I did the standard hostel hopping from Cairns to Sydney on a Greyhound, and even now 2-3 years later the Arts Factory was the most memorable of all of the hostels. You might be able to find a bit cheaper in Byron Bay - and the Arts Factory isn't central to the town - however, the sense of community in this place was great.
There was a series of arranged entertainment - when I was there, there was a talent show on, the whole hostel crowded into a room to listen to a guy playing a selection of worldly instruments. I travelled alone at this point but I was surrounded by new friends - from either previous hostels whose itinerary wasn't too dissimilar to mine or by meeting them in and around the hostel.
I stayed in an 8 bedroom, it was clean and I had no problems sleeping there - despite being 1 girl with 7 blokes! Toilets weren't too far away and they were also fine, I had to change there a couple of times - and they were alright.
There's hammocks and table tennis and loads of reptiles just walking about outside - a true experience of Byron.
From The Arts Factory the happy tours regularly drop by to take you to Nimbin which you've got to check out.
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