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Reef Lodge Backpackers

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4 Wickham St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed our stay at Reef Lodge! It has a really chilled, relaxed atmosphere. We stayed three nights; on the first night we got free popcorn + movie, second night was a free meal and the third was another free movie. It had a lot of comfy seats and hammocks and also had little extras you wouldn't usually get in... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently stayed in the Reef Lodge with my two grandchildren aged 15 and 17. Dean gave us a great room for the three of us and he was more than helpful in giving us information about the town, (so much so we wished that we were not just travelling through the next day!) I have stayed in many hostels... More 

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Thank Ann1943
DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Anne for taking the time to leave such a nice review and all the things you have said about the place. I am glad you appreciate the hostel and I'm happy you enjoyed your stay in Townsville. All the best Reef Lodge Backpackers Townsville More 

Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If someone wants some kind of time out from all those backpacker parties, here is a nice and clean hostel in Townsville right in front of the beautiful Maggie Island. It is very close to the port but you have to walk for several minutes to get to a Woolworths, the Rock Pool and the Kissing Point or Castle Hill... More 

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Thank Alicejeannine
DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Alice, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Firstly this is the quietest time of the year due to "Summer" and many people head south for cooler weather. Yes, even people in their 40's backpack and we don't discriminate by age. The oldest backpacker that stayed with us was an 82 year old lady. Not sure... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

This is a great little place. It makes good use of an interesting space with multiple levels of communal seating areas. Our room was very clean and well equipped with a fridge which was very handy. The bed only had a foam mattress which isn't the most comfortable but it's pretty standard for a backpackers. The air con is good... More 

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Thank Neil B
DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Neil B, Its always nice to hear people do take notice of the little extras we try and put in place for backpackers and travelers who are often away from home for up to a year+. It's seldom we hear people making these nice comments about the property. I'm not a big fan of foam mattresses but these are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Reef Lodge does not need to attract its guests by providing the best pool, spa, bars etc because it has something far more special; owners that really care about providing the best possible experience for their guests. Right from the moment I met Dean at the front desk it was clear that I had found the best place to stay.... More 

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Thank Adam F
DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Adam F, Its great to hear reviews like yours and it is nice to hear from the nice people of the world. Seems Christmas BBQ went down well and that you really enjoyed your stay with us. As did the rest of the crew. Christmas away from family is often something overlooked by many travelers and we do try... More 

Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

After 3 weeks of working in a Working Hostel we came here on christmas not expecting anything. I guess that made us like it even more.. we were out of food and becuase of the public holiday nearly everything was closed. How glad we were when we heard that there was a free BBQ in the evening. The owners are... More 

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Thank Isabella W
DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Isabella W, Its always easy to be nice to nice people! The Christmas BBQ started the first year we were here, as it turned out we had so many people away from home who seemed a little lost. So, Simone insisted we had to share our Christmas BBQ with our guests, and so the Orphan's Chrissy BBQ was born.... More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I'ts just a lovely hostel. Not the cheapest one in town if i remember but it had a certain charm. But its wel centered and a short walk from the ferry, if you need to go to magnetic island. Can be really noisy though during the weekends, because of its location(located in the nightlife street of townsville).

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Thank jordylink
DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Jordylink Thank you for your nice review and yes the weekend can sometime be a little noisy. (That's why most backpackers travel with earplugs. Also helps with the noisy snoring people in your room ;0D) I am sure we are not the cheapest hostel but not the most expensive. We are the closest hostel to the Magnetic Island ferry... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Not the nicest hostel I have been but it is okay. The rooms and the bathromm are clean, there is A/C and the staff is quite nice. The hostel is quite well located. I would not spend all my holidays there but for one or two nights is an okay choice.

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Thank Thibaud M
DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Thibaud M, Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and the nice comments. Maybe not the nicest but happy were not the worst ;0) Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and you have great time in Oz. all the best Reef lodge Backpackers Townsville More 

London, United Kingdom
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73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

We stayed in here in Townsville for 2 nights because Magnetic Island was fully booked. The twin room was of a good size and it came with a mini fridge in it, the wifi worked ok however you had to log in everytime you left which is a little annoying although it was free so cant complain too much! Its... More 

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DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks Chris T1211 for leaving a review and taking the time to do so. The reason the network is set up like that is to try and keep the network bogging down, some people have up to 3 devices and this just really slows the network. Yes you do have a 12-30 pm hostel check-out but this is made very... More 

Mission Beach, Australia
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

I loved this hostel, I booked In for 1 night and the following night I spent at magnetic Island, I enjoyed it that much I returned there for another night after magnetic island. The staff are friendly, and the kitchen is spotless. You can take your own alcohol and enjoy sitting out in the outdoors area, there's a pool table... More 

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Thank Chaz007123
DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Chaz007123, Its always nice to hear when people have enjoyed their stay here and that they came back. We try to find a balance for everyone here and I'm happy that your happy with your stay. Enjoy the rest of your trip and have a great time in Australia. all the best Reef Lodge Backpackers Townsville More 

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