We were met by a friendly member of staff from the greyhound bus and taken to the hostel. The place seemed very nice and looked like it had recently been done up and freshly painted. We later learnt that was true and they had just finished the main area and were now doing up what will be the ‘cottage’. We paid $28 for a 10 bed dorm room for one night and were given a good all round idea of things to do while we were in Port Macquarie without even having to ask.
The atmosphere at this place was so nice, everyone was friendly and spoke to you. They had organised things the two nights we were there: pizza and wine on the Thursday and poker on the Friday which we joined in on, but there was no pressure to if you wanted to do your own thing.
This hostel had plenty of these. I liked how the hostel was very open and most communal areas were outside with an overhead cover. The TV room was built in an old garage – huge TV and stacks of films. There was a games room with pool and a few other bits all for free, a swimming pool was at the rear of the buildings and there was a nice sofa area overlooking the pool. A huge area with picnic benches sat outside reception and another outside the dorm rooms. Then there was a spacious, clean and light kitchen as well as 4 computers with free internet.
The staff here were great, several of them were just backpackers like you and I who had stopped there and managed to pick up work helping with the makeover of the hostel – it’s in the middle of changing to a YHA. They were all friendly and helpful but also just wanted to chill out and have fun with the other backpackers in the evening.
For $28 a night you really do get your money’s worth. We were on a late bus and paid an extra $5 so we could hang around the hostel all day, store our bags in lockers and use the facilities until our bus. The rooms were a little small and the beds felt a little small too but there was no need to be in your room except to sleep so that didn’t really matter. The whole place has beautiful art work on the walls and it felt really fresh and clean because all the walls had been painted recently. The free internet was great and the wifi was cheap to use too. You could also hire bikes for $5 a day and several other things. It really was a hostel with lots to do at cheap prices.
I would highly recommend this hostel as we had a great time chilling with the people we met here but as with a lot of things it all depends on the people you are with as to how good a time you have.