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Reef Lodge Backpackers

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Eventhough Townsville wasn't my favourite city on my east coast trip, this backpackers was totally friendly and clean. They offer you so much more than other backpackers. I just found that the price for laundry is a bit expensive with 5$ for the washing machine and 1$ for 10min Dryer. The average price for both are 3$. But all in... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Honestly, prob the chilliest hostel I've ever been to in Australia. This hostel is super easy to get into, it's in a prime location in the city, a sick tv by the kitchen to drink by, and pretty cheap prices. It's super close to the Magnetic Island ferries and to the Greyhound.

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I can recommend Reef Lodge Backpackers to anyone. We stayed for four nights in a private double room and there was nothing to complain about. The room is spacious enough with a new fridge and a comfy bed. A/C is very powerful. Kitchen is the cleanest hostel kitchen I've seen and the bathroom was also very clean. The outdoor lounge... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

ReefLodge was my first stop after the long 26 hour overnight journey from Alice Springs and I was pleasantly surprised that the owners made the effort to provide the little extras that made it a great stay The place is clean in an environment that has a good balance of greenery to provide a calm and conducive relaxing oasis right... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reef lodge backpackers is the best place that both myself and husband have stayed in the years of traveling. Both Dean and Simone have gone out of their way to make sure that we have a great time when we stay there . Last year when my husband broke his leg while staying in townsville they made sure that he... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

excellent place, always clean and very welcoming would deffo stay again, pancakes are awesome and would love some more in the morning, 4-6 days down and dont want to go home was in a 4 bed dorm and whole place was quiet got lots of sleep and soo close to the beach its unreal!!!!!

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

Hello Kiteman, great to see you enjoyed your time here at Reef Lodge in Townsville as well made the most of our beautiful beach "The Strand." hope the rest of your trip goes as well. all the best Reef Lodge Townsville More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

• easy location - obvious to find • Cool setup, lots in welcome pack (cinema / pubs) • Not enough plugs for each bed • Clean, cozy, chilled • Relaxed and safe • Free WiFi, didn't reach the bedrooms • Free evening meal

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Thank stalwyn
DeanNixonHarding, Manager at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback, sadly in this day and age everyone wants a PowerPoint. Sadly the property was built in 1957 and is probably the oldest hostel in Townsville. As much as we try we can't get every thing people want. We only have WiFi in the main common area and do not state... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

Having traveled throughout Europe, New Zealand and Australia I can confidently say that this is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed at and is certainly the best I've visited in Australia. The staff are incredibly helpful, the hostel is clean and tidy. The attention to detail and love put into this business is obvious and is what... More 

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Thank Kyna R
DeanNixonHarding, Manager at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Kyna, Certainly one of the nicest reviews I have had the pleasure of reading in long time. Especially in a time when people are quick to criticize. Sadly, sometimes such glowing reviews give a high expectation, which I can only hope we can live up to. Thanks again and I hope the rest of your time in Australia is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

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 

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Amenities

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  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Things to do
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
Services
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Reef lodge Backpackers and budget accommodation in Townsville caters to travelers looking for a quiet place to relax and chill out. "LONLEY PLANET" The cruisy atmosphere at Townsvilles best hostel extends from Buddhist sculptures and hammocks strewn through the gardens to an outdoor cinema with swinging lounges and more than 1200 DVD's. There is a games room with bench presses free weights and a retro video game machine (space invaders Frogger Paceman ... Very cool) The large kitchen, Dorms and private rooms are all spotless. WE are are in the center of Townsville city, with a short 500m walk to the Greyhound, Premier bus terminal, Magnetic Island ferry terminal, beach, city center and the "Reef HQ" "Museum" "Cultural Center" are straight over the road. We have a "no alcohol policy" after 10-30pm and we ask the people to be respectful of the other guests who are staying at the Reef Lodge. We have a large communal kitchen with all the utilities you require to cook. There are many communal area where people can sit around including hammocks, recreational room with a small gym, pool table and retro video game machine. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Reef Lodge Backpackers

Address: 4 Wickham St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Townsville
Price Range: $21 - $44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 27
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