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Gunnedah, Australia
Reviewed 24 April 2016

Stayed here for 2 weeks in December 2015. It is really unfortunate that some reviewers have written negative reviews. Considering that the location is set amongst natural bushland, one would probably expect gecko's and other natural fauna. Mark and Michelle were always gracious hosts to me, and I found them them to be very helpful. Personally, I highly recommend this...

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Reviewed 14 March 2016

I loved this place. I stayed there for a long time. first in a tent, then I moved to a dorm. Both beds were really good. The kitchen is very clean and equipped with good gear. The bathrooms could improve, like there is not always light and its hard to find a balance between cold and hot water. It is...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

I went here for the weekend with 2 girlfriends, having stayed before and liking it enough for a second visit. Bad idea !! The place was like a creepy dilapidated ghost town when we arrived on Friday. We were greeted by 2 big aggressive dogs. I'm a dog person but even I felt weary of being attacked by them. The...

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Reviewed 9 December 2015 via mobile

Place is really nice and Mick - the owner is really friendly. On my arrival he gave me map of Port Stephens on which he marked all the interesting places to see and visit (his pigeon - Glenn was helping him by tapping on the map ;)). I even received a discount voucher for public transport in Port Stephens. Later...

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Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

The owner of this place was so kind and helpful to us. The place itself is made up of lots of cabins. Super cosy and clean, it was a good place to stop on our road trip. One mile beach is just 5 mins walk and so worth getting up early to see the sunrise. Plus they have a pet...

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Sydney, NSW
Reviewed 14 August 2015

I found this place pretty easy to reach by bus from Newcastle (Hamilton) train station, and was only a short bus ride from Nelson Bay. Even arriving at 8pm, I was greeted and shown around by the guy at reception, handed a map and told about all the activities I could do around the area. It was nice seeing possums...

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Thank jebskulker
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 7 August 2015

Nice internals of cabin, and kitchen facilities, but did not seem to cater to people not traveling on the tour groups. Paths to cabins were not lit at night through bush land and no torches provided, which made night toilet trip uncomfortable. Owner has an aggressive dog that was about to attack and the owner was not concerned at all....

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Thank Kim A
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 20 July 2015

We stayed here as part or Ultimate Oz trip and it was the highlight of our week, writing this review 3 weeks later having travelled now as far as Brisbane it is still the highlight of our stay. This place feels like its in the middle of nowhere but is only a 5 minute walk to a lovely beach. It...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 5 July 2015

This was certainly a unique hostel, mostly for good reasons. It's more or less surrounded by bushland and there are a number of native animals on-site. They were nice to have around, with perhaps one exception being the roosters that woke me up early each morning. The rooms are wooden cabins; I would describe them as cozy, except for the...

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Thank Matt G
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 12 June 2015

Very clean establishment ,adequate room.Kitchen well equipt with all you need.Easy walking distance to local beach and cafe but shops are a drive,met all my needs in this rustic backpacker accomodation.Would stay again,great value for money

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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Melaleuca is an architecturally designed adult backpackers retreat set upon 6 acres of natural Australian bushland and located five minutes’ walk from the sparkling waters of One Mile Beach in Port Stephens.The boutique style accommodation has been created using wood and glass to maximise light, space and harmony with nature. Sliding walls open to balconies with views to the stars, stay in a cabin or camp out in bushland with the local wildlife.A tranquil property in a natural bush setting with accommodation ranging from cabins, dormitory rooms, car free camp ground, tent hire (Dec-Apr)and Kombi van sites.For our guests the magnificent main building houses double kitchens, with all crockery and cutlery, a lounge area with Wi-Fi and internet access, television and DVD. Decked areas surround with tables, chairs and free barbecues. A laundry and clothes line is available for guests.If you’re looking for some fun try one of the Melaleuca tours; including a sand boarding adventure or relax on the winery and brewery tour.Only 3 minutes drive to the village of Anna Bay and the amazing Stockton Bight sand system in Worimi Conservation Lands; the largest moving Sand mass in the Southern hemisphere; or 7 minutes drive to beautiful Nelson Bay, we are the only hostel to operate an animal rehabilitation facility on site. We are also home to a large variety of native wildlife including Koala's, birds, sugar gliders and possums. Plenty to see and do, don't forget your camera. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers

Address: 2 Koala Pl | One Mile Beach, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2316, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens
Price Range: $43 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers Port Stephens, South Pacific - Australia
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