10 Cheap and Awesome Places to Stay in Australia

If you’re thinking of travelling to Australia and do not have a chuck load of money to blow, hostels will be your saviour in the land of koalas, schooners and goon (wine in a box to you and me).

Here’s 10 of the very best hostels around. If you have any more tips or comments, please share below.

10. Gilligans Backpacker Hotel & Resort – Cairns.

Hello my drunken friend, Gilligans. Photo: Trip Advisor

The infamous Gilligans has come up at no.10. If you want to party like it’s 1999 and are not that keen on sleep, this is the place for you. It’s clean, friendly and the staff will tell you a heap of information about Cairns and the best things to do whilst you’re there.

Just be warned – because of the sheer scale of this Cairns hostel, you will often find straggling travellers who haven’t actually ventured out of the hostel walls. Beware the lure of cheap brekkies – get out and go explore!

9. Dolphins Beach House, Noosa.

doplins beach house noosa
It’s pink and there’s hammocks. Need I say more?! Photo: Trip Advisor

This is one gorgeous hostel. After a day of surfing, shopping at the boutique shopping village down the road, or checking out the Noosa River, it’s hippy and chilled vibe will relax you to the core. There’s a heap of outdoor hammocks, table tennis and  lounge areas for you to rest those exploring feet.

Dolphins also offers surf board hire and surfing lessons, so be sure to ask them about their surfing deals of the week.

8. Airlie Waterfront – Airlie Beach, Whitsundays.

whitsundays airlie beach
Photo credit: Airlie Waterfront Backpackers.

If you want to explore the stunning islands of the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef, staying at Airlie Beach is a must.

Many of the rooms have aircon, are en-suite and it’s a clean place to stay, with 4 stars on Trip Advisor.

7. Byron Bay Hostel Village – Byron Bay.

Sunset at Byron Bay Hostel Village. Photo: Trip Advisor.

With 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor, you know this hostel is a gem, slap bang next to the infamous Main Beach in Byron.

It’s literally a village – with a communal kitchen and pods of accommodation dotted around. It has a pool, FREE bikes, surf boards and body boards (yup, I said free, best word ever) and a friendly eating area which turns into a perfect spot for drinking games when the sun goes down.

 6. Hervey Bay YHA – Hervey Bay, near Fraser Island.

hervey bay
Oh, and there’s a fun little bubble jet pool as well. Photo: Trip Advisor

If you fancy a trip to the amazing land of Dingos and stars (aka Fraser Island) your best bet is to stay in Hervey Bay before you camp out on Fraser.

Hervey Bay YHA is close to the ferry which gets you across to the island and you can also check out the local beaches when staying here. It has a pool, snooker/pool tables and tidy accommodation.

5. Camp out on Fraser Island.

camping on fraser island
Camp out in pure Aussie beauty. But beware the Dingos! Photo: Trip Advisor.

There’s tons of camping facilities on Fraser Island. However, if you’re not too bothered about a shower for one night, you can also camp at signed places along the beach, although no facilities are provided and campers must remove all of their own rubbish.

All you have to do is get yourself a camping permit which are $4 per person per night and display this on your bags. Oh, and a tent!

Be warned though, you can’t clean yourself in the sea – as you’ll get stung by the tiny devilish jelly fish…!

4. Pint on Punt Backpackers – St Kilda.

st kilda
A hostel above an Ale House…woah…Photo: Trip Advisor.

A hostel above a pub. What’s not to like?! If you’re lured into the sunny, hippy town of St Kilda, Melbourne, then give this hostel a try. It’s close to the centre of St Kilda where you’ll see street fairs, people blowing fire, gorgeous bars – and lots of people smoking special substances.

3. Melbourne Central YHA – Melbourne.

Melbourne central YHA
The YHA has a great rooftop eating area. Photo: Trip Advisor.

When you’ve chilled out in St Kilda, why not go and see what Melbourne City Centre has to offer? From the infamous coffee houses on Degraves Street, to the night time dumplings in the Chinese Quarter, it’s a definite must-see.

This hostel is ideally situated close to Southern Cross Station, Crown Casino and Federation Square. Oh, and it has a rooftop eating area where you can put a Shrimp on that Barbie like a real life Aussie.

2. Base Brisbane – Brisbane CBD.

base brisbane
At Base hostel, the travel desk can book day trips to Moreton Island. Photo: Trip Advisor.

If you’re pretty tired after months of travelling and want to know you’re going to get a good night’s sleep at a clean hostel, go for Base. The red cross will be your guiding light to cheap food, drinks and clean bedding. This hostel is also in the CBD (central business district) so it’s really close to town.

1. Asylum Hostel – Sydney.

asylum hostel sydney
It’s just so damn funky. Photo: Trip Advisor.

Ignoring the kinda odd name, this little lovely tops the list of hostels in Australia.

It’s neatly tucked away in the centre of town and, unless you’re forking out tons of $, you will not see better views of Sydney Harbour Bridge from your accommodation. Asylum Sydney is just a 1 minute walk from Kings Cross train station and has a sweet courtyard where you can practice your BBQ skills.

Got any further tips or comments? Chat to me below :).


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