Jabe's Reviews

Good hostel in centre of town
3 January 2007
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I don't think there was anyone else staying there when I did, hence the low atmosphere score. The place is also above a pub but, even on a Saturday night, I didn't notice much noise filtering up. I only stayed for one night and it did the job - would stay here again in the unlikely event I'm in Rockhampton again.

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OK hostel but too far from the town centre
29 December 2006
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The hostel itself is OK, and the owners extremely friendly, but it's a 20-25 minute walk from the town centre, which is plain inconvenient. There's a fair amount of road noise at night so light sleepers might not find it appealing. I was also a little irritated by the constant plugs for tours run by Capricorn Dave. I wouldn't stay here again simply because of the location (and stayed at Downtown Backpackers at the Oxford Hotel the second time I was in Rockhampton).

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Excellent hostel with extremely helpful owners
29 December 2006
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I hate the heat, so my quibble about the lack of aircon probably isn't one that most people would make. The owners were extremely helpful and gave me the lowdown on all the various Fraser Island tours running from Hervey Bay. The dorms had proper beds and plenty of space, and the kitchen was in good condition. I found the place to be quiet, which might not be everyone's cup of tea but there are party hostels that cater for that type of crowd. I would stay here again (in cooler weather).

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Decent hostel in a quiet town
29 December 2006
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Rainbow Beach is so small that it's hardly worth listing as a Pro that the hostel is just over the road from the Greyhound stop. I don't like en suite bathrooms due to the noise that people make if they use them during the night, plus the inconvenience factor if everyone gets up at the same time in the morning. I'm not sure if the place has a lot of workers, but my dorm was really messy (so messy that I couldn't tell which was supposed to be the empty bunk when I first moved in), and a number of the dorms are very close to the bar. Having said that, I enjoyed my stay and would happily return again.

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Expensive hostel in a good location
29 December 2006
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My overriding memory of staying here was the stench of the 2 teenagers in my dorm who had somehow rustled up the $28 per night cost. The location is perfect for arrival/departure at/from the main station, plus the city centre is close. Facilities were generally good, in particular the 24 hour Internet, but the lift was painfully slow and the dorm aircon wasn't particularly powerful. The ground floor bar seemed to be busy 24/7, so I'm not sure if that would be irritating if you were staying on a low floor. I'd consider staying here again.

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OK hostel a little out of the way
29 December 2006
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The dorms were spacious but the aircon clearly wasn't able to cope with the heat so I found it rather stuffy. Though it's not far to get to the station, it's about a 20 minute walk to get to the city centre. I probably wouldn't stay here again, but it was in the process of being refurbished when I was there so might be a better proposition once that's finished with.

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Great hostel in an awful town
29 December 2006
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I'd planned my trip to SP at a really bad time, namely Schoolies Week, so my dislike of the town stems more from that than anything else. Mercifully, the hostel seemed to have an unofficial policy to not accept Schoolies as residents. In general the hostel was very good, with my only quibble being it's not close to the town centre (though shuttle buses run regularly). The dorm was delightfully cool, even though there was no aircon and outside it was hot, and the other residents were friendly almost without exception. I would stay here again, but it's worth giving the whole town a miss during Schoolies Week (unless you're a Schoolie).

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Pleasant hostel with no drawbacks
29 December 2006
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Though the place didn't have a great deal of character, it was in a good location and all the facilities were fine. I also met some interesting people here. Nothing particularly brilliant or dismal about it - I'd stay here again.

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Quiet but friendly hostel unlikely to host many parties
29 December 2006
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This hostel seemed to not really be a backpacker hostel, in the usual sense of "young" people - there were more older people and families present when I was there. The dorm was uncomfortable as the outside temp was about 35C and the fan was struggling unsuccessfully to create a breeze - fortunately the public swimming pool was just over the road. The owner was friendly and knew a lot about the local area, and it was a quiet place to relax. Definitely not somewhere for party people. I'd stay here again.

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Excellent hostel in a great location but rather dull
29 December 2006
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Though this hostel is a 15-20 minute walk from the city centre, it's right next to the main railway station (in fact the railway carriage dorms are next to Platform 1). I stayed in a railway carriage dorm for the novelty factor, as well as in a 4-bed. Both were fine, being spacious and with lockers, and the shared facilities were also good. As with a lot of YHAs, the main problem was a lack of atmosphere. I'd stay here again.

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Excellent hostel but lacking in atmosphere
29 December 2006
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This hostel has won awards in the past and it's not hard to see why, as the dorms and facilities are very good. My only quibble on that score was the surprisingly small number of washing machines and driers, given the size of the hostel. There's an enormous lounge area which is very comfortable but is maybe so large that it inhibits people's interaction with each other - there wasn't much of a sociable atmosphere, though that's quite common in YHAs. I would stay here again.

