We only stayed a couple of days but wish we had more time and could have stayed longer.
I'd had the place personally recommended so my expectations were high and it exceeded them.
The rooms are very clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. The bathrooms are also clean. The kitchen was clean, tidy, well-equipped and well organised. Most people cook rather then eat out, being self-sufficient walking/camping types and on a budget; there is an excellent veggie shop 2 doors down and a supermarket 5 mins walk away. One suggestion for the kitchen would be a knife sharpener somewhere handy as with a lot of happy customers using the knives, they soon blunt.
There were some nice touches such as free tea, coffee and milk and the provision of towels which many backpackers don't do. Also the woodburning stove in the lounge area made for a very cosy atmosphere.
We do a lot of walking and had come prepared with the Open Streetmaps on an Android tablet; that was very handy as many of the trails are mapped on it as well as all the bus stops.
We planned our own route the first day from Cliff Drive to Sublime Point. For the second day, Ross suggested a great hike route at Blackheath down the Grand Canyon and Horse Track to the Grose River then through the Blue Gum forest to exit via Perry's Lookout. Overall it was about 25km and we really enjoyed it.
If you are going walking in the Blue Mountains, I strongly recommend you stay here - you won't regret it.
If you're going to Sydney, consider coming here for a couple of days - it's only 2 hours on the train and the scenery is stunning.
- 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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- The Flying Fox Backpackers Blue Mountains/Katoomba, Australia