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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 a wonderful hostel set just outside of Brisbane Central Business District (CBD). The Location Brisbane Backpackers Resort is located in the trendy West End of Brisbane on Vulture Street and is only a short distance from the CBD. The central location of this hostel means that so many of Brisbane’s famous attractions including South Bank, Brisbane Wheel, and the Botanical Gardens are only a short distance...
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...
Base Brisbane Uptown (formerly Tinbilly)
"Base Brisbane Uptown (formerly Tinbilly) is a nice distance from the drama of the city, which means it is one of the quieter night's sleep to be had in Brisbane! It's very close to the river, meaning it's just a short walk across the bridge and you're in South Bank. The Location You'll just go a couple of minutes hobbling with your luggage -- Base Brisbane Uptown (formerly Tinbilly) is situated very close to the train and bus terminal...
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
"More a hostel for longstayers - Friendly staff, But not so clean room. The stuff of the long stayers were everywhere on the floor in the room. The bathroom and rest of the hotels were clean." … "Good - nice little hostel with a great view. Provides everything you need." … "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...
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...
"Woodduck Backpackers is an average and clean hostel that's a good value for money. Not many backpackers spend time in Brisbane when traveling the East Coast, unless they're looking for work. However, the city does have a lot to offer and you could easily spend a couple days here. There's a surprising number of free things to do in the city, from ferries to museums. The Location This hostel is located within walking distance from the...
"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...
Cloud 9 Backpackers Brisbane
"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
"Best Place to Stay - I lived in this hostel in 1988 with a group of German & Scandinavian friends. It was fantastic then and I'm glad to see that it's still listed as one of the best places ever. It was then owned by a lawyer and I briefly managed it when the then manager left. Laura & John, please continue to make this place great and if I do get a chance to visit, will be headed straight for you." … "Love the place - This is the...
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
"Nice homey feel to this place - Stayed here for four nights. Nice homely feel as the place is not too big but also not too small. Hosts are great and met some awesome people here. Showers are great and a thorough clean up is done of the amenities around 8am each day so this keeps the place clean as. The rooms have windows that can open so fresh air is no problem. Close to IGA supermarket that is open from 6am to midnight seven days and close...
"If you're going to spend a few days in Brisbane, Chill Backpackers is the place to do it! With a laid-back vibe and a great rooftop terrace, there's plenty of opportunity to meet other backpackers and relax. The Location It's an easy walk from the bus/train station on Roma Street, just go out the main door and turn right. It's close enough to the station you don't need to worry about a hostel shuttle bus to pick you up. It is a bit of a...
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...
Ellie's Guest House
"… 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, sink and cupboards. Bathrooms are shared...
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....
Some Rooms Backpacker
"… available upon request. Limited onsite support on the weekend. Room allocation is base on availability. If booking is to be changed to shorter stay, ADDITIONAL charges will apply. Each rooms contains locker with key lock, bar fridge and WiFi internet access. Washing machine is available at $4 per wash, no dryer is provided at the moment. (Currently under maintenance as of 1.6.2015) No on-site parking is available. For...
Base Brisbane Uptown
"… double private rooms with deluxe king size beds and cable TV. Secure lockers available. Services and activities Our Facilities and Services - a 24 hour reception & secure swipe cards, large recreation areas, laundry room, TV room and communal kitchen, 24 hour internet access and Wi-Fi with Global Gossip, on-site ATM, daily luggage storage available and discounted Airtrain tickets and gym passes. Surroundings A quick stroll accross...
"Only if you have no other way. - This hostel is cheap. That's the fact why a lot of people like to stay there. But they never stay long except for a handful of strange ones who are on drugs all day long or are talking to themselves. Anyway, the house is old, but the rooms are alright. I mean, what do you expect of a cheap hostel? Even though there are strange things happening, like people knocking and running away or stealing teethbrushes,...
Aussie Colonial Inns
"This place should NOT be listed as backpacker accommodation. Most people here are staying on a more permanent basis, and it felt like a half-way house for people with psychiatric illnesses. We left after one night's stay. We were locked out that night, and had to climb over the balcony to get in. The person in the neighbouring room kept all the tenants awake playing music from about 6am REALLY REALLY LOUD. We were then honoured...
"… 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 request,...
"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...
"… for yourself in the kitchen while the wildlife puts on a show. The 196 bus leaves from a stop less than 50m from the front door, and will take you to West End's entertainment precinct, Southbank Parklands, the Brisbane CBD, Fortitude Valley and New Farm. Catch the CityCat ferry from either Southbank or New Farm Park, and take a tour of the city on the Brisbane River. All rooms are private and lockable. Private twin rooms have...
