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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)
"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
"Good - nice little hostel with a great view. Provides everything you need." … "Came back here several times. Very clean, staff was friendly, made some great friends -- love the patio! Got very ill with strep throat when I was there and the staff made sure I was well taken care of, offered to help, showed me where to find a Doctor." … "very good facilities with relaxed atmosphere, stayed four nights in a small clean dorm. hostel...
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...
"The Time Of My God Damn Life!!!! - When my friend and i arrived in Brisbane, i said lets stay at the sh*tty one next door to the YHA, they also had no room but the lovely guy Chris sorted us out with a bed and mattress on the floor, so we weren't on the streets, he also did the same for two people we met as well. The staff are amazon (amazing)!!! we were only going to stay 2 days max then ended up staying long term as has a lot of people...
"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
"Home - This place is great. It was our first hostel in Australia and since then we have been back twice. Without John and Lauras help we would have had troubles finding a car and they helped us so much! I would (and i will) recommend it to everyone!" … "Delightful - Charming old Queenslander house with lead light windows in an excellent location. We were able to walk to the Powerhouse Arts Centre, the ferry, huge park, coffee shops,...
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."" … "Nice homey feel to this place - Stayed here for four nights. Nice homely feel as the place is not too...
"Super! - Good location, amazing city view on the roofTOPS (yes, there's two); super clean, nice facilities and helpful reception!" … "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...
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
"… room with two single bed, 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...
"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." … "On December 21, 2005 we contacted the Balhouse Apartments, 33 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane City, Queensland,...
Aussie Colonial Inns
"It is awesome." … "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 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...
"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." … "This place was the best mainly because of the atmosphere. We stayed in Brissy for liek 3 weeks on and off and stayed here for a...
Ellie's Guest House
"… place to stay in Brisbane. Just 3Klms from Brisbane City Centre, 2 Klms from Fortitude Valley and 15 Klms from the Brisbane Airport. The house consists of Double and Single rooms together with some twin bunk rooms. Each room has either Double or Single ensemble, wardrobe, microwave, fridge, TV, fan, sink and cupboards. Wireless internet is available. Bathrooms are shared except for a couple of ensuited double rooms. Community...
"… 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...
"… and lorikeets frequent the lush backyard. please note Minto student house is drug and alcohol free Also if you would like to request a double bed this can be achieved in most cases and guaranteed a3 bed private, please request in advance. Default will be singles in 1 & 2 bed private rooms. Default will be double and a single in 3 bed private if you want all singles please let us know.. - 6 minutes walk to south bank train station...
Eton Bed & Breakfast
"… toilet. We have rooms with king, queen and twin beds (two single beds). The attic suite is a self-catering apartment with private entrance. It has a private bathroom with toilet, a bed/sitting room with king or twin beds, a sofa, dining area and an ajoining room with kitchenette and a single bed. All rooms have access to tea and coffee, refrigerator, laundry and iron. On the lower level are the guest living/dining room and kitchen....
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...
Astor Metropole Best Western Hotel
"… we offer a wide range of accommodation styles including single, double and triple sized Hotel Rooms, Apartments and Suites. Family sized accommodation is available throughout the Hotel from Terrace Apartments through to our Tower, Club and Executive Apartments. We are confident that our special tariff rates will guarantee you the best value available in Brisbane. The Best Western Astor Metropole contains a range of accommodation...
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." … "… just around the corner from the Snooze Inn) and in the day time there are trendy fashion stores...
"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." … "… are just a 6 minute walk to south bank train station from there just cross victoria bridge and your in...
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
"… 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 have a hint of the Spanish...
"… policy defines the possibility of accommodating children and the availability of extra beds. If you do not want to offer extra beds at all, please use the bed type "no extra beds available". · All children are welcome. · All children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing beds. · All children under 2 years stay free of charge for children's cots/cribs. · The maximum number of...
"… 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,...
Bonapartes Serviced Apartments
"Bonapartes Serviced Apartments offers 1 bedroom fully self contained apartments available for periods from 1 day to more than 1 week. These apartments all feature private laundry facilities and a full kitchen with microwave and stovetops. Each apartment has a flat-screen TV and DVD player Bonapartes Apartments offer air-conditioned accommodation with a private balcony. The property features an outdoor swimming pool and a barbecue area....
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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