Best Places for Backpackers in Australia.

Enjoy backpacking around Australia without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Australia.

Top 50 hostels in Australia.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Australia.

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Bridport Seaside Lodge

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Bridport Seaside Lodge

Welcome To Bridport Seaside Lodge Situated just 85km from Launceston, Bridport lies on the shores of Anderson's Bay on Tasmania's North East coast.Bridport Seaside Lodge offers 4 star rated backpacker ; budget traveller’s hostel accommodation. Choose from family and double with ensuite, dormitory s...
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Aaron Motel

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Aaron Motel

Aaron Motel is centrally located 500 meters off the main streets ensuring a quiet night’s sleep. Within a 2 – 5 minute drive, Gladstone Public hospital, Mercy Private hospital, CBD, Museum Art Gallery, Yacht Club, Gladstone airport. All rooms have their own balcony, reverse cycle air conditioning,...
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Market Tavern

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Market Tavern

Market Tavern Backpackers located on the corner of Cecil Street and York Street, with the famous South Melbourne Markets just across the road. A privately owned and operated hostel that offers short and long-term affordable accommodation. We offer great value accommodation with 2, 3, 4, 5, and 1...
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Whitsunday On The Beach

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Whitsunday On The Beach

Located in Airlie Beach backing on to Airlie Beach Lagoon. No taxis to catch or hills to climb, located on the northern end of Airlie Beach. The perfect place to stop before and after your Whitsundays boat tour. Fully self contained units with kitchenette and ensuite. All Units include linen, to...
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Russell Hotel

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Russell Hotel

Ideally located in the heart of Sydney's historic Rocks area, the Russell Hotel is a boutique hotel where the atmosphere is welcoming and rich with history. The Russell retains the charm of its 1887 origins while offering elegant and comfortable accommodation an easy walk from the Opera House, Circu...
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Waterfront Lodge Motel

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Waterfront Lodge Motel

Free WiFi at Waterfront Lodge is conveniently located just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Hobart, and within easy access to all of Southern Tasmania’s tourist attractions. Waterfront Lodge is the best value for your money making it the best value accommodation choice for travellers on a bud...
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Tranquilles Bed and Breakfast

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Tranquilles Bed and Breakfast

This picturesque Bed & Breakfast is situated in a prime location on the north west coast, only 15 minutes from Devonport close to Devonport Airport, and where the Spirit of Tasmania picks up and delivers passengers to/from Tasmania The business is a well established 4½ star property, which has deve...
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Port Elliot Beach House YHA

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Port Elliot Beach House YHA

Port Elliot Beachhouse YHA Hostel is a stunning historic building on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula, renovated into a breezy beach house with 270 degree views to be enjoyed year round. It offers great budget accommodation, with shared dorms, double and family rooms - something for everyone. A...
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Landing Pads Brunswick

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Landing Pads Brunswick

Landing Pads Brunswick is an easy going, open minded hostel, located in the dynamic suburb of Brunswick, specifically set up to be a home away from home for independent solo travellers on working holiday visas. At Landing Pads we're set up to help you settle in, find work and most importantly make f...
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Hunter Valley YHA

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Hunter Valley YHA

This purpose built YHA hostel is right in the heart of wine country. The hostel recently completed major renovations, now with brand new bathrooms, kitchen and lounge area; and a lovely new outdoor area with pool, BBQ and hammocks. Wine tours are available from the hostel; and it's only a sh...
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Spinner

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Spinner's Backpackers

Perths favourite hostel re-launched. The new Spinners is now open. With 25 years experience as Perth’s most chilled hostel, we’ve had some time to design the perfect zones for you. Those same chilled vibes are still here. But everything else is new. Like the new design led bedrooms with personali...
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The Avenue Guesthouse

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The Avenue Guesthouse

The guesthouse boasts a swimming pool set in a beautiful tropical garden, Excellent free WIFI coverage throughout the house, Huge rooms with a commercial grade kitchen. We offer a FREE shuttle bus operating from 8am to 6pm (later by arrangement) for arrivals and departures (Bus, Ferry, Train statio...
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Hotel Kununurra

