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Mount Isa, Australia
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Location is good just down the road from the clubs and pubs. Stayed in a twin room it was ok, tidy. Staff was good help. No swimming pool. Has a games room with a pool table, not bad. Don't really have secure parking, you can park on the street at late afternoon till morning but ull have to pay from...

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

Thanks for taking some time to leave your feedback. No we don't have parking or a swimming pool and do not advertise as such. Happy you found the staff and location good and you enjoyed our games room. All the best Reef Lodge Townsville

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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

If you're going to Townsville as a backpacker, don't stay here. Stay at Rambutan next door, it's the same price and much more fun. This hostel is ok. The rooms are ok. The staff are much older and really unfriendly, they seem like they hate working there and never seem to smile. For some reason they close the kitchen from...

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

This sounds more like an advert for Rambutan, which would have to make me wonder how legitimate this review is. Yes they are the same price, as they dropped their prices to compete with us. Yes, we are an older couple who own and manage the "Reef Lodge" I wasn't informed that you had to be a certain age to...

Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Had a great stay at the Reef Lodge hostel. Staff were great, rooms were clean and tidy. Had AC on all the time which was really good as so hot there. Has lockers in rooms. Toilets and showers were clean and had hot water. Kitchen area was also very clean and tidy and supplied tea and Coffee. 5 min walk...

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

Thank you Graham for taking the time to leave your feedback and kind words. It's always gratifying when people leave nice feedback and the fact you enjoyed our facilities. Hope the rest of your trip all goes well, All the best Reef Lodge Townsville

Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

This is a very sweet hostel we only stayed for 1 night as spent most of our time at Magnetic island! It's very clean and has aircon and free wifi what more could you want! The owner is also very friendly

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

Thanks Zoe for making some time to let us know you enjoyed your time here. All the best Reef Lodge Townsville

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Nice Hostel, very clean rooms. Also the bathroom was very clean and good equipped kitchen. Good Wifi in the hostel, very quite, so no party hostel. Staff at the reception okay, seemed a little bit nerved by the guests. Can recommend this for a short stay at Townsville or visitation of magnetic island. 10min walk to the Greyhound station and...

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

Hello Max, Nice of you to leave your comment about the hostel and happy to see you enjoyed your time here. All the best for your travels Reef Lodge Townsville

Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

We were happy to find this hostel on short notice. The rooms, kitchen and bathrooms were all very clean and organized. We appreciated the set-up in the kitchen, it had everything we could need! The AC in the room was amazing, and while the wifi didn't reach our room, it was good by the laundry area. Tv lounges and hammocks...

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

Thank you Stephanie for giving such a nice account of your stay and we are glad you liked the relaxed atmosphere of the hostel. All the best Reef Lodge Townsville

Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Stayed here 3 nights in a private room. Loved it! If you are more of a quiet & relaxed traveller in search of a more peaceful hostel to stay, here is the place! Staff are lovely, beds are comfy, air con & wifi included in rooms, clean & well equipped kitchen, lovely tropical plants and decor all around, all in...

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

Hi Kaytay, happy to see you enjoyed your stay here and we appreciate your feedback and nice things you have stated. Hope your travels go well. All the best Reef Lodge Townsville

Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The hostel a great location for getting the ferry over to magnetic island (5 min walk). Also in a good location for walking up castle hill. The hostel was specious and well kept with nice gardens and relaxation spots. The rooms, bathrooms and kitchen were really clean and the site also had a gym room. We had a great quiets...

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

Hello Mathew and it is always nice to get such nice feedback. Thank you for taking time out to leave your feedback. All the best for your travels through Australia and I hope you enjoy the rest of your time here. Cheers Reef Lodge Townsville

Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

A lovely hostel with a really chilled atmosphere. The facilities are fantastic and very clean. The hostel has so much to offer at a very good price. First hostel that I've stayed in that offers gym equipment! The whole place just looks well looked after. The room has good air con, comfy bed and a fridge for food. When we...

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

Hi Steve and thanks for leaving such a great review. It's easy being nice to nice people and I am always happy to help people in need. "Contrary to some reviews on Trip advisor!" Hope every thing worked out with Ian the car mechanic and your car is still going well. Hope the rest of your trip goes well and...

Mission Beach, Australia
Reviewed 13 December 2016

Well the area is good close to pubs, ferry terminal and shops. Lockers in room and aircon was good. Chilled vibe throughout with hammocks and tv area. Very clean room, toilets and kitchen; one thing that ruined the cleanliness of the room was in the morning beds where made but the duvet was not changed! We watched her changed the...

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

Thank you Mike and Shannon for taking the time to leave your feedback. Yes, the young couple from England, I remember you both quite well. Sadly in this industry, sometimes it's a case of not being able to please everybody all of the time. You will find with ALL accommodation houses, duvets or bed covers do not get washed every...

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Amenities

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • 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 

Additional Information about Reef Lodge Backpackers

Address: 4 Wickham St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Townsville
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Price Range: $20 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 27
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“Check their own website for special deals!”
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.”
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”
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.”
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.”
Riptoad, 22 Jul 2015 | Read review
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