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“Spartan Budget Hostel with nice staff.”

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Mooloolaba Beach Backpackers
Dallas TX
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21 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Spartan Budget Hostel with nice staff.”
Reviewed 22 March 2010

My wife and I were running a bit tight on funds after many months of traveling and stumbled upon this place driving into Mooloolaba south from Fraser Island. We arrived at 2AM and the security guard was nice enough to check us into a private double room (we had to get a key the next morning) and advise us where we could park (for free) as the onsite parking lot was full. Tip--if the parking lot is full, just park across the street by the apartments and walk over to the hostel.

The room itself was very spartan, but what can you expect for $50 a night (it might have been cheaper)? The room reminded me of a college dorm room (bare concrete walls, really old television, etc.). The bed was fairly worn and sagging to the floor. The communal kitchen appeared fairly clean...we even cooked breakfast one morning.

The atmosphere of the hostel seemed nice. Many people conversing, drinking, hanging out by the pool, etc. If you are looking for friends/travel partners, there seemed to be many people hanging about here from all over the world. Everyone was very friendly to us even though we did not partake in the communal bbq's or nightly drinking games :)

The staff was very GREAT! They helped us with directions to cheap eats around town, directions to the Steve Irwin Zoo, etc. Very nice staff!

If you can put up with the basic rooms (VERY basic), then this place is a great value! We walked everywhere in town (about 10 minutes from the center). Would reccomend to backpackers/single travelers. Would not reccomend to couples looking for a romantic room with a beach view...haha. Its a budget place...you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Nottinghamshire
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Reviewed 8 February 2010

Very clean Hostel with modern facilities, friendly staff and free internet. Staff dont seem to do much but apart from that i cannot say anything negative about this place.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2008

One of the cheapest places we stayed in Aus. But by far the worst. The standard of backpackers in Aus can be far better than you can imagine... this one was verging at the very edge of fair / bad.

The worn carpet tiles hadn't been hoovered for weeks - when you walked barefoot other people's dirt was attached to your feet. The bed simply had no support left in the mattress and left us with a bad back for a week.

Australia's backpackers are definitely the way to do Aus. They're generally of quite a high standard of basic comfort.

If you want as cheap as poss then stay here. But I wouldn't recommend it.

Stayed January 2007
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 30 December 2007

One of the more colourful buildings on Brisbane Rd in Mooloolaba, the Mooloolaba Beach Backpackers is situated conveniently to transport, food outlets, nightlife, shopping, and of course, the beach.
The staff were helpful and friendly, and notice boards were updated almost daily with day excursions and other things to do. There was definitely a communal vibe with groups gathering almost every evening around the main courtyard.
I stayed in a Double dorm, which was basic, but clean and spacious, with ample cupboard space. The dripping tap in the bathroom could have been fixed, and flyscreens on the windows would have been great. (But then again, insects weren't a real problem during this time of year.)
The communal kitchens on every level add a nice touch, and people tended to respect the use of the facilities and fridges. Although I didn't stay in the 4-share dorms, the ones on the upper floors are airy and well-maintained. Try to book one of the dorms overlooking the pool, which have a balcony if you want to avoid that claustrophobic feeling. The dorms on the ground level seemed a bit more squashy, but maybe because they have ensuite bathrooms. Each dorm featured cupboards with latches which could be locked to keep belongings safe. There are also surfboards and bikes to hire for free. Internet use is also quite fast and cheap (at the time of my stay, it was $3 p/hour) although there are just 2 computers.
Overall, a comfortable, relaxed and welcoming stay, with great support from the hospitable staff. P.S. If you are doing any scuba diving with Sunreef, mention it to get a slight discount on your stay.

  • Liked — The easygoing communal vibe
  • Disliked — The dripping tap in the bathroom
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 October 2005

This backpacker was definately 'get what you pay for'. I had a double room which had its own telly, fridge, fan, double bed and bathroom. The walls were concrete block and the carpet was worn carpet tiles. But at $53 per night I couldn't complain. There are communal kitchens, but over the 3 nights I stayed there, the same dishes were waiting to be washed up during my whole time there. It's location is quite convenient. If you are looking for budget accommodation, this is a good place, but Mooloolaba is such a cool place - I think I would stay somewhere a bit nicer next time.

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reading, England
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Reviewed 17 June 2005

I only stopped off at this hostel for a night, for was pleasently suprised! It was great value for money and was right in the centre of Mooloolaba. The rooms were clean and spacious, and even had a tv which is a bot of a novelty when your backpacking!

  • Stayed September 2004
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Property: Mooloolaba Beach Backpackers
Address: 75 Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba, Queensland 4557, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Mooloolaba
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #22 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Mooloolaba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Mooloolaba Beach Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 100
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