About Reef Lodge and a breif history.
Reef Lodge would have to be Townsvilles most well located property and great value for money, budget accommodation in Townsville. Voted as best in Townsville by "Lonley Planet." At Reef Lodge we pride ourselves in being quiet, relaxed, clean and affordable. A place you can chill out and get a bit of you time, or make new freinds. We cater to international tourist as well as the domestic travellers looking for affordable accommodation in Townsville. At 10-30pm we ask people to respect the other travellers by, keeping noise to minimum and ask people who wish to continue the party to go out to one of the many clubs and pubs. This way people trying to get some quiet time, can take it easy, relax and get a good night’s sleep...............
Reminisant of a European village style complex, Reef Lodge is a funky well layed out property and was built back in the early 1960's by an Italian family and largely catered to the Stevedore wharf workers that travelled to Townsville for the seasonal work each year. They would leaving behind families and friends for up to 8 months a year to work loading and unloading ships in North Queenslands largest shipping port. These workers traveled from as far south as Melbourne and would stay at what was then called "Carmen House," named after the daughter of the original owner who built a large portion of the current buildings on the property. Later in the 70's and early 80's there was a change and the managment moved into a new direction which was the backpacking youth adventure market when it was in its infancy. In the 90's the property was sold again and was not well looked after and then in 2001 was purchased by the current owners who spent many years refurbishing and making the Reef Lodge what it is today. Well featured in many on-line and printed review books including a high recommendation in "The Lonely Planet" and with a 4 star ranking on www.hostelcritic.com
Townsville’s best hostel – Lonely Planet