This hostel was great, but there really wasnt anything to do in Townsville and we wished we had just jumped straight on the ferry to Magnetic Island. However we stayed here for 2 nights and had booked a motel room which was excellent value. We had a double bed and a bunk bed so could have fit 4 in the room despite just being 2! It was clean and great to have a kettle and toaster in the room! The location was good, not too far from the ferry terminal and the greyhound bus. And a quick walk to the Strand or Flinders Street and the supermarket. Staff were helpful too. You seem to have to pay for everything such as internet, renting books and films etc which were all rpetty expensive, we didnt use any of there though. Its a great hostel if you want to stay in Townsville but we would much preferred to have stayed on Magnetic island not just doing a day trip.
- 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
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