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With a population of approximately 2 million people, Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third-most populous city in Australia. It is well and widely known as a diverse and laid back travel destination, and there are tons of Brisbane hostels to choose from.
The main area for hostels in Brisbane is Upper Roma Street, which is also a good spot for meeting other backpackers. If you arrive to the transit station (via bus or train), just go out and head right on Roma Street until it changes to Upper Roma Street, and you're there. The locals are very friendly, so don't hesitate to ask for directions if needed.
Brisbane is divided into many districts, which each hold their appeal for different types of people. Some of them worth mentioning are of course the CBD (shopping and tourist sites), South Bank (with the artificial "lagoon"), and Fortitude Valley (the nightlife district, which is also considered one of the best live music scenes in all of Australia).
Brisbane is well equipped for a backpacker and the hostel prices are reasonable. There are also a few bars and restaurants catering especially for backpackers, you'll find good meal deals in these places.
Your best option of transport inside the CBD is just plain walking, or bicycle if you have one or get one for a good price (your hostel may have information on bike rentals). Even the inner suburbs can be reached pretty quickly by bike. But if you're heading out of the city, it's better to choose one of the public transport options. TransLink operates the ferries, buses, and trains which form the public transport system in Brisbane, it's recommended to check their website for further details or ask at your Brisbane hostel. There is also a rickshaw service available, called "Green Cab".
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Brisbane Backpackers Resort
"Brisbane Backpackers Resort is widely advertised across Australia and the ads make it sound like the greatest hostel on earth. This is definitely the place to be if you like to party -- everyday. This place has everything -- pool, tennis court, theme nights, a cheap bar, and a different inexpensive buffet every night. It seems to cater to a younger crowd. The hostel is not far from downtown Brisbane. They run a shuttle every hour into the...
Somewhere to Stay
"Somewhere to Stay is a hostel located in Brisbane's West End. It offers a free shuttle into the central business district of Brisbane, as well as having a pool, internet room, and several lounge areas. The Location The hostel is located about two or three blocks from Boundary Road, which is the main road of the West End. There are a multitude of cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques, and other shops in this area. There is also a Cole's...
Prince Consort Backpackers
"Prince Consort Backpackers is one of the most affordable backpackers in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley suburb. “The Valley,” as it is known by locals, is the main area in Brisbane for bars and clubs, and is always a busy area on Friday and Saturday nights. The Valley is also home to Brisbane's China Town, and therefore has lots of great restaurants and cafes throughout its main streets. The Location Prince Consort Backpackers is located...
Base Brisbane Uptown (formerly Tinbilly)
"Awesome, very luxurious for a backpackers - definitely recommend it." … "Fabulous!!! They are not racist; they have international people working there and even an indigenous person. It was great, brand new, great staff, great location, and great travel deals. What more can I say?" … "I stayed one night at Tinbilly's in Brisbane. I booked into one of the huge dorm rooms (I didn't want to spend a lot of money). The bar was really...
Base Brisbane - Central
"Palace Backpackers is located in the heart of Brisbane, opposite Central Station. The hostel itself is a very large highrise building with several floors of accommodation. The dorm rooms are spacious, and contain locker space for all of its tenants. Some rooms have a balcony, while others do not. The building is generally clean and well maintained, but this is constantly countered by high backpacker traffic. The Downunder Bar is...
Aussie Way Hostel
"Aussie Way Hostel is easy to find and not far to walk from the main bus and rail interchange on Roma Street. It's a classic, old Queenslander that's been modernised and well maintained -- and it has a pool. Currently priced mid-range, it's excellent value. Security is only moderate as reception is situated at the rear, though locked doors prevent access by non-hostelers after 10:30 p.m. The Location The hostel is just off an inner...
Banana Benders Backpackers
"Very nice - Fairly small but a nice hostel. Clean rooms. Limited shower/toilet facilities, which can be annoying. No shuttle from bus stop and there is a big hill up to the hostel. In all I would recommend this place." … "Good - nice little hostel with a great view. Provides everything you need." … "very good facilities with relaxed atmosphere, stayed four nights in a small clean dorm. hostel kept clean and the staff were...
