“ Address: 167 Reid Rd / Mission Beach / Queensland / 4852 Australia „
This hostel situated in mission beach, QLD, Australia is a really great little place with friendly staff and an awesome atmosphere. I arrived on the greyhound and their free shuttle bus picked me up without appointment as it meets all greyhound arrivals (and departures so you'll never miss your departure). Check in was quick and easy as I'd pre-booked online (advised) and as it's a relatively small complex it was literally a 20 second walk to the rooms. They are very basic dorm rooms which are almost hut-like with a fridge and bunk beds. No ensuites, but the showers aren't far to walk and are always clean.
Mission beach itself was devastated by the bad weather in early 2011 and there are a lot of derelict houses. It's a quiet little town with not a whole lot to do (especially on Sundays, everything closes). There's a bar and restaurant just round the corner from Scotty's and the reception sells basic items if you want to make your own food in their kitchen. One great thing about the reception shop is that you can buy individual bread slices or individual eggs which are perfect for solo travellers! There's a great pool and plenty of open spaces to sit in the sun and the beach is only a couple of minutes' walk away. Reception has a travel desk which can book skydives for you (the main activity in Mission Beach).
Scottys Beach house has got to be the friendliest hostel Ive stayed in this whole year away.
Its in Mission Beach which is a lovely long beach with a small town. The main reason for visiting is to go rafting on the Tully River and Skydiving to land on the beach.
The hostel itself has a large 18m pool which is freezing! It rained the whole time I was in Mission so I didnt use the pool a lot.
I was in a 6 bed dorm which is $25 a night, all linen included. You have to pay a $10 deposit for 2 cutlery sets which is pretty standard for hostels now. My room was cleaned daily and there was also a fridge in there to keep your alcohol safe from prying hands in the kitchen.
The kitchen is very well equiped for backpackers and is very clean most of the time. They could do with a larger fridge though as its a squeeze to get your stuff in!
The best thing about this hostel was the staff, from running a bus service to the shops, carrying your bags to your room, hanging out with you and entertaining everyone of an evening and just being generally a laugh and helpful.
I love this hostel and after 4 nights I wasnt ready to leave. If only the weather had been better it would have been perfect!
My friend and I stayed for 3 nights at Scotty's Mission Beach as part of a road trip up the east coast of Australia from Brisbane to Cairns. Mission Beach is a sleepy little town about an hour or so south of Cairns and it has to be said there is very little there. Most people visit to get out to Dunk Island which can be seen from the beach and to partake in one of the many outdoor extreme activities available in the area such as sky diving and white water rafting.
Other than the extreme sports etc there really is very little to see and do in Mission Beach, a handful of shops, a couple of restaurants and the beach is about the sum of it! The beach is lovely and the area is renowned for its giant Cassowary bird population which is one of the highest in Queensland. The signs are everywhere warning you about them and sure enough, on the one day as we were driving back into town from a trip out, one walked right in front of the car up ahead and forced us to break, they are about 5-6 feet tall and quite scary looking!
Anyway, we had phoned ahead to Scotty's on the recommendation of someone we had met much further down the coast in Noosa. When we arrived it was mid afternoon and we had had a long drive, we figured we were on to a pretty good thing for the price. We had arranged to have a private room with en-suite although this place is a backpackers resort with dorm rooms available for the willing. We were a bit older than the majority of the guests, nearing 30 to their late teens / early twenties and we wanted a bit more privacy and quiet than dorms can afford.
The check in process was simple enough and they showed us the room before we paid which was good, the rate was around $70 a night but between 2 of us this was very good value for money. The rooms all face one another in a giant quad with the pool in the middle and they are all on one level. One side of the quad is reception and the dorms and then the other three are rooms, both en-suite and shared facilities. Our room had a bunk bed, plenty of floor space, a refrigerator and a small en-suite with a toilet, sink and shower.
Everything in the room worked and although it was basic it was clean. There is no glazing in the slatted windows which makes it a bit noisy and the bugs can get in, but in the heat up here you will be glad of the ventilation, the window on the back of the room, looking onto scrub land, had mozzie net wire over it and a sliding shutter although again this was not particularly bug proof. We did have spiders in the room on the ceiling but just leave them alone and they will leave you alone, at home I am a total arachnophobic but by now on our road trip I had realised it was pointless trying to get away from the darn things in Queensland.
You have to rent equipment like plates and glasses from reception which was a bit annoying but you can understand why they make you leave a deposit or they would never get anything back! Just make sure you keep an eye on your own stuff when using the shared kitchen, it didn't happen to us but some people were arguing over lost/stolen items.
The shared kitchen is in the same barn style hangar as the IT area which has about 10 computers which you can buy a web card from reception to use. I logged on a couple of times and it was fast enough to do what I needed quickly. Sometimes (early evening) there was a queue of people waiting for machines but if you went between 9-12pm most people were out at the bars and it was quiet enough to get a machine.
In the kitchen area there is a large shared fridge and a couple of sinks, a couple of microwaves and a massive hob. It does get busy around mealtimes and was a proper mess, we didn't use it ourselves and ate out instead but if you were on a proper budget you could get by with the facilities. It just felt like a student kitchen in a halls of residence!
The reception staff were friendly enough and answered all our queries, they are mostly ex-backpackers themselves who seem to have settled here for the time being so they had a fair idea of where to go and what to do. There are plenty of sofas and seating areas around both the reception area and the decked area which runs around the outside of all of the rooms. Also on this shaded decked area are tables and chairs which we used to hang out on when the midday sun was too fierce.
Noise can be a problem, from the pool during the middle of the day and around the reception/kitchen hang out at night. This is just what you can expect from a large number of 19/20 year olds fuelled up on cheap lager and playing drinking games until the early hours, we tried to get round it by staying out later but they were always still up and making noise when we got in, on one occasion they were talking literally all night until about 6am. When we got up around 10 they were all flat out asleep so I revelled in making as much noise as possible (evil aren't I!?).
The pool area itself is well kitted out although I did not go in it. There are tons of hammocks, loungers and chairs scattered around it and it was always easy to get one. Over the pool there is a pole from one side to the other which the kids (!) took great pleasure in sitting on and wrestling one another into the pool below from (soundtracked by much squealing and shouting).
Connected to the front of the backpackers is a bar and restaurant (also called Scotty's) although this is actually privately owned and ran (or was at the time of our visit), it has a large seating area, big screens for the football and a great, lively atmosphere, it also has a back room with a stage for live music, a jukebox and a pool table where we spent many an hour with the bar staff who were nearer to our age.
If you don't mind roughing it a bit this is a great value and well located hostel type resort. Bring earplugs and just enjoy the chilled out Queensland sunshine and you cannot go wrong. If you like your home comforts then this probably isn't for you - but on a budget and willing to compromise then you could do far worse. Also they do great deals on skydiving so if you intend on doing that this is a good base from which to do so.