Quiet, Safe, and Affordable Hostels in Sydney, AustraliaSydney is the largest and oldest city in Australia. It's a very cosmopolitan city and for many visitors it is likely to be their point of entry and exit to the country. Sydney is a very beautiful city with a lot to offer travelers. It's rich in history, nature, culture, and art. It's also got miles of coastline and impressive…Read More
Quiet, Safe, and Affordable Hostels in Melbourne, Australia.Melbourne is considered the cultural capital of Australia. It has impressive museums, galleries, and theatres, and there's beautiful Victorian style architecture throughout. Many people also visit Melbourne because of its popular sporting events. It has the country's largest sporting arenas and is a popular destination for both domestic and international travelers. Visitors also use Melbourne as a base for exploring…Read More
Quiet, Safe, and Affordable Hostels in Cairns, AustraliaCairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Daintree Rainforest, and Cape Tribulation. It's a major tourist destination in Australia and is popular with all types of travelers. There are many different accommodation options in the area including high end resorts, mid-range hotels, and backpacker hostels. If you're looking for a hostel but want to avoid the…Read More
Adelaide's Best Hostels for Backpackers, Couples, and GroupsAdelaide has a lot to offer visitors, from culture to nightlife to the beach. And don't forget to come in March for all of the festivals!
The hostels we've listed below are some of the best in the city. Not only will they help you rest and relax, but they will also help you enjoy your stay in the city…Read More
The Best Hostels for the Fraser Coast in Hervey Bay and Rainbow BeachFraser Island and the surrounding towns are a popular destination because of the beautiful beaches, natural sites, wildlife, and nightlife.
All of the hostels below, ether in Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach, offer a long list of amenities for travelers of all types, whether they be backpackers, flashpackers, or any other type of budget traveler. The hostels below each have…Read More
The Best Hostels in Hobart, Tasmania for Backpackers, Couples, and GroupsHobart, the largest city in Tasmania, offers more than just a Launchpad to the surrounding wildlife and natural beauty. The harbor, art museum, sights, and nightlife make Hobart a great destination in of itself.
The hostels we've listed below all offer a long list of great amenities and with great prices to boot. Each has their own special atmosphere and…Read More
Hostels along the Great Ocean Road for Road Trips in AustraliaThe Great Ocean Road is what road trips were made for! The scenery is spectacular, and the small towns along the route provide for ample entertainment. But you, savvy traveler, already know this, and that's why you're here!
Where should you sleep during your epic journey of Australia's southern coast? Don't worry, we've got you covered. The hostels listed here…Read More
The Best Hostels in Noosa Heads and the Sunshine Coast for Solo Travelers, Surfers, and CouplesNoosa is the heart of the Sunshine coast, as the Noosa National Park, Sunshine Beach, and town activities make this area of Australia's coast quite popular.
The hostels listed here are all in the same general area around Noosa and Sunshine Beach. Plenty of shopping and restaurants are located in town, as are bars, nightlife, and other activities. These hostels…Read More
The Best Hostels in Darwin for Backpackers, Solo Travelers, and CouplesDarwin is a great place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the warm weather with fellow travelers. All of the hostels below provide a long list of amenities such as swimming pools, bars, outdoor patios, modern kitchens, and more. Although they are all popular, each has its own atmosphere and vibe, so do your research before you make a reservation.Read More
Best Hostels in Katoomba and the Blue Mountains for Backpackers and Solo TravellersThe Blue Mountains are located to the west of Sydney and they offer an accessible and beautiful mountain setting for travelers. The scenery and cultural setting are unique and beautiful, and this is a popular travel destination in Australia.
Katoomba is the largest and most well known town in the area. It's located just over 100 kilometers from Sydney and…Read More
Best Hostels Near Rockhampton Along the Capricorn CoastThe Capricorn Coast is a stretch of coastline in Central Queensland, Australia. It covers more than 150 kilometers from one end to the other, but it has a low population density and several small towns spread throughout. Yeppoon is in the center of the region. Rockhampton is one of the larger towns in the area and has decent shopping options.…Read More
Best Hostels in Coffs Harbour for Backpackers and Solo TravellersCoffs Harbour is located on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales and it's about two thirds the way between Sydney and Brisbane. The city was traditionally a family holiday destination and it continues to appeal to that crowd but it increasingly attracts budget travelers and backpackers as well. The area has some great beaches and a range of accommodation…Read More
Best Party Hostels in Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise, AustraliaPeople head to the Gold Coast in Australia for its beaches, water sports, and most importantly - to party. If you're a backpacker in Australia, it's likely you'll end up in the Gold Coast at some point. It's located in the the southeastern corner of the state of Queensland and it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in…Read More
Best Party Hostels in Airlie Beach, Byron Bay, & Magnetic Island, AustraliaAustralia has long been a haven for backpackers who want to soak up the sun, surf some waves, and party late into the night. There are many destinations along the coast of Australia that attract backpackers and party-goers, and there are hostels that are set up specifically for these crowds.
