Australia is vast, geographically as well as culturally, offering a plethora of adventures, activities, and experiences that appeal to all sorts of travellers. While the cities are a perfect mishmash of zest and liveliness, Australia’s diverse landscapes have much to explore. Great Barrier Reef is possibly Australia’s most famed natural attraction, but major cities such as Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney are quite the hotspots too. Understandably, preparing an itinerary for a destination as rich can be a pretty daunting prospect, but prudent and timely planning will pay off tons. Listed below are top-notch accommodations to help you kick-off your planning. Scroll over to book the best backpacker hostels in Australia.
This hostel enjoys an awesome beachfront location at Byron Bay’s Belongil Beach. It offers a wide range of accommodation options, including dormitory-style lodging, both mixed and females-only, private rooms, and even a six-person cottage. There are also an on-site bar and restaurant here, plus an array of complimentary activities such as Cape Byron Lighthouse tours, use of surfboards, paddleboards, and bicycles, twice-weekly yoga classes, and free shuttle service to and from Byron Bay city centre, which is about 3km (1.8mi) away.
Offering private rooms and suites in addition to females-only and mixed dormitories, Hostel G is a fantastic budget-friendly accommodation in Perth. Some dormitories here have access to shared washrooms, but there are options to book those that come with en-suite washrooms too. Additionally, the place boasts on-site dining options, a games room, indoor entertainment options, and a mini-market among other features. There is also a 24-hour front desk here to assist guests with any type of needs.
Adelaide Central YHA enjoys a great location in central Adelaide, close to Art Gallery of South Australia, Rundle Mall, Adelaide Central Market, and other points of interest. The hostel offers males-only, females-only, and mixed dormitory accommodations as well as private rooms, some of which can accommodate up to eight guests. All private rooms here boast en-suite tea/coffee-making facilities and an in-room television, while some also have a private balcony with outdoor seating. The dormitories are equipped with lockers, personal bed lights, and other standard amenities. Other facilities here are a shared kitchen, a dining area, a lounge room, and a games room.
Just a walking distance from Townsville’s famous Reef Headquarters Aquarium and Strand Beach is Civic Guesthouse, offering females-only and mixed dormitory lodging as well as private rooms. While all accommodations here are well-appointed, guests have access to an array of shared facilities as well – picnic area, sun terrace, barbecue spot, garden, games room, and kitchen, to name a few. Coin-operated laundry services are also available here.
Those of you who want to enjoy Australian beaches can look into staying at Beaches of Broome, a great backpacker hostel located about 250m (820ft) from the popular Cable Beach. The hostel offers females-only and mixed dormitory accommodations as well as private rooms, all of which are air-conditioned and equipped with standard essentials. Private rooms here feature en-suite televisions, mini-refrigerators, and tea/coffee-making facilities. Else, guests can make use of the hostel’s shared facilities, such as the swimming pool, the shared kitchen, the barbecue area, the terrace, and the laundry, which requires an additional fee.
Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse, located in the center of Hobart’s historic Battery Point, is a brilliant adults-only accommodation. It offers private rooms as well as dormitory-style lodging. Females-only dormitory accommodations are available, too. Guests will have access to a shared lounge, a balcony, a garden with barbecue facilities, and a kitchen, plus free parking is available on-site for those with private vehicles. Additionally, there are a coin-operated laundry and a bicycle hire for guests’ convenience.
Offering easy access to Hobart’s Lords Beach, Narrara Backpackers offers single, double, and family rooms as well as mixed and females-only dormitories. The hostel boasts a garden, barbecue facilities, a terrace, a kitchen, and a lounge that all guests can make use of. Additionally, there is a tour desk here to help with planning local tours as well as currency exchange services for convenience.
Located in the heart of the city, Sydney Harbour YHA offers guests amazing views of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Sydney Harbour. One of its best features is its proximity to several local attractions and its top-notch ambience. The place offers males-only, females-only, and mixed dormitory accommodations as well as private rooms. It also has a selection of rooms boasting views of Sydney Opera House. The hostel has cots available for guests travelling with infants, too. Those staying here will have access to a wide range of shared facilities, such as a communal kitchen, a terrace, and a games room. Additionally, the hostel hosts an array of fun social events, such as barbecues, guided walks, and pub tours, as well. Else, you can hitch the hostel’s complimentary archeology tour every Monday morning or go on beach walks on Thursday mornings.
Some 10 minutes’ walking distance from Alice Springs city centre is the well-appointed Alice Lodge Backpackers, offering females-only and mixed dormitory lodging as well as private rooms with a capacity to accommodate up to 3 guests. The hostel offers several facilities that include WiFi access, a swimming pool and picnic area, luggage storage, a communal kitchen, and more. There is also a tour desk here to assist guests with arranging local tours.
Space Hotel is an awesome choice if you’re looking to stay in central Melbourne. The hostel offers amazing rooftop views and some pretty great on-site shared facilities, such as a fitness centre, a bar, a kitchen, a games room, and laundry. There are dormitory and private room lodging here, with a few rooms that have access to a balcony. Space Hotel offers females-only dormitories, as well. Guests travelling with kids can go in for the hostel’s family rooms that can easily accommodate up to four guests. Complimentary tea/coffee-making facilities have been made available on every floor for guests’ convenience. Location-wise, Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall, Block Arcade Melbourne, State Library of Victoria, Her Majesty’s Theatre, and lots of other attractions are close by.
The ultimate destination
A heady mix of nightlife, sightseeing, adventure, and gastronomical delights, Australia guarantees a thoroughly fun time. The best time to travel here is from April to September when the climate is largely benevolent, allowing you to enjoy Australia’s great outdoors to the fullest. Head here for your next getaway and book any of these backpacker hotels for the best travel experience.
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