Backpack Oz



Hostelz.com's Review

Backpack Oz is one of the better hostels in Adelaide because it has two properties, the hostel and the neighboring guesthouse.The hostel has more of a social atmosphere to it, with a bar and large seating area, while the guesthouse is quieter. Both properties are clean and offer great amenities, including free breakfast of tea, coffee, cereal, toast, and all the accouterments. Backpack Oz has happy hour daily and free BBQ on Wednesday and chile con carne on Mondays for a small price. While the rooms are more on the expensive end, you get what you pay for.

The Location

Just a short walk from Victoria Square, Backpack Oz is situated less than twenty minutes from the airport. Take Sir Donald Bradman Drive until it turns into Grote Street at Victoria Square. From there, it turns into Wakefield Street, where the hostel is located. Bus and train station transfers are available, as well as a close proximity to the airport shuttle (available for a small price). There is space for two cars to park at Backpack Oz, but for a fee. At night you must enter from a side door next to Domino’s Pizza. The guesthouse is located across Pulteney Street, the third building on the right, with a tree mural on the outside.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorm rooms range in size, from the twelve-bed mixed dorm, to smaller four-, six-, and eight-bed dorms, to singles, doubles, and triples. All have key access and hallway bathrooms. Guesthouse rooms are mostly singles and doubles, with sinks and televisions in the room. There is a shared bathroom on each floor. They feel more like apartments than hostel rooms, with air conditioning, side tables, a hanging rack, and mints on your pillow. All rooms have keycard access, which also lets you into the building at all times. All beds in both locations include linens and duvets.

Showers have doors and curtains, as well as a bench to place your clothes and a hook on the door. There is also a hanging shower rack in some showers.

Common Spaces

Backpack Oz has a bar directly next to reception, with nightly specials on food and drinks. Reception has computers for use and free wireless internet is available throughout the hostel. The video library allows guests to watch movies in the comfy living room.

The guesthouse has a shared kitchen on the first floor with an adjoining patio. There is a book swap with board games. Laundry facilities are available on the roof, but there is no change machine. There is also a seating area up there, but it closes during the day for cleaning. There is no internet at this location, but you are welcome to use the facilities at Backpack Oz.


Backpack Oz is still very much a family business, with the owners around on most days. The staff are friendly and helpful, even though many are travelers themselves. The guesthouse is a better choice if you’re looking for a good night’s sleep without the party atmosphere.
by Cair
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
September 2011


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Backpack Oz" at 144 Wakefield Street.)


