Samurai Beach Bungalows - Port Stephens YHA, Port Stephens

Anna Bay
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Samurai Beach Bungalows - Port Stephens YHA Reviews

This place is definitely an experience you're never going to forget if you haven't seen any true aussie wildlife!! It was such fun, and the owners were nothing but friendly and helpful in accommodating our needs, and just being great!! Rooms were clean -- living in a cabin was a wicked experience, we had possums as our next door neighbours, and encountered some interesting up close and personal moments with amazing spiders on our hunt David attenborough style around the grounds!! The guy there even has his own python that he brings out and shows people at request, not to mention the free sandboards (THE BEST FREE SPORT EVER!!). You really will have an amazing time here, it really rivals Fraser Island!!!


A great hostel with a relaxed feel and friendly hosts - I meant to stay only for a few days, but it was so nice I stayed for over a week!

Glenn Fiedler

This hostel is located in Anna Bay, right in the heart of the bush. It's easily accessible by the Port Stephens coaches, which run from Sydney and Newcastle, stopping right outside the hostel. If arriving by train, there are also connections with the coach service at Newcastle coach/train station. A discount on the Port Stephens coaches is also given to all backpackers staying at Samurai Beach Bungalows, so make sure you inform the driver where you are staying when you get on the bus.

The hostel's atmosphere is extremely relaxed and social, helped greatly by the friendly owners Mark and Sandy. They provide discounted activities in the local area including dolphin cruises, bike hire, and often a bonfire in the evening to meet other guests at the hostel and toast marshmellows!

The hostel has a large outside kitchen which is well-equipped with a BBQ, microwave, and plenty of utensils. There is also a games/TV room where guests can read, play free pool, or just chill out.

The dorm bungalows are spotless with two bunks and a single bed in each room. All linen is provided and there is a clean shared bathroom for each bungalow.

Overall, this small hostel is a great place to relax and explore the surrounding area - not to mention the gorgeous beaches!

Sarah Packham

I saw my first wild koala here as it ran past us in the courtyard!


I stayed at Samurai for one night. The couple who own and run the hostel were some of the nicest people I experienced while backpacking Australia. The rooms were clean and so was the bathroom. The kitchen was outdoors which made for an interesting cooking experience. I would recommend that if you're travelling up the eastern coast that you make a stop at Samurai!

Lolly P.

Samurai Beach Bungalows - Port Stephens YHA Reviews from the Web

The hostel was great staff are lovely and very accommodating. Great value and awesome stay


Absolutely loved my stay! Great location, really cool atmosphere right in the middle of a rainforest. I stayed in a shared room where it was spacious, clean and other guests were lovely. Would definitely come back!


Liked: I think it has character, and the rooms are great. Didn't like: It could use some signs to show where the different rooms are, and possibly also better lighting when it's dark so that you can see your way back to your room from, for example, the kitchen area. And I'm afraid I wasn't very comfortable with the pet snake that he brought out one night.


Liked: The accommodation is so friendly and homely that you feel at home. You get to know people very easily and the owners are so welcoming. The aesthetics of the bungalows are beautiful and make it feel like a retreat in a jungle rather than a typical hostel. Didn't like: Nothing


Liked: Super Location, nettes Personal, alles sauber! Didn't like: Man ist auf den Bus angewiesen, wenn man nicht mit dem Auto unterwegs ist. Strand & Einkaufsmglichkeiten sind ca 5 km entfernt.


Liked: Is this really a hostel? I would describe it as a hotel or a resort. Awesome private bungalows in the middle of the bush. Koalas around there. Awesome facilities, all clean and practical. Will go back if I happen to come back to Australia. The staff is really nice as well, giving you advice about the surroundings, maps of the city, etc. Having a car eases everything though, this hostel being 3km away from the city. Didn't like: Absolutely nothing.


Nice small hostel with Rainforest Bungalows. Staff is super friendly and helpful. Facilities are clean, only 4 hot plates in the Kitchen though so it gets quite busy at dinner time. If you're lucky you may spot some Koalas.


The relax attitude and how well maintained the property is. The staff are really friendly and helpful.


Liked: It is a relaxed YHA with friendly staff. Didn't like: The price was a little steep but it's not to bad for this time of year.


Liked: Good location right next to bus stop in Anna Bay. Full kitchen plus game room available in common areas and rooms comortable Didn't like: Heater did not work well and room got quite cold at night.


Good environment and helpful staff


Liked: Wonderful bush setting, friendly atmosphere and plenty to do.. Nice pool too! Didn't like: Few creepy crawlies around, but that's only to be expected - this is Oz!



4 bungalows nestled amongst 3 acres of bushland and tropical gardens with a new salt water lagoon pool. A variety of styles from bunk rooms to Deluxe doubles with ensuites. A great place to escape after being in the city. Relax and enjoy the surroundings and the native animals. During the winter months we have a campfire at night to chill out around and toast marshmallows. We also have a shed which is the common room which has a pool table and tv, books, magazines and games. Bikes are available for hire and we also have free use of sandboards. A great Australian feel to the place is added with the bush kitchen which is a fully equipped open air kitchen. Internet & wireless hotspot.

Location and Contact


Located in Anna Bay Port Stephens approximately 5 km before Nelson Bay. To find us stay on Nelson Bay Rd until you see our sign which directs you to take a right into Frost Rd travel for 400m and right into Robert Connell Cl. Samurai Beach Bungalows is situated on 3 acres of bushland about 1.5km back from the beach. Don't be confused with another resort located at the cnr of Gan Gan rd and Frost Rd which has a very similiar name. Port Stephens buses drop of at our door.



Address: 2 Robert Connell Close (Corner of Frost Road and Connell Close), Anna Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia

Samurai Beach Bungalows - Port Stephens YHA is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Samurai Beach Bungalows - Port Stephens YHA Port Stephens
Phone Number: +61 (2) 4982-1921
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments


Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool


Airport Pickup


Entirely Non-Smoking

Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Note: 17 or under not allowed in bunk rooms

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 14 nights

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8-30am till 9-00pm

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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