Surfers Paradise YHA – 8/10
Mariners Cove, 70 Seaworld Drive
Main Beach, Surfers Paradise
|Length of Stay||2 nights|
|Room Type||4-bed dorm|
Surfers Paradise is a city that never sleeps, the streets bustling with tourists. Staying downtown was convenient, but after a few energetic days in the city, we were happy for the downtime that YHA had to offer. The hostel is set on the first floor of a small shopping arcade, each room with a section of the veranda, and copious seating for the ultimate chill out spot. The guests ranged from tourists to longer-term workers, and of all ages. Most people were sat around watching TV, reading, cooking or chatting. The balcony off the kitchen/lounge was very social, and people were seen outside having drinks and chatting. We met a group of students who travelled to Australia to work at boarding schools. They were really friendly and we spent a lot of time with them, talking about the countries we came from and what other travels we’d like to do in Australia.
Room was odourless, clean carpets and fresh bed sheets. Bathrooms and kitchen area were both kept tidy, and cleaned by staff multiple times throughout the day. The rest of the hostel was basically outside because it was a veranda, so you had the natural mess that comes with that, but communal areas (like tables, chairs and balcony railings) were spotless.
Not tons to do on-site – there was a TV in the lounge area, with some board games and DVDs. The balcony had a BBQ, which we made us of on our first night there. The hostel itself is above lots of small shops and boutiques, so you could wander around those or go for a pint at the pub next door.
The hostel is pretty far out from central Surfer’s, but they offer a free shuttle bus service into the city at different times of the day. It’s also located in Main Beach, so you are only a few hundred metres from the shore.
There was only one other guy in our room, and he was a long-term worker, so had his belongings pretty well organised. There were 4 large lockers, big enough to fit up to a 70L backpack, which meant there wasn’t lots of stuff all over the floor. Two electric fans, one wall mounted and one free-standing, which kept the air circulating. As our room was close to the communal areas, the wifi reached the room (HURRAY!).
This place was built like a fortress. Only people who worked at the hostel or who were staying as guests had access to the rooms and facilities. The reception was on the ground floor, but everything else was on the first level, to which a secure, locked stairwell was the only way up. You needed a key to get through the gate up to the hostel (but it opened on its own to exit), that would also allow access to your room. Inside the rooms were large lockers, and reception also offered to hold belongings in a storage room, located next to their desk downstairs.
The staff at YHA Surfers Paradise were very friendly and helpful. We were picked up from the bus stop and given a free lift to the hostel, and the driver chatted with us about the local area and what we could get up to within walking distance. Staff were seen constantly cleaning the communal areas, and would talk with other guests while doing so. We were reminded of the free shuttle bus into town and the organised events, such as a BBQ or pub crawl.
Overall: Compared to the business of Surfers Paradise city, YHA Surfers Paradise was a refreshing break, with a beautiful, quiet location. We heard that they’re getting a new location within the next year, and look forward to checking it out when we return!