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Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel

262 Walker St, Townsville, Queensland 4810 Australia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 22/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 22/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#4 of 56 in Townsville
Recently renovated and now voted one of the TOP 10 HOSTELS in Australia, the Civic Guest House is a friendly, charming hostel in the heart of Townsville offering clean, safe and cosy accommodation for the budget conscious traveler. Free Wi-Fi and a friendly service are what we consider a must. We also offer free transport to/from the Ferry and Greyhound bus terminal.Our aim is to provide our guests with a comfortable and quiet place to stay in a relaxed and friendly environment. You can chill out in the lounge room, prepare a meal in our large communal kitchen, or have a game of chess in the new game room. Conveniently located in a quiet street in Townsville's CBD, the Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel gives you a broad choice of room options ranging from shared dorms to private double rooms with en-suite bathrooms.Townsville is a great place to experience a laid-back tropical city lifestyle while enjoying the fantastic wildlife and exceptional sights of the Great Barrier Reef and Magnetic Island. Take a tour, enjoy numerous free activities in and around town, or simply relax by the beach.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Bicycle rental
Game room
Shuttle bus service
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Paid public parking nearby
Street parking
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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on the road wrote a review Aug 2021
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
We stayed there a couple of nights with my partner, we had a good room. The less point would be the guy at the reception absolutely not friendly ! 10pm no more noise around ! The facilities are good, just the kitchen is a bit small. The owner of the place is really nice lady
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled
kazshakespeare wrote a review June 2021
Sunshine Coast, Australia12 contributions
Well maintained & very clean comfortable hostel. Great location. Very social & friendly but not loud. Staff helpful & informative. Fast wifi. Really good kitchen, has everything, and staff & guests keep it very clean & tidy. Great stay!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Rosie S wrote a review May 2021
2 contributions2 helpful votes
My partner and I booked in for a private room for a week and were elated with our stay. The staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were clean with everything we needed. It's a nice and social hostel where you're able to make friends but not too social where it's loud and partyish. The perfect middle ground! We really enjoyed our stay and will recommend it to everyone we meet!
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Date of stay: April 2021
G2Kpauly wrote a review Apr 2021
Melbourne, Australia1450 contributions298 helpful votes
I stayed here for 2 nights and was not that impressed. The location is good and the room was fine. Free washing machines to use is useful. Wifi is quick. Not the most social hostel and one staff member with beard from UK had abit of attitude and didn't seem to like his job. I would not go back if ever back in Townsville.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Jordon T wrote a review Mar 2021
1 contribution
This place has a good safe atmosphere and is pretty central to anything most would want to do in Townsville. It’s a great place for backpackers to stay for awhile and get a job elsewhere. I’m staying in a dorm but there’s plenty of nice cheap private rooms when I want to get more privacy
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Matt J wrote a review Feb 2021
1 contribution
I have been staying at the Civic Guest House for 3 weeks now and have had an incredibly pleasant stay - the hostel is quiet and comfortable enough to live in while working but also has a great social scene. Facilities are excellent - WiFi is really fast and has great coverage around the building, kitchen is clean and well maintained and there is a common area with TV and streaming services. Would definitely recommend
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled
Elli wrote a review Jan 2021
Southern Queensland, Australia2 contributions
Amazingly well run and super clean, easily the best hostel/backpackers I've ever stayed at. Very friendly and helpful staff, great price, close to everything, great atmosphere, very highly recommended.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled
Francisco wrote a review Dec 2020
2 contributions
Horrible, please stay away. Since our arrival in civic guest house that Joe treated us in an arrogant and rude way, as I kept asking him for information while checking in he just kinda ignored me or told me he didn't know. We asked for a double room, and he asked us why would we need a double room. Don't know what was wrong with this guy, but in his head he tough we weren't a couple even tough he had nothing to do with it. It was late in the night and we were very tired so we didn't had any other option than to just ignore and stay here. If this wasn't enough I saw this pervert looking and commenting on other girls guests, while he was showing us where our room was. A part from this, the hostel looks like and old hospital and is very noisy during the night, bathroom and kitchen were disgusting and not clean at all. Definitely not staying here again, if you can, please choose another option.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled
Response from Cathy K, Owner at Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel
Responded 12 Jan 2021
This entire review is a LIE. Firstly, on the night that you stayed at our Guest House, our employee Joe was not on reception when you arrived. You and your friend were checked in by a female staff member - we have you on CCTV, her signature on your Covid questionnaire and the roster to prove this. So all of you comments about Joe making comment about your room type and commenting/ perving on female guests are a COMPLETE AND TOTAL LIE. Your only interaction with Joe was when he noticed the smell of smoke coming from your room after midnight - AND FOUND YOU SMOKING ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES. When he noticed it again later, you were asked to leave. Your actions (smoking in room) were in fact placing the lives of all of our sleeping guests at risk by creating a significant fire hazard. We should be ones warning other hostels to avoid YOU as a guest as you clearly have no respect for rules or the lives of other travellers.
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Natalie W wrote a review Nov 2020
Dudley, United Kingdom17 contributions4 helpful votes
Enjoyed my over night stay at civic guest house, very clean room and shared bathroom. Felt welcome from the minute I walked in. Would definitely stay again,very beautiful introduction to Townsville. Thanks!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled
Linda S wrote a review Aug 2020
6 contributions1 helpful vote
This hostel is fairly centrally located. It is clean and well maintained. The policy of no noise after 10pm means we can all rest! The staff are friendly and helpful. Pick ups and drop off to the ferry terminal are much appreciated. Cathy and Joe merit a special mention as they give advice, are very welcoming and are happy to assist in whatever way they can. I am grateful for all that they did for me and the manner in which I witnessed them helping others seek work, etc. Covid 19 safety precautions are being observed. That is not always done at other hostels.I felt safe here. I am an older, experienced traveller but never did I feel unwelcome and I enjoyed many interesting chats with Cathy and Joe. This hostel had a great vibe and I really recommend it. It has everything you need if you are travelling on a limited budget
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled
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Frequently Asked Questions about Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Sunday on Flinders. Cotters Markets (0.4 km), Empire Alternacade and Events - Townsville (0.3 km), and Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and shuttle bus service.
Which room amenities are available at Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and an oven.
What food & drink options are available at Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel?
Yes, free public parking nearby, paid public parking nearby, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Coffee Dominion, The TapHouse Townsville, and Cowboys Leagues Club.
Does Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Townsville.
Are any cleaning services offered at Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kissing Point Fort (2.3 km) and National Trust Heritage Centre (1.5 km).