Diving Turtle
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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Welcome to Reef Lodge Backpackers Townsville

Reef Lodge Townsville

Reef Lodge, Townsville’s most central backpackers hostel, is situated in the centre of the city. It has everything you need for a great stay in the Capitol of North Queensland. With the CBD, beach, Greyhound bus, Oz Experience and Magnetic Island ferry terminal all within 500m of the Reeflodge. The Aquarium Reef HQ, Museum and Cultural Centre are just over the road. We have built our reputation on being a quiet, laid back hostel were you can chill out and recharge.

We offer good budget backpackers accommodation in our highly featured hostel. Tailored to suit the traveller or backpacker who is looking for a comfortable, affordable and safe place to stay. Our prices here are all inclusive with no extra costs and your bed is made up ready to sleep in.

Front Desk at Reeflodge
DVDs for Hire
Gardens at Reef Lodge

Much of what can be said about Reeflodge can be summed up by two of the largest selling backpacking guides, namely: “The Lonely Planet” and “BUG Australia” OH! and two crazy Belgians doing a documentary about backpacking in Australia. See the ad below on youtube.

LONELY 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 sizable kitchen. dorms and private rooms are all spotless."

BUG Review Rated @ four stars **** "Reef Lodge is a beautifully maintained hostel with a laid back atmosphere right in the heart of the city centre. The dorms are air-conditioned, comfortable and clean; bathrooms are spotless with new fittings and hairdryers and the kitchen is well equipped. There is a games room/gym and with a pool table plus a couple of cosy TV lounges. Internet access is available in the courtyard ($5 per hour) and there are laundry facilities. Security is very good and the reception staff are wonderfully kind and helpful."

Reception at Reef LodgeGames Room with pool table and gym equipmentBuddha Statue in garden at Reef Lodge
Small TheatretteGreat hanging chairs in the BBQ and TV area

We have a large B.B.Q. and T.V. area, with great hanging chairs as well as a second T.V. area which is set up like a small theatrette to watch DVD’s. Also an information room with loads of information on tours and activities to do in and around the Townsville area As well as a pool table and gym, not to forget the great RETRO video arcade games . There is also the kitchen , which has all you need to cook. There are also plenty of places to sit or lie around or you could find yourself in a hammock having a nap! Or simply sitting around having a relaxing read.

Flinders Street at night

If you love the night life you will be happy to know this starts just 20 metres from our front door. Tonwnsville's Casino and the majority of Townsville's best clubs and pubs are also within a 5 minute walk in most directions. So you can easily find your way back at the end of the night!

Across the road you'll find the Museum of Tropical Queensland, the Imax Theatre, Cultural Centre and the aquarium at Reef HQ.

aquarium Reef HQ

A 5 minute walk in the opposite direction will take you to the glorious beach where you can go swimming at our award winning "Strand", which is approximately 2.4 kilometres long and features many small cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants where you can have a drink or a meal by the sea.

rock pool

There is the Rock Pool (salt water lagoon) at the far end of The Strand and is definitely worth a swim. If you don't want to get salty then you can cool off in the fresh water Kokoda Olympic Swimming Pool at the beginning of the The Strand or at the free Water Park , which is designed for children and those of you who have forgotten to grow up.

Did I tell you that you can kill yourself in Townsville by walking up our famous Castle Hill in the centre of Townsville? There is a large hill which takes about 45 minutes to walk to the top. The only time I walked up the hill I felt I was going to have myself a good old fashioned myocardial infarction and drop dead! There is an upside, after you realize you're not going to die and it was only a near death experience, that it has the greatest panoramic views of the whole city. Particularly good at sunset!

The famous Castle Hill in the centre of Townsville