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Hotel Kununurra

Hotel Kununurra is centrally located in the heart of town, close to all amenities such as Coles, the Post Office, the local pool and leisure centre. It has a bottle shop, several bars, a great restaurant and entertainment almost every night. The hotel offers a very comfortable standard of accomm...
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Grampians Eco YHA

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Grampians Eco YHA

Grampians Eco YHA is a stylish and comfortable ECO Certified Nature Tourism accredited hostel that has been architecturally designed with the environment in mind. Situated in Halls Gap at the doorway to the beautiful Grampians National Park this hostel is the ideal base for your nature getaway....
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The Guesthouse - Backpack Oz

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The Guesthouse - Backpack Oz

The Guest House offers additional facilities to normal backpacker hostels, and the shared kitchen and bathroom facilities are cleaned daily and are modern and spacious. FREE 24/7 WIFI IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE GUEST HOUSE !!! Also, The Guest House is also sister property to Backpack OZ which is jus...
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Beaches of Broome

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Beaches of Broome

Welcome to Beaches, Broomes newest and most beautifully appointed budget resort. Situated just a short stroll from the famous Cable Beach, Beaches of Broome is a contemporary, stylish resort offering total luxury at an affordable price. We have designed the resort to cater for everyone - coup...
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Geraldton Backpackers on the Foreshore

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Geraldton Backpackers on the Foreshore

Geraldton Backpackers on the Foreshore is centrally located in a beautiful, newly renovated heritage listed building, which is an attraction in itself. Just metres from the backdoor are the inviting waters of Champion Bay and the Town Beach. Enjoy the ocean views, listen to the waves breaking on...
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Yeppoon Beachhouse

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Yeppoon Beachhouse

Yeppoon Beachhouse is new, purpose built Backpacker & budget accommodation in the scenic seaside village of Yeppoon - just a short distance away from Rockhampton. It features ; clean, fully tiled bathrooms with high pressure showers ; solid, built-in bunk beds with their own electrical sockets and U...
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Bohemia Resort Cairns

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Bohemia Resort Cairns

Bohemia Resort is Cairns premium resort hostel. Set on half a hectare of landscaped tropical gardens in the heart of Cairns, the Bohemia Resort offers stunning accommodation. Choose from an ensuite, a share facility, or a hostel style room with 4/6 beds, all air conditioned and some with private ba...
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Ithaca 1896

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Ithaca 1896

Ithaca 1896, was built in 1896 as a private house, then a convent, a school and now a motel. Located 900m from the main st of Busselton and 500m from the beach. There is BBQ area with sink at Busselton 1896. No internal kitchen is offered but most rooms have a fridge, microwave & kettle Bus...
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Wake Up! Byron Bay

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Wake Up! Byron Bay

Located on the beach! FREE High-Speed WiFi | FREE Bike Hire | FREE Surf & Paddleboard Hire | FREE Yoga Classes | FREE Personal Training Sessions | FREE Pancake Breakfast on Sundays | Live Music | $10 Food Events --- ALL Rooms Fully Air-conditioned Just seconds from Belongil Beach, a compliment...
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Tropic Days Backpackers

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Tropic Days Backpackers

Home Sweet Home... Tropic Days is a charming little Guest house set amongst tropical landscaped gardens and a relaxed environment. Offer free including : 24h unlimited Fast WiFi,Light Breakfast of Breads and Spreads , tea and coffee, linen and towels ,Luggage storage, Pool table, courtesy bus to...
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Travellers Oasis

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Travellers Oasis

Welcome to Travellers Oasis Backpackers in Cairns. We offer comfortable and clean facilities to budget-conscious travelers in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our premises are newly renovated and restored and tastefully decorated to capture the ambiance of the tropical North Queensland envi...
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No14

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No14

The house was built in the circa 1913 and operated as one of the earliest guesthouses in Katoomba, and retains many original features. It has been lovingly restored over the years and improved with ducted central heating, new kitchen and bathrooms and WiFi. 14 Lovel St is a warm friendly place to...
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CStay

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CStay

CStay, located in the leafy tranquility of Picnic Bay, offers accommodation in comfortable private rooms set in an older hostel style establishment at very reasonable rates. We are a self-rated 2 stars and located on Magnetic Island. There are ten private rooms on offer; each with either a doubl...
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Thredbo YHA

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Thredbo YHA

Thredbo YHA, located in the heart of Australia's premier alpine village, is the best place to stay in the Snowy Mountains. When you are not skiing the slopes or trying out the huge range of summer activities, simply relax by the fire in the cosy, fully-equipped hostel, or watch the sunset on the...
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Six Degrees

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Six Degrees

Flashpackers Heaven. Located in the middle of town over-looking Princess Royal Harbour. Enjoy our newly retro-urban vintage hotel rooms on our 1st and 2nd floors and take in the stunning harbour views over Albany's entertainment precinct. The hotel rooms have new shared bathrooms, heating, flat sc...
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Shannon House

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Shannon House

Situated in the trendy suburb of Subiaco, just a few kilometres from Perth's CBD, Shannon House offers you all of the comforts of home, with the added bonus of being an afforable and convenient place to live. It's perfect for anyone looking for long-term accommodation in Perth. The house has shar...
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17 North Street Budget Accomodation

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17 North Street Budget Accomodation

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach and next door is Woolworths supermarket . Showcasing a barbecue and terrace, 17 North Street Budget Accommodation is located in Caloundra. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. There is a shared bathroom and kitchen at...
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myOZexp Palmerston Lodge

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myOZexp Palmerston Lodge

More fun than a share house, cheaper than a hostel! myOZexp Lodge is a small, friendly, heritage-listed lodge with people from all over the world aged from 18-35. We're located in Northbridge, which is a great zone close to the city with an entertainment precinct and free buses. Perfect for backp...
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Summer House Cairns

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Summer House Cairns

Summer House Cairns is a resort-style backpacker accommodation located in tropical Cairns, the gateway to the Barrier Reef, and minutes from the Cairns Esplanade. Fully refurbished in 2019, the property boasts stunning facilities including an enormous lagoon style pool, volleyball court, onsite...
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Mount Warning / Murwillumbah YHA

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Mount Warning / Murwillumbah YHA

A relaxing and friendly YHA hostel with a homely atmosphere, situated on the banks of the Tweed River with spectacular views. The colourful 90-year-old Sea Captain's home of great character has been converted to a comfy backpackers hostel. Laze by the river or relax in the deck chairs on the...
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Dolphin Retreat YHA

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Dolphin Retreat YHA

Dolphin Retreat is located 150m from Bunbury's beautiful beach, the main street, shops, nightlife, visitor information centre and bus station. Our clean hostel has dorms, singles, twins and double rooms. It is not over crowded and has a relaxed and very friendly atmosphere. This is a great pla...
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Castaways Backpackers Cairns

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Castaways Backpackers Cairns

Enjoy free WiFi and access to a swimming pool and a communal kitchen at Castaways Backpackers Cairns. It is located 10 minutes walk from the popular Esplanade. We are a small family owned hostel that has been operating in Cairns for 20 years. We are clean and very friendly providing travelers wit...
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On The Wallaby

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On The Wallaby

If you're seeking a refreshing experience with like-minded, independent travelers in a genuine home-away-from-home environment, you've found it. There's so much to see and do around here! Explore at your own pace on a mountain bike or canoe (for hire), or glide the rivers in a canoe at night on a n...
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Apollo Bay Eco YHA

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Apollo Bay Eco YHA

Stay warm and connected this winter at Apollo Bay Eco YHA! Relax by our wood fire heater and use our free Wi-Fi to chat to friends and family from the comfort of our couches. Apollo Bay Eco YHA is a stylish and comfortable ECO Certified Nature Tourism accredited hostel located in Apollo Bay alon...
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Pod Inn

