lovely beach great for swimming and next to Geoffrey Bay where you can feed the Rock Wallabies. (You buy the seed at the newsagent by Alma Bay)
Picnic Bay is quiet and worth a visit but make sure you have your coral/snorkelling shoes on because there is lots of sharp coral in the shallow water.
Horseshoe Bay is a lovely large beach and great for swimming, we were entertained by a large turtle who was swimming close to the shore and feeding on fish.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Robynjoy, Owner at Magnetic Island Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope you have got around to making your own chutney.....

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Reviewed 15 October 2013

For our "holidays within our holidays (Australian roundtrip)" we chose the B&B of Robyn and Phil on Magnetic Island and right from the start we were amazed by the island, the B&B itself and especially the hospitality of our hosts! We could have easily stayed there longer, but 4 nights was all we could fit in our tight schedule. The sunset tour with our hosts was magnificent, the breakfast was delicious and the wildlife around the B&B (especially the Koala family living basically next door) was incredible! Robyn and Phil we thank you so much for the fabulous time we had in your little paradise. We wish you all the best!!! Love from Germany Janina&Sebastian :)

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Robynjoy, Owner at Magnetic Island Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

You generous comments are much appreciated. We love having such nice people with us!

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Reviewed 31 July 2013

The hosts Robyn and Phil are good honest people. Robyn greeted us at the ferry and showed us around the island (wildlife, restaurants, walks, attractions etc). The 2 course breakfast was amazing and the cakes / slices were to die for all home cooked by Robyn. They have bikes to get around with which are convenient. The house was clean and had a home feel to it. We are a young couple and would defiantly recommend this to anyone. Thanks Robyn and Phil we will defiantly be back for that lemon butter :)

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Robynjoy, Owner at Magnetic Island Bed & Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely review ; it is much appreciated.

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Reviewed 22 July 2013 via mobile

Upon arrival alarm bells went off in my head with the realisation that we were not staying in a B&B, but one of the two spare rooms in what looked like my parents house.
However, what pleasant people the hosts were! Greeted with homemade treats, personal shows of koalas and lorikeets, help with the laundry, cooking, dinner, breakfast cooked to order etc etc, these folks will bend over backwards.
In my opinion this is not a bed and breakfast, but a homestay, and you should take this into account before you stay (fortunately we didnt have to share the bathroom, as others werent staying). It has the potential to invade your privacy if you're not careful (you can hear a lot, and can be heard a lot), and it's a little in the pricey side of a homestay.
As said before, it was a lot like staying at my parents - needless to say, my parents place is great, and this is a great place to stay if you're prepared for a homestay!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

The hosts, Robyn & Phillip, take care to make sure your visit is enjoyable; Robyn picks you up at the ferry and detours for some of the wildlife (koalas, butterflies & birds - the Island is blessed with beautifully coloured birds); she also takes you back to the ferry for departure. Their home is very comfortable and relaxing with a lovely garden, pool, dog, chooks and native birds you can hand feed; they make you feel at home and they obviously enjoy having visitors; breakfast is a treat and there are no time pressures to rise early. They are a mine of information about walks, places to eat and how to get there; the island is a gem, beautiful beaches, walks, wildlife and eateries. Thank you for a wonderful time.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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