As our time was coming to an end in Australia we decided to have one week in Darwin, no Wwoofing or farm work required. Just Graham, me, sunsets on the beach, no need to get out of bed if we didn’t want to, care free. Oh, and all the other backpackers at Dingo Moon Lodge.
Following a night at The Flying Monkey Backpackers we decided we’d be staying somewhere else for our week in Cairns. After a lot of digging and researching we can across the slightly more expensive Oasis Inn. We were tired from a terrible nights sleep and worried we might end up somewhere just the same but with a higher price tag!
After an amazing time in Melbourne and a quick visit to Sydney, and with winter beginning to settle in, we decided it was time to take our adventure north and booked a flight to Cairns. We took the shuttle bus from the airport and were dropped at the Esplanade and headed to our hostel for the night, Flying Monkey Backpackers.
After a few days at The Pickled Frog in Hobart I managed to bag myself a job in Cygnet on a strawberry farm. A quick conversation on the phone to the farmer and I found myself googling Little Devil Backpackers, like he had advised. I gave them a quick call to check there was space and then hopped on the bus from the corner of Elizabeth and Brisbane Street to Huonville. The ticket cost me a little over 10 bucks and the driver said he would give me a shout when I needed to get off.
Standing close to the top of the hill on Liverpool Street is a large green building, impossible to walk passed without giving it a second glance. This is The Pickled Frog Hostel. Walk in through the main entrance and you will be greeted by a cosy reception room with communal computers, comfy sofas, a small bar, the reception desk and, in winter, a roaring open fire. This is where I found myself after 10 days wwoofing on a dairy farm in Wodonga, torn between wanting to spend some time not working and needing to find a job before winter crept in.
Last weekend me and a group of friends took the 2 hour train journey from London Paddington to Bristol, if you book in advance it’s dirt cheap. Now, I’m no seasoned expert in the world of hostel and budget accommodation (I’m no seasoned expert on any accommodation) but here goes my first review. YHA Bristol, get ready for this!
We arrived at Bristol with not much of a clue where to go, when suddenly an amazing idea struck my friend “we aren’t in London, that means we won’t have to take out a loan to get a taxi!” a couple of quid later we arrived at the YHA Bristol branch on the water front, and let me tell you, it couldn’t be in a nicer part of the city! The place is sat right on the river side and the view is just lovely; boats bobbing on the water and people wandering up the river and popping in and out of the bars and restaurants on the other side of the bridge.
We were in a group of 6 and booked a double room and a 4 bed dorm. Both were lovely. The double room was pretty big (which was unexpected as they didn’t pay too much more for it) and our room for four was a pretty OK size too. Most importantly both rooms came with en suites, which were also clean and lovely.
The staff were all really welcoming, we were checked in and relaxing in our rooms in no time, and there was always someone around if you needed anything…or if like me you were drunk and they needed someone to laugh at, but I’m OK with that.
There were a few common areas around on the ground floor with nice big screens, super comfy sofas, plenty of access to computers and the internet, and a pool table.
All in all it was a pretty nice place to stay. Clean rooms, good location and friendly staff and a budget price. If I go back to Bristol I know where I’ll be staying.
Originally posted 29/12/2012, but because I’m an idiot I deleted it!
Earlier this year my sister and I went for a week in Estonia. A destination that I can not recommend enough, but ones again I am going to side track myself if I begin singing the country praises. Continue reading