BUNGALOW BAY KOALA VILLAGE IS AN AWARD-WINNING BACKPACKER YHA HOSTEL MANAGED BY HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM BRETT & JANELLE FLEMMING.
In 2003 the Flemming family purchased and completely refurbished the existing backpacker hostel at Horseshoe Bay. Our outdoor verandah bar and restaurant (“On the Rocks”) designed by Troppo Architects won awards for its environmentally sensitive open-air design.
The hostel caters for 150 guests in a variety of accommodations ranging from bungalows and dormitories to tent and campervan sites. Set in 6 ½ acres, it adjoins the national park with its abundance of native wildlife.
In 2007 we were thrilled to be recognised as best Backpacker Accommodation at the Australian Tourism Awards.
Facilities available to guests include a tropical pool, internet access, tour desk, laundry and a self-serve kitchen.
For a special treat, we offer Champagne Bush Tucker Breakfast with the Koalas, served every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (open to the public as well!).
Enjoy a veritable feast for the senses, including such gourmet delights as lamb loins encrusted with outback spices, mackerel infused with lemon myrtle, fresh local fruits, toast with native honeycomb, and heaps more!
But Bungalow Bay is more than just a hostel!
We are proud to have been recognized since 2006 by Ecotourism Australia as an Advanced EcoTourism attraction.
Our boutique wildlife park on site offers residents the chance to get up close and personal with koalas, small crocodiles, lizards, pythons, native birds and mammals.
There are three tours per day, at 10am, 12 noon and 2:30pm, each lasting about 2 hours.
Free daily lorikeet feeding is open to everyone, from 4:40-4:45pm.
For school groups Rangers take visitors on an interpretive tour of nearby natural habitats, with talks on local indigenous history and the unique ecosystems of the island.
Bungalow Bay Koala Village has played a vital role by setting up and sponsoring the local wildlife rescue of sick, injured and orphaned native animals.
We provide training for wildlife carers, co-ordinate wildlife rescue and provide equipment and supplies for the carers. Animals after rehabilitation are released back into the wild.
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