Best Hostels in Australia

Australia is a world class destination with modern accommodation and some of the best hostels in the world. You can find a wide selection of places to stay including independent hostels and chains like Nomads, YHA, and VIP. View our guide to the best backpacker hostels in Australia.


Top Rated Backpacker Hostels in Australia

Sydney Harbour YHA

If you are about to travel to Australia view our guide to top rated affordable hostels in cities and popular destinations below. Our recommendations are based on location, price, facilities and reviews:


  • Sydney Harbour YHA (as seen in the image above)
  • Bondi Beach House YHA, Sydney 
  • Bounce Sydney
  • Wake Up! Sydney Central
  • Blue Parrot Backpackers
  • Jolly Swagman Backpackers
  • Sydney Central YHA



  • Home at The Mansion
  • The Nunnery
  • Habitat HQ
  • Claremont Guesthouse
  • Flinders Backpackers



  • Gilligan’s Backpacker Hotel & Resort
  • Globetrotters International
  • Travellers Oasis
  • Tropic Days Backpackers
  • Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront
  • Cairns Beaches Flashpackers
  • The Northern Greenhouse



  • Brisbane City YHA, Brisbane
  • Bunk Brisbane
  • Good City Backpackers HQ
  • Good Chill Backpackers
  • Aussie Way Hostel
  • Brisbane City YHA


Byron Bay

  • Nomads Byron Bay
  • Arts Factory Lodge
  • Good Backpackers Holiday Village
  • Byron Bay YHA
  • Aquarius Backpackers Byron Bay


Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays

  • Nomads, Airlie Beach


Gold Coast

  • Bunk Surfers Paradise


Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach (for Fraser Island)

  • Colonial Village YHA, Hervey Bay



  • Nimbin Rox YHA


Sunshine Coast

  • Nomads Noosa Backpackers
  • Noosa Flashpackers


Townsville and Magnetic Island

  • Adventurers Backpackers, Townsville
  • Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA, Magnetic Island
  • Base Backpackers Magnetic Island, Magnetic Island


Mission Beach

  • Jackaroo Treehouse, Mission Beach


Why Stay in a Hostel

Backpacker hostels are located throughout Australia and no matter what your budget you can find somewhere to match your interests. Even if you have a big budget it can still be a lot of fun to stay a hostel - they are generally more enjoyable than traditional hotels and usually include the same facilities. Most Australian hostels are excellent with modern facilities with bars, cafes, lounges, cinemas, games and sports facilities - some even have pools! You will meet people from all of the world and have a lot of fun as most hostels have social areas. Be sure to book well in advance to secure the best prices and to avoid rooms being full.



Australia is an expensive country with a strong local currency. Accommodation in Australia isn't cheap, but hostels are generally a fraction of the price of hotels. You can choose from small independent hostels right up to large chains of backpacker hostels like the YHA, Nomads and Base, which are all recommended with top class facilities. Expect to pay between AUD $20 – $50 per person per night for a bed in a dorm in Australia. Dorm rooms are the cheapest option where you will share a room with other travellers or you can choose from dorms rooms or private for an extra cost. Most hostels also have kicthen facilities so this helps to keep costs down.


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