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Manta Lodge YHA Hostel is a backpacker hostel catering mostly to those who need a cheap accommodation in Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island.
It has good, free Wi-Fi in common areas, but you'll have to pay to get Wi-Fi inside the dorms.
The hostel is sited along the north side of the island at Point Lookout. From the ferry, it's approximately a 20-25 minute ride by local bus no.6 to get there.
A bus stop is located just next to the hostel, look for the stop called Manta.
The hostel is not in the best location in Point Lookout if you want to see the main attractions. However, they are easily reachable with a ten minutes bus ride or 30 minutes of walking. The hostel has easy access to the beach - you just have to walk 70 meters and you've got your feet in the sand!
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are several dorms, including four, six, and eight-bed dorms. The dorms are male-only, female-only and mixed. If you want more privacy, double rooms, twin rooms and family rooms are also available but they will be more expensive than dorms. The dorms are quite modern, and beds seemed to be new during our stay. There are also lockers under each bed to store your belongings securely. Most rooms include air-conditioning and a desk.
On each floor you have a bathroom for each gender, with two showers and two toilets in each. Everything is clean, and there is space in the shower to put your clothes and products.
The reception is separated from the rest of the building. There are two big rooms for common spaces. One is more for relaxation with couches, a table, and a big screen TV. The other is more of a play room with table tennis and a pool table. The kitchen is very clean and modern with all the necessary equipment.
This is a great place to stay if you're travelling on a budget. If you want to dive or snorkel while in Stradbroke Island, it's actually the best place to stay since they have their own dive center in the hostel. Don't expect it to be a big place for party, it's relatively quiet.
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Nice Island / Hostel is is fairly laissez-faire
great beaches and really quiet place to tune out. The hostel is not so chill out though, nights are noisy with drinking and games. Great if you are after a party atmosphere. staff are pretty useless and you get the feeling that the hostel exists for them and that the guests are just along for the ride.
Manta Lodge is situated on the south side of Stradbroke Island, one of only two backpackers on the island. Its affiliated dive school on site is why many people come here.
The hostel is immaculately clean and well equipped with plenty of storage and free tea and coffee. An outside eating area and BBQ make it an ideal place to chat about diving adventures. There is also a large TV combined eating area with a pool table and a good selection of DVDs and videos along with a healthy book exchange and wireless internet (although expensive at $6 an hour).
The dorm rooms are large enough to accommodate everyone without tripping over each other with units for storing bags and a small table. There are however no lockers in the room. The bathrooms are clean, with separate female and male shared bathrooms on each floor.
The only problem with the hostel is that it can get overrun with large groups that use the diving facilities for the day. There often seems to be more staff than guests in the evening too.
There is a shuttle on Mondays and Fridays from Brisbane to the island however there must be a minimum of 3 people for it to run. To get there from Brisbane catch the train (around $4) and then the ferry across ($12 with your YHA card ask for student rate) then the local bus that waits for the ferry to arrive ($5). Although it is a journey and a half from Brisbane it is well worth diving off the East coast backpackers trail for the desolate beaches and the pristine sea where you can see turtles, dolphins, and of course Manta Rays.
Oh, I loved it! The Straddie tours were just great, and the beaches were heaven compared to the beaches back home. The only complaint I have would have to be about the transport. I got a very disagreeable bus driver, I think people call him Brycon. He was very rude and didn't give my change back. That ordeal ruined my stay on the island.
Right on the beach, Manta Lodge YHA has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with an open dining area and outdoor BBQ facilities. A pool table, table tennis and beach activities are available and there is a live band on Saturday nights at the nearby hotel with pool competitions, bonfires and BBQ's to enjoy.
Dive or snorkel with the onsite PADI five star scuba centre running daily charters and dive courses.
Enjoy 4WD tours, sand boarding, sea kayaking or take the spectacular North Gorge Headlands walk where you can see whales (Jun-Oct), manta rays (Nov-Mar), dolphins and turtles. Bikes, fishing rods and surfboards can be hired from the hostel. Or you can simply sunbathe and relax.
Location and Contact
• Stradbroke Island, conveniently located just East of Brisbane is a natural treasure with kilometres of white sandy beaches, picturesque headlands, clear blue water and an abundance of wildlife. • Getting there: • Transfer bus from Brisbane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, bookings are essential. • By public transport, take a frequent daily train from Central or Roma Street Brisbane to Cleveland and then a ferry which is met by a local bus to drop you at the YHA door. • Manta Lodge YHA is located at Point Lookout and is the first building as you come into town.
1 Eastcoast Road, Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island,
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