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Here you will find a list of all Darwin backpackers hostels. Darwin is the capital of Northern Territory in Australia. It is a multicultural and laid back city which resides on the north coast of Australia, with a population of 11000. The city was called Palmerston until the name was changed to Darwin in 1911.
Most of the hostels in Darwin are situated on the main street or very close to it. The price range is about the same compared to other places in Australia.
The main street hosts a shopping mall and a wide range of different dining options. As the city has these days become known as a backpacker location also, the activity options have become more comprehensive as well.
Darwin can be soaringly hot in the summer months, and the humidity can make it feel sometimes almost unbearable. Remember to drink a lot of water and to slap on the sunblock if spending a long time in the sun.
Darwin is also pretty close (171km) to one of the greatest national parks in the world, Kakadu. Almost 5 million acres, the massive park is located within the Alligator Rivers of Northern Territory. If you visit Darwin, it is highly recommended that you would spend some time visiting Kakadu, although the tickets can be a bit on the expensive side depending on the season.
Darwin has its own airport, and is also serviced by some bus operators (Greyhound for example).
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Frogshollow Lodge & Backpackers
"Frogshollow is a friendly hostel situated in a quiet street just outside the main city centre area but still within a short walk of all the action. The hostel is surrounded by tropical plants and has a lovely garden area with a pool, spa, and BBQ. There is a very relaxed atmosphere here. The facilities are good. There is a well-equipped kitchen (free light breakfast), internet access, vending machines, laundry, and large communal area for...
"Chilli's Backpackers is a big hostel in the center of Darwin, although it isn't a perfect place for travelers, since it's used mainly by backpackers who are working in the city. The hostel is good looking from the outside, but once you get inside, you see that this hostel isn't cleaned on a regular basis and the rooms and communal areas are not well maintained. The Location This hostel is situated two minutes from the Greyhound stop,...
Melaleuca on Mitchell
"Melaleuca on Mitchell is one of the Base-affiliated hostels, making it a good option for those with Base accommodation packages. It is centrally located right across the street from the transit centre, making it easy to get to. The hostel is a very large complex with a wide variety of room types from which to choose. The Location The hostel is located directly opposite the Darwin transit centre on Mitchell Street, the main street in...
Darwin YHA Hostel
"HI - Darwin - Globetrotters YHA Backpacker Resort is a quiet hostel on the main street, like most hostels in Darwin. It is clean and basic. The location Darwin YHA is on Mitchell Street, the main street -- it's approximately in the middle, a bit further down the center, which is about five minutes' walk. There is a supermarket and the shopping center about five minutes' walk away. Some bars, restaurants, and the Crocosaurus Cove are in...
"Great deal. - I moved here after two previous hostels (Banyan View and Melaleuca) and it was by far the best one I stayed in in Darwin. First of all, the staff is friendly, the pool is great and the rooms are amazing. You have a porch, very nice bed, Refrigerator in every room and your own shower. The kitchen's not too big but more than enough and the people there are great. It's 5 minutes away from all the noise, so you can party as much as...
Banyan View Lodge (YWCA)
"Banyan View Lodge (YWCA) is a quiet hostel with good facilities and bonuses. It is close to the city center, about ten minutes' walk, and next to the esplanade. A bus stop is just in front of the door, and can take you to the Sunset Market on Mindil Beach every Thursday and Sunday. The Location Banyan View Lodge is on Mitchell Street, the main street, but a bit further down the center. You won't be disturbed by the night parties! It is...
Youth Shack Hostel
"Youth Shack Hostel is a laid-back hostel with a good reputation. It attracts a nice mix of people from all age groups (late teens, twenties, early thirties). The atmosphere is enjoyable and friendly. Well laid-out common spaces make it easy to get to know other backpackers. There's no in-house bar and a total alcohol ban so the going never gets too tough. The Location The hostel is located in the middle of Mitchell Street and has one of...
Dingo Moon Lodge
"Dingo Moon Lodge is famous for its free, deluxe breakfast (fruits; pancakes; muffins; Nutella; spreads; toast; cereals with milk; juices; and of course coffee, hot chocolate, and tea -- if you're fast, you'll also get some croissants and yogurt). It's the best we have seen in Australian hostels so far! The hostel offers free laundry and comes with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and the facilities are pretty clean for a fair price. The...
Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel
"… advantage of our NEW Dorm Room facilities. Secure a place to sleep in a mixed or non-mixed gender dorm. Each dorm features 7 individual beds plus 2 private en-suites, table and chairs, large fridge, wardrobe and plasma TV. Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel is proud to announce the arrival of Loong Fong Seafood Restaurant. Loong Fong Seafood Restaurant serves traditional Chinese favourites such as sizzling beef and Chinese mushroom and...
YMCA of Darwin
"I stayed there for a month and good - Cheap and in the city, common kitchen clean twice a day and dining area always clean. I love it there and it's the cheapest in town, staff are also professional and friendly. The only cockroach are from rooms of residents whom never clean they're rooms, it's understandable that most backpackers are lazy to clean like myself. Only complaint I have is lack of carpark space. Overall experience was fantastic...
Air Raid City Lodge
"The sheets were clean and the bed was reasonably comfy, but apart from that it was a bit of a hole! Small pokey room with no real windows, in a dead and kind of dodgy part of town, definitely not worth $72." … "… major supermarkets and restaurants. Each room has separate toilet, shower, air-conditioner, TV, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facility. We also have communal kitchen, guest laundry and internet. Our reception is...
Elke's Inner City Backpackers Lodge Darwin
"Elke's Inner City Backpackers Lodge Darwin is about ten minutes from Darwin's city center -- about five minutes "more remote" then most hostels. If you plan to check in late (as we did -- 8 p.m.), you might need to deal with a confused, old night guard who tries to tell you that there is no room for you even if you booked ... don't give up! He doesn't want to call the management, but after half an hour negotiating, he somehow managed to find...
"I stayed at Gecko's several times, back in 2003 and 2004. Excellent place. A very good atmosphere! Real fresh filter coffee in the mornings with thin baked pancakes from the barbie. Good on ya mate! I stayed at several hostels durring my travels, but only a few of them I could call my home. Gecko Lodge is definitely my homeplace wen I get back to Darwin in 2007. People that complain about a fine hostel like this should go to a five-star hotel...
"This place is okay for what you pay." … "Ground level reception with easy wheel chair access All rooms have a queen size bed, a single bed, ensuite and air conditioning. Locally owned and operated, with fun loving, friendly staff… Best location – city centre, in the heart of Darwin’s tourist precinct. Pubs, clubs, restaurants, shops are at your doorstep Access to fantastic facilities at our adjacent property Melaleuca On Mitchell....
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