144 Wakefield Street, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
-34.928109, 138.606215
+61 (8) 8223-3551, 1-800-633-307
+61 (8) 8223-3551
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Party hostel
Excellent location but a lot of travelers in hostel.
These people pander to backpackers needs!
I only had one night in Adelaide and it happened to be a Wednesday and the free meal was above and beyond what I could have hoped for. Delicious char-grilled chicken steaks, sausages, boiled potatoes in their jackets, large bowls of salad, bread and margarine, with a huge plate of donuts for dessert and as much of these as you wanted (plenty left over for seconds or thirds!). But food aside, I found the place very clean and in the all-female room I occupied it was very spacious with plenty of room for suitcase/backpack and freshly painted walls. The staff were friendly and obliging. Although I only stayed one night I was given a courtesy drop-off at the interstate rail station to continue my journey (they made the trip especially for me -- I was the only one in the minibus!). These people were a class act and are really working hard to snare their share of the backpacker market in Adelaide.
The Backpack Oz hostel has proven to be an excellent and popular place to stay in Adelaide. The residents are fun and outgoing and with the TV and pool table available, they generally hang out in the main area instead of staying in their rooms. The Location The hostel is located the the city with a metro stop across the road. The free Adelaide bus, the City Loop, also utilizes that particular metro stop -- making it very easy to get around the Adelaide CBD area or to get to other tram/bus stops. If you decide to walk, you're only ten minutes away from popular places like Rundell Mall, Gouger Street. If you need to go anywhere or have a particular destination in mind, the friendly staff are available to help you plan your tour. They also offer free pickups and dropoffs to and from the bus and train station. Rooms and Bathrooms The dorm rooms are carpeted, clean, and comfortable. Rooms are available both on the ground floor and the first floor. With power outlets, a mirror, shelves, and in-room lockers available (bring your own lock and key), it's got everything you would need. The mattresses are comfortable and the duvets are good as well. However, the pillow we got was quite thin so you may want to supplement it. Security is good since the room doors close on their own and are locked automatically. Women will also appreciate the availability of female-only dorm rooms. The shared bathrooms and toilets are clean with paper towels, hot and cold water, and cloth hooks and benches to store your things. You will need your own soap, shampoo, towels. Common Spaces In the office area you have three computers with broadband internet access (there's a small charge). With the main hall containing a (free) pool table, two long tables for meals and a lounge area with sofas and a big TV, the residents generally find themselves chilling there if they aren't going out for the night. Since you can borrow DVDs, there is always something to watch, and if you're not up for a movie, there's also a bookshelf full of books, board games, and a wall covered with the various tours and brochures you can browse. With a patio upstairs and a outdoors seating area downstairs, you can choose to relax in the fresh air and sunshine. A public phone is available upstairs with the office supplying call cards if you need one. The kitchen is big and clean -- with the policy that the residents clean up after themselves (which surprisingly, works most of the time). Stoves, a huge fridge (where everyone labels their items), a microwave, hot water, and pots and pans are all available. They don't supply spices, pasta, and rice. Throughout the day, you have instant coffee, tea bags, sugar, and milk available. The free breakfast has a generous supply of bread, tubs of butter, jam, peanut butter, a huge toaster, a big tub of cornflakes, and boxes of milk. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available -- the only downfall is that since they can only be accessed through the kitchen, they are subjected to the same kitchen hours of 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. There are no curfews but if you plan on returning to the hostel after 10 p.m., there's a security door that can be accessed via the code you are given upon check-in. Check outs are at 10 a.m. but you are still allowed to use the facilities until you actually leave. Luggage storage is also available. Summary The Backpack Oz is a great place to stay. Clean, comfortable, and with everything you could need, you'll be more than happy there. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the location is excellent -- easy access to the center of town, yet located on a quiet street. The residents are fun, outgoing, and are more than happy to mingle.
  Stayed at this hostel when I went over to Adelaide on a road trip with the Twits. Great service and staff and would consider staying or at least popping in to say hello to Sam if I was in Adelaide again.
Tim Chmielewski
  I have stayed in many hostels around the world, some good, some not so good and some downright awful. I have never thought of giving any of them five stars before and if there was something more than five I would certainly have no hesitation in going higher. Extremely clean and friendly, helpful staff who remember who you are even with some ten-day gap between one visit and the next. I will always stay here when in Adelaide. Thank you guys and keep up the good work -- there is very little you could do to improve what you already have. I will be back from the centre of Oz in a few weeks, see you then.
  Relaxed vibe and plenty of fun if you want it. I had a great free dinner on wednesday before sharking the pool competition! nice and easy in adelaide...
Jody, tired lass.Warm welcome from friendly folk
  This hostel has good facilities — good-sized rooms, clean showers/toilets, lounge area with TV, free pool, bar and lots of info about tours, etc. Unfortunately, we didn't find the staff very friendly and the general vibe wasn't that good. The free dinner on Wednesdays is excellent, as long as you're not there for too long, as it does get a bit boring. I would have given more stars if not for the staff.
  I stayed at this place back in about 2001. It was the nicest place with the nicest people I've ever stayed at. They even let me sing and play my guitar to everyone after the Wednesday night dinners and everyone chilled out and sat and listened. I hopefully will return to Adelaide soon and I'll certainly look up Sam and the gang at this place if they are still there and will have me back!!!
Ian the guitar player!!!

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