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Review of 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers

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1770 Southern Cross Backpackers
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
“absolutely the most beautiful hostel I have stayed in”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2011

After spending a night at 1770 backpackers which was very disapointing and boring place to be I heard around town that southern cross backpackers was the pick of hostels to stay in 1770. SoI booked in and they picked me up from the bus stop. When I got there I thought WOW what an amazing place. It feels more like a resort than a backpackers. beautiful pool, tropical gardens EVERYWHERE, with cute little cabins with verandahs. I stayed in a 4 bed cabin with an ensuite and it was called Sweeden. All the cabins are named after countries. The owner said they are making their own world. I spent my first 2 hours just walking around the property taking pics and even saw some kangaroos in the horses paddock. The staff were so friendly and the hostel one of the cleanest Ive seen. Love the cool music that plays all day'. They have a bus that takes you in and out of town and all the tours came to pick me up. Spent a lot of time sunbaking at the pool.
and drinking their good cheap beer and playing pool and ping pong.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sandra S
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1770southerncross, Owner at 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers, responded to this review, February 10, 2012
Thanks for your reveiw Sandra. Sounds like you got to experience and enjoy just about everything our beautiful little hostel has to offer. I see so many people wandering around throughout the day taking pictures. I think we would be one of the most photographed hostels in OZ. Your photos will be beautiful memories forever.
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2011

Great pool and chilled atmosphere all day and night. Best in 1770!!!

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank globetrot87
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1770southerncross, Owner at 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers, responded to this review, February 10, 2012
Thank you for your great review. Sorry to hear that you thought the town was boring. I guess some would think that, as it is only tiny and not a party town. There are so many great tours to keep you busy though, through the day and lots to do at the hostel to keep you entertained in the evening.
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Hinton, Canada
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2011

Purpose-built. Had a bit of a Club-Med feel to it. No ventilation in their kitchen so it was unbearably hot. Clean. Not enough toilets and the existing bathrooms were too far from dorms which was a bit of a hassle. Beautiful place, though. Well looked-after.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jenndods
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1770southerncross, Owner at 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers, responded to this review, February 10, 2012
Thanks for the Club Med comment, we hear that so often. Thanks also for the comment on the ventilation in the kitchen. We have since installed a huge fan to cool things down in the there. Most of our dorm cabins have ensuites. Unfortunately you must have stayed in the cheaper ones with the shared facilities. We will be building another bathroom block once we are connected to the town water supply which will mean not so far to walk and more loos for the needy.
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11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2011

We booked a double ensuite room, it was very private and quiet, it didn't feel like a hostel. The atmosphere is definitely beautiful and relaxing. My only complaint is the bathroom sink, it was literally impossible to was your face in it, even brushing your teeth and shaving were a major challenge, it's a half sink, and the mirror sticks out so when you bend over you bump your head on the mirror and water gets on the floor. Also they should put floor mats in front of the shower, when you step out of the shower it creates a puddle, and this puddle is rotting away the wood floor. I hate to see the floor being ruined, and a $5 bathmat could fix this. My last minor complaint is about the bed, well I actually thought it was a pretty comfy bed, it was much more soft than the other beds I've slept in in Australia, but I'm pretty light, my boyfriend on the other hand could feel the wood slats under the bed, he's about 100ks, so if you weigh over 100ks, not the best bed for you. To fix this all they need to do is put a piece of plywood under the bed, then you wouldn't feel the slats. So all in all it was a great place, I loved the atmosphere, just a couple simple changes would make it even better.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank reviewer619
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1770southerncross, Owner at 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers, responded to this review, February 10, 2012
Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and loved our chilled atmosphere. We have been renovating the bathrooms with new floor tiles & bath mats. The hand basins are on the to do list. As you can imagine as this hostel is so spread out and the gardens so extensive we have a never ending to do list. The private doubles now have new beds & mattresses and improvements are being made every day. Your feedback helps us to make our hostel the best it can be. Thank you so much.
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Ghent, Belgium
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2011

Amazing place! All little bungalows in a great big, green garden, given it a little asian touch! We had to make a stopover in Agnes water due to the weather conditions (cycloon), and were really pleased with this hostel! Although a bit pricy, the rooms are big and comfortable! First night we arrived Scooteroo organized a party, had a good night, met plenty of people there! The Scooteroo tour is a must, very nice! We really enjoyed our stay at this hostel and would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Raspo
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1770southerncross, Owner at 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers, responded to this review, February 10, 2012
Thank you for your great review. We have checked our bed rate against other hostels and our dorm prices are much the same as others in this area. Our doubles may be a little more, but look what you get for your money. Good to hear that you enjoyed the hostel though. We are in the process of importing more furniture from Thailand to add to our Asian Theme.
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Agnes Water
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2011

thanks so much everyone at southern cross. this is the most beautiful hostel i have ever stayed in my whole time in australia. i spent many hours walking around your beuatiful gardens. after staying in so many hostels that were so cramped with no space your hostel was paradise for me. spent most of my time in your beautiful pool, chilling out on the hamocks and had a great BBQ on your verandah/ will always remember the party on my last night, was the best night i have had in so long and met some very nice people that i will stay in touch with. sorry my voice was not so good on the kareoke. hope to get back some day.

Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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1770southerncross, Owner at 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers, responded to this review, February 10, 2012
Thank you for your beautiful comments. You obviously got the true feel of the place.
Space, freedom & beautiful vibes. Thats what its all about. Enjoy your wonderful memories.
Peace Love & Happiness.
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Heanor
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2010

We stayed for only one night unfortunately!! The place is set in massive grounds with lovely gardens and pool area. The reception and common area is in a missive open plan timber deck area with open side and views onto the gardens. We booked a double with en-suite but this had been double booked somehow, so the manager gave us a $10 refund, an hour free on the internet and they usually charge $5 each to use the facilties on the day when you check out. This was really usefull as our Greyhound wasn't until 10pm.

It is a keyless hostel so all the rooms are unlocked, which probably goes a way to describe the type of atmosphere at the hostel. It is totally chilled out and has lots of Budhist type decorations and areas dotted about. The hostel picks up and drops off at the bus stop and there are also free shuttles throughout the day to the supermarket. There is the biggest BBQ that is for guest use and the kitchen is fairly good. There is a big screen TV, table football, table tennis, loads of board games so even though the town is pretty boring there is always something to do.

I would have loved to have stayed a few days there

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank HeanorRed
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1770southerncross, Owner at 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers, responded to this review, February 10, 2012
Thank you for your lovely comments. Glad you loved Southern Cross so much.
Things have changed a bit since you were here but only for the better. Sad you only had one night. You need to come back again some day and stay longer.
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Additional Information about 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers

Property: 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers
Address: 2694 Round Hill Rd, Agnes Water, Queensland 4677, Australia (Formerly 1770 Southern Cross Tourist Retreat)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Agnes Water
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Agnes Water
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and experience for yourself, a resort style hostel with a Club Med feel! Get comfy in our large 4-6 share ensuite dorms that wont break your budget, or pamper yourself in our private deluxe double rooms or Family room with ensuite, TV, DVD & fridge. Dorms & doubles with shared facilities also available. Huge common area with Digital TV, Ping pong, Fuseball, Pool table and cozy fireplace for the Winter. We have a swimming pool with elephant fountains perfect for cooling off after a hot day at the beach. Hammocks to chill out with a good book and lots of under-cover areas to get out of the sun or rain. The resort is set on 15 acres of land with a pretty little lake that has a jetty a free paddle boat, horses grazing in the paddocks and loads of tropical gardens to stroll through, perfect for nature lovers. Lots of areas for a bit of meditation or yoga as the sun is rising or setting or a game of football, volley ball or cricket. During your stay why not treat yourself to a relaxing massage or beauty treatment in our "Healing Hut". (extra special prices for our guests)Our on site bar "Karma bar" with super cheap drinks and beer garden surrounds the pool area and is perfect for the afternoon drink to quench your thirst after you arrive home from any of the amazing tours Agnes / 1770 has to offer. Free Breakfast Free Tea & Coffee all day every day!Free Motel Quality Linen.Free DVD hire.Free Courtesy Shuttle to beach + shops (3 minute drive)Free pickup for the Greyhound bus service* FREE 24 hour WIFI, and a cinema room. We believe that we have something pretty special here at Southern Cross and we want to share it with YOU! Our Motto LIVE IN THE DREAM! Get up to date with life at the hostel on our Facebook page Southern Cross Backpackers. ... more   less 
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