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Excellent hostel but a parking nightmare
29 December 2006
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As with a lot of YHAs, this place was in good condition but was lacking in atmosphere. There was also no parking available and finding free parking nearby was difficult (I was lucky that I was there at a weekend when several car parks are free - not sure if you could avoid paying during the week). The hostel's location is good from the point of view of proximity to the city centre, and you can walk to all the major places of interest without massively exerting yourself. I'd stay here again.

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Pleasant, dead hostel
29 December 2006
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I was the only person staying here, so didn't really get a chance to sample the atmosphere. The dorm and facilities were all fine, and the owner was helpful. You must do the night-time walk to the Glow Worm Grotto if you come to Bundanoon - not only is it a little scary stumbling along the unlit trail (especially if your torch's batteries are running low), but you'll quite likely see other animals apart from the glow worms (I saw a wombat and an echidna). I would stay here again.

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Give this place a miss
28 December 2006
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Though the staff were friendly enough, I found the hostel to be a disappointment. There were lots of workers in residence, meaning the dorm was a complete mess and there was always someone asleep in it at whatever time of the day. The bathrooms were cramped (minuscule sinks) and there seemed to some problem with the (low) water pressure in 2 of the 3 shower cubicles. I would not stay here again.

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Noisy place with many drawbacks but in a great location
28 December 2006
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This place is in a great location on Mitchell Street (though so are most of the hostels in Darwin). However that's where the good points end. There is 24/7 noise in the hostel, from a combination of the location, and the pool area where people tend to congregate. When I was there, my dormmates were also keen on returning in the wee small hours, putting the light on, having a chat, smoking in bed, etc. The bunks were exceptionally squeaky and were too low so if you were on the bottom bunk you'd keep banging your head on the upper one if you tried to sit up. Other irritations included a lift that required a swipe-card, a laundry in which the majority of the washing/drying machines were broken, slow Internet that had been locked down to the point where you couldn't really do anything except surf the web, and no aircon in the bathrooms. And the reception staff clearly didn't give two hoots about providing any sort of service. I wouldn't come back here again but, by Darwin standards, it was probably about average.

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Clean, dead hostel in a good location
28 December 2006
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I think my pros and cons summarise this place best. There were hardly any other residents at the time I was there (late September) so the atmosphere rating is probably inaccurate for busier times. I heard a lot of bad things about Melanka's, which is probably the most popular hostel in Alice, so it might be an idea to stay at Pioneer and frequent the Melanka bar. I'd stay here again.

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Excellent, expensive, and only hostel near Uluru
28 December 2006
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If you want dorm accommodation near Uluru then this is your only option, and the price reflects that monopoly. For your money you get a small dorm without much space, but everything else about the place is excellent - it's super-clean and you have access to the main resort's facilities including swimming pool, barbecue area, and bar/entertainment area. I'd happily stay here again.

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Clean, expensive, dead hostel - but no alternatives
28 December 2006
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Like at Uluru, you only have one dorm accommodation option at King's Canyon so you pay through the nose for it - fortunately what you get is clean and well-maintained, which eases the financial pain. The "dorm" contained proper beds (albeit on wheels) as well as a TV and fridge, however I was the only resident - hence the low atmosphere score. I would stay here again.

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Good hostel but noisy guests ...
28 December 2006
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The hostel was clean and the 3-bed dorms were a welcome novelty, but unfortunately my dorm was right next to the common area, and the "quiet" period from 11PM wasn't enforced - quite possibly because one of the reception staff was partying with the other guests. Not that I was going to bed that early, but it was irritating that people were still making a lot of noise at 3AM. There was no aircon in the dorm and the fan's two speeds were either a snail's pace or so fast as to create a tornado of any paper in the room. The place was also a little too far from the city centre for easy access, though that was my own fault for not checking that beforehand. I would not stay here again

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Amazing hostel in an amazing location
28 December 2006
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Of the 50 or so hostels I've stayed in in Australia, this is in the top 3. It's clean and well-maintained with quirky touches such as platypus memorabilia all over the place, but what sets it apart is the enthusiastic and helpful staff (Matt and Dennis take a bow) and the range of activities on offer. I went night-canoeing ($25) on Lake Tinaroo with Matt and a couple of other guests, which was a magical experience (though we didn't spot too much wildlife). The nightly barbecue ($8) provided a perfect opportunity to meet other residents of the hostel. It helps that the Atherton Tablelands in which Yungaburra sits are extremely photogenic, and indeed Yungaburra itself is crawling with platypus, but even without that this would be a brilliant hostel. I would definitely stay here again. My one quibble was that the bottom bunks were rather low, leading to the occasional inadvertent head-butt of the upper bunk.

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