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Pod Inn

Pod Inn is the first capsule accommodation in Tasmania. Pod Inn has a mission that is to achieve hotel standard service while maintaining affordable prices. The common area has plenty of power sockets for your electronics. Plenty of seating available in the area, whether you like a hard stool or...
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Dunsborough Beachouse YHA

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Dunsborough Beachouse YHA

Situated on one acre of secluded beachfront, overlooking the crystal clear waters of Geographe Bay, this special Dunsborough backpackers is the perfect place to rest after exploring the local wineries, surfspots and many other attractions. Local activities including whale watching, boutique brewerie...
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Alice

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Alice's Secret Travellers Inn

G'Day! Welcome to Alice's Secret Travellers Inn; a cozy, quiet, and relaxed hostel nestled in the middle of Australia's Red center. Being the smallest, we pride ourselves on our cleanliness and friendliness, and we are happy to give you that extra bit of attention you will miss in the bigger pla...
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Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse

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Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse is a multi-award winning hostel in the centre of Hobart, in the historic village of Battery Point, just 5 minutes walk from approximately 30 cafes/restaurants and the famous Salamanca Market. Owned and operated by local Tasmanian couple, Antony and Rose, Montacute ha...
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The Flying Fox

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The Flying Fox

The Flying Fox Backpackers is located in a lovely old building, 400 metres from town. Established to cater for independent travellers, the hostel has a social atmosphere and relaxed environment, it’s the perfect place to make new friends by the log fire with a cup of Italian roasted coffee and a T...
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Fremantle Prison YHA

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Fremantle Prison YHA

Fremantle Prison YHA has all the added comfort of a modern backpacker’s hostel - a mix of private and shared rooms, free Wi-Fi, modern facilities - all within a charming historic building. If you’re brave, sleep in the actual prison cells! This Fremantle Prison backpackers hostel has an additiona...
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Kookaburra Inn

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Kookaburra Inn

**Free WIFI and Fully Air Conditioned** Kookaburra Inn, a unique Hostel experience in the heart of beautiful Brisbane, Australia. Located in a quiet leafy street in historic Spring Hill - an easy walk (5 min.) to the Queen Street Mall, the Brisbane River, Brisbane City, Chinatown and Fortitude V...
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Dreamtime Travellers Rest

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Dreamtime Travellers Rest

Dreamtime Travellers Rest a small Independent hostel just got better , guests now enjoy free 24 hour WiFi This unique chilled out hostel is set among-st a tropical garden with an outdoor pool where guests can relax in hammocks and enjoy the chill-out atmosphere , clean and friendly with great p...
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Wake Up! Sydney Central

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Wake Up! Sydney Central

Winner ‘6th Best Extra Large Hostel Worldwide’ and ‘Most Popular Hostel in Sydney’ at the 2018, 2017 & 2016 Hostelworld ‘HOSCARS’ awards. Wake Up! Sydney Central represents all that Sydney has to offer. It's modern, it's clean and it’s the hub of backpacker activity, right in the heart of Sydney....
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The Pod Sydney

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The Pod Sydney

The Pod Sydney is newest accomodation situated in Sydney CBD. We are offer the brand new facilities and conveniently located only 10 minutes walk from central station. We are featureing capsule bedding with personal lockers and Free Wi-Fi throughout the property. The Pod Sydney is inspired by modern...
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Geckos Backpackers Cairns Pty Ltd

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Geckos Backpackers Cairns Pty Ltd

Geckos Backpackers is a Magnificent Historical, Heritage Place set amongst lush beautiful gardens. The buildings have very interesting Architecture of the Queenslander Style. Brilliant location, right next door to the Cairns Central Shopping Centre, including Coles Supermarket. 600 meters to the c...
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Bunk Inn Hostel

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Bunk Inn Hostel

Bundaberg Bunk Inn is the perfect hostel for groups or solo travellers looking to mix with fellow adventurers and make some friends along the Central Queensland Tourism Trail. Bunk inn is close to the CBD with the major shopping centre under 100m away, it is also within walking distance to the bus s...
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Esperance YHA

