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The Flying Fox Backpackers
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Geleen, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best hostel ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2012

I've stayed in many hostels during my several visits to Australia. But this on has caputered my heart! It's such a special place. From the moment I set food on the doorstep untill I left Ross and his WOOF team made me feel at home in many ways. The hostel is a obvious reflection of it's owner!
If I had known about this lovely place, set in such an amazing, beautiful area I would have left Sydney much sooner!! And if I weren't to old for WOOFING/ working holiday, I would come back and work there. Like other travelers mentioned before, makes you not want to leave,or come back. So who know....what the future might bring.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2012

Flying fox Feels homey, nice atmosphere and the rooms are good. Friendly straff, free breakfast and sometimes free timtam! I liked this hostel, this was actully the first one i stayed in and since then I keep compare every hostel with flying fox. Most of them are worse

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Camillali
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2012

Stayed at the Fox for 3 nights and have never been more welcomed at a place before from start to the finish Ross and his team were brilliant.
Very clean and well managed hostel 10mins from the train station, great base to explore the Blue mountains.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2012

This place is like the home away from home that you never had. You walk in and instantly feel at home... there's a great warmth about the place. Ross, the owner, seems to be the number 1 authority on all things in the blue mountain. You walk in, he gives you a map, tells you the best treks to go on, and you see so much more than you would have if you'd wasted your money on an organised tour.

There's a fire burning every night in the living room, and another one outside. Its great to sit by the fire outside in the evenings with a beer getting to know everyone. I think everyone i met checked in for 1 or 2 nights, and then extended their stay. There's something magical about this place. Oh and I forgot to mention, it was possibly the best night's sleep i've had in a bunk bed since I started travelling!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bhindocha
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Padangbai, Indonesia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2012

my best hostel experience in oz. i haven't even checked in yet and got a bowl of free pasta offered by one of the lovely wwoofers. i just arrived when there was one of the famous free pasta nights at the hostel. i was immediately involved and felt very welcome. during free breakfast in the morning it was very easy to get to know other people and soon i found a group of people to go hiking with. everybody is really friendly and helpful. we got maps and information about all different kind of walks and things to do in the blue mountains and also special not-that-touristy spots. after sydney i really appreciated how respectful the people are during night time. and if you wanted to sleep at 6 pm you actually could do that! the owner ross and the wwoofers created an atmosphere that made me stay for so much longer than i thought. if you are looking for great, relaxed and homely place to stay this is the place to go.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012 via mobile

Flying fox hostel was a great place to stay, especially after busy Sydney. It is about a 20 minute walk to the mountains and Echo point. The owner gives u a map and let's u know about the walks. Despite it being cold in the evenings, u have blankets and heaters in your room. It feels very much like a Home this hostel, I loved it, so did my friend, it's very chilled, there's free breakfast, toast and muesli, sometimes pancakes, and the owner puts our chocolate and snacks in the evening during social time which is 6-9pm where people have to turn off their technology. There's even free wifi, tea and coffee, it really was brilliant value for money and the social time made people talk and get to know each other. I would highly recommend this hostel. Apart from the mountains there's not much actually in the town centre do if ur not much of a walker, one or two nights if enough.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2012

This hostel was an absolute 'home away from home' hostel... from the min you walk through the front door you soak up the chilled-out atmosphere and are made to feel welcome... There is a social-time rule between 1800-2100 every evening where laptops, phones etc aren't allowed in the two social areas which is a great idea encouraging everyone to blether and get to know each other...there was a free pasta night one of the evenings I was there which was a great chance to meet other travellers and then mulled wine and marshmallows in the courtyard the next night....

Extra blankets were provided for the cool nights and the owner is very knowledgeable regarding walks in the local and surrounding area. The dorm itself was standard size with an individual reading light for each bunk. There was a main dorm light and a dimmer 'second' light which was great to turn on if you were the first person to go to sleep as it was dim enough to get to sleep but light enough for everybody else to be able to see. All in all one of the best hostels I've ever stayed in for independant travellers

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Clare Q
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Property: The Flying Fox Backpackers
Address: 190 Bathurst Rd, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Flying Fox Backpackers is located in a lovely old building, 400 metres from town. Established to cater for independent travellers and not large groups, it's the perfect place to make new friends. A vibrant Hostel with No T.V. and log fires for warmth and atmosphere, people feel very relaxed at the Fox. Free Breakfast and free wifi internet, lovely double, twins and dorms secure Hostel with a great outdoor area with fires in side and out. ... more   less 
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