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    To be fair, I'm not this hostel's natural target audience. Lot's of people love the place. I was a bit less convinced. Here's why: - Although I noted on my booking form and called to highlight the fact that I couldn't arrive until 7pm, and was assured that was fine, when I arrived, I struggled to find a member of staff. When I did so (slightly ahead of schedule at 6.40pm) I was told I was late and she had been trying to call me to find out where I was. Not the warmest of welcomes, but I do understand messages can easily be lost when there are lots of guests. - This hostel is at the more basic end of YHA locations. I've been booking private rooms as I travel round. Most have had a few creature comforts; some have had basic toiletries, all have had towels, most have had benches or shelves for backpacks/clothes. One even had a hair drier. Bellingen is straight forward: a bed, a small table and a fan. The single washroom is mixed, there is no laundry facility and the kitchen is quite small. I asked for a local map upon arrival (something every other hostel has provided) but they didn't have any to hand out. (There were some on the walls though and the local information centre was super helpful.) Still, the location is both convenient for the town and stunningly beautiful. - The common areas are used a lot by long term guests, off duty members of staff and locals. Once I got to know them, I found them to be very kind and friendly, but as a new arrival they do make it a bit more difficult for you to feel at home as some of them can be quite boisterous and tended to own the space, albeit unintentionally. - There was a lot of noise at night. Admittedly I think I was unlucky because a football team were staying and were partying until 3am right outside my room, causing a fair amount of chaos and damage. - The cleanliness was mixed. There always seemed to be some dishes left in the sinks which attracted ants. The manager was utterly lovely, but overall the staffing team were so laid back as to be almost horizontal. That meant that there were no strict rules and everything was pretty casual. If that's your style, this is the place for you. If however, like me, you prefer a few ground rules so as to ensure, for example, everything is spotless, curfews guarantee a good nights sleep, locals are not wandering in and out etc, this place may not be your cup of tea.
    Sian J February 2016
    It's probably one of the most wonderful place on earth, everyone is very friendly and the place is beautiful. I wish I could stay longer but I have to continue my Australian adventure. But I'll definitely have to come back :)
    Océane B February 2016
    I stayed a lot longer than expected caused by that beautiful atmosphere and fascinating people, thanks for that amazing time!
    Mareike W February 2016
    Awesome staff, Straight shooters!
    Jackson S February 2016
    The location is lovely. Great views. But unfortunately it was very noisy at night. People blaring music til past 1am. Not great when you have huge drives to do- I was fatigued to say the least! Plus I couldn't have more door open due to people walking around all night and having a mini party. So the view went unseen and I boiled in my room until I finally fell asleep. So much for 'please be quiet after 10pm'. Not much point having a sign of everyone ignores it. Shame.
    Melissa H February 2016
    Close to all amenities, right behind the main street.
    David C January 2016
    Beautiful outlook over the valley and central to all the best little Bellingen cafes!
    Deborah O January 2016
    Great stay for two nights. Would be happy to have stayed longer and will return when back in Bellingen.
    Mark P January 2016
    The best backpackers I've stayed at in either Australia or New zealand! Absolutely loved it.
    Madeline W January 2016
    Very relaxing and inviting hostel
    Graham r January 2016
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