The family-owned and operated Woolshed Eco Lodge is a small, local business making big waves in the sustainable approach to tourism accommodation.


The well-travelled Brent and Megan have been the proud custodians of the iconic Woolshed Eco Lodge for the past 14 years. We are definitely not your everyday accommodation owners, we are intrepid travellers ourselves having racked up 38 countries between us and still going…

However, as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end… For now at least.


Next chapter for us was the family and business journey… Settle down for a bit, sink in some roots and explore the family option of life.

Which of course led us to the ‘what and where’ questions… ‘What’ was easy… We’ve stayed in enough places around the world (good and bad), from tin shack on the beach to the luxury island resorts to know what it takes to operate a successful accommodation business. After all, it’s exactly what we looked for and expected ourselves. Easy choice…

Next question was ‘Where’. This was a great journey as we didn’t have a lot of restrictions, one good result of a transient life! We looked everywhere… Finally, we discovered Woolshed Backpackers in 2006 (that’s another story in itself…)

Wow! We walked through the gate and fell in love… The tranquil beauty of the gardens, trees and buildings. Birds singing, flying through the gardens, people relaxing in hammocks and hanging out in the common room.

All that and located in Hervey Bay, gateway to Fraser Island, Lady Elliot of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the most amazing whale watching experience you could ever have. Throw in the tropical weather (winter lasts about 3 weeks!) beautiful beaches, awesome cafes and the famous laidback Queensland lifestyle. This was the place!

And here we are today, still loving our journey and building on the Woolshed experience. We call ourselves custodians of the Woolshed because we feel privileged to be associated with such a unique and special place. Above all, we also call this place ‘Home’. We live here and have raised our family here.

You can never underestimate the significance this simple little fact can have. It’s our home, we care and we love to share our amazing environment with our guests, now over 150,000… Big family!

Out of utter respect to a planet that has provided us with so many amazing experiences, journeys and friends, the next chapter for the Woolshed is to really develop and formalise our sustainable approach to accommodation. Hence Woolshed Eco Lodge.

This is our major passion and is something we have worked towards for the last 10 years. Our goal? Carbon Neutral! And we are close… Check out our sustainability pages for the full run down of what we’re doing.

What Our Guests Have Said

I have stayed multiple times at the Woolshed and think it's one of the best hostels I have stayed in.The lovely couple who run it are always helpful and accommodating and full of suggestions for things to do in the area and tours to book on to. The hostel itself has a bohemian feel, with bright spacious rooms and clean facilities. The garden in the middle is a little oasis of tropical plants and a pond with green tree frogs chirping at night. The garden comes with a bbq area and hammocks! There is a good kitchen with clean utensils for preparing meals too. They even have free bike rental!! If you're coming to Hervey Bay I highly recommend staying at Woolshed Eco Lodge

The staff seemed super friendly and an activity board offered things to do each day. They even offered free sausages on the bbq one night. Bicycles are also free of charge.
Met some cool people here which helped but all in all a quality stay and would strongly recommend.

From travelling the east coast, this hostel has definitely been the nicest place to stay. Everything is very chilled out, yet everything is spotless. The two showers are large and clean plus the kitchen is super tidy - the family atmosphere and warm welcome is fantastic. So much nicer than staying in a ‘traditional backpackers

Comfortable room and quality facilities, friendly staff and a good atmosphere in general. Good kitchen and lounge, TV in the double rooms with ensuite bathroom. Clean and tidy. The proprietors are nice and it’s worth a visit. If you don’t have a proper 4WD then consider taking their tours.

Great ambience and comfortable rooms. Parking space inside. Close to beach and nearby Great hostel! Lovely chilled place with nice clean facilities. Friendly and helpful staff - we booked our tour to Fraser Island with them and they were great. They’ll pick you up from the bus station for free so you don’t have to lug your bags, and there’s free bike hire too. Perfect distance for the beach (5 minute walk!) and some nice restaurants and bars with live entertainment. A great place with lovely character, would definitely recommend!food places

Really loved my stay here. The hostel had a lovely kitchen area and lots of greeness, hammocks and plants in the courtyard. Plus the owner is a genuine and lovely man! Perfect for a relaxed few days.

One of the most beautiful hostels i have ever been. A cosy hostel with a great location and excellent customer service. Friendly staff, free barbeque on friday night and very clean rooms, bathrooms and kitchen. Loved their garden and the whole environment

If you are looking for calm and serenity, you can stop at Woolshed Eco Lodge! Beautiful and clean place with a very good welcome The hostel is a good place near the beach and you can hire a bike to discover easily Hervey Bay.

181 Torquay Road
Hervey Bay, QLD 4655, Australia
07 4124 0677

info@woolshedecolodge.com.au - Site by ethne