Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers, Boat Harbour

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I stayed here for a few nights; the owners were lovely and really helpful. It's set in a lush place with a one-mile beach 50 m away and we went sand boarding here, too. Definitely recommend it.


Nice place, especially nice staff!

Taika Närhi

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Good hostel, not much to do around after flooding , but if u have car its ok, if you want to use bbq bring aluminium foil with you becouse they are very dirty. Bathrooms are clean and nice


Staffs were very rude I'll never come back again I never got this experience in my life!!


Great place! Cabins were great!


Awesome place and awesome people, including pets, run it! No hesitation in recommending this hostel. Very close to nature vibe but with comforts and convenience. A real gem.


I felt unsafe about the standard of cleanliness in the shower.

I had to clean the table and chairs on the balcony off the private cabin we hired.

The lighting in the cabin was glummy and did not allow me to read in bed in the evening.


Excellent Hostel, would definitely recommend for a chill weekend! Not much to do around the area in terms of partying, but it is beautiful for hiking and surfing. The hostel has a couple of baby kangaroos hopping around and they're really friendly. Only downside as a solo traveler is that it was quite quiet and not easy to actually meet people (had a few nice conversations but since there's not much to do I didn't really properly meet anyone). 100% would return to this hostel.


Liked: Wonderful staff, heaps of wildlife. Didn't like: Hardly any phone signal and wifi is only in the common room. But this wouldn't stop me staying there again.


There were lots of animals on site, and the feel was very open air and natural.


Liked: Really cute propertyAnimal rescue so plenty of animals to seeReally close to the beachBetween Conervation lands and Nelson Bay Didn't like: Personal opinion : better if you have a car. You can take the bus but one every hour so beter to have a car!


Liked: Location between trees and flowers! Kangaroo that lives in the big garden. You can reach the beach in a 5 minutes walk. Didn't like: You need a car to get some food or to visit the town and get to the restaurants.


Loved this hostel..definately a must stay. Most things are in walking/cycling distance, owners are very friendly and helpful. Lots to do here aswell to keep yourselves busy.


Very friendly and helpful staff! The place looks very tropical with wooden walks and many plants -and they have a kangaroo to pet as well.It is a very wonderful place, I recommend to everyone traveling by car (but they rent scooters as well ;) )


Liked: close to surfing beach Didn't like: was not told the double cabin did not have running water or no toilet and chickens would be under the cabin all night


Liked: There were so many animals to see on the property! They even have a pet kangaroo that lives there. She was fun to play with and pet. You literally live in the woods. The common area and kitchen are wonderful. The staff was fantastic. They even gave me a lift to Nelson Bay! Didn't like: It was very cold in the room, even with the space heater on. I went in mid-july so I shouldn't complain. I survived. The bathrooms are enclosed, but still cold so it gets a bit nippy. Other than it being cold, everything else was great.


Liked: location Didn't like: not quite clean



Melaleuca is an eco-friendly, architecturally designed retreat set on 6 acres of natural bushland. Our boutique style accommodation has been created using wood and glass to maximise light, space and harmony with nature. Just a 5 minute stroll across the road to the fabulous One Mile Beach and national park, it is home to a large variety of native wildlife including koala's. And is the only hostel with a wildlife sanctury on site.
Camping is also available - pick your own site in our bush setting and make use of our great facilities. Kombi's/Vans are welcome - we have lovely shaded spaces set aside - sites are not powered but all guests can use our main building that houses a fully equipped double kitchen and free BBQ's on surrounding decks.
Melaleuca also offers a fun Sandboarding adventure tour or Winery & Brewery tour, minimum numbers apply.
Your friendly hosts can arrange all your tours for you, and guarantee the cheapest price available on all activities including sandboarding,horse riding or quadbiking on the magnificent Stockton sand dunes, a surf lesson across at One Mile, dolphin cruises all year around and whale watching from May to November. Do as much or as little as you wish...

Location and Contact


• BY CAR - Take the F3 Freeway from Sydney to the end (past the Newcastle exits) and turn RIGHT at the roundabout following the signs to Hexham and Pacific Hwy. Merge with the New England Hwy and follow the signs to Taree & Pacific Hwy that will take you over the Hexham Bridge. Turn RIGHT at the first road signposted Tomago and Williamtown (Tomago Road) Follow this road to the end. Turn LEFT at roundabout onto Nelson Bay Rd. Follow Nelson Bay Rd until you reach Anna Bay and at the roundabout to the Anna Bay shops turn RIGHT into Gan Gan Rd. Follow Gan Gan Rd to One Mile Beach (approx. 2.5 kilometres) and turn LEFT into Koala Place. Our car park is on the Right.
• TRAIN - Trains are available to Newcastle Station. Buses connect with the trains for transfers to Port Stephens from Stand 3 at the station.
• • COACH - A coach service departs Eddy Ave, Central Station Sydney daily at 2.00pm for Port Stephens. If you tell our friendly Port Stephens coach drivers you are staying at Melaleuca Backpackers at One Mile Beach they will drop you off at the property.
• • BY AIR - Flights are available daily to Newcastle Airport, Williamtown (25 minutes drive to Port Stephens) from Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Coolangatta, NSW North Coast (Taree, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour).



Address: 2 Koala Place, One Mile Beach, Boat Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

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Website Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers Boat Harbour
Phone Number: +61 (2) 4981-9422
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Facilities and Amenities



Bike Rental

Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Lockout: No

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 9 AM - 8.30 PM (09:00-20:30)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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