Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA on Magnetic Island has revealed Edu Tourism, a new niche product bringing students together with some of Tropical North Queensland’s premier educators.

Magnetic Island is a haven of native wildlife and fringing coral reefs, and the property has hosted students from Australia and around the world since 2013, with more than 20 educational groups scheduled to take part in the Edu Tourism program this year.

Utilising access to world-class institutions including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University Marine Biology departments, a typical five-day stay at this YHA takes students on expeditions to both the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Magnetic Island National Park.

Students are given a hands-on introduction to the coral reef conservation efforts, engage in a field-based study of the island’s koala population, and learn about North Queensland’s diverse ecosystems, from the rainforest to the reef.

Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA benefitted from extensive renovations last year to provide an education deck for lectures and improve the standard of accommodation. The revamp complements the existing tours of the property’s koala sanctuary and the lecture space.

The eco-certified property is the only resort in Australia with its own wildlife park on site. YHA offers bookings for high school groups in a range of comfortable twin, double and multi-share timber bungalows, many with their own bathrooms and air-con, as well as access to the sun deck and pool.