Cool Bananas Backpackers Lodge, Agnes Water / Town of 1770

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Nice place, though a bit rundown/shabby

Top spot only a 5min walk from the Greyhound bus stop where we were met by banana-costumed staff, hilarious! Good vibe about the place, more staff than guests, it is a bit quiet in town they said. The staff were pretty good, if a bit cliquey. Facilities were pretty good, though no hand dryer in the girls bathroom which they told me hadn't worked for a while. Didn't want to use the lounges outside as they were very shabby and torn and stained and we were worried about bedbugs. Only 2 toilets in the girls bathroom, I guess they are waiting for someone to fix it. Rooms clean and spacious, no lockers and we weren't given or even offered keys. They told us no one uses them anyway. Big clean kitchen. Close to shops and beaches. The lady on reception, Maureen, was really friendly and helpful and told us about lots of things to do. The other staff only told us about the in-house surf school, but we had already been warned about that one. Would probably stay there again.


Cool Bananas Backpackers Lodge is a great hostel with excellent facilities and it is all very clean but the atmosphere is really brought down by the staff -- this is one of the main problems with this hostel. The general rule we have heard is if you stay out of their way it is ok, but we found it was almost impossible to do so.

The Location

This hostel is ideally located on the main road for Town of 1770, about five minutes' walk to the local shops and supermarket and about the same distance for the beach. They operate a free shuttle bus, which picks up and drops off for all the Greyhound buses.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Eight-bed dorms are the only room type available; they are found on two levels in one building. Unfortunately there are no lockers in the rooms or air conditioning -- just a ceiling fan, which keeps it reasonably cool. We were issued with a key for the room but the door remains open throughout the day, so we were unsure about leaving our bags, as security could be an issue. There are also only two power sockets in the room, which were often in use. However the room is clean and bug free and beds are comfy.

There are fantastic showers and toilets -- it is never busy -- and the little extras like benches, hooks, and racks in the shower make it so much easier. They are always clean and relatively bug free.

Common Spaces

The kitchen is big, with plenty of workspace, utensils, pans, and gas hobs. As it is cleaned three times a day, it is spotless, with plenty of space in the fridges and dry food storage. It is quite open, so flies are an issue and there is no oven available. While the kitchen is cleaned regularly, and the times when the kitchen is closed is displayed on the door, this doesn't match when it actually closed, and a staff member would walk in, closing the door, saying to stay out of his way while he cleaned or get out of the kitchen.

There are a few main common spaces -- a lounge area inside near reception with TV and films with plenty of comfy sofas, and also a sheltered outside area, which is a really well-designed, social place, especially in the evening. Outside the rooms are hammocks and benches as well.

There is free tea and coffee available all day with a small book exchange and a few board games to borrow. There is loads of information on tours and what to do in the area and these could be booked with reception, with some really good deals available for diving, snorkeling, and surf lessons.


The hostel was apparently custom designed and built by the owner and you can tell, as it is well laid out; it's surprising that after clearly putting so much effort into the place, he and the staff aren't more enthusiastic! A group of us checked in at the same time and the staff member behind the desk (whom we believe is the owner) was miserable and extremely unwelcoming. We were shown to our room by another person who pointed out the bathrooms and laundry room but nothing else. We had no idea what other facilities there were or any other details about the hostel and generally felt as though we were being treated like children. That said, it's a great stopoff, but we wouldn't want to stay there more than one night.


The Best Hostel I've Ever Stayed In!

Incredibly relaxing and fun atmosphere, very cool staff which I was proud to count myself a part of for two months, immaculately clean, and overall the number one accommodation in Australia. Obviously individual results may vary, and there's always a new crowd there, but Greg (the manager) keeps a large, happy staff of travelers and the hostel mood follows suit. Stay here for a while if you can! The effect grows with time! I made friends here that I will never forget!

Shirtless Jake
United States

A quirky, fun home away from home!

This is definitely the best hostel I've stayed in whilst exploring this beautiful country and would recommend it to anyone who wanted to stay somewhere friendly, clean and helpful. We were picked up after a long drive on the Greyhound and greeted by an enthusiastic member of staff (also a backpacker) and told a bit about the town of 1770 on the short drive back to the hostel. Our room was spacious and the beds were comfy, the only downside being that there wasn't enough power sockets (seems to be a trend in most hostels!) and no lockers. This didn't really affect us but some people can get a bit funny about security. The kitchen was cleaned 3 times a day, in an almost religious way! Was nice to make food without worrying about catching something! The lounge room is huge and stocked with DVDs and books, but the highlight is the outside area. You can sit around a campfire or just socialise on the benches, where everyone seemed to congregate with their meals from the amazingly clean kitchen! The hostel also hosts bbqs and theme nights so you can get to know fellow travelers easily! All in all, this is an amazing hostel that is the perfect home away from home!


Best Hostel in Aus

Great place, really didn't want to leave. so refreshing to go to a hostel that is spotless and organised. it's a must for anyone on the east coast. Thanks Greg, you're a top bloke.



It's the best hotel that i've stayed in. beautiful clean and great location.A must stay. Believe all the hype.

Lisa Palmer

Simply the best!

This was the best hostel ever. The rooms was great (eight-bed dorm) and the kitchen big and clean! The staff were so nice. Very good atmosphere!


This hostel is Australia

I stayed here in 2006. I loved the place instantly. Jumped off the bus and headed straight to the fish shop which was brilliant, then took it back to the hostel with some VBs and spent the evening chatting and listening to some guy play the guitar. As if that wasn't enough, I went surfing and got concussed. Was in pretty bad shape and the hostel guys looked after me so well. They arranged an appointment and took me to the docs. I can't thank them enough. I'll never forget this place.


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Are you looking for a chilled and clean hostel with good vibes in a surfing paradise? Surrounded by many secluded beaches with spacious clean waves and sensational weather (even in winter times!)? Come and join the Bunch!

Cool Bananas is only 3 minute walk to the beach and 2 minute walk to the shops. We have fast, unlimited WiFi for our guests, as well as free tea and coffee available all day. FREE on-site parking as well as free shuttle to and from the Greyhound bus stop, with check-ins from as early as 6.30am. Be sure to look out for the 'dancing bananas' to greet you at the bus stop and shuttle you to the hostel.

Follow our Facebook page to find out about activities going on in the hostel, including Sunday Movie Night and vote for your favorite film.

How will you spend your time in Agnes Water? Reception can book various tours for you. Ask us about visiting the beautiful Kangaroo Sanctuary so you can get up close and personal with a kangaroo! We also have surf lessons, kayaking tours, bicycle hire, the beautiful bush walks and lookouts, trips to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Moreover, the famous Scooteroo Tour departs daily from the hostel. There are also FREE WALKS including the Paperbark Forest, Red Rock Walk and the Discovery Trail with stunning sunsets and sunrises only 10 minutes walk from the hostel.

Come hang with our bunch ... hammocks supplied!

Location and Contact




Address: 2 Springs Road, Agnes Water / Town of 1770 (Seventeen Seventy), Queensland, Australia

Cool Bananas Backpackers Lodge is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Cool Bananas Backpackers Lodge Agnes Water / Town of 1770
Phone Number: +61 (7) 4974-7660, 1-800-227-660
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller



City Tours

Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental


24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Walking Tours

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Rooms

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 18

Min. Age with Parent (private room): 18

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7.00am - 1pm & 4.30pm - 10:30pm

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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