Come and relax in the enchanted five acre subtropical haven at the Arts Factory Lodge. Laze by the pool, swing in hammocks and soak up the friendly atmosphere for which the Arts Factory is universally famous.In the 1970s many hippies, local and international artists created the Arts Factory. In the 1980s it was an internationally recognised rock and roll venue.A wide choice of groovy accommodations is available; stay in an Indian teepee, island bungalow, standard or double room or even jungle camping.Funky workshops include didgeridoo making, drumming and yoga. Join in a game of table tennis or basketball or unwind at Buddha Gardens Day Spa.In the evenings enjoy taking part in a talent show, win great prizes playing trivia, listen to live acoustic gigs, be amazed at the weekly fire show or catch a new release or midnight movie. Free pick up for all bus arrivals.
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I recently stayed at this hostel just outside Byron town centre. The location is great. It definitely has a subtropical environment (including mosquitos!) but is located a 5 minute walk to town and just next to the brewery (which has happy hour 5-7pm every day plus decent food), the Arts Factory cinema and Buddha day spa. The hostel itself is definitely a hippy haven but where its beginnings were firmly rooted in the hippie community, it is more of a backpacker haven these days. They have great activities such as drumming, bushwalks (educating people on the local bush tucker), talent nights and trivia. There is also a bus that goes into town regularly. Upon arrival we were shown to our room by a vague Dutch girl who didnt really know the answers to any of our questions (not sure if it was the girls fault or a lack of any real training). The place is run, of course, by various backpackers and probably major points are lost on the cleanliness of rooms and particularlyread more