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“Cheapest Place in Mt Isa - You get what you pay for”

Travellers Haven Backpackers Hostel
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Travellers Haven Backpackers Hostel
Darwin, Australia
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10 reviews
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“Cheapest Place in Mt Isa - You get what you pay for”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Ive stayed here a few times when passing through. Most recently for the Rodeo in August as everywhere else is booked out months in advance. This place is somewhere to stay for a few nights. I would not recommend long term. But this place has many many long term stayers. It needed a reno three years ago on my first stay so please don't expect to much. Cleanliness is a big issue. Dust everywhere and I would keep a spare bottle of bleach with you for the showers. The owners do spend time and effort cleaning but its the usual backpackers who treat this place like a zoo. Don't expect to get sleep this is not a place for that.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the main office away from noise!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

This is the worst case of looks can be deceiving in the picture form. Oh sure the photos look great - cute, quiet little cheapy hidden in Mt Isa - WRONG! The worst place I have ever stayed. The rooms are disgustingly filthy - spiders, cockroaches, dust EVERYWHERE! The other "permanent" guests are rude, obnoxious and walk through the corridors stomping their feet through all hours of the night. The reception is poorly run and leave you dazed and confused. Just horrible.

Now don't get me wrong I have stayed in my fair share of hostels/backpackers and also major hotel chains and this is by fair the absolute, most disgusting bout of value for money. I should have paid the $10AUD extra and stayed somewhere that at least has a clean, mould free shower that isn't a home to REDBACK SPIDERS, a TV in the room and at least a blanket that I do not have to pay EXTRA for!! (Luckily we brought our own)

This place is the one place in all of outback QLD & NT that I actually feel the least comfortable and incredibly upset.

Never again will we make the mistake of booking without seeing first especially when you find out that such a dive has a no money back policy.

Rant over.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

This place is a great example of hard, rough outback Australia. It is def in need of a Reno, so don't expect the ritz. But once you settle in, you'll find it hard to leave.

Inhabited by miners, backpackers and lone travellers, this place is quite rough. Someone is always drinking, playing poker so there is always someone to talk to. Be aware there isn't a lot to do in mount Isa, so three or four days should be fine! (although some people we staying there a lot longer!)

This place was the hardest for me to leave,as the people made it fantastic. The night manager Chris is a character, as is nearly every inhabitant. Leave your reservations and check in to meet and experience a small mining town at its best!

Room Tip: Go budget, three person dorms. Good enough and good value when compared to other parts of town!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Travellers Haven Backpackers Hostel
Address: 75 Spence St, Mount Isa, Queensland 4825, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Mount Isa
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Ranked #6 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Mount Isa

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