- Reviews: 146
We stayed at the Pilgrim Lodge...
We stayed at the Pilgrim Lodge at $88 per nite for a twin room. Vegeterian breakfast and dinner are at $7 pax for each meal. Do sign up for the weekend meditation class held on the 2nd weekend of every month. (Tel: 02 4272 0600). The Nan Tien Temple at Berkeley near Wollonggong is the largest temple in the southern hemisphere. It has won numerous awards for tourism and its landscape gardening. This temple complex has to be experienced for you to believe what I can write about in terms of its inspiring sense of wonder and tranquility. Surprisingly the shy hares hopping around do not appear to be the menace it's known to be throughout Down Under. Do watch out for the drake protecting its turf at the lake if you don't wish to risk a nasty bruise at your ankle. It's got a whole brood of ducks to take care of after all. Vegeterian meals are good value for money at A$7. The kitchen serves excellent green tea too as part of the breakfast package.
Perhaps the best place in the world to cultivate a heart of peace and humility without losing out on the creature comforts. Sounds contradictory? Try it and see.
- Reviews: 254
The Rose Cottage Bed &...
The Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast
This is a small Bed & Breakfast with only a couple of rooms.
The rooms are nicely decorated in a victorian style. If you are making trip from Melbourne to Sydney by car, the Rose Cottage Inn may be a good option for you. The town of Beechworth is also a very charming town.
- Reviews: 51
Cairns. In this city,...
Cairns. In this city, unfortunately, the YHAs don't quite seem to be up to scratch. So this time I recommend Dreamtime hostel. It is a bit out of the way from the city, and not too pleasant to walk to at night, but is a very attractive hostel with a lovely, though small, swimming pool. They are very eager for you to book tours through the hostel travel desk. If you do decide to book, I recommend on The Wallaby for an active couple of days in the Atherton Tablelands. The beds in the hostel in the Atherton Tablelands will make you long for the comforts of any other place, but the rest of the trip is fun!
Can't remember but about 12AUD.
Small pool, kitchen, travel desk, free pick-up from airport if you have a booking.
Down side is the mixed dorms though if you really insist, they may try to create a female only room for you.
- Reviews: 51
I recommend staying in the...
I recommend staying in the official YHAs around Australia if you are travelling on your own or in a small group on a low budget. The standard is high. Non-official hostels have mixed dorms - be warned! YHA can always accomodate you in single sex dorms. They also have twin rooms and one person can book this room if you want a bit of privacy after sharing dorm rooms for 10 weeks. Carry your own cutlery as the YHA kitchens are short of it - I reckon it gets swiped.
- Reviews: 18
In Sydney, stay somewhere in...
In Sydney, stay somewhere in Kings Cross, a travelers mecca. In Ayers Rock, be aware of high prices and low quality accomodations.
- Reviews: 111
When not out on the boat...
When not out on the boat diving I found the hostel to be good value. It had a kitchen area and a laundry room, pool and a tv room. The latter was a little scary but so was the local tv.
Price and location. They also had a booking office for activities with helpful people on the desk. I am sure commissions were a driving force of the business.
- Reviews: 81
Quilt Country Lodge: Quilt Country Lodge
In 1998, Double AUS$ 85-100 B&B.
A warm welcome from Judith is combined with excellent facilities. Judith likes guests to play pool and chat to her while she prepares dinner. This is a tropical fruit farm covering 50 acres: Mangoes, Lychee, Longans, Macadamia, Carambola and Jak fruit.
- Reviews: 26
Reef House, Palm Cove: Reef House, Palm Cove
Run as the home of a wealthy gentleman, with open lounges, an honour bar, fresh and salt water pools and a tremendous view over the pacific through palms (see the photo). The room we had (with a jacuzzi on the balcony) was wonderful, spacious, comfortable and romantic.
- Reviews: 69
Most of the time we slept...
Most of the time we slept outside. I never saw one of the nasty animals which should be SOOO dangerous ;-) (except in zoos)
The other time we stayed with persons we contacted.
They were all so friendly, in principle a short call 5mins before we were there was enough...
So check if you know somebody knowing somebody from where you are going...
- Reviews: 703
The Uluru Resort Hotel.: The Uluru Resort Hotel.
World Class Resort hotel near Uluru National Park, home of Ayers Rock and the Olgas. Everything about the hotel was perfection. Service and facilities top notch. Highly recommended. As stay was part of a package tour, I do not know the actual tariffs. Best to check their website.
Located in the middle of the desert, it has all the amenities of a world class hotel including 2 pools and tennis courts. The food is good and the service, excellent. A great plaace to stay in the heart of the country. Water provided comes from underground springs and environment is controlled ecologically friendly.
- Reviews: 1322
I always stay in hostels...
I always stay in hostels because they are cheaper and the best way of meeting people. Australias hostels are of a very high standard and some are as good as small hotels with swimming pools and bars. Dormatories can hold anything from 3 to 20+ people but cost between Aus$9 to $30.
Camping is also another option which i did a few times. Campsites are great and most have all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay.
anything from 9 to 30 ozzy bucks!
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