Aquarius Backpackers, Byron Bay

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Awesome facilities, so close to the beach

Had a great stay here at Aquarius and it must have changed. The kitchen, common area, bar, and reception areas are all brand new. The kitchen is huge, has a walk in fridge, five stoves and a huge dining/TV area. The new bar by the pool is pretty impressive too always something on like karaoke or other stupid and real cheep drinks. You get a free dinner every night in the bar included in your stay. The staff are helpful enough, all the dorms have their own bathrooms, which look pretty new. beach is real close. You are not allowed to drink in your rooms anymore and pretty strict about it, it's good in some ways and bad in others. All in all a pretty good place to stay in a beautiful part of the world!


I love it.

great location. i really like their kitchen! so clean and enough kitchen facilities. bathroom en-suite. near Jonson street, shops, convenience store, beach. it's great. i'd recommend to young travelers! my room was on second floor, i shared the room with other nine women, i think all of us were single travelers. i felt pretty safe. i'd go back there again!


Bit of a letdown

Stayed here January 2009. I only stayed here because a friend I'd met earlier on my trip was. A bit too impersonal for my tastes, apparently Aquarius used to be very good for the party atmosphere but this changed after it got licensed and put in its own bar -- now you're not allowed to bring alcohol onto the premises from outside, bit of a blow for people relying on their $10 bag of goon. Dorms are big, stayed in one on the ground floor with the french door straight off the carpark -- which was frequently left unlocked, not good for safety, especially when you're a single girl traveling on your own. I wouldn't stay here again.


Absolute Beauty!

Please, go to Aquarius! If you are the kind of person who is in Australia to have fun and party this is the place for you. I was looking for a place to stay for the night before going to Brisbane, and I ended up staying there for two months! Aquarius is by far the best atmosphere and houses the best people in the country. Your Australian experience will not be the same if you don't experience AQ.



I got a great time at aquarius even if it was for one week. The bed dorms are very clean. However the cleaners wake you up at 10, but its all right. It's so close to the beach and you can rent body board, every morning you have the tides times.

The kitchen is not very modern and organised but it was really ok. I recommend the Aquarius!


Loud, raucous party hostel, not for the faint hearted

Aquarius might be ok if you're eighteen and love to party, but unless you want a loud pumping bar right outside your bedroom, dorms with one bathroom between ten beds, and raucous europeans getting dirty in the bed next door and playing drinking games while sitting on your bed, you're likely to have an appalling night's sleep. Only my earplugs got me through.



I stayed three nights in mid-january '08 and had a great experience. Central location, large kitchen, delicious BBQs for a decently priced meal, amazing atmosphere, bar with happy hour, swimming pool, very close to beach. I would definitely recommend!


I have to say stayed in Sep '05 and I found the people lovely, the atmosphere great -- Stevie best barman, cool atmosphere in evenings, sharing meals, drinking vb and watching the simpsons, two beers for price of one (5 to 7p.m.) -- I have to say I loved it.


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The Aquarius Backpackers Motel is located in the centre of Byron Bay, just a short stroll from the Main Beach. Aquarius is a backpackers with a difference, we have accommodation to cater for you depending on what stage of your trip your at. So whether your looking to meet people & party hard or your wanting to take some time out, Aquarius has a mix of accommodation designed to suit your individual needs.

* free courtesy bus to & from bus stop
* free boogie boards
* free entertainment
* licensed cafe/bistro
* rooms serviced daily
* bathrooms in each dorm
* book exchange
* inground pool
* large clean kitchen
* tour booking & travel services

Location and Contact




Address: 16 Lawson Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Aquarius Backpackers is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Aquarius Backpackers Byron Bay
Phone Number: +61 (0) 2 6685 7663
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage



Air Conditioning


Board Games

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Swimming Pool

Table Tennis


Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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