Overview of Hostel
Winner of Tripadvisor 2018 award. The Civic Backpacker Guest House is a friendly, hostel in the heart of Townsville offering clean, safe and cheap accommodation. Free WiFi, Free Transport to/from the Ferry and Greyhound bus terminal, Free pool table.
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The Civic Guest House is centrally located in downtown Townsville, a short 5 minute stroll to Flinders Mall and a 15 minute walk to the Strand (beach) and Palmer Street (restaurant precinct). The famous 'Goat Track' to Castle Hill is only a few blocks away.
We offer free pick-ups twice a day (at 2:15pm and 7pm) as well as drop-offs twice a day (at 10am and 11am) to/from the Greyhound bus terminal and the ferry terminal to Magnetic Island. Please note that pick-ups and drop-offs need to be booked 24 hours prior arrival/departure.
Outside of these hours you can catch the city bus n.200 or 201, which will pick you up in front of the Greyhound/Ferry terminal and drop you off one block away from the hostel for $1.80.
From the airport, the shuttle bus company called Con-X-ion will drop you off in front of the Civic Guest House for $10. Their counter is located on the right side of the main exit door near the baggage claim area. Alternatively a taxi will cost you between $20 and $25. Make sure to ask the driver to go via Ingham Road as it makes it a shorter ride.
If you are arriving by car, follow the signs to downtown. Walker Street is one street back from the main street (Sturt Street).
If you are walking from the Greyhound terminal, walk towards town past the ReefHQ Aquarium and follow Flinders Street until you hit Stanley Street. Turn right into Stanley and then left into Walker Street.
Parking on the street in front of the hostel is free from 5pm to 9am on week days and free on weekends. Alternatively there is a free unlimited car park a short 3 minute walk away, which can be used during the day. Simply ask reception upon arrival..
Beautiful Magnetic Island is just a 20-minute ferry ride from the city. Spot a koala in its natural habitat, relax on the beach at Horseshoe Bay, or go snorkelling in Florence Bay. The Great Barrier Reef is only a few miles away. Trips to the Reef are less crowded than anywhere else on the coast and you will have the fish to yourself! Paluma Range National Park is a 50 minute drive away. Swim in the clear water holes of Crystal Creek or discover the rainforest walks and its inhabitants.
Conditions & Policy
Reception hours: 8:30am to 12:00pm 2:00pm to 11:30pm Check in from 2:00pm Should you arrive outside these hours, please contact us the day before arrival to organise late check in. Passport, proof of age, current drivers licence must be presented upon check-in. Checkin time: 2:00pm to 11 30pm. Check in after 11 30 pm is via night safe - please advise if you need a late key. Checkout time: Private rooms: 10:00am - Dorms: 9:30am Should you wish to check-in or check-out outside these hours, just give us a call. We will do our best to accommodate you. All bookings require a valid credit card to be confirmed. Please note that we can only accept Visa or Mastercard. Dorm age limit is 18 to 35 years ONLY. Children are welcome in private rooms only and must be accompanied by an adult. Children up to 12 years of age must stay in a private room with own bathroom. Children 12 to 18 years may stay in private rooms with shared bathroom. Cancellation Policy A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for cancellations. In other words, cancellations made before 2pm the day before arrival are free of charge. After that time, charges will be applied up to the full cost of the reservation. Bookings made the same day cannot be cancelled. Smoke-free Property The Civic Guest House is a smoke-free property due to fire and safety regulations.