Lennox hostel closes doors after almost three decades
THE stories Graeme and Anna Dicker have collected in the nearly three decades they’ve operated their family hostel in Lennox Head would be enough to fill ten volumes of books, Mr Dicker said.
Despite their love for the job, the couple have decided it’s high-time they closed the doors to their Lennox Head Beachouse YHA hostel and replace 100-hour working weeks with some quality family time and a side of rest and relaxation.
Mr Dicker said the hostel was four years old when they bought the business 27 years ago and have since provided accommodation to more than a quarter of a million guests.
“It’s been the most fun I’ve ever had,” he said.
“We’ve had guests from pretty well every country in the world and you just learn from them all the time.
“I can probably give you a more up-to-date report about the middle east than most of the news channels because you’re talking to people who have just left army service in Israel and are travelling.”
Mr Dicker said he would miss the infectious motivation of guests who came to their Ross St hostel.
“They might be international but they’re very switched on people and they’re having a break from their future life,” he said.
“It’s quite easy to walk around the hostel and ask for a doctor or someone in fifth or sixth year of medicine.
“The best one I’ve had was a young German boy who got from Sydney to here and said ‘I’m sick of backpacking but I want to learn to fly’ and within five phone calls I had him booked into flying lessons in Ballina and he did his complete flying licence in about three weeks.”
The Lennox Head YHA Hostel’s last day of trading will be on Saturday, April 30.
Mr Dicker said they would continue to live in their current house, but would be putting half the block of land up for sale.