11 Backpacker Hostels In Melbourne, Australia - Updated 2023

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Visits to Australia would be incomplete without making a trip to Melbourne, given that there are so many great attractions to explore, so many stores to shop at and so many entertainment options. Among the many attractions featured, Queen Victoria Market definitely deserves a visit. Wander through the historic venue and you will find yourself surrounded by a lot of stalls and shops selling clothes and foods among others. Also, drop by Flinders Street Railway Station even if you have no intention of boarding the train, and pose in front of its attractive facade. This busiest station in Melbourne boasts a French Renaissance architecture decorated with an arched entrance, a large dome, and a tall clock tower. Keep reading for an insider’s guide to some of the top backpacker hostels in Melbourne.

1. Elizabeth Hostel (from USD 21)

Surrounded by numerous bars, cafes, and restaurants, this hostel is the perfect place for you if you want to be in close proximity to everything and wondering what to do every night in the city center. Besides providing a comfortable room furnished with basic amenities, guests have the option of choosing between private or shared bedrooms. As a guest here, you can also enjoy free wireless internet in the lobby area, a movie in a shared lounge room, and a shared kitchen. Free instant coffee is made available and you can have unlimited cups.

Elizabeth Hostel

Wifi Available

Address: 490-494 Elizabeth Street

Parking 24 -hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Laundry Internet services Express check-in/check-out Heating Fax/photocopying

2. Melbourne Metro YHA (from USD 15)

Marvel at the sweeping views of Melbourne from the rooftop terrace of this hostel, which is the first great thing about the property. The next great fact about this hostel is that the facilities and amenities are made to offer guests the most comfortable stay possible. Sleep like a baby in a heated room that has individual bed lights and secure lockers. You can opt whether to book a private double room, a twin room, a family room or a dormitory room. A fully equipped shared kitchen is available for you as well as a lounge area outfitted with a TV, a DVD player and wireless internet that can be accessed for free in public areas.

Melbourne Metro YHA

Wifi Available

Address: 78 Howard Street

Parking 24 -hour front desk 3 Golf course (within km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests

3. Base Backpackers in St Kilda (from USD 39)

There is a lot to offer for guests by this modern hostel that is surrounded by bars on Acland Street, from stylish rooms with security card access and free wireless internet in public areas to free breakfast and a lounge area with a cable TV. What’s more, female travellers can book a room at the Sanctuary Level that is reserved especially for women. Upon arrival, you will be given a free drink voucher as a sign of a warm welcome.

Nomads St Kilda - Base

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 17 Carlisle Street

Bar 24 -hour front desk 3 Golf course (within km) Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Ironing service Internet services

4. Nomads St Kilda Beach (from USD 45)

If you are looking for a backpacker hostel with a strategic location, this hostel is what you need. With tram stops located right at your doorstep, you can easily and conveniently travel around the city. The hostel is also minutes away from the beach, restaurants and shops. Choosing to stay here means you will get to enjoy a pod bed that comes with a privacy curtain, a personal reading light and a shelf among other amenities. Lots of free items are offered by the hostel, including a continental breakfast, pizzas during pizza nights and movies with popcorn when it is time for movie night.

Selina St Kilda Melbourne

Wifi Available

Address: 24 Grey St

Pets allowed Bar 24 -hour front desk Terrace Non-smoking rooms Internet services Tour desk Heating

5. Melbourne Central YHA (from USD 32)

Nestled within the Free Tram Zone, this hostel provides amazing views of the CBD as well as comfort and warmth throughout your stay. Inside your room, you can find a cosy bunk bed along with standard amenities like individual reading light and electronic door lock. Meanwhile, for communal facilities, there is a large area where you can use the kitchen, watch the TV or enjoy the free wireless internet. If you crave for some barbecue, you can head to the rooftop terrace that is equipped with barbecue facilities.

YHA Melbourne Central

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 562 Flinders Street

Bar 24 -hour front desk Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Internet services Lift

6. United Backpackers (from USD 45)

This hostel is situated within walking distance to St. Paul’s Cathedral and Federation Square and is one of the most frequented backpacker accommodations in Melbourne close to go-to hubs for solo travelers looking for things to do alone in Melbourne. It is equipped with an on-site bar, a shared kitchen, and a communal TV lounge, and more importantly, guests can enjoy free wireless internet within these common areas. A complimentary pancake breakfast is served every morning. The best thing about this hostel is that it hosts different events throughout the week, for example, free tacos tastings on Tuesdays and game night on Thursdays.

Selina Central Melbourne

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 250 Flinders St, Melbourne Victoria

Pets allowed Bar 24 -hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Games room Internet services

7. Greenhouse Backpackers (from USD 21)

Stay in the heart of Melbourne and enjoy a pleasant stay at this hostel that offers a choice between private and shared dormitory rooms. This budget-friendly property is close to the locale, historic landmarks, and the most frequented tourist attractions. Your rooms are outfitted with a wardrobe, a reading light as well as a bunk bed, while the facilities like the bathrooms and kitchen are shared among the guests. A complimentary breakfast is also provided and free wireless internet can be accessed in public areas. During your free hours, you can mingle with other guests at the rooftop terrace and enjoy a barbecue.

8. Nomads Melbourne Backpackers (from USD 9)

Last but not least, Nomads Melbourne Backpackers is another superb backpacker hostel that you should consider. Boasting a rooftop sun deck and a cinema lounge, the hostel also comes with many complimentary services. As a guest, you can enjoy free pancakes on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning. Free luggage storage is also offered along with free wireless internet on the ground floor. Head to the shared kitchen to enjoy free flow of coffee and tea. Book a private room that has an en-suite bathroom to enjoy complete privacy.

9. Urban Central Accommodation (from USD 15)

Have a happy stay at this hostel that is located adjacent to Crown Casino. For a budget hostel, this property is probably the best among the many others in the city. You will be provided with complimentary pasta, rice, tea and coffee, and free wireless internet for one hour on the ground-floor area. You can also have fun in the games room, featuring a pool table and table tennis. The on-site bar is constantly busy with backpackers enjoying evening entertainment and happy hour. For a better stay, it would be advisable to choose the private room that is equipped with a TV, an en-suite bathroom and a secure wipe pass in this favored Melbourne hostel backpacker accommodation.

10. All Nations Backpackers (from USD 12)

Do not miss a chance of staying in an affordable Sydney backpackers hostel situated just minutes away from the Southern Cross Station. Housed in a historic building that features high walls, the hostel offers free meal options such as pasta and rice as well as refreshments like tea and coffee. Pancake breakfasts are also provided by the host from 8 am to 10 am. Choose either to stay in a private or a dormitory room and enjoy the shared facilities offered which include a kitchen, bathrooms and a cozy cinema area where you can enjoy some good movie projected on a large screen.

All Nations Backpackers - Melbourne

Address: 2 Spencer St

Live music/performance Vending machine (snacks) Bar Non-smoking rooms Shared lounge/TV area Movie nights First aid kit available Designated smoking area

11. Nate's Place Backpackers Melbourne (from USD 12)

Enjoy a communal stay in an upbeat and modern hostel at Hostel Nate’s Place Backpackers Melbourne. It has everything you could need from a hotel or homestay but without having to break the bank on bougie hotels with rooftop pools and expensive hotel service. It has superb features like wifi access, free breakfast, free access to Netflix, and access to the pantry. The hostel is just 10 minutes’ walking distance from the renowned Queen Victoria Market. There’s also a 65-inch flat-screen TV and DVD library for those who are keen to stay entertained engaging with fellow travelers in the lounge. Indeed, a superb option for budget travelers and backpackers making their way to Melbourne on a dime.

Nate's Place Backpackers Melbourne

Wifi Available

Address: 475 Spencer Street

Parking Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Ironing service Internet services Safety deposit box BBQ facilities

Enjoy a great vacation in Melbourne

Save money from staying in expensive hotels, and explore more points of interest, new things to do in Melbourne by staying at affordable and comfortable backpacker hostels. This way, you can enjoy a great vacation and give yourself beautiful memories.

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