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“Nice hostel but horrible location” 3 of 5 stars
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Colonial Village Resort
820 Boat Harbour Drive | Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia (Formerly Colonial Village YHA)   |  
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Salzburg, Austria
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“Nice hostel but horrible location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We really enjoyed our short stay at the hostel. The kitchen and bathroom facilities were really clean and the rooms comfortable. I would recommend getting a smaller room instead of the big dorm, since you can't lock it and it did not look really comfortable. There was always someone at the reception and the staff was really helpful. The restaurant/bar was very reasonable and a great place to hang out. Unfortiunately the hostel was located really far away from all the restaurants, shopping facilities, the beach and all the clubs and bars ... so I would definitely either invest in a rental car or not stay for a longer period of time.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This lovely hostel is set in some beautiful gardens in a quiet area in Hervey Bay. Perfectly situated to go whale watching (the staff gave me great advice as to which tour operator to use for the time of year) which is Hervey Bay's biggest draw.

The Neptune's Reef Aquarium is also worth a look if you fancy feeding sea turtles and sharks, just 15 mins walk away.

The double room I had was clean, comfy and spacious. The communal area is equally spacious and the bar service and food at the hostel is good. Just as well really, as there really isn't much else around. If you're looking to party or do the cafe/restaurant scene, you're better off staying elsewhere.

Can't say enough about how friendly and helpful the staff are - first class! This really is a great hostel for the price.

For a lazy day, they have a pool/jacuzzi area where you can also sunbathe. Pool table is good and they have a tennis court too!

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Stayed two nights at YHA Hervey Bay and while it is a great chilled out hostel there is not much surrounding the hostel it is the other end of town. Definitely recommend hiring a bike for $4 from the hostel and exploring more of Hervey Bay. There are nice cafés on the bike journey. Food at the hostel is of a good quality and there is shuttles from the hostel to the Greyhound pick up which are free.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a lovely hostel where each grouping of rooms has its own kitchen with a porch and each of the rooms has a porch. I believe there were only 8 rooms to the grouping. The porches all had hanging baskets with beautiful plantings. The kitchen was well stocked. The hostel was quiet. The staff was very helpful with questions and bookings and a refund of our whale watching trip that was canceled due to weather. Our room was huge and so was the bathroom. Also, the location is near the boat dock. Advice, don't use the Boat Harbor to cross town. Take Booral around the airport. It saves a lot of time. We would definitely come back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Staff were very helpful giving information about Fraser Island tours, was extremely thankful for free pick-up & drop off from/to bus stop because it's not close! Hervey Bay itself not terribly exciting but this is a bit of a haven with its tropical vibe. Rooms and bathrooms pretty standard, kept clean. Bowl of chips and glasses of wine (as well as other options) very good value in the bar!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St Kilda, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Great layout for a hostel and caravan park- Many trees and hangout areas, comfy bar/lounge, clean bathrooms, little pond area with several hammocks, and chickens!! They even provide a compost bin for food scraps in the kitchen. It's great to see a hostel that is dedicated to reducing it's waste! Did I mention free Wi-Fi?? We absolutely loved this place. The camping/caravan area was well shaded and close to all the amenities. Be warned that after staying here no other caravan park will quite measure up! :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Stayed here in a twin room in August 2013 for two nights so that we could take in the awesome whale watching. Very good hostel in a motel format. Morning were great with the amazing sounds of Australian birds making a loud dawn chorus. Negatives were the lady in reception pushing tours

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 820 Boat Harbour Drive | Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia (Formerly Colonial Village YHA)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Fraser Coast > Hervey Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Hervey Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hervey Bay is the closest departure point for a Fraser Island Adventure. Why waste a day of your 4wd tour getting to the highlights, we put you right where the action is. You have'nt been Whale watching until you have been via Hervey Bay, the ONLY place i Australia where you can swim with the Whales. We have a free daily courtesy bus to and from the coach station (7am to 915pm). Please phone for bus pick up times. The Colonial Village is unlike any other hostel; with 8 acres of sprawling botanical grounds complete with native wildlife and enough activities to make it a self-contained retreat you are sure to love your stay here. Complete with a pool,free tennis and basketball courts, free Wi-Fi and PC use, free table tennis, darts, pool table, wii, a children's play area, large playing field, a large relaxing pond with fountain, hammocks, all surrounded by tree's with a huge variety of resident and visiting birds, not to mention the tree frogs, sugar gliders, possums, and so on. Endless hours of fun, plus push bikes available to help you explore all that the gorgeous Hervey Bay has to offer. The bar and restaurant are well priced for travellers on a budget and will leave you well satisfied. With your belly full you can retreat to your tastefully decorated dorm or private room each with their own en-suite. There is no need to fight over bottom bunks here either as the entire hostel is bunk bed FREE!! The private rooms seem like luxury apartments complete with mini fridges, TV's and a private balcony. It's the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy your stay in Hervey Bay. All of our rooms are professionally cleaned , and all come with linen, pillows and blankets. All rooms are either air conditioned, or come with ceiling fans. Villas and cabins are fully self-contained with their own kitchen, TV, lounge and bathroom. Colonial Village is situated only 50m's from Urangan beach, and it is only 350m's from Hervey Bay's 7 kilometres of unspoilt beaches, and the 850m long Urangan pier, which is wonderful for fishing. The all year round perfect climate with cool refreshing sea breeze is great for fishing, swimming and water sports. On our doorstep is the Marina/harbour with a range of cafes, galleries, shops and restaurants, also a boat club with daily entertainment. Urangan Central plaza is 700m's away with a Woolworths, Post Office and Pharmacy. We have an all day bar and bistro, with day and evening menu's, and breakfast is also available. We appeared in the 'Fraser Coast Chronicle - July 2014...Venues that scored a thumbs up for pub meals..' We offer 24 hour access to the shared self catering cooking facilities/TV room and showers/washing. All accommodation and the whole site are at ground level with no stairs. 1 of the ensuite double rooms has a special access shower/toilet. There is a special access toilet in the bistro also, as well as a spacious non-partitioned toilet/shower by the swimming pool. ... more   less 
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