Im 26 from UK! I stayed at the hoey for a period of 3 months and it was fantastic and one of the best times I had in Australia.
From the moment I walked in I was made to feel welcome. I was in need of farm work and while checking in I asked frank about the options. He immediately made phone calls for me and also point me in the direction of backpackers there who had been working on farms already (some of them had organised it themselves). The very next day I was on a farm and stayed there for the next 3 months! On top of that frank informed me of day jobs for locals and at public events in Coffs.
The atmosphere at the hostel was brilliant. Loads of events were organised like tues and fri BBQ, uni night with drink specials, a quiz night, day trips to see beaches and kangaroos and not to mention the crab racing and Sunday sessions.
There were also boogey boards and bikes for rent, footballs and rugby balls etc. never a dull moment.
The kitchen was clean and well equipped as a backpacker helped clean when I was there. If you needed any help then all the staff were there to help you- there was a great community family feel about the place.
If you can't cook then there are well priced and good food meals inside the pub and restaurant. It's had a recent makeover and has a good feel about it.
The locals in the pub were very welcoming and always had a friendly chat with the backpackers. Years and years ago I heard it was a bit bikie but its had new owners for a while and that's all changed and sat/sun has a good mix of backpackers and also families and locals.
There is live music almost every night which is great.
When I was there it was really safe and not too loud at crowded at all. If you want peace it's easy to find in social areas dotted all round the hoey.
In terms of nearby amenities there is a huge shopping mall just 10 min walk away with everything you would need. A bottle shop situated 25m from your door! And not to mention a beautiful peaceful beach on your doorstep. Literally 30 steps from the rooms.
The hoey has a bus too for pick ups and drop offs.
The skydiving and surfing team also pick you up when you have a lesson/jump arranged.
I met so many backpackers in my time there and all loved the place- except the odd few. But they were the type of people who would complain unless they were in the ritz! Be realistic, it is a hostel/ motel but a good one and well priced!
Any trip up the east coast deserves a trip to the hoey!
And don't worry about it being regional or too quiet! It's an idyllic spot and there are a few clubs in the centre that'll cater for the party crowd and let you have a shot at meeting the locals!!
Good luck backpackers and enjoy the hoey!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Park Beach Hotel Motel/ Hoey Moey Backpackers is the only hotel in Coffs Harbour with DIRECT BEACH ACCESS! – It’s a great stopover point for anybody travelling the east coast. You can be sure of a great welcome and fantastic budget accommodation with travel desk, onsite bar, beer garden, bottle shop & restaurant offering great value meals every day with lunch / dinner ...and don't forget we're the only Hotel in Coffs Harbour with DIRECT BEACH ACCESS just seconds from your room! Coffs Harbour's biggest shopping plaza is less than 10 minutes walk away with a huge variety of shops including post office, banks, Woolworths, Aldi, IGA, Big W, Target, McDonalds, KFC, Subway and Eagle Boys Pizza. We offer a massive range of great activities to suit all budgets including scuba diving, skydiving with beach landing, rainforest horse riding, camel riding on the beach, surfing, white water rafting, deep sea fishing, whale watching, sea kayaking, surf rafting, mountain bike riding at Dorrigo National Park, bungee trampoline, flying trapeze class & ten pin bowling! Free use of body boards & fishing rods. Mountain bikes for rent. Free pick up. Directions: If driving from the North - pass the Big Banana (on right). At the first traffic lights turn left into Park Beach Road. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and you come to a T intersection. We are located on corner of Park Beach Road & Ocean Parade.. If driving from the South - pass the tourist information centre & bus station (on left) and follow the Highway for 2.5 km. Follow the signs to Park Beach Plaza and take a right turn into Park Beach Road. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and you come to a T intersection. We are located on the corner of Park Beach Road & Ocean Parade. Our Opening Hours are 10.00am to 11.00pm. Total Motel rooms 26. Arrival Time 10.00 Departure Time 10.00. ... more less
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