We stayed in the Backpackers by the beach for 4 nights while travelling through Newcastle. It is in an excellent location, literally 2 minutes walk from the train station, and you can't miss your stop, it's the end of the line! Beautiful beaches are a stone's throw away, 5 mins in one direction, 10 in the other! Staff were very friendly and very helpful with hints and tips on how to find work. There's loads of information dotted around the kitchen, tours, trips, weather, surf and tide info, and loads more! The rooms, bathrooms and kitchen are all clean and tidy. We were in a double room, which was basic but had everything you need as a backpacker, and it was very inviting.
Overall, a really good stay in a great town and hostel, would definitely stay here again!