Yellow Submarine Backpackers
"Yellow Submarine Backpackers is a hostel with a lot of character. The building is set into the side of the hill, which makes for lots of little nooks and crannies to explore in the design of the building. The hostel provides great facilities, such as cheap internet access and laundry, pool table, and swimming pool. The Location The hostel is located on Quay Street, about a five-minute walk from Roma Street station (the main train and...
Manly Harbour Backpackers
"Located twenty kilometers outside the city center, Moreton Bay Lodge is isolated from all the craziness of the city – in a good way. Because of the great weekly rates, many people show up here for a couple of days and end up staying a couple of weeks or months. Because of this, and the hostel's small size (only six rooms), when a new traveler arrives, everyone immediately notices and takes interest. The location is right on Moreton Bay,...
Brisbane Manor Hotel
"Brisbane Manor Hotel, previously called the Tourist Guest House, is located in Fortitude Valley, a very nice and lively area near China Town and Brunswick Street where you can find plenty of restaurants, shops bars and nightclubs. The Hotel is at twenty-minute walk from Brunswick Street train station or you can catch a bus from the city (ten-minute walk from Roma Street Station) and then walk five minutes to your hotel. Brisbane Manor...
"Bunk Backpackers is a good place to stay in Brisbane -- it has a lot to offer for a reasonable price. It's situated a little way out from the centre of town, but the relatively small size of the city makes the walk leisurely and easy. The Location There is a car park underneath the hostel for people wanting to drive in. The city is easily walked and you can find things with no trouble, so there is no real need for buses. However if...
Valley Verandas Friendly Backpackers
"Valley Verandas Friendly Backpackers is a small hostel in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. It is an old Victorian villa that now functions as a hostel, with large, high-ceilinged and ornamented rooms that have brick walls and wooden panels on the floor. This all sounds very fancy and indeed it would be if the building were not so rundown. Unfortunately, the owners do not seem to take good care of it and the old glamour is a bit worn...
Cloud 9 Backpackers Resort
"Cloud 9 Backpackers Resort caters to everyone from budget traveler to long-termers to people in transit. They have an extensive price range and a twenty-four-hour reception, which makes it really convenient for spontaneous or late-night drop-ins. The Location The hostel is conveniently located in one of Brisbane's hostel districts, only a few hundred meters from Roma Street Station. This is perfect for everyone arriving via train or...
Bowen Terrace International Accommodation
"Homey - We found this hostel to be a great place to stay. John and Laura made our stay most enjoyable -- it was like home away from home. If you like walking it is the place to stay, in walking distance to all conveniences." … "What can we say? Having travelled for two and a half years, we can honestly say this was the one place we stayed where we really felt at home. Peaceful, friendly, open to all ages and walks of life, this hostel...
Base Brisbane - Embassy
"Base Brisbane - Embassy is in a very good location and is quite cheap -- but that's about the only positive we attribute to the hostel. The Location The hostel is located in the heart of Brisbane city and is easily walkable from the bus transit centre -- this also means that guests can easily access the whole city and the Southbank is also just a short walk over Victoria Bridge (around thirty minutes). There is a shopping centre and...
Blue Tongue Backpackers
"Fabulous place to stay, the friendliest, most welcoming hostel I've stayed in in ten months in Australia. Comfy lounge with heaps of films to watch, brilliant staff and a chilled out atmosphere. There's also a nice back yard with possums that visit at night. A nice relief from over priced hyped up "five-star backpacker resorts."" … "Awesome! - when i stayed here in June the other woman had been sacked and removed from the premises. Now...
"Awesome!!!!! - What an awesome hostel this is. Perfect location, only 250mtrs from the main transit centre. A big supermarket right across the street. I intended to only stay for 3 nights, but ended up staying for 2 months. I still cant get over how spectacular the views are from level 3 and level 4. And the hostel is so clean!! The staff is absolutely awesome. They helped me find a job, they made sure I knew what to see in Brisbane. Brisbane...
