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


Popular Destinations

Other Destinations


Byron Bay

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


Airlie Beach & the Whitsundays

  • Nomads, Airlie Beach


Gold Coast

  • Bunk Surfers Paradise


Hervey Bay & 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 in Australia

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. 

You can find backpacker hostels 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. 



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.

Be sure to book well in advance to secure the best prices and to avoid rooms being full.


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