Local hostel named friendliest in Australia

Murwillumbah/Mt Warning Backpackers owner Tassie Duff

THE MURWILLUMBAH YHA – Mt Warning Backpackers has been named one of the “friendliest hostels in Australia” by the Youth Hostelling Association (YHA) 2016 judging panel.

The rating is provided by guests who reviewed the property after staying at the hostel. Murwillumbah YHA – Mt Warning owner and operator Tassie Duff said the award was a huge recognition of both his business and the wider Tweed Valley community.

“It’s a great acknowledgment to receive an award for friendliest backpackers in Australia,” he said.

“It’s also a real testament to our beautiful town and region.”

Mr Duff said he’s always receiving great feedback from visitors about the hostel and has achieved a 93 per cent rating out of 100.

“We often get visitors who go shopping in the town and come back to the hostel with a huge smile,” he said.

“They say they’ve never had so many people helping them and being friendly.”

The property, which was converted into a hostel in the 1980s, was originally a ferry captain’s home from 1922-1932.

“If you look at the river banks you can still see several wooden piles, where the ferry used to dock,” Mr Duff said.

The property features riverside gardens and the staff and guests have created a quirky décor and homely atmosphere.

Being a small hostel, guests can meet and socialise easily. It’s famous for free ice cream provided at 9pm most nights, gathering guests together.

This cosy backpacker accommodation makes a great base to explore the region’s National Parks, rainforest, and waterfalls.

To find out more about Murwillumbah YHA – Mt Warning phone: (02) 6672 3763 or visit Tassie in person at 1 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah.