Reef Lodge


Reef Lodge

4 Wickham Street, Townsville QLD 4810
Bus 200, 201, 206 (stop: Flinders Street at Wickham Street)
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(07) 4721 1112
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Chill out and relax beautiful hostel
2 August 2014
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This place is perfect if you wish to have a calm and relaxing stay, filled with plants beautiful vegetation and birds flying around. Very clean and beautiful, the hostel is very well maintained with all the cooking utensils you need, enough showers and toilets for the full hostel, very comfy chill out areas, beautiful rooms and outside areas, amazing location (5 minutes away from the city centre and 5min away from the beach, what else?). Dean and Simone have done an amazing job here and are very helpful; they also don't take shit from people, so if you're not happy with the rules necessary to create a small paradise like this one and act like a retard, don't expect to be treated like a king because you won't be welcomed by anyone here, just stay out and find yourself another place. A big thumb up to Dean and Simone for creating such an amazing place, anybody I know going to Townsville will be advised to go at the Reef Lodge because 1) they won't find a better place, and 2) they just HAVE TO see this wonderful place! Thank you for your work and persistence! You have done a wonderful job, it is a real pleasure to be here.

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Fantastic lodge
29 July 2014
Cons
none
Pros
clean rooms great kitchen good service free wifi DVDs, books, etc
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Reef lodge is a great facility to stay a few nights or a longer period. Dean and Simone are excellent hosts and that's why I have been coming back there for some 8 years and counting. Their lodge is conveniently located at the end of the nightlife strip and 4 minutes walk to the beautiful strand and beach or the heart of the city. Dean and Simone are involved with their guests and provide every facility, from a great big kitchen to free WiFi and a pool/fitness room which all ads to a great stay. Add to that clean and neat rooms and showers and why would you even think of going somewhere else? Cheers guys, I will be back Patrick, Sydney

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NIT
Excellent service & comfy stay~~
6 August 2008
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Pros
Friendly staff, safe atmosphere & clean environment.
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Stayed for about a week & received professional and friendly service from the staff. The place was nice & clean and was very secure. Great location and has all the basic facilities you need. No hassles from the staff and I was very appreciative of their friendly and helpful attitude!!

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Girls do not stay here
6 July 2008
Cons
The creepy owner
Pros
It is near the city
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I stayed here and thought that it was a nice place at first. When i checked in i met the owner or manager, not sure which one. He was all smiles and very nice with his wife near. Later on that night when she was not around ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES***. I kind of shrugged it off but he kept it up and i didnt like it. ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES*** and generally he made me feel really uncomfortable. While i dont think he was actually going to do anything to me, i was travellling by myself and he creeped me out so i checked out after 2 days of this treatment. There was a also 2 other guys there who seemed to be local people and they were drunk each day i saw them and very wierd. The hostel was okay but the owner there is nice when his wife is around but very creepy ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES*** when she is not. Girls beware. Kelly.

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The best hostel i have ever stayed in!
5 December 2007
Cons
Hard to leave as it was so much fun.
Pros
Very clean, brilliant manager, very freindly and right in the middle of everything.
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After falling for the whole Globetrotter thing and being saved by reef lodge i realised it is the place to stay while in Townsville. The hostel had everything you could ask for. Clean, more than one tv area, extremely nice and helpfull managers, 2 secs away from the bars, the best equiped hostel kitchen i have ever came across. I was meant to be just passing through Townsville but after staying here for one night i changed my mind. I stayed in townsville for a few months and worked. The hostel caters very well for working backpackers. The manager keeps on top of noice after 10.30 which is great if you wanna sleep, if you do want to go party the hostel guests get discounts at a bar round the corner. So if going to Townsville make sure you stay here and not fall for globetrotter 'to good to be true' offer.

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Good hostel.
24 October 2007
Cons
No soap in loos.
Pros
Efficient managment and staff.
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This was a good hostel. It was clean and regularly maintained. There is a notice in the kitchen saying if you don't clean up you will lose your deposit and that you are watched by cameras to ensure this. I like that. The staff stay close at night so any problems get sorted out. For example there were a bunch of girls who let some boys come in for the night any they made a lot of noise. The next day the girls were told to leave immediately by a rather furious hostel manager. Good on him! I did get bitten by bed bugs. I told the cleaning lady and she said she would check it out. I assume they were from the neighbouring globetrotters hostel. The hostel is also in a an excellent location between the town centre and the strand.

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A very friendly and sparkly clean motel-like hostel
18 March 2007
Cons
the guy hogging the sofa in the tv area
Pros
The owners, the cleanliness, great rooms and atmosphere
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This hostel was like a breath of fresh air. We had just stayed at a really horrible place called Globetrotters and these guys at the lodge made us really feel at home. The kitchen is great and all the facilities are very clean. I would recommend this place to everyone.

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READ ME
7 January 2007
Cons
cant stay longer!
Pros
Clean, friendly. great location, excellent rooms
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After a really bad night at GLOBETROTTRS we checked in here at Reef. I went from wanting to leave Townsville to booking in for 2 weeks! The couple who run this hostel are so nice, they have time to chat to you and make you feel welcome. The rooms have air-con, fans, TV, fridge, storage space and are clean. The cleaners do a great job! We have the Strand 5 minutes away and the night life on our door step (This does'nt mean it's noisey either!) . There are CCTV cameras all over so it's very safe and no worries. If you come to Townsville and want value for you accomodation without staying in a dump, stay here.

