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Florence, Italy
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Honestly, prob the chilliest hostel I've ever been to in Australia. This hostel is super easy to get into, it's in a prime location in the city, a sick tv by the kitchen to drink by, and pretty cheap prices. It's super close to the Magnetic Island ferries and to the Greyhound.

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DeanNixonHarding, Manager at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Jeffrey and thanks for the nice review, the sick TV has been given antibiotics and some chicken broth and is back to work. Thanks for the other great comments and hope your trip goes well. all the best Reef Lodge Townsville

Helsinki, Finland
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

I can recommend Reef Lodge Backpackers to anyone. We stayed for four nights in a private double room and there was nothing to complain about. The room is spacious enough with a new fridge and a comfy bed. A/C is very powerful. Kitchen is the cleanest hostel kitchen I've seen and the bathroom was also very clean. The outdoor lounge...

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Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

ReefLodge was my first stop after the long 26 hour overnight journey from Alice Springs and I was pleasantly surprised that the owners made the effort to provide the little extras that made it a great stay The place is clean in an environment that has a good balance of greenery to provide a calm and conducive relaxing oasis right...

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DeanNixonHarding, Public Relations Manager at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Wow such a nice review form you Mary and happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. So glade you enjoyed and noticed the little extras we have provided. Thanks again and I hope your travels all go to plan and you enjoy your time traveling around Australia. All the best Reef lodge Townsville

Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Reef lodge backpackers is the best place that both myself and husband have stayed in the years of traveling. Both Dean and Simone have gone out of their way to make sure that we have a great time when we stay there . Last year when my husband broke his leg while staying in townsville they made sure that he...

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DeanNixonHarding, Manager at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Tanya and thank for leaving your feed back and so happy you enjoyed your time. Its always easy being nice to nice people. thanks again All the best Reef Lodge Townsville

Townsville, Australia
Reviewed 30 April 2016

excellent place, always clean and very welcoming would deffo stay again, pancakes are awesome and would love some more in the morning, 4-6 days down and dont want to go home was in a 4 bed dorm and whole place was quiet got lots of sleep and soo close to the beach its unreal!!!!!

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DeanNixonHarding, Manager at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Kiteman, great to see you enjoyed your time here at Reef Lodge in Townsville as well made the most of our beautiful beach "The Strand." hope the rest of your trip goes as well. all the best Reef Lodge Townsville

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 April 2016

• easy location - obvious to find • Cool setup, lots in welcome pack (cinema / pubs) • Not enough plugs for each bed • Clean, cozy, chilled • Relaxed and safe • Free WiFi, didn't reach the bedrooms • Free evening meal

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DeanNixonHarding, Manager at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback, sadly in this day and age everyone wants a PowerPoint. Sadly the property was built in 1957 and is probably the oldest hostel in Townsville. As much as we try we can't get every thing people want. We only have WiFi in the main common area and do not state...

Reviewed 22 March 2016

Having traveled throughout Europe, New Zealand and Australia I can confidently say that this is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed at and is certainly the best I've visited in Australia. The staff are incredibly helpful, the hostel is clean and tidy. The attention to detail and love put into this business is obvious and is what...

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DeanNixonHarding, Manager at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Kyna, Certainly one of the nicest reviews I have had the pleasure of reading in long time. Especially in a time when people are quick to criticize. Sadly, sometimes such glowing reviews give a high expectation, which I can only hope we can live up to. Thanks again and I hope the rest of your time in Australia is...

Brisbane
Reviewed 22 January 2016

I recently stayed in the Reef Lodge with my two grandchildren aged 15 and 17. Dean gave us a great room for the three of us and he was more than helpful in giving us information about the town, (so much so we wished that we were not just travelling through the next day!) I have stayed in many hostels...

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DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Anne for taking the time to leave such a nice review and all the things you have said about the place. I am glad you appreciate the hostel and I'm happy you enjoyed your stay in Townsville. All the best Reef Lodge Backpackers Townsville

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 19 January 2016

If someone wants some kind of time out from all those backpacker parties, here is a nice and clean hostel in Townsville right in front of the beautiful Maggie Island. It is very close to the port but you have to walk for several minutes to get to a Woolworths, the Rock Pool and the Kissing Point or Castle Hill...

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DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Alice, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Firstly this is the quietest time of the year due to "Summer" and many people head south for cooler weather. Yes, even people in their 40's backpack and we don't discriminate by age. The oldest backpacker that stayed with us was an 82 year old lady. Not sure...

Russell, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

This is a great little place. It makes good use of an interesting space with multiple levels of communal seating areas. Our room was very clean and well equipped with a fridge which was very handy. The bed only had a foam mattress which isn't the most comfortable but it's pretty standard for a backpackers. The air con is good...

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DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Neil B, Its always nice to hear people do take notice of the little extras we try and put in place for backpackers and travelers who are often away from home for up to a year+. It's seldom we hear people making these nice comments about the property. I'm not a big fan of foam mattresses but these are...

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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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Address: 4 Wickham St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Townsville
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Price Range: €14 - €42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 27
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“Check their own website for special deals!”
 of 5 bubbles kynar2015, 22 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Always choose the backpackers special sometimes you are lucky and get a 4 six bed dorm for the same money as an 8 bed dorm.”
 of 5 bubbles Alicejeannine, 19 Jan 2016 | Read review
“The rooms that face towards the Strand are quieter as they don't face th Irish Pub and Nighclubs”
 of 5 bubbles karabash78, 29 Oct 2015 | Read review
“Whether your alone or in a couple, get a double room - $65 bucks or so!! Are you kidding? TV,Air con, fridge, bedding, good storage space.”
 of 5 bubbles 67benjamint, 22 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Most rooms are fine, from 1 person to dorm style for many people. I had Rm24 which was a Motel styled room.”
 of 5 bubbles Riptoad, 22 Jul 2015 | Read review
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