Brisbane City Backpackers
"Brisbane City Backpackers is a good place to meet people and enjoy Brisbane with quite cheap accommodation. There are different dorms with different prices if you stay longer. The Location It is not far from Transit Centre Station, just turn right on Roma Street and just follow the green signs for the YHA. It's fifteen minutes' walk to the city centre. Rooms and Bathrooms The dorms can be crowded and there is not much space for...
GoNow Family Backpacker
"Great hostel if your looking for somewhere for the night. - The hostel itself is basic and a little on the tight side. But it's the perfect hostel if your looking for somewhere to crash for the night. Paul the manager is hilarious and very helpful. I'm a firm believer that great staff can make your stay at a hostel a memorable one, far over the facilities that it offers. Great large kitchen with everything you could need. Free tea and coffee....
"Clean, Friendly, and Comfortable = home away from home - the old italian couple still live behind the hostel, but are quite nice to us. the hostel is a lovely clean place, close to the city centre. the staff are friendly, and the hostel always attracts a good bunch of people. have some really good memories from the woodduck and I think thats credited to the fact it is not a huge hostel therefore it is easier to meet people." … "The...
"… to Brisbane CBD, new farm, and the valley. Public transport is within 10 minutes from the hostel by city cat ferry, which is a great way to see the city sites.We have FREE wireless internet and FREE Cable Television, FREE movie and xbox hire, laundry and BBQ facilities, and FREE bicycle hire. Also if your looking for work or to extend your visa we are more than willing to help in anyway possible.Airport pickups are available upon...
Gonow Family Backpacker
"… city center. We also have 24 hour check in and check out and Brisbane and Gold coast airport transfers.We have 2, 4, 6 and 8 bed dorms as well as 2 all female dorms. All linen is supplied. During breakfast (6 am -10 am) we supply you with free milk, bread and jams and peanut butter and during the rest of the day we supply you with rice and various spices and oils. We hope that you will enjoy the relaxing outdoor tables on balcony...
"A great place to stay that is quiet in Brisbane. I stayed here for two nights and the owner is an incredibly helpful guy. He showed us how to get around. This is a great place to stay if you are going to be in Brisbane for a while." … "Very nice staff and good rooms. I can really recommend this place." … "We stayed in a dorm room, which was dirty and drab, and although it had bars on the windows they opened out onto the street...
"This is a guest house located in New Farm (twenty minutes' walk from centre) in a residential area that had a few other guest houses/hostels at the beginning of the street, and lots of nearby facilities (bars, takeaways, grocers). The room had a TV and was clean enough, the sheets were clean at least. I'd recommend it more for older people rather than young travelers. I got on well with the owner and found him friendly, helpful, and...
Adventure Centre Backpackers
154 Roma Street
Aussie Colonial Inns
"Tuscany House is a truly wonderful place. It has luxury for the price, and it's serviced by dedicated caretakers. Come for the roof, stay for the comfort." … "It is awesome." … "It was clean and friendly." … "This place was absolutely dreadful. The staff are a little strange to say the least, shouting and screaming at each other. There was a dogfight in the corridor when the owner's two dogs gripped each other's faces...
Rosanda Guest House
"This is terrible unless you want your gear stolen and mice and cockroaches as housemates." … 263 Enoggera Road
VIP Backpackers Resort International
41 Steele Place
Durham Villa Backpackers
"Friendly, quiet, and a fantastic pool." … "You really get more than what you pay for here. This is a very relaxed and quiet hostel with an amazing pool. I met some brilliant people here, and the owner couldn't be better. I'll be coming back!!" … "… parking Verandahs to share or to "get away from it all" Advice and help with finding work and resume preparation Durham Villa Backpackers is in close walking distance to...
