A lot of effort is put into making Aussitel Backpackers a nice place to stay. The staff here are very helpful and do their best to make your stay as pleasurable as can be.
Aussitel Backpackers is conveniently located next to a gas station, and halfway between the harbour and the city centre -- about twenty minutes' walk either way. There are plenty of restaurants, cafs, and bars in Coffs Harbour, making it a good place to find work. There are also farms surrounding the area -- the reception can supply you with their numbers. With the creek across the road, there are plenty of beautiful walks and cycle routes nearby. Aussitel has a variety of activities daily, usually a morning activity (surfing, jetty jumping, visiting the Big Banana) and one in the evening (sunset kayaking, visiting Emerald Beach) the hostel also hires out bikes, kayaks, surfboards, and paddle boards.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms -- with bunk beds -- are basic but relatively spacious and there's enough room to have your own space; there are no lockers for your belongings, but valuables can be kept at reception. Housekeeping staff are on the ball and do a very good job each morning. There isn't air conditioning but there is a fan, so sometimes it gets a bit stuffy. There are private rooms available.
The bathrooms are clean. The showers can be very temperamental -- turn it a millimetre one way and it'll be boiling and a millimetre the other way and it's freezing! But it's all working and clean, with shelves and hooks for your things so they don't get soaked in the process!
The kitchen is very clean, and there's plenty of cutlery and crockery for everyone. It can get very busy at lunch and dinner, but going a little earlier or later usually isn't too inconvenient. There is lots of fridge and shelf space for food -- there doesn't seem to be a problem with food going missing. There is a pool and sun loungers along with outdoor seating and a dartboard. There is free Wi-Fi -- you get a daily allowance; there are also computers, which are free to use for as long as you please. The TV area near the kitchen area is very comfortable, but its location means it can get a bit noisy -- it's often very popular in the evenings when there's a film on. The main door gets locked at 10 p.m. and can be accessed with a code after this time.
Aussitel Backpackers is reasonably priced and they will give you numbers of local farms and make suggestions on activities in which to get involved.