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The Arts Factory Lodge (Byron Bay)

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Address: Arts Factory Village / Skinners Shoot Road / Byron Bay / Australia

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      11.01.2012 11:12
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      fall in love with the arts factory and byron bay!

      Stayed here after some great reviews online and I loved every second of it! The shuttle bus picked me up from the greyhound bus stop (without booking) and drove me back to reception. Unfortunately I had an early bus and had to wait about 2 hours until I could check-in, but this would be the same at most hostels. I stayed in a 6 bed dorm room which was small, but with a locker and comfy bed. The bathrooms were unisex when I was there, but they were in the process of building separate bathrooms. The café sells some great cheap meals and drinks and there is the Buddha bar right opposite the hostel which sells great thai food, but if you fancy cooking your own stuff there's a really good kitchen with heaps of storage space and it's always clean.
      The atmosphere here is unbelievable; everyone is so friendly. I was travelling by myself and made so many friends. Every day they have some kind of activity going on and they vary from yoga to quizzes. This is a great place to stay in Byron as the walk to town is very short once you learn the way (just ask at reception - they'll help you out!) or you can hop on the free shuttle that goes every half an hour during the day and every 10 minutes at night.
      Also has camping facilities that you can't book in advance, but it's an awesome little campsite if you feel like taking the chance (it fills up quickly)

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        09.07.2009 22:50
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        Highly recommended. There's so much to do you might not even make it out of the hostel!

        Location:
        Only a 5 minute walk to the centre of Byron Bay. The hostel provides a free shuttle service for those who are too lazy. This is a necessity at night though, as the streets are too dark to walk back on your own.

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        Staff:
        Friendly and welcoming. The whole place has a very chilled-out vibe.

        There is usually something organised for the evening. For example, whilst I was there it was Canada Day, and there was a talent show. Cockatoo Paul does a daily bushwalk round the hostel grounds, showing you all the different plants which are good for food, water, even moisturiser. We had to pay for this (about $5 I think), but got a free glass of wine at the end. He also did a performance later in the bar with his didjeridoo guitar and drums.

        They do a bus trip to watch the sunrise at the Byron Bay lighthouse, which is the first place in Oz you can see the sunrise. In certain seasons, you can also see whales here.

        There is also a guy who does didjeridoo lessons, but he wasn't there when I stayed, so can't comment.

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        Buddha Bar:
        They were refurbishing whilst I was there, so I'm not sure what it's like now. They sometimes do cheap meals. I had spag bol in exchange for buying a drink.

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        Lounge Cinema:
        The best cinematic experience of my life! So comfy, the seats are covered with cowprint fabric. I took my blanket from my room, and didn't want to leave afterwards!

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        There is also a beauty salon, although I didn't visit it. I believe they do facials, massages, eyelash tinting among others. Reasonably priced.

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