Aussie Woolshed Backpackers offers a very relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff who try to help you wherever they can. Entering the garden area, you have a beautiful maintained but "wild" garden which makes you feel like at home immediately. It contains a little lake, many sitting areas, and hanging mats near the BBQ area to chill out with your friends or meet the other travelers.
The hostel is located no more than ten minutes from the Torquay Beach, the next pub, a mini supermarket, and an ATM. To the next bigger supermarket you need to take a five-minute ride on the free bus of the hostel on the other side of the road. They can also fetch you after twenty minutes.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms get cleaned daily and are organized -- some have a unique look. They contain enough power points, a mirror, a fan, and a TV. You need to use the public bathrooms, which are mostly clean but a bit rough, and the public toilets, which are kept clean. The beds are pretty big and comfortable. You get free sheets at check-in.
The hostel offers a BBQ area, a very big and beautiful garden with many chill-out areas, a laundry room you can pay to use, washing lines, and wooden-made living room with a bar-style kitchen and a big TV. You can also lock your bags for free after check-out if you want to chill at the beach until your bus arrives. They also offer Wi-Fi and computers to use, but they are not free. If you want to print something, just ask at the reception and they'll print it for you for free or for a low charge.
Before we found this beautiful hostel, we stayed in a very busy and overcrowded hostel, so we were very happy to find this hostel -- we prefer a relaxed environment and enough space to chill in the evenings. The staff are friendly but sometimes not so easy to find -- the reception is closed from noon to 2 p.m., which is good to know if you plan to check in at midday. The prices are normal for this region.