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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed August 7, 2014

I stayed at Melaleuca Backpackers with a group of mates for a surf weekend away. As I arrived I was greeted by some very excited dogs, followed by a quick hello with an orphaned wallaby that was having a nap in a playpen, and the resident kangaroo. The layout of this place is excellent. The main buildings are raised and...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed July 18, 2014

Melaleuca Backpackers is a great hostel if you want to get out of the city and experience what Australia is really about. The very friendly owners Mick and Michelle run this hostel to a very high standard all the rooms/ cabins are always kept clean and tidy. The hostel is a 5min walk away from the beach which is a...

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here in a 6 share dorm for 3 nights. The dorms are pretty nice and clean wooden cabins with a fridge in each room. The place is a kind of a camping with cabins in the forest. Showers and toilet are ok. Cooking building is big and nice. Close to one of the many beaches, but a bit...

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Thank RickH1991
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Really cool place away from everything. Good faciltities. I liked the big open space lounge/kitchen area. Only a 5 minuite walk from a practically private beach. The owners are really friendly and chatty

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maryland
Reviewed February 17, 2014

The setting is really very nice, and we were welcomed by the owner? and given a quick tour. On the up side, there is a resident kangaroo who is very tame and you can get quite close and enjoy her presence. Also saw plenty of other wildlife. On the down side, the owner has 2 dogs, and one decided that...

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Thank swimseib
Herent, Belgium
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Great place to stay! Stayed in one of the cabins and had a wonderful, relaxed time in a fantastic setting. Owners Mick and Michelle are probably the best thing about this place as they make you feel at home from the first minute you arrive.

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We didn't have our own tent, so opted for the tent hire, which was clean and spacious. When we got there, we talked to Michelle, who was super friendly and gave us wonderful tips about local places to visit and to-do things - very useful, as we didn't know much about the area. There is a lovely kangaroo on the...

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Reviewed November 13, 2013

I loved staying on one of the cabins, it was so relaxing! The cabin had a fridge which was handy for booze and water. Loved having photos taken with Josie the kangaroo who lives on the camp. It was surreal sharing with animals but it was cool. Went exploring the sand dunes by 4WD, sand-boarding and dolphin cruise. I would...

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Thank Kelly E
Naples, Florida
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Came with our son who was leading a group. Wonderful place to stay with Josie the kangaroo on property, koalas in the trees, kookaburras flying around. Owners Mick and Michelle were wonderful. Did the sandboarding trip which is out of thi world, climbed Tomaree at Nelsons Bay, did the Dolphin Cruise and all in all had a great time.

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Sydney
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We stayed at Melaleuca Backpackers in a 4 dorm cabin (it was $40 per person by memory). There was four of us - so a total of $160 per night. The room had its own fridge which was great and also a small balcony. I was a little un-nerved by the fact the door to the balcony wasn't fully enclosed...

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Thank you for your review, being a Natural bush setting we are very aware that our set up is not everyone's "cup of tea", we aim to encourage the local fauna to the property and as a result, you may feel that the place is overgrown, we on the other hand, understand that the removal of flora is detrimental to...

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Melaleuca is an architecturally designed adult backpackers retreat set upon 6 acres of natural Australian bushland and located five minutes’ walk from the sparkling waters of One Mile Beach in Port Stephens.The boutique style accommodation has been created using wood and glass to maximise light, space and harmony with nature. Sliding walls open to balconies with views to the stars, stay in a cabin or camp out in bushland with the local wildlife.A tranquil property in a natural bush setting with accommodation ranging from cabins, dormitory rooms, car free camp ground, tent hire (Dec-Apr)and Kombi van sites.For our guests the magnificent main building houses double kitchens, with all crockery and cutlery, a lounge area with Wi-Fi and internet access, television and DVD. Decked areas surround with tables, chairs and free barbecues. A laundry and clothes line is available for guests.If you’re looking for some fun try one of the Melaleuca tours; including a sand boarding adventure or relax on the winery and brewery tour.Only 3 minutes drive to the village of Anna Bay and the amazing Stockton Bight sand system in Worimi Conservation Lands; the largest moving Sand mass in the Southern hemisphere; or 7 minutes drive to beautiful Nelson Bay, we are the only hostel to operate an animal rehabilitation facility on site. We are also home to a large variety of native wildlife including Koala's, birds, sugar gliders and possums. Plenty to see and do, don't forget your camera. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers

Address: 2 Koala Pl | One Mile Beach, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2316, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens
Price Range: $52 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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“private rooms, tents, luxury rooms”
 of 5 bubbles J3125XZsarahc, May 25, 2015 | Read review
“Rent a car!”
 of 5 bubbles betty649, Feb 24, 2015 | Read review
“probably a great place to stay if you are young, are with a group of friends etc”
 of 5 bubbles swimseib, Feb 17, 2014 | Read review
“My wife and I had our own room, so call ahead to get what you need.”
 of 5 bubbles 103BobF, Aug 31, 2013 | Read review
“the huts and kitchens looked good.”
 of 5 bubbles BenjaminP469, Oct 17, 2012 | Read review
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