The Commercial Backpackers in Roxburgh was originally a hotel. Although it is no longer a pub, the inner foyer gives a taste of years gone by with its impressive staircase, and piano on the ground floor.
Mattresses and bottom sheets are provided. You will need to bring your own bedding, including pillows, or you can hire them from reception. There is no EFTPOS or credit card facilities. You will need to obtain cash from the tearooms, dairy or petrol station as Roxburgh does not have any ATMs.
The kitchen is well-equipped. Each guest is issued a set of cutlery, crockery, dish cloth, and tea towel in a box, which has to be returned to reception at the end of the stay.The lodge next door to the former hotel building contains dorms and a games room. From time to time during the busy summer season the hosts organise a table tennis tournament for the guests.
The hostel is popular with fruit-pickers in season (December to March) but there is generally room for travellers -- it pays to book ahead. The up-side of lodging with the fruit-pickers is that you can make new friends from all walks of life -- students, overseas backpackers, and locals -- who have chosen to earn extra cash from the district's orchards.
by John McCarthy
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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