Reef Lodge Backpackers

With its funky building style and little nooks where you can escape to, this property is a home away from home, for the laid back adventure backpackers.

About Our Hostel

Reef Lodge was reviewed as being “like a little village in the heart of the city.” We are the most centrally located budget accommodation with only a short 500m walk to the award winning “Stand” beach front, as well the closest to the “Magnetic Island” ferry, Greyhound and Premier bus terminal are less than 500m walk. Reef Lodge has again been awarded “Certificate of Excellence” from Trip Advisor.

So if you are looking for quiet, relaxed accommodation, then this may be the place for you. Catering to the budget travelers and backpackers who want a clean tidy no-fuse place to stay in Townsville. Only 500 meters from what the city has to offer, Reef Lodge is situated close to everything you need for a great stay in the Capitol of North Queensland. The CBD, Greyhound, Oz Experience, Magnetic Island ferry terminal, Reef HQ, Museum and Cultural Centre are within a few minutes of Reef Lodge, as well the nightclub street is just around the corner. You will find our 2.5 km beautiful beach front called “The Strand” only five minutes away. Best at sunset and sunrise. Reef Lodge is not a party hostel and we have built a reputation on being a quiet, laid back place where you can chillout, relax and recharge……………….

Reef Lodge would have to be Townsvilles most well located property and great value for money, budget accommodation in Townsville. Voted as best in Townsville by “Lonely Planet.” At Reef Lodge we pride ourselves in being quiet, relaxed, clean and affordable. A place you can chill out and get a bit of you time, or make new friends. We cater to international tourist as well as the domestic travelers looking for affordable accommodation in Townsville. At 10-30pm we ask people to respect the other travelers by, keeping noise to minimum and ask people who wish to continue the party to go out to one of the many clubs and pubs. This way people trying to get some quiet time, can take it easy, relax and get a good night’s sleep…………

Reminiscent of a European village style complex, Reef Lodge is a funky well laid out property and was built back in the early 1960’s by an Italian family and largely catered to the Stevedore wharf workers that travelled to Townsville for the seasonal work each year. They would leaving behind families and friends for up to 8 months a year to work loading and unloading ships in North Queensland's largest shipping port. These workers travelled from as far south as Melbourne and would stay at what was then called “Carmen House,” named after the daughter of the original owner who built a large portion of the current buildings on the property. Later in the 70’s and early 80’s there was a change and the management moved into a new direction which was the backpacking youth adventure market when it was in its infancy. In the 90’s the property was sold again and was not well looked after and then in 2001 was purchased by the current owners who spent many years refurbishing and making the Reef Lodge what it is today. Well featured in many on-line and printed review books including a high recommendation in “The Lonely Planet”

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