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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...
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
"very good facilities with relaxed atmosphere, stayed four nights in a small clean dorm. hostel kept clean and the staff were helpful. Worth a look." … "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." … "Came back here several times. Very clean, staff was...
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...
Bowen Terrace International Accommodation
"Home sweet home! - my girlfriend and I we stayed at the Bowen Terrace for a couple of weeks and we have to say that it is just beautiful. we stayed there for quiet a long time and haven't had such problems at all (and we also stayed in the beautiful room Nr. 15). Even if there is someone noisy on the deck you can ask him friendly to make the call from the area downstairs. I could tell a lot more nice and beautiful things about the Bowen...
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...
"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...
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
"… 4 bed room and 6 bed room (both with Bunk beds). All rooms have big windows for ventilation and lighting, some rooms have french door with open out to a balcony. 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. No on-site parking is available. For the security of our guests, we have security cameras located...
Base Brisbane Uptown
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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...
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...
"Very nice staff and good rooms. I can really recommend this place." … "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." … "Cheap and nasty - Avoid staying here and the other properties under the branch Aussie Colonial Inns! No professional...
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...
Ellie's Guest House
"… either a single bed, double bed or 1 set of bunks. All rooms have a kitchenette including cupboards, fridge,sink, fan, kettle and toaster and linen supplied. Wardrobes are also in all rooms. The properties common area offer kitchen facilities, laundry and bathrooms offering excellent value for travellers seeking a quiet and clean place to stay. The property has beautiful relaxing balconies to relax and chat to other people. We...
"… 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...
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...
"… 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
"The heritage-listed Eton House is located in the heart of Brisbane city. It 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. All air-conditioned rooms are traditionally furnished and offer a desk and a wardrobe. Most rooms offer a private en suite bathroom. Some rooms include a fireplace. The property will send you door code and...
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." … "… park can do so at the Valley Metro Car Park in Alfred street (behind the Snooze Inn). Please...
"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
"… 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 clean comfortable central and a convenient to stay! All spacious rooms contain Air-conditionining, Free Wi-Fi, television...
"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." … "… discounted. Also if you would like to request a double bed this can be achieved in most cases and...
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
"… data screen and tea/coffee facilities. Recreation The Hacienda has a tennis 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...
"… 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
"The restaurant is open for dinner Monday to Saturday and offers a varied menu including spaghetti, fish and chips, steak and Indian curries. A range of local and imported beer and wine are also available. Each air-conditioned room has a microwave, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. All rooms are decorated in neutral colours and include a flat-screen TV." … "… stay on the M1 freeway, follow all signs that say...
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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