You might have heard a little while ago that we were on holiday on wonderful Great Keppel Island. We loved the island life, but Hostelzoo founder Scott Ryan started to get a little island fever. It wasn’t because we were ready to leave our little paradise, no way. It was because there hadn’t been anywhere on the entire island that he’d been able to find a single wave.
Now, surfers are a funny group of people. Perfectly normal, easy-going and fun loving, until you take their waves away. So to preserve Scott’s sanity, we decided to take a road trip. Jumping a ferry with as little gear as we could manage we pulled into the mainland harbour of Rosslyn Bay and then hightailed it south to the small twin towns of Agnes Water and 1770.
While we were in Agnes Water, we stayed at Cool Bananas on Springs Road. Checking in with gregarious Greg the hilarious manager, he showed us to an eight-bed dorm with slick wooden floors and a wicked balcony walkway. Talk about diving straight back into the backpacking life! We stayed at Cool Bananas for three days and absolutely loved it! The vibe and chill atmosphere was completely in line with the general feel around Agnes Water. With a big kitchen and massive communal eating area, Cool Bananas had everything we were looking for. Hammocks, a good mix of private and public spaces, and even an outdoor fire pit, which the pyromaniacs among us were stoked about.
As yet unnamed Hostelzoo dude hanging out at the Cool Bananas front desk
We spent our days getting out and about in Agnes Water and 1770, spreading the good word about Hostelzoo. Then when night came we hung out with the Cool Banana crew and munched on $6 dinners turned up by the remarkable Richard. With the beach just down the road, and a whole heap of exciting activities to get up to, our three-day mini holiday passed in a flash.
Other Hostels in Agnes Water and 1770
As we were ‘technically’ on holiday to spread the word about the awesomeness that is Hostelzoo, we took ourselves on a tour of the other hostels in the area. Other than Cool Bananas, Hostelzoo has three backpacker’s hangouts on the cards in Agnes Water:
Southern Cross Backpackers
Amazingly big hostel in a great setting, albeit a little out of town, Southern Cross Backpackers looked totally awesome. A few of the guys gave us a quick tour of the rooms and grounds, and we were really impressed. Hammocks, a swimming pool and a heap of billiard and table tennis tables, there was so much to do. Southern Cross Backpackers also provides free breakfast, bikes, shuttles to beach and shops, coffee and tea and DVDs if you just want to lie about.
Beachside Backpacker 1770
Cool 48-bed hostel in a brand new building, Beachside Backpacker 1770 makes a good base. They have a great entertainment area with comfortable couches, board games, a pool table and free movies and wireless internet. There is also a swimming pool, although you hardly need it with the beach so close you can hear it from your room!
Situated in a great location close to the beach and shops, 1770 Backpackers claims to be the best in Agnes Water. Offering large rooms with ensuites as well as lovely grounds and gardens, it’s a great place to hang out. If you stay there you can even expect a free dinner every night!
The pool at Southern Cross Backpackers
Activities in Agnes Water and 1770
Agnes Water and 1770 have a claim to fame guaranteed to bring in backpackers from all walks of life: The cheapest surf lessons in Australia. That’s right, while you might pay $60+ to get yourself out on the waves in other locations on the East Coast, in Agnes Water you’ll pay less than $20. Several surf schools in the area offered a three-hour surf lesson, with everything included, for just $17.
We sent one of our Hostelzoo underlings to ‘test the waters’ of this deal, just to make sure it wasn’t too good to be true. Although some windy weather knocked out her chances (and almost her) of learning to surf, we can confirm that the lessons are well worth the money.
Discover 1770 Electric Bike Tour
A great way to really get the low down on both Agnes Water and 1770 is to do the Discover 1770 Electric Bike Tour. We were lucky enough to be invited on one by the operator Marcus, and had a wicked afternoon exploring the towns. Marcus even managed to fill our internet brains with some proper, real-world knowledge about Australia bush foods, and the interesting history of the town. Plus, we got to ride around on electric bikes all afternoon, which was sweet.
We’d like to thank Cool Bananas and Discover 1770 Electric Bike Tours for their friendliness and hospitality while we were in Agnes Water. Although we received complimentary stays, and a complimentary tour respectively, you can rest assured that all opinions are honest and our own.