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Esperance YHA

The newly renovated and family run Esperance YHA has a wide range of accommodation in multi share and private rooms, and is a very relaxed place to stay for travellers. Enjoy the outdoor space with BBQ and a lovely native garden. The hostel is located directly across from the beautiful Esperance wat...
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Byron Bay YHA

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Byron Bay YHA

Byron Bay YHA is located right in the centre of this popular seaside town and only metres to some of Australia's top surf beaches. It is Byron's newest hostel with a contemporary chilled extension and new communal areas opened in early 2018. Enjoy the new large kitchen, extra outdoor decks and s...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Australia.

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Footscray – Little Vietnam 

One of Melbourne’s biggest migrant communities is the Vietnamese, who have settled mainly in the West. After the devastating Vietnam War, thousands came to nearby Australia for refuge, with many settling in Melbourne’s inner west. Although there are many Melbourne suburbs with thriving Vietnamese populations (such as Richmond, Springvale or Sunshine), this article will narrow down on Footscray, an inner city suburb that is easily accessible to tourists.

Hania

The What (and the Where)?

The Hay Plains is one of the flattest places on earth – second after the Sahara according to the locals (however Google tells me Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is actually the flattest). It is the vast area surrounding my hometown of Hay in New South Wales, Australia. Located halfway between Sydney and Adelaide, and about five hours (or less, depending how you drive) from Melbourne it is smack-bang in the middle of nowhere, yet also the centre of everywhere.

Victoria Anderson

Why Port Moresby?

1) If you are an Australian citizen, you will need to apply for a tourist visa in advance from the local Papuan Consulate/High Commission. Americans, Canadian, New Zealanders, Europeans and South East Asian can get a free visa on arrival at Port Moresby Airport

Martin Anthony

Gold Coast, Australia : The perfect holiday destination

Gold Coast happens to be Australia’s entertainment capital is where the rib tickling Bollywood blockbuster movie called ‘Singh is King’ was shot. Often confused with Brisbane by the outsiders, Gold Coast has a charm of its own. It’s one of those cities that offers two opposite kinds of lifestyle- one full of hustle-bustle, and the other with beyond imagination #chill ; which means anybody from Shakespeare’s 7 stages of life can revel Gold Coast!

Aakansha Gurnani

2. Get Nude at Long Beach

One of Australia’s most Beautiful Beaches also happens to be the only nudist beach on the island. It’s only about a 40 minute hike from the main tourist area but does require a medium fitness level as the hike back involves a long, slightly steep hill climb on loose rock. Don’t forget your sunscreen for this one!

Wanderlust Storm

Always have a backup plan

You are going to need one. Since being in Australia, I’ve had so many things go wrong that I’m losing count. Firstly, your priority should be money. The amount of people I’ve walked by on the streets of Sydney who are sleeping rough because they have no money is astonishing. Backpackers included! Think twice before being roped into that 3-day tour around Bondi for more money than makes sense and do not get led into any over the top swanky bars in Sydney without being prepared to shell out a near-fortune for drinks. I know a lot of people will be smart about their money, especially since you had to save it to get here in the first place, but I know there will be people like me who are still learning what it’s like to be an adult. Make friends with people who are going to help you out when you need it, and be there for them in the same way. Don’t hang around with people who encourage your inappropriate spending (more specifically on nights out – I’m sure you know the kind). And in fear of sounding like your mother – BE SENSIBLE.

Rebecca Pritchard

Rottnest Island: my first Australian exploration

I was alone, all by myself, in another country, on the other side of the world, at the beginning of my year of travelling around Australia, willing to be surprised, amazed, touched, embraced by all that “novelty”!

Esmeralda

William Rickett’s Sanctuary

There is nothing like getting out of the city and finding yourself surrounded by the kind of nature that has inspired painters, sculptors, and poets. To stand amongst trees that would rival the city skyline, to breathe in the crisp and clean air, to smell a distant fireplace burning through the green forest. It is places such as these that make me feel truly at home, and why I will always be an Australian at heart. 

ada-jay

Things to do and see in Perth: Western Australias biggest city

Perth – the “capital” of Western Australia, the city that rises in the horizon with skyscrapers and building with barely anything around it. Actually, Perth is said to be the most isolated bigger city on the mainland because the closest big city from Perth is 2000 km away. Still, Perth is well worth a visit because there is a lot to do and see in and around Perth. Here I will guide you in 5 places you have to visit in Perth.

Joline Lyttinen

Pyramid Rock

To make your money stretch a little further buy platter food such as cheese, salami, olives and semi-dried tomatoes from the supermarket for dinner on the first day then you can use the left overs in a pasta the following night. I suggest enjoying your platter at Pyramid Rock there you’ll see the sun set over the water which isn’t common on the East Coast of Australia as the sun sets in the West. During summer the sun will set around 8:30pm so give yourself some time to take the walk down to Pyramid Rock and enjoy the view.

Ellie Chadwick

Shrine Of Remembrance

Next on the list and something I feel is very important to mention is the Shrine of Remembrance. It is one of many truly magnificent war memorials in Australia and was built to honour the men and woman of Victoria who served in world war one. The designing of the Shrine was based on the Mausoleum of Maussollos which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. As you approach this beautiful building and climb the steps to the entrance, turn around and take in the glorious views of Melbourne through the parkland that surrounds the Shrine. Upon entering the Shrine it is important to be respectful and keep talking to a minimum. Once in the main entrance, you will come to the Stone of Remembrance which is inscribed with the words “Greater love hath no man”. If you are there in the month of November on the 11th day at the 11th hour (Remembrance Day), you are in for a special treat. There is an aperture in the roof that allows a ray of sunlight to shine through and light up the word “Love” in the inscription on the stone. As you continue through the shrine you will be greeted with collected artefacts from the families of those fallen. In the crypt below you will be able to see the Gallery of Medals. One medal represents a hundred Victorians who have served. At 5 pm each day there is a Flag Ceremony which the general public can attend, we stumbled across it one day and were so happy to have experienced it. Don’t forget to climb the stairs to the top of the shrine and take a walk around the balcony, there are sweeping views of the city, Port Phillip Bay and St. Kilda.

Rebecca Brunning

Sydney: First look at Australia

After a long, very long journey from France, I have finally arrived in Sydney! It is 7am, I am exhausted but so happy to be here. It is the start of my one year Working Holiday Visa in Australia!

Wild Coconut

Peninsula Hot Springs

Like anyone else, I like the occasional pampering. The problem is that I’m usually way too cheap! But Peninsula Hot Springs is a very affordable pampering – and you’d never guess it from the Bath House. I can’t speak to the spa, but the bathing area is beautifully set within lots of greenery, and offers 20 different “experiences” which include different temperature pools (one of which sits on top of a hill!!), a sauna, steam room, and showers. We paid $35 dollars each (off peak day) and spent over 2 hours hopping between pools and sitting by the duck pond. You can save even more money by visiting in the morning before 9 am. I’d recommend doing it in the morning or evening, because those pools are HOT. I couldn’t imagine doing it during the daytime in the heat of the Australian summer.

Mei Ling

Markets galore

Find Australian designer wear on the cheap after a marvellous fry-up brunch and have a nap in the grass when your feet get sore. There are cute artisan and craft stalls and places to buy burek, rice paper rolls and almond milk flat whites if you haven’t had enough food already.

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Where to stay

A trip to Phillip Island is well worth it, if you live in Melbourne, Victoria or just visiting Australia it’s somewhere I can’t not recommend to visit, safe travels!

Melissa Badsey

One of the best draw cards for this area of far North Queensland is the abundance of amazing waterfalls.

