Hostel Coles Bay Iluka YHA, Coles Bay

Freycinet National Park
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Hostel Coles Bay Iluka YHA Reviews

Fairly budgeted, clean, tidy, basic facilities, bad beds and linen

Positive -- Things in YHA were tidy and neat, kitchen is clean. Negative -- No heater in room [don't know how warm it will be during winter]; futon beds are way too soft, guess they must be cheap to buy so a big no to this YHA if soft bed is not your thing; linen -- a small, one-piece cloth acting as a sleeping bag was provided (If you do want something to separate you and the previously used pillows, quilts, and beds, another no for you); very basic common room.


The Cole’s Bay YHA (also known as Iluka Backpackers) is located just off the main road in Cole’s Bay, a tiny little town on the edge of Freycinet National Park. It is part of the Iluka Holiday Centre, which offers all sorts of accommodation as well as a tavern/bistro, coffee shop, fish and chips shop, and a small supermarket. Basically this is a one-stop shop for those visiting the park, as you have everything you need right there. There is not much else to the town of Cole’s Bay, which is basically just a home base for visiting Freycinet. It is just across the street from a bay and picnic area, and about a two-minute drive to the National Park.

The hostel is very clean and fairly comfortable, if a little bit dull. The rooms are a bit cramped, but there is an abundance of common areas, so it’s not really a problem. The kitchen is very spacious as hostels go, with doubles and triples of everything (you don’t need to worry about fridge space here) and a convenient “free food” shelf set aside where you can take advantage of food people have left as they moved on. There is a very large kitchen table and cozy wood stove, making the kitchen a pretty sociable place. There are tons of chairs and couches in the two common rooms and one outdoor patio, as well as a TV and tables. There were board games in one of the cupboards, (important as there is basically nothing to do in Cole’s Bay after dark), but they seemed to disappear when we needed them -- probably because reception tells the guests of the caravan park and cabins that they can come use whatever they want in the hostel. The bathrooms are clean with lots of hot water, though some of the showerheads are a bit dodgy.

This hostel knows what it is -- a place to rest and recover after long days of hiking mountains or walking beautiful beaches. It’s nothing special, but it’s more than adequate for those purposes. Everything you need in a place like Cole’s Bay, where the real attraction is the outdoors.


There is only one hostel in Coles Bay -- Iluka is the same thing as the Coles Bay YHA. Anyway this place is decent (not that you have much choice -- it's the only one!). My only worries was it was cold in the winter as the stove was broken and no in-room heating, and I didn't find the staff very friendly. But the beds were super-comfy, the kitchen was fab, and wallabies hopped outside on the yard which provided entertainment as there was only one other person staying there (it was winter).


The staff are amazingly helpful and courteous. We didn't stay in the hostel per se, but in a trailer in the larger campground. The grounds are well-maintained, the views are amazing, and for the large number of guests we saw, the campground is quiet. Can't say enough about the helpfulness and hospitality of the staff.



Iluka YHA Backpackers is situated in the heart of Coles Bay, directly across from Muirs Beach. 1km to Freycinet national Park, 5km to the walking tracks to Wineglass Bay. Hostel has 8 rooms and includes one double and one family room.

Location and Contact


Bus: Bicheno Coach Service meets Redline Coaches or TassieLink Coaches from Hobart or Launceston

Address: Esplanade, Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia

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Website Hostel Coles Bay Iluka YHA Coles Bay
Phone Number: +61 (3) 6257-0115
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Towels ($3)


BBQ Grill


Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Airport Pickup


Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

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

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: 00:00 (12 Midnight)

Lockout: 10am - Noon

Maximum Stay: 14 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8 AM - 6 PM (08:00-18:00)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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