Could not speak higher of Sonia who went above and beyond to make my stay feel safe and homely. On the Wallaby feels more like a home than a hostel. One of the coolest hostels on the east coast. It’s also super forward thinking in terms of sustainability which is rare to find in accommodation. 10/10
Clean, great location, excellent price and the staff is very efficient! Sonia at the reception went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable! Will definitely return for another stay in the near future!
What an awesome eco friendly hostel that Paul has created in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands! Certainly had a great stay ! Amazing waterfalls ! Lovely edible garden! LOVELY to commune with other fellow travelers in a cozy atmosphere yet quiet and peaceful for a good nights sleep. Jess is a fantastic asset to this hostel very friendly, welcoming, warmhearted, considerate and very thoughtful and responsible. Laura is great too and she makes great cookies! So grateful for a wonderful stay.
What an amazing weekend @On The Wallaby. We used it as a base for 40+ biking enthusiasts and took over for 2 nights. Paul was extremely accommodating with fantastic food to fill our empty bellies each night and an early brekkie Monday. Awesome.
Paul and staff made us feel welcome from the start, a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This is a wonderful place to return to after a day's sightseeing and adventuring, and the food was tasty and plentiful. I'll be back here next year for sure.
Loved that this place is so eco friendly from an edible garden to composting. Very central location to pub, foodworks, curtain fig etc. Jess was very friendly and helpful and certainly an asset to this hostel. The kitchen, fridges and common spaces could certainly do with a detail clean, but overall great value for money.
Very beautiful and unique lodge which is 100% eco friendly. They have the most beautiful rainwater to drink and you can pick leaves, herbs and fruits from the garden to eat. The rooms are very clean and cozy and the staff is super helpful and friendly. The place has a very special and welcoming atmosphere where you feel like home as soon as you walk through the doors. In high season they also offer cool tours to get to know the area. Highly recommend a visit!
Stayed 2 nights in a twin room. Pros: - Love the eco-conscious aspects of the place - from the different types of recycling streams, composting, eco-friendly laundary wash, grey water cycling, worm farm, solar power etc. Huge A+ - Use of 'Who Gives a Crap' toilet paper - Design of the place - very homely and chilled and well spaced out for individual comfort or social interaction - Location - 15 min drive to Atherton and close to many waterfalls Things to be improved upon: - Communication - e-mails were not responded to or were slow in reponse. Please note, the accommodation had substitute care during this time so things may have been stressful. - There may be a rodent issue - I had placed food in the pantry and in the morning, there was a hole in the bag and a huge chunk had been taken out - Noise: my final night we were woken three times after 10pm - once by rowdy laughter at midnight, then ongoing chatting, 2am had our next door neighbour chatting with his friend on speakerphone while roaming his room, the corridor, outside and back again... This was going into the weekend so could be a one-off since our first night was fine but it was rather disruptive. On the Wallaby was still a good stay despite the improvements that can be made.…
On the Wallaby was probably my best hostel experience and I've stayed in a fair few hostels. The hostel was at about 20% occupancy because of the "pandemic" so my experience was more like being in a large flat share than a hostel and I imagine my experience might have been completely different had the hostel been at 100% occupancy. On the Wallaby is excellent because: 1) I slept in a room all to myself despite paying for just a dorm bed in a room with others, 2) the hostel is one of the best value accommodations in the Tablelands (I didn't notice any good value Airbnbs in the region), 3) the hostel has an Alpine lodge feeling and has many comfortable sofas, chairs etc, 4) the showers are good (hot water, good water force), 5) the place is kept clean, 6) the owners Paul and Laura obviously care about the hostel and care about the experience of the guests, 7) the beds are comfortable and the there is very little road noises so I slept well, 8) the cooking facilities are decent and there is sufficient fridge space, 9) there is a nice outdoor space to relax in, 10) 10 minutes drive to lake Eacham which is one of the best lakes in Australia to swim in, and 11) the generally cheerful temporary manager Chris had a delightful dog Layla. Other comments: 1) The hostel is in Yungaburra which is very small with a horrendously priced supermarket and very few amenities (everything is in the nearby town Atherton). 2) The internet works in the common areas but is slow and can get very slow if many people are using it. The wifi signal is weak in the dorm rooms. 3) There are many guests who don't seem to know that headphones exist (I don't particularly want to hear Spanish Skype conversations or Graham Norton's chat show being blasted out). It would be good if the hostel could encourage guests to use headphones. 4) Improvements to the kitchen include replacing the non-functioning tin opener, replacing the pan with a loose handle (could easily cause an accident) and updating the clock time on the microwave. 5) The dorm room walls are very thin and one night I was kept up as a man in the room next to mine snored heavily. 6) The pricing is disorganised. I noticed the dorm room priced at $20/night on Airbnb but priced at $25/night booking directly with the hostel so I called the hostel and got the Airbnb rate for my initial 3 night booking. For the subsequent nights I stayed, Chris charged me $25/night though Airbnb still quoted $20/night and I think some other guests were paying $20/night. I didn't make an issue out of it as it was still great value for money and I didn't want my booking request to be rejected but it is irritating to know you're paying more than what others might be paying and what Airbnb is quoting. The hostel also seemed to experience confusion over who had paid/not paid due apparently to some new booking system in place. 7) The blackboard shows many things you can eat in the garden but they don't actually exist (ie no parsley) - blackboard needs updated. 8) As in all hostels, there are some odd characters like this old unhinged Australian woman who would spend the day coughing in her dorm room and would wander around at 2 or 3 in the morning in the common areas. 9) There was no lock to my dorm.…
We were looking for a budget one night stay and stumbled across this place. Was a wonderful find. Our hosts were lovely warm people who made a simple nights stay something more. We really appreciated the local information shared about the best place to see the platypus as it enabled us to see our unique Australian icon. We can see why this place gets a 5 star rating on this site. Highly recommended!