Centrally located within walking distance to everything you need, Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers is the perfect place to spend a few nights while you relax in carefree Port Macquarie. The hostel has a very cool vibe with a surf shack feel, and there are a few feathered residents to get to know, like Cheeky the rainbow lorikeet.
We rolled in on a Saturday night and while we were hoping for a quiet night, we got swept up in the social vibrations of the other guests. We met a few internationals from Holland and Austria, as well as a friendly American named Brian who we ended up hanging out with the next day at Black Duck Brewery.
The hostel sleeps 68 guests, with various rooms available like multi-share dorm rooms and private rooms. Each room opens to a lovely courtyard and the surrounding common areas.
The kitchen is spacious with conduction stoves and plenty of bench space and storage room for food. Outside are a few picnic benches for socialising, and on cold nights a wood heater keeps everyone warm.
One of the most impressive things about the Port Macquarie YHA is the theatre room, which has couches arranged like a cinema and the best and biggest VHS collection we have seen at any hostel. There’s also a games room with a pool table and a quiet reading room as well. At the back is the swimming pool, with a poolside cabana.
Book your tours and activities at reception. While you’re there, hook yourself up with free boogie board hire (deposit required) and cheap bike hire (deposit required).
- Supermarket – there is an IGA around 800 metres away on Gordon Street, along with a few pizza shops and a bakery, but if you’re looking for a major supermarket, you will have to walk just over 1km either way.
- Town Centre – just over 1km away, the Town Centre features a shopping centre, the information centre, and the Town Green. Follow the Hello Koala Sculpture Trail or watch the boats cruise through the mouth of the Hastings River. Nearby is the Breakwall, which is colourfully graffitied with various pictures and messages.
- The Black Duck Brewery – only 3.5km away, the Black Duck Brewery has an awesome selection of beers so there is something for everyone.
Ozzie Pozzie is located at 36 Waugh Street near the town centre. Reception is open from 8am to 2pm, and 5pm to 10pm. To contact the hostel, phone 02 6583 8133 or email email@example.com. More information can be found on the website.