What to consider when booking a hostel in Australia
Choosing the best hostels in Australia was not an easy job. There are a lot of hotels in the country, and it can be difficult to decide between certain ones at times.
However, there were a few other factors that were taken into consideration when compiling this list. These not only apply to Australian hostels but any hostel you stay at!
Check out time – The standard time for check out in hostels is 10:00 am. This is almost universally true in Australia. Sometimes, you can negotiate with the hostel if you would like to check out later, but it’s best to check before you book.
Free breakfast – This is always a factor when I book a hostel. Getting a free breakfast makes a massive difference, especially if you’re a penny-pinching backpacker. Staying at hostels that offer a free breakfast will save you a lot of money during your time in Australia. It’s always worth checking if the hostel offers this before you book.
Free wifi – A lot of hostels in Australia charge you to use their wifi. Finding a hostel that offers free wifi can be tricky, but it will also save you a lot of money! Double-check what the deal with wifi is before you book, otherwise, you could be lumped with a large bill just to get online!
Laundry services – It’s rare to find a hostel that offers free laundry, I’m yet to come across one. However, going to a hostel that does have laundry facilities is a huge plus and will save you trying to find somewhere to wash your clothes!
Kitchen – A kitchen is simply a must when you are staying at a hostel. Without one, you will be paying a shedload of money to feed yourself. Virtually every hostel in Australia has a kitchen, but some are better than others.
Australia’s capital region may be an under-visited part of the country, but there are some good hostels in Canberra should you decide to visit!
Canberra City YHA
Prices: Dorms from $33.50; Privates from $112.00. | Where: Canberra
If you’re looking for a hostel in the heart of Canberra, then the Canberra City YHA is as good a place as any. It’s smack bang in the middle of the city, not far from the city’s bus terminal.
The hostel might be a bit on the expensive side, but it’s worth it considering the facilities that it has. For starters, there is an indoor pool, spa and sauna! Not to mention a rooftop BBQ area and underground bar!
As well as that you have a big kitchen and rooms that have more than enough space in them.
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia, there is no shortage of hostels in New South Wales. If you’re going to Sydney, then you’re spoilt for choice in regards to hostels!
This can make the choice daunting. It’s hard to know where to stay in Sydney when there are over 30 hostels! Below are some of my recommendations for hostels that you should stay at in New South Wales!
Prices: Dorms from $30; Privates from $74. | Where: Sydney
Visiting Bondi Beach is a dream for most people when they visit Australia. It certainly was for me! Well, if you want to explore Bondi 24/7 then what better way than by saying at Bondi Backpackers!
You’re seconds from the beach, which you can see from the rooftop terrace. The hostel has all the facilities you’d expect, from spacious rooms to a good sized common room.
You can rent surfboards for free from reception should you wish to check the surf at Bondi!
If you want to stay at Bondi while you’re in Sydney, then Bondi Backpackers is the place! It’s one of Australia’s best hostels!
Prices: Dorms from $35; Privates from $117. | Where: Sydney
If you’re looking for a hostel in Sydney that has a great location, then Sydney Central YHA is the one for you! I stayed here for a few nights and thought it was a great hostel.
It’s close to Central Station and a stone’s throw from the centre of the city.
The facilities are here are top-notch! The room I stayed in was spacious and had a big locker for my backpack. The showers and toilets were fine and the kitchen was of a decent size to cater for all the guests!
Prices: Dorms from $28; Privates from $95. | Where: Alice Springs
Haven backpackers in Alice Springs was a nice hostel that I was pleasantly surprised by. It’s not too far from the centre of town, although Alice Springs is a small place anyway so that doesn’t really matter.
One of the best features is the swimming pool, which is a necessity! Temperatures exceed 30 degrees here even in winter! It’s nice to cool in the pool on a hot day!
Inside, the hostel has all the facilities you’d expect. A great kitchen, spacious rooms which have their own toilet.
The staff were very helpful, I had a few problems with my room card, but they were always happy to help!
One of the biggest states in Australia, you wouldn’t really be seeing Australia, if you didn’t visit Queensland!
The state was one of the best I visited, with lots of places to see. This means you can travel a bit slower along the coast if you wish.
With a lot of places to visit, means there are a lot of places to stay in Queensland. You have a wide choice of hostels in the state. Below are a few of my recommendations!
Brisbane City YHA
Prices: Dorms from $26; Privates from $76. | Where: Brisbane
This hostel in Brisbane was one of my favourites in Australia! I stayed at Brisbane City YHA for about six weeks and loved the place. It’s a very modern hostel with lots of great facilities and activities.
Primary among them is the rooftop pool, which is a great place to hang out on the numerous sunny days in Brisbane!
There is also a giant TV room and games room to relax in. The kitchen is huge and although it can get crowded, you can normally find space to cook at any time!
The Brisbane YHA isn’t far from the Southbank and although it costs a bit more than other backpackers in Brisbane, it’s worth it in my opinion!
