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Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Really nice”
Reviewed 21 May 2012

This place is extremely Nice, clean , good location.
U can explore the nature, they have a kangoo that lives insides the camping. Clean kitchen and good toilets. The owners are very friendly and helpfull

Room Tip: Bring a good wine and enjoy the nature
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

We arrived with our campervan very late, and going anywhere else was not an option since it would be too late. To get to the office you would have to walk on a path between the trees while trying your best to avoid the spider webs. The staff gave us the friendliest welcome that we have gotten anywhere in Australia so the first impression was really good. The area where you can park your camp-ervan is full of bugs though. I am not the one that is too scared of these kind of creatures since I have lived in Australia and have gotten used to it, but this was over the top for me. The solution was a bottle of wine to get a bit braver and a warm night in the camping-car without any doors or windows open. Result = no bites and no bugs in the car, but one very swetty boyfriend and a lack of fresh air. The place is however very charming. They have a lot of cute possums around, and a kenguru that lives there. The kenguru would come into the kitchen area and is used to having people around. Just remember not to touch the animials, feed them or take flash fotography of any of the animals. The only reason why they have some birds in cages is that one of the owners help injured birds in order to return them to the wild again when they are better. The kitchen is nice and well equipped. It is not the cleanest of places, and expect a lot of spiders around. Just look up and you'll see them all over. This place would be perfect for anybody used to camping in Australia and not worried about ticks and other bugs.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

This place is so nice...we stayed in the 6 bed dorm and it was really clean, it even had a fridge...the place is surrounded by bush so you really feel like you are enjoying nature..in saying that the beach is only a 5 minute walk, and its a beautiful beach..the owners pete and jeanette are really friendly and very helpful, and can give you loads of info about the area...they have a really cute kangaroo josie who they hand raised that you can pat and get close to.. we also did whale watching and climbed the mountain lookout, well worth it...its really nice there and a great place if you are looking to get out of the city for a while..the only thing was there were a bunch of spider webs around but thats nature hey...

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

My friend and I stayed in Sydney for New Years and decided to travel north after for a dolphin swim adventure. Because of the busy season there wasnt many options for lodging. We decided on Melaleuca because of a referral. SO impressed! What a neat place! There was a baby kangaroo that they had raised on the property which we stopped to pet on more than one occasion. Koalas in the trees (with babies). Beautiful beaches nearby. And plenty of restaurants nearby if you didnt want to use one of the free BBQ grills…they will even let you use a cruiser bike to get to them if you dont want to walk. They changed our linens every morning - a welcome surprise. Everyone was very friendly and respectful of noise. My only regret is that we didnt have time to stay longer! A very unique place!

Room Tip: We stayed in a premade tent because the lodges were full. It was very roomy and clean…the only downs...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Port Stephens, Australia
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

We spend the night there with our campervan, because we were told it is quite cheap (ca. 10 dollars). When finally got there late at night I was too stunned and tired to turn around when I heard the price. We had to pay 36 dollars for the two of us. Without even having power. Even in top locations we never had to spend so much money for getting so little value. To get the same experience (Kanguroo, which wasn't there) we had more nights for free in the bush. So my tip just park your van somewhere in the area where it is not forbidden and you get more value for less money. By the way they have some caged birds. In case you have not seen yet a Cuckaburra or a Cuckatoo, which are abundant as free birds around here, you can look at their caged ones...
The area itself is quite nice, but so is the bush around the Backpackers...

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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kingston
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Reviewed 3 May 2011

My husband and I spent five days here on the way up the coast - it was so good that when we came back down we stayed for another four. The relaxed atmosphere, the surrounding activities (Berubi Pt is amazing), the gracious hosts, the tropical setting - absolutely great. Passed around photos at the office - the girls are so jealous!! Miss all of it.

Room Tip: Comfort and privacy - opt for the cabin
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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers was a great place to stay. Getting away for the Easter break without wanting to spend a fortune, my boyfriend and I opted for the glamping option to avoid putting up our own tent in the dark. The atmosphere was warm, friendly, and casual. Just want you want for your getaway. My favourite was their kangaroo Josephine who was the cutest and most lovable temporary pet I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with.
A 5 min walk to the beach and a few shops to provide you with your essentials, I didn't want to leave this place. The facilities were clean (a huge plus) and despite it being really busy over Easter you didn't have to wait long for the shower.
It gets chilly at night but come 7am you're back in a singlet and shorts and beds in the tent were extremely comfortable! A great escape for family, with your partner or even a group of friends I would suggest.

Room Tip: Take a lamp for night, it gets dark :)
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers
Address: 2 Koala Pl | One Mile Beach, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2316, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Port Stephens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Melaleuca is an architecturally designed adult backpackers retreat set upon 6 acres of natural Australian bushland and located five minutes’ walk from the sparkling waters of One Mile Beach in Port Stephens.The boutique style accommodation has been created using wood and glass to maximise light, space and harmony with nature. Sliding walls open to balconies with views to the stars, stay in a cabin or camp out in bushland with the local wildlife.A tranquil property in a natural bush setting with accommodation ranging from cabins, dormitory rooms, car free camp ground, tent hire (Dec-Apr)and Kombi van sites.For our guests the magnificent main building houses double kitchens, with all crockery and cutlery, a lounge area with Wi-Fi and internet access, television and DVD. Decked areas surround with tables, chairs and free barbecues. A laundry and clothes line is available for guests.If you’re looking for some fun try one of the Melaleuca tours; including a sand boarding adventure or relax on the winery and brewery tour.Only 3 minutes drive to the village of Anna Bay and the amazing Stockton Bight sand system in Worimi Conservation Lands; the largest moving Sand mass in the Southern hemisphere; or 7 minutes drive to beautiful Nelson Bay, we are the only hostel to operate an animal rehabilitation facility on site. We are also home to a large variety of native wildlife including Koala's, birds, sugar gliders and possums. Plenty to see and do, don't forget your camera. ... more   less 
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