I stayed at cape byron lodge for quite some time during my stay in australia. I was only intending to stay for a couple weeks at most in Byron, but it was because of Cape Byron Lodge that I ended up staying for a few months!! Martin, Belinda, and Shane are so wonderful in welcoming every traveller to the hostel and are very easy going and helpful with any needs you may have. Martin in particular (the owner) does such a great job at making everyone feel welcome and he actively participates in hostel activities, going out, and getting to know the people that stay at his hostel which I think is very rare for a hostel owner. I have never seen this at any other hostel I have been at. There are a few long termers that stay here and most of them are working for accomodation like I was! The location is a bit outside the town but honestly it is not that bad!!!! It is about a 10 minute walk into the beginning of town and there is a shuttle bus that goes in to town almost every half hour! So if your too lazy to walk to town, wait for the shuttle! Simple. There is a nearby beach though, tallows beach, which if you ask the front desk they will be more than happy to show you how to get there. It is about a 5 minute walk from the hostel and is definitely a less busier beach. The waves are bigger though and the undercurrent can get a bit strong at times so just be careful. And for surfing it is definitely not for the faint at heart, this beach is for more experienced surfers so if you just wanna go watch I'd definitely recommend it but if your a beginner looking to ride some easy waves I'd suggest maybe Wategos beach which is also a locals beach. Anyway, back to the hostel. It is definitely one of the most cleanliest I have been at. They have staff that clean the kitchen twice a day, as well as the bathrooms, the rooms, the pool and the grounds at least every day. There are bikes for hire that are free and you can also rent a surfboard. The common area is very cosy and there is a ping pong table just outside of that. There is a lot of artwork on the walls from travellers passing through and if you are an artist the owner may even offer you some free accom in exchange for your artwork... ;) don't quote me on that though. Lol. Overall, I think the thing that makes Cape Byron Lodge the most memorable I have ever been at is definitely the owners and the staff that work there that go completely out of their way to make everyone have the best experience and in turn create a very positive and enjoyable atmosphere for any traveller staying there. I would HIGHLY recommend staying here, you will not regret! Although one tip... Avoid the owner in the mornings if you can, he can get a bit grumpy... Hehe, love you Martin! Xxxx vbomb
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