The Backpacker staff was incredibly helpful and nice. The rooms are no frills but you will want to spend your time driving on the beach and hiking through the rain forests and sand dunes to the fresh water lakes. There is a full service restaurant and bar, and although comfortable and pleasant, it's mostly there for utility dining and drinking, and closes down rather early in evening. There's a kitchen and a laundry room, and a great little pool for evening dips. I would highly recommend buying some groceries in Hervey Bay before taking the ferry because there isn't much commerce on the island.
You will need to rent a 4wd vehicle from someone in Hervey Bay. I think you can also call this hostel, and they will pick you up and drive you around on tours if you're too scared to drive yourself. The 4wd vehicle is a bit expensive if not shared with a medium sized group. I rented a small suzuki jeep, and we got "bogged" a couple of times in some deep dry sand -- but just make sure to floor it through the dry stuff and you'll be fine. The bigger land rovers and trucks with higher ground clearance seemed to have an easier time than us and our tiny jeep. Make sure to call and talk with someone though, b/c you'll also need somebody to book you a spot on a car ferry and you'll have to take into consideration driving times cause you can't drive on beach during high tide.
We stayed here cause the other places on the island looked cheesy, were more than twice as expensive, and yet still looked to be a little bit dumpy. If you can afford it, it might be slightly more comfortable at other places, but it'll also be more crowded with tourist groups. We had an amazing time here. Highly highly recommended. Hostel staff was super friendly. Hope I can go back some day.
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