We only stopped in Port Macquarie for a night and are glad we did. There is much to do if you feel like it, the hostel's location is not bad. Right at an intersection and about 7 minutes to walk to the city centre.
The owner Tony picked us up from the Greyhound.
Our 6 bed dorm was clean and basic. It had a chimney in it which made it feel homely. The fact that the walls were coloured made it much friendlier. We had a look at the 10 bed dorm and in fact, we would have taken that as well if we came here again as it was clean and not too cramped as well.
The kitchen is sweet and there are enough pots/pans and there is an oven as well. Besides Tony the other receptionist was very friendly as well. They are currently looking for a manager, by the way! Just need to commit for about 3 months.
They had one free computer which I am actually using right now, with Facebook blocked because people would spend too long on it. I found it reasonable after all. Wifi was pretty cheap, 2$ for an hour and 10$ for a week.
After we checked out, Tony brought us out to show as very rare owl up on the palm trees - he really cares about the guests and is a great person.
It feels like home here and they even have a Wii and plenty of books to enjoy.
I loved sitting at the balcony in the morning with the free coffee and looking at the intersection - it had something very special. The couches outside are very comfy as well.
So after all I'm really glad we did a stopover here and chose Port Macquarie Backpackers - as long as you can live with the fact that Goon is prohibited this should be everyone's choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pay for your bed; the rest is free: computers, WIFI, bus pick up, swimming pool, beach & koala hospital shuttle, body boards, kayaks, snorkel gear, fishing rods, kangaroo sunset tour. There is no better place or value for money to enjoy Port Macquarie. Port Macquarie Backpackers is the most awarded hostel in town, renovated in 2011. People say it has a homely feeling and that's exactly what it is, a big home. It has never been easier to make new friends! The only real backpackers in town with a 24h kitchen and lounge room! Free pick up and drop off from the bus stop, free beach and koala hospital shuttle bus, fast Internet and Wifi all day everyday, free bodyboards, free fishing rods and tackle, free tea, coffee and sugar all day, free pool table, free day trips to see kangaroos in the wild at sunset (very cool!), and special deals for pizza, ice cream and coffee everyday! With 9 beaches in town and some of the nicest coast line on the north coast there is lots to do or just relax & chill on the veranda or swing in a hammock by the pool. Come stay and play you will be amazed! See you soon Tony No children, sorry. ... more less
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