Eton Bed & Breakfast
"… property is just 5 minutes walk from the city & Roma Street Railway Station. South Bank Parklands, Brisbane Convention Centre are 5 minutes’ drive away. Suncorp Stadium is seen from the front of the house. Eton House features renovated rooms with free Wi-Fi, polished wooden floors, and a flat-screen TV. Guests enjoy a shared kitchen and free use of bicycles to explore the area. Rooms are traditionally furnished and offer a...
City Palms Motel
"… wifi internet. Very close to Royal Brisbane Hospital, RNA Showgrounds and Chinatown restaurants. All our laundry is done externally by professionals so the quality is consistent. All units are non-smoking but you may smoke on balconies or in the outdoor BBQ and Spa area. City Palms Motel has earned a strong reputation for friendly, professional service at competitive rates. Open 7 days a week with modern electronic security...
The Snooze Inn
"This is one of the best value-for-money places I have stayed at. They have just opened and offer real value for money, your own private room with en suite and air conditioning that really works and free Internet. The location is a big plus; you can walk to all the good spots in the valley. It's the happening place in Brisbane." … "… day time there are trendy fashion stores in Ann Street, James Street and Emporium precincts....
"Excellent hostel for those who appreciate a quiet stay and a clean kitchen. Definitely not a place for people who like to party. Both fortitude valley and the city centre are only a ten-minute walk away. Close to supermarket (Woolworths). We got a nice fluffy towel each and crisp white bed sheets. Our room had its own fridge and a touch lamp. Very impressive hostel!" … "… ( not for party people) Wireless i/net TV lounge Tour...
Ambassador Motor Inn
"… (in the laundry room) •14 off-street parking •Easy room access for the disabled •Free internet & Foxtel •Our closest restaurant is the hugely popular “Black Forest” café restaurant with whom we cooperate. Charge back to the Ambassador Motor Inn Motel is available •Courtesy bus to and from Yeronga Services Club for lunch and dinner Whether it is for holidays, work, university, hospital or sport, the Ambassador Motor Inn is...
"Quiet and clean - If you prefer a quiet place with a bit more character i would recommend Minto. My girlfriend and I were a bit tired of noisy type backpackers and this was perfect for a break while we where in brisbane. The free internet is great too for organising your next visit without rushing it in a internet cafe." … "… Bank train station. From there it's just a short walk across the Victoria Bridge and you're in the CBD....
Avondale Private Hotel
"… CBD. Also walking distances to the Normanby Pub and the exhilarating lifestyle of the Paddington food cuisine. Clearly providing you with the best experience. With public transport at you convenience, the Avondale hotel enables you to explore and experience this wonderful city at your own pace. The hotel provides you rooms at budget prices for short/long term accomodation. Ideal for domestic/international travelers and...
Airport Hacienda Best Western Motel
"… court, a large lawn, pool, sauna, and mini-gym to temp the energetic. During your stay unwind in the sauna, or play with the children in the pool, or challenge the owners to a tennis matches we offer you. The Best Western Airport Hacienda has a variety of room configurations including one to five beds per room. From Corporate rooms to Family rooms all have a hint of the Spanish style. Rooms include quality beds, remote control...
Kingsford Riverside Inn
"… air conditioning, comfy beds, crisp clean sheets, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV, vanity unit and fridge. Facilities are shared. We also have Free Wifi, Free Breakfast, Free parking and an eat-in Guest Kitchen available 24/7 Budget rooms have single or double bed, sleep up to two. Standard Rooms have a Queen Bed & balcony and sleep up to three. Our Family Rooms have 1 double and 2 single beds and sleep up to...
"… hotels.The Tin Bar and Grill attracts a great mix of Brisvegas locals along with the international jet set. It goes off with groovy dance nights, weekly live music, sports events and music videos on the big-screens, plus the bonus of free product promotions. You just can't leave Brisbane without trying one of our famous Prime Rump Steaks such great value at only $5.90.Budget travellers can choose from a great range of dorms,...
Novena Palms Motel
"… is conveniently located in the popular Brisbane Airport area. The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. To be found at the hotel are facilities for disabled guests, luggage storage, car park, room service, airport transfer. All rooms are designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home, and some rooms come with non smoking rooms, air conditioning, balcony/terrace, internet access – wireless (charges apply),...
Ibis Budget Brisbane Airport
"… Brisbane Airport features a range of convenient guest room configurations, which can accommodate up to two, three or four guests. Contemporary in style and functional in design, guest rooms at this affordable Brisbane hotel offer everything needed for a relaxed stay and a great night's sleep. Room features include comfortable bedding, air conditioning, a flat screen TV, a modern ensuite, a full length mirror, an alarm clock, Tea...
Ibis Budget Windsor - Brisbane
"… access, reduced mobility guest rooms and an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast. With its convenient location just 1km of the hotel the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital and RNA Showgrounds, ibis budget Windsor Brisbane is the ideal choice for visitors wanting to explore the city. Guests can drive or catch public transport into the city to discover Brisbane's many attractions - from its eclectic range of restaurants and cafés, to...
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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