My global sporting adventures took me to Melbourne, Australia, for seven months, and I recently visited Cairns and a whole section of Australia’s sunny East Coast in November, with a couple of friends during the off season for hockey. It was a perfect time to go, as the weather was hot and humid, but not unbearable. We hired a car for a couple of days and set off on a mission to smash out as many of the wonderful waterfalls and swimming holes of the Atherton Tablelands as possible!

Bridgette Allen

Accomodation

Travelling as a couple means that in order to be in a room together and still saving money staying in hostels we go for the ‘Mixed Dorm’ option. However this proved a popular choice and booking only a week in advance many of the hostels in Byron were either booked up or only had one bed left in the rooms we wanted. We then found the Cape Byron YHA which had beds left in the room we wanted, in this case it was 5 bed share mixed dorm. When we arrived at Cape Byron YHA the guy at reception was great, he filled us in on where all the facilities, toilets/showers and kitchen, at the hostel were. He even recommended a walking trail to The Most Easternly point of Australia’s mainland and the Cape Byron Lighthouse, he gave us a little map showing us how to get there too. Our accommodation was located around 200m from the beach, if not closer. You could see the entrance to the beach from our hostels reception. Right around the corner was the centre of Byron, a perfect location. Cape Byron YHA also offered the free use of the hostels bikes and bodyboards. We ran out of time to make the most of the bikes but we took full advantage of the bodyboards on our day at the beach. We really enjoyed our stay here, all the staff were super friendly and the hostel was well equipped and well maintained; clean! If it’s a hostel you’re looking for I would say look no further. However there are plenty of alternatives such as holiday apartments/hotels and camping and campervan sites in the area too.

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Sydney City Centre

For those who like to indulge in a little retail therapy (guilty!) then head to the bustling Pitt Street which offers everything from Australia’s best designer stores to quirky boutiques and homewares. Not a fan of shopping? Continue with the culture trail and check out The Royal Botanical Gardens or the Art Gallery of New South Wales, showcasing the best local and international art and parklands retrospectively.

Lexie Hadley

Wedge Island : Bush Tracks to Beach Bliss

When visiting Western Australia, one of the most popular day trips tourists embark on is the hour or so commute to Lancelin, a popular beach side town north of Perth in search of an ‘outback Australian adventure’ . Lancelin, with its white sand and blaring sun, does deliver- beautiful beaches for surfing and relaxing, sand dunes for four-wheel-driving, sand boarding and of course, the icon of many small Aussie towns, the local bakery where children and adults alike laze around in chairs out the front, satisfying hunger on endless summer days.

Bec Myers

*Gasp!* the beaches!

Coogee Beach is home to lots of students from the University of New South Wales as well as locals. It is the location of the Coogee Pavilion and Coogee Bay hotel where you can find good conversation as well as a cold beer or two. Coogee is a chill spot to lay down your towel and catch some rays. Then after the beach the nightlife makes for a chill spot to meet up with friends for a bevvy. Not far from Coogee is Bondi Beach which can be reached by bus or along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. This walk might seem long but with breathtaking scenery along the way, the walk will seem quick. There’s a lawn bowling club, outdoor gym equipment and small beaches along the path. The white wash waves and wave cut cliff rocks are especially eye catching. On a weekend this path can be somewhat busy, but if you’re an early bird or a night owl it makes for a romantic sunrise or sunset stroll too. Some of the beaches you can pit-stop to along way are Bronte and Tamarama that aren’t as busy and “touristy” as the main beaches. Continue the coastal walk past these beaches and you’ll round the corner to Bondi to see its long stretch of sand and surf. There’s lots of beach side eateries, bars and fun going on here. On a hot day you’d better be prepared to see thousands of beach babes crowd the sand and get their tan on as this is the place to be. Bondi is the spot to let your hair down and run into the water. Many backpackers find home to this area since it means being near the beach. All around Sydney one can find a good time, whether it’s at the beach, walking by the shops or sipping coffee in a park, many people enjoy what this city has to offer. Surry Hills has the eclectic housing, Newtown has a good night out and the CBD has great shopping opportunity. This hot spot is a “must-see” in Australia whether you’re here for a good time or a long time make sure you check it out.

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