Crocodylus Village YHA
Crocodylus Village YHA is a great place. There's a big central building
with common facilities and an open eating area. When we first turned up
there were bandicoots wandering around, happily sniffing people's feet.
The accommodation is in buildings reached by paths through pretty
much intact rainforest. We paid $70/night (as cheap as anything in
the Daintree) for a huge cabin which had a double bed with a mosquito
net, six double bunks (useful for putting stuff on, since there were
no tables or other furniture), and a toilet and shower (with local gas
heating which took us a while to figure out).
A canteen serves breakfasts and dinners, though only at restricted hours,
and the food was pretty good. There are also cooking facilities, and
we were advised to store all our food there, since any food in the huts
would attract native mice.
Being out in the rainforest, there were some very strange noises in
the night -- we think they were jungle fowl, but they sounded just like
someone being murdered or raped. As far as people went the hostel was
fairly quiet -- the raucous party scene with the trendy backpackers
seems to be up at Cape Tribulation.
There's a three kilometre loop walk at the back of the hostel. Organised
events (which we didn't go on) include a half-day kayak and a night walk.