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best hostel in townsville
7 January 2007
Cons
We had to leave :-(
Pros
Clean, friendly, full kitchen, location, relaxed atmosphere!
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We had an awful start to our stay in Townsville at GLOBE TROTTERS and were ready to leave when we stumbled across the REEF LODGE. We were made to feel so welcome with a friendly check in and were really impressed with the twin room! It has everything a backpacker could want for a comfortable stay, TV, aircon, fridge, kettle, toaster and cupboards. The kitchen is also fully equiped and open 24 hours. The beach and shops are only a short walk away, as is the Magnetic Island ferry. We loved it here!!

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Excellent backpacker accommodation
14 October 2006
Cons
Noise from pub next door (on weekend)
Pros
Perfect for access to ferries,buses,beach and city centre
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I stayed at this hostel during August and found it to be a very clean,friendly hostel. Toilets,showers and kitchen facilities were first class. They don't allow drunks or pigs (people who don't clean up their mess)eg dishes and pots and pans. This suits me. The door to the street is closed after 7.30pm so is safe and you are given your own key for access after this time. Simone (manageress/owner) was very helpful/friendly and I found people staying at the hostel to be friendly. The hostel is roughly eight minutes walk to the shopping mall or ferry terminal (to Magnetic Island)/Greyhound or to the Strand (beachfront). Perfectly situated. There tends to be noise from the pub next door at the weekend but I use earplugs anyway so it wasn't a big deal to me. I would definitely stay here again :D

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clean hostel but unfriendly with no atmosphere
27 August 2006
Cons
unfriendly and no atmosphere
Pros
nice clean rooms
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this hostel is in a good location near the strand. the rooms were very clean with own fridge, kettle and. toaster. over all this hostel has no atmosphere. it is very unfriendly. nobody talks to one another. if you happen to get a room at the front of the hostel, dont expect to get to sleep untill about 3 am as the pubs are very loud. you will then be rudly woken up at about 7 am with people cleaning being very unconsiderate to others. if you only need about 4 hours sleep a night then this hostel will be ok, otherwise i dont advise that you waste your money.

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A nice hostel
2 August 2006
Cons
nothing
Pros
Street-cafe-like dining area
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A small hostel, nice atmosphere, Internet and laundry facilities. There is not much to tell, but worth going there if you want to stay in Townsville

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if you like hot spots this is your place
6 July 2006
Cons
too much excitment
Pros
the strande the bars the swiming pool the casino the lot
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i was so engadged i am scared i missed something :O

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probly the best located hostel in the town
18 March 2006
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:D Overall this would have to be the best hostel I say in while on my trip. A nice place and nice people to talk to Lots of place to sit and the Possum you can feed are freindly and the big flying bat in the tree was really cool. It was a short walk to every thing we wanted to do about 5 or 10 minutes. This place is airconditioned and the beds are made for you and are fresh and clean. thanks Tony W. :p

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clarecoleman
Top Notch in Townsville
11 February 2005
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We stayed at Reef Lodge for just over three months including Christmas and New Year and our time there couldn't have been better. The family who run this hostel go out of their way to ensure everyone is happy and comfortable. Its in a great spot with the Strand, 50 metre swimming pool, and shops in easy walking distance and it's close to a number of bars in Flinders Street but also quiet enough to relax at the hostel in the evening. The rooms are all recently refurbished with air-con, fridge, kettle and toaster. The kitchen is large with lots of worktop space. It's great value for money with discount rates for a week or two week stays. Thanks for your hosptality and our time in Townsville which we'll never forget.

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PhilipNZ
Clean rooms, good location
23 November 2004
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Chose to stay at this hostel due to its close proximity to the Museum of Tropical Queensland (worth a look) and the Reef HQ (not so impressive), both just around the corner and the Magnetic Island Ferry terminal (though the walk to the Breakwater terminal proved a bit of a haul with a heavy pack). The wlk along the beach front from the hostel was also quite nice. The room I was in was nicely done up and clean. The comunal areas were also generally good, the exception being the toilet and shower facilities which were in need of renovation (though not particularly dirty). The staff were generally helpful.

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benq
best location by far central to everything
22 September 2004
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This hostel has the best location and is in the heart of everything. Ashort walk to the beach and a short walk to the ferry terminal reefhq city and PUBS! THis place is one of if not the cleanest hostel i stayed in new beds and new renovations. All your linen is on the bed and kitchen has all that you need. Has asmall internet cafe. Also lots of places to just sit and chill out. Great hostel keep up the excellent work guys.

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Anonymous
Perfect location, and clean and friendly
20 October 2003
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The Reef Lodge is in the perfect spot in Townsville, steps away from several pubs and eateries on Flinders St., a block from the strand and the Flinders Mall. It's clean and quiet, the owners are friendly and helpful, you can trade books and get on the internet, or buy coffee and food at the little connected cafe, or cook your own in the large, clean kitchen. And for us slightly older folks, the beds are so nice and new our backs don't even hurt in the morning. This is definitely the place to stay in Townsville.

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Anonymous
Great location, Internet Cafe' close everything
10 September 2003
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This hostel has been recently renovated (well mostly) and has new owners. They very freindly and the place is very clean and quiet. There also an ---Internet Cafe'--- just opened up which serve really nice and also cheap meals an great coffee. The hostel is situated in centre of city with only about 250 m from ferry terminal and Ozbus drop off. Which was good cause I not have far to walk. 3 min walk to beach and the beds are comfy steel and new.

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Princess Backpack
Great Place to crash!
28 July 2003
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Sensational hostel with great owners - Dean & Simone you really make a girl feel at home!!! The rooms are sparkling clean, with new mattresses & sheets and cover. You could have Tea & Coffee in your room & the rooms are all airconditioned too! The place has a really relaxed feel to it & I'll be telling all my friends to stay here for sure!

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