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Whitsundays' Koala Adventure Island

11:30 AEST Thu Jul 29 2010
Now called Koala Adventure Island, South Molle was the first and only island in the Whitsundays just for backpackers and travellers between 18 and 35.

Every afternoon at 4.30pm more of them arrive, ready to party. Each group is designated a host to make sure everyone gets along and has a good time. It's all about kicking back and having fun.

As Natalie discovered, it can be a bit quiet during the day but there are loads of things to do, and they're good ice breakers for new arrivals.

If you're into water activities, there are sailing trips to the reef or Whitehaven Beach, diving, snorkelling, fishing, windsurfing, paddle skiing or gliding over the ocean aboard a catamaran. There's also a pool with waterfall spa.

Land activities include bushwalking, playing tennis, basketball, table tennis or beach volleyball. There is a nine-hole golf course, fitness room, pool table, and you can try your accuracy with some archery.

Evening entertainment includes a resident DJ to keep things hopping, live bands, a nightclub, games, promotions and lots and lots of dancing.

Rooms range in price and type. All have ensuite facilities, small refrigerator, television and air-conditioning. Rainforest rooms are in tropical gardens and sleep up to six with one double, two single and a bunk bed. They all have balcony or patio.

Reef rooms are also in gardens back from the beachfront. They sleep up to three in one double and one single bed. They have balcony or patio and interconnectors are available.

Ocean View rooms are in a two-storey block right on the beachfront. They sleep up to three in a queen and a single bed. Whitsunday rooms have a balcony or patio with water views and interconnecting rooms are available.

Beachfront Bungalows are on the beach and sleep up to two in a queen bed. All have private balconies with wonderful water views.

Meals are taken at a communal table, and dinners are themed every night. It's amazing how creative people can be with a bed sheet!


Koala Adventure Island, 35 minutes by boat from Airlie Beach.


Koala Adventure Island Reef Rooms are $59 per person twin share. four-day three-night packages cost $157 per person in dormitory accommodation, $187 per person twin share in a Reef room, $217 per person twin share in an Ocean View room. Beachfront Bungalows are $247 per person twin share. Transfers from Abel Point Marina are included. Access to island facilities and some activities are included.

Virgin Blue has one-way flights to the Whitsunday Coast from:

  • Brisbane $99
  • Sydney $189
  • Canberra $200
  • Hobart $249
  • Adelaide $270
  • Perth $315

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable.

Prices are correct at July 29, 2010 and are subject to change.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

Koala Adventure Island South Molle

Box 147, Post Office
Airlie Beach 4802
Ph: 1800 466 444
Fax: (07) 4946 9580

User comments
A beautiful island. Our room was clean and comfortable. We originally planned to stay 2 nights because we had seen on Getaway it was a backpackers island - themed parties every night, loads of activities, restaurant etc......there was none of this! Very disappointed. The island was nice - but for relaxation not parties.
What a waste of a great island! Been there about three times and loved it every time. Now we can't go back.

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