Prices: Dorms from $24; Privates from $50. | Where: Cairns
Dreamtime Travellers Rest is another of my favourite backpackers in Australia that I stayed at. The rooms here were great and didn’t feel like hostel rooms at all!
They were well decorated and there were a few single beds, not just bunks, which surprised me!
The staff here were very helpful. Any query that I had, they were more than happy to answer it. The reception does shut early at 8 pm and it closes for two hours during the afternoon, which is a bit annoying.
This is as bad as it gets though. The facilities here were fantastic and I would highly recommend staying here if you’re travelling to Cairns!
There’s no doubt in my mind that South Australia is the most underrated state in Australia. Visiting South Australia is something that most people don’t consider which baffles me.
There are lots of great places to go in the state, such as Adelaide, Coober Pedy and Port Elliot.
These places also have some great hostels for you to stay at. Some of the best hostels in Australia that I stayed at were in South Australia.
Below are a few hostels in South Australia that you should definitely stay at during your travels there!
Adelaide Central YHA
Prices: Dorms from $22; Privates from $85. | Where: Adelaide
This is without a doubt one of the best hostels that I’ve ever stayed in! From the spacious rooms to the great social area, there’s a lot to love about the Adelaide Central YHA.
I met a lot of my good friends during my year in Australia here!
The hostel has great facilities with a big kitchen, two TV rooms and bike rental. The rooms have giant lockers, which you can easily fit your backpack into.
The social area is the best part for me. The pool and table tennis make it easy to meet fellow travellers! It’s easily one of the best hostels in Australia for solo travellers, because it’s so easy to make friends!
Prices: Dorms from $30; Privates from $72. | Where: Port Lincoln
If you want to go shark cage diving, then Port Lincoln is the place to go and if you want a hostel, then Port Lincoln YHA is your best bet! It’s a modern hostel with great facilities and spacious rooms.
The kitchen here is massive and has lots of space for everyone. There is also a TV room, games room, bar and a barbecue!
With such great facilities, it’s a must stay if you find yourself on the Shark coast in South Australia!
The hostel is in a great location in the centre of Tasmania and has free tea and coffee as well as free wifi. The hostel also organises trips three days a week, heading to the nearby mountains and other nearby attractions.
The rooms are spacious and you have a bar, games room and pool table downstairs. If that’s not enough, then there are also two huskies at the hostel as well!
Apollo Bay is a popular stop-off point on the route and the Apollo Bay YHA is one of the best places to stay!
The hostel includes on-site parking, which is handy for those road-tripping. There are also two communal lounges and kitchens, which for a hostel is great! You also have several rooftop balconies and spacious rooms!
Apollo Bay Eco YHA is somewhere you must stay along the Great Ocean Road!
Prices: Dorms from $27.50; Privates from $85.50. | Where: Hall’s Gap, Grampians
The Grampians is one of the best places to visit in Victoria and indeed, the whole of Australia! If you’re travelling by car, then your best bet for budget accommodation is the Grampians Eco YHA.
The hostel offers free parking, two communal lounges and large kitchens. Plus, you’re safe in the knowledge that staying here is good for the surrounding environment, as the hostel has been built with that in mind!
With some rooms offering private balconies with great views of the Grampians National Park, this is one hostel you must stay at in Australia!
Prices: Dorms from $30; Privates from $80. | Where: Melbourne
Urban Central was another great hostel that I stayed at during my time in Melbourne. It’s not as central as the name suggests, but it’s close to the Southbank and only a 15-minute walk to the centre.
The hostel has some great facilities, most of all the giant bar area downstairs. This includes a big screen to watch sports from across the globe, particularly football! The kitchen is of a decent size and there’s free breakfast!
The rooms are big and have excellent lockers for you to store your backpack!
If you want a sociable hostel in Melbourne, Urban Central is the place for you!
Wickham Retreat Backpackers is a great place to stay in Perth. The hostel is modern, spacious and has all the facilities that you need and more!
There is free breakfast during the morning, which is great for the budget-conscious backpacker! An oddity in this backpackers is that there is a steam room! Not usual for a hostel, but great nonetheless!
You have also a games room, complete with cable TV and a PlayStation. Perhaps, the only downside is that the hostel is on the small side.
Other than that, if you’re wondering where to stay in Perth, this could be the place for you!
Simply put, there are a lot of hostels in Australia. Narrowing them down to a select few is difficult, but based on my own experiences and the recommendation of other travellers I’ve met, it’s not that hard.
There are also a lot of bad hostels in Australia. For the new traveller, this can be daunting, as it’s hard to know whether hostel reviews can be trusted. However, I’ve found that they normally are and my choices here reflect what I feel.
The majority of these backpackers have great reviews on Hostelworld, and are definitely among the best hostels in Australia as far as I’m concerned!
Do you agree or disagree with my list? Are there any hostels that you stayed should be included here? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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