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Coutney Place Backpackers
50 Geelong Street
"The best hostel in Brisbane! I stayed there for 5 months, so i should know! Small, freindly and clean hostel in the best location. If you want to meet people, which you should when your travelling this is definitely the place to stay. I met the best people here and had the best times. I'll be back one day." … "The best hostel in Brisbane, I would say. I will definitely stay there again soon." … "This place was the best mainly...
"Econo-In Brisbane is the most economical in Brisbane and in a newly renovated, historic building near the Bowen Hills/Fortitude Valley district. The Location Fortitude Valley/Bowen Hills is only one stop away from Central Station in Brisbane and about a twenty-minute walk. The hostel is set in a safe neighborhood, one block from the IGA grocery store and an easy, five-minute walk to the thriving Fortitude Valley night scene and good...
"Globetrekkers is a small friendly hostel located in New Farm, an easy 15 minutes walk to Brisbane City centre. The hostel's atmosphere is very social with guests mixing in the living room and outside patio. The dorm rooms are slightly on the small side, however they are spotlessly clean with comfy modern bunk beds and furnishings. The hostel has a small swimming pool, internet access, laundry, book exchange, and a TV room. There are a few...
"the best place to stay around Brisbane share house for the best price 140$ p/w quiet & relaxing atmosphere perfect location for work around Brisbane 10-15 minutes walk from CBD located 5 minutes walk from the Fortitude valley all units with self contain kitchen & digital TV laundry facilities & book exchange FREE internet & WI FI FREE parking/pick up from the city All share house bills are included in the rent Flexible...
HI - Brisbane - Brisbane City YHA Hostel
"HI - Brisbane - Brisbane City YHA Hostel is expensive but excellent, thus well worth the money. It's undergoing a renovation and growing in size, due to finish mid-2009, which is good because this hostel is hugely popular. Be sure to book your nights in advance! The Location Located on Upper Roma Street six hundred meters from the transit centre it's easy to reach and close to the attractions. All coaches terminate in the transit...
"… 30 minutes to Brisbane Central. Facilities: •Car park •High Chair •Laundry •Non Smoking Establishment •Outdoor furniture •Pets not allowed •TV/Lounge Area Facilities near Chelsand Cottage include an 18 hole golf course, whale watching, parachuting, diving, snorkelling off Moreton Island, Tangalooma Wrecks, diving charter vessels, dolphin watching all year round, swimming pool, bike riding with 27 kilometres of beachfront...
Ellie's Guest House
"Community Kitchen and Laundry are available for guests. Great verandas allow for outdoor sitting, eating, relaxing, reading etc. Shops, cafes, restaurants, parks and transport just a few minutes walk away. Please note: The property only accepts Cash Payment on arrival. The house consists of double and single rooms together with some twin bunk rooms. Each room has either 1x double or 1xsingle ensemble, wardrobe, microwave, fridge, fan,...
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Brisbane Travel Tips & Suggestions
Make sure you stay close to South Bank -- it is quieter and there's more to see.
Three-thousand southerners a week are moving to Brisbane, so it is obviously alright. Brisbane has its charms for sure.
Brisbane is an awful place, full of pretentious wannabes who think they live in a real city. Get real, Brisbane -- you have nothing on Melbourne, Sydney, or Adelaide.
Australia Zoo is great, but do it yourself -- not with a company. It's much cheaper and the zoo offers a free pick up and drop off to meet trains from Beerwah Station.
Brisbane is wicked, go to Aussie Zoo and Lone Pine to hold Koalas. Make sure you stay in the Valley if you like nightlife.
Brisbane is a great city. Must see is the Australia Zoo.
Get a day trip out to Warner Bros MovieWorld and Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo. Both excellent days out!
We had the best time in Brisbane. Moreton Island was so cool and sand dune boarding was really cool. It's definitely worth the visit to Moreton Island.
Brisbane is a fantastic city! We loved our stay here. Brisbane was fabulous - South Bank (wow!) the river (wow) and great feel for a city. We saw some great AFl with the Brisbane Lions too!
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