If you've come to Australia specifically to party, then you…Read More
Best Hostels for Solo Travellers, Couples, & Groups in PerthPerth is the capital of Western Australia. It sprawls out over a flat coastal plain along the Swan River. It sits by the Indian Ocean and has many quiet beaches that are laid back and relaxing.
Backpackers visiting Perth will find several great hostels to choose from. Many have a laid back and relaxed vibe that matches the atmosphere of…Read More
Best Hostels for Solo Travellers, Couples, & Groups in BrisbaneBrisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third largest city in Australia. Although it is often overlooked by tourists to the area, it actually has a lot to offer. It's an energetic and young city with a friendly atmosphere. It's has a great climate and nice scenery and it's also one of the fastest growing cities in the area.…Read More
Best Hostels in Melbourne, Australia for Solo Travellers, Female Travellers, and GroupsLocated at the head of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne is Australia's second largest city. It's also considered the cultural capital of the country and has a lot to offers travelers. The architecture is interesting, the shopping is excellent, and there are plenty of museums, galleries, and theaters throughout.
If you're traveling on a budget, hostels will offer the most social…Read More
Best Hostels for Solo Travellers in Alice SpringsMany travelers use Alice Springs as a base to explore the surrounding area. Nearby you'll find beautiful desert landscapes, Aboriginal communities, and the famous Uluru (Ayers Rock).
The town has grown significantly in recent years to accommodate the growing number of tourists who visit the area. If you're traveling alone, you'll find a handful of hostels and hotels that offer…Read More
Best Hostels for Solo Travellers in CairnsCairns is a popular travel destination along Australia's coast. It serves as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and it is a popular place to visit for young travelers and backpackers. If you're traveling alone, there is no shortage of hostels that offer a social setting at a good price.Read More
Best Hostels for Solo Travellers in Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast, AustraliaLocated along Australia's Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise is a haven for surfers, party-goers, and backpackers. If you're traveling alone, it wont' be long before you find a party filled with other young travelers. There is no shortage of affordable hostels in the area where you can meet other guests and plan travel itineraries. The nightlife is always lively, and the…Read More
Popular Hostels in Sydney, AustraliaAustralia has long been a backpackers haven, with most visitors beginning or ending their trip in Sydney. There is no shortage of great hostels throughout the city, and it's not hard to meet other visitors who are just beginning their trip and looking for fellow travel companions.
Many hostels host social events including barbecues or pub crawls so that guests…Read More
Sydney Hostels Near the HarbourKnown as the "Harbour City", it's no wonder that many visitors to Sydney want to stay near the harbour. The Darling Harbour is an area filled with entertainment and activities. It's just to the west of the Central Business District and there are plenty of trendy restaurants, boardwalks, aquariums, and attractions which you can easily walk to. Although there are…Read More
Party Hostels in CairnsCairns is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. It's the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and it's particularly popular with young backpackers who are looking to hang out on the beach and party late into the night. There is no shortage of budget accommodation that caters to this crowd. You'll also find inexpensive restaurants, cafes, and…Read More
Best Party Hostels in MelbourneMelbourne is the second largest city in Australia and is the cultural capital of the country. There is no shortage of museums, sporting events, and entertainment options throughout the city. Like many destinations in Australia, it's a popular stop off for the backpacker crowd. Some people visit to attend a sporting event while others use it as a base for…Read More
Best Party Hostels in SydneySydney is a top destination for almost every visitor to Australia. Whether you're looking for a cosmopolitan nightlife, a beautiful city, or a cultural experience, Sydney has something for you. Sydney is also a popular destination for young backpackers who are looking to socialize, meet fellow travelers, and have a good time. Below are a list of some of the…Read More
Diving, Hiking, and Cities
Australia is a very popular tourist destination for all types of travelers. It's an adventure traveler's haven with its beautiful beaches, vibrant cities, and excellent hiking and camping opportunities. It also is a center for culture and the arts, making it appealing for every age group and budget range. Australia is also a very expensive destination, particularly in recent years when inflation and exchange rates have driven prices up dramatically. There are a wide variety of accommodation types, but even so, you may be in shell shock at some of the prices. Research all of your options and if you're on a very tight budget think creatively so that you can cut out any unnecessary costs. Food is quite expensive so if you have access to a kitchen you can dramatically cut down on costs as well. Most hostels and guesthouses provide kitchens, as well as some mid-range hotels, so this is usually the best option for budget conscience travelers.
Look For Creative Options
As previously mentioned, prices in Australia can be quite shocking. Not only are hotels expensive, but food and entertainment can be surprisingly high as well. If you're not beginning your trip with large amounts of money, you will want to think about creative ways to minimize your expenses without limiting your comfort and fun. Finding the best deal for accommodation is a great way to do this.
Consider finding a hotel, hostel, or guesthouse with a kitchen which will save you money on your food expenses. If hostels don't appeal to you, look into vacation apartments that you might be able to rent that would also provide a kitchen. Cities are also much more expensive than rural areas and small towns. Australia is known for its natural beauty so head to some national parks and enjoy some camping as well. Camping will be much more affordable than hostels or hotels, particularly if you're tent camping and do not have an RV. Also consider an alternative to Australia's Gold Coast, which is known to have high prices which continue to rise because of its increasing popularity with tourists. If you're on a particularly tight budget, Australia can be a great place to try couchsurfing. Many hosts are eager to show you the ins and outs of their home country.
A Diversity of Choices
Australia has a wide variety of accommodation types which help offset some of the expense. You can easily find hostels, hotels and motels in most destinations if you want to spend very little, in both small towns and large cities. Camping is also a popular option. If you have access to an RV or van then your camping experience might be more comfortable, but more expensive than if you choose to tent camp. It is also possible to do a farm stay or enjoy a working holiday where you work on a local farm to pay for some of your expenses. Another creative alternative is to look into local pubs which often have private rooms available for rent. The price can be reasonable but do expect to get what you pay for. There are very few amazing deals.
For obvious reasons Sydney is the most popular city to visit in Australia. It is also one of the most expensive. There are many different accommodation options spread throughout the Sydney. The Harbour area is probably one of the most popular locations. There you will find everything from hostels to five star hotels. Some offer excellent views of the Opera House and all are centrally located near all of the main attractions. This is also one of the most expensive areas to stay in Sydney. If you're looking for something more affordable you'll probably want to look elsewhere. Business travelers in particular will find little reason to stay in this expensive neighborhood. Your money will go a lot farther if you find a place closer to the commercial districts. If you're more interested in being near the beach then there are some great neighborhoods that are worth checking out. These include Manly and Bondi as well as the suburb of Cronulla. All are a little outside of the city center and you will have to use public transportation to travel downtown.
Hostels are spread throughout the city but you'll find a good concentration of them in the southern half of the central business district, Glebe and Kings Cross, as well as some of the eastern suburbs. Many of the mid-range options are concentrated in the central business district, North Sydney, the Inner West and the North Shore. For luxury hotels head to the Rocks district and Darling Harbor.
Almost every backpacker in Australia will find themselves in Cairns at some point during their trip. It truly is a backpacker haven and you'll find tons of budget hotels and hostels here. While the supply of accommodation seems endless, they do tend to fill up during the peak season which runs from June to September. Many hotels have wireless internet but some do charge a fee for it. Amenities at various budget hostels include swimming pools, complimentary breakfast (and occasionally dinner), kitchens, laundry service, and entertainment areas. Mid-range and High-end hotels usually offer even better amenities. Many hotels, resorts, and hostels tend to be social settings where guests enjoy interacting and socializing. If you're looking for a more private experience then you should research the particular hotel or guesthouse before arrival.
Mid-range hotels are plentiful as well. Many hotels have access to lovely gardens, refreshing pools, and delicious on site restaurants. If you're looking for even more luxurious, the high end options offer some of the best views, beach access, and resort like settings.