Couple O' Days Backpackers



The Review

Servicing the high-rise coastal town of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, Couple O'Days Backpackers is squat and cramped, but perfect for exactly what its name suggests -- staying a couple of days.

The Location

Sitting on the street shared by a number of other hostels, just a ten-minute walk from the city centre, Couple O' Days is well positioned for accessing the shops and the beach. A vehicle is needed for some of the theme parks in the outer reaches of Surfers Paradise, but the main part of the town is an easy walk down the road.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The four-bed rooms are small with mismatching furniture. The hostel is well placed to be out of reach of the noise of the clubs in the town, but the dramatic creaking of the rusty beds will keep you awake at night all the same. Aim to get up early, because there certainly isn't enough room for four people getting ready each day. The same can be said about getting to the bathroom first as well, as there are only two servicing the whole hostel.

Common Spaces

The TV room upstairs is a fine place to sink into a squashy chair and unwind at the end of the day, and a communal bookshelf provides you with a place to stock up on reading material and deposit the books you are finished with. In the summer the small pool makes for a great place to cool off, and picnic benches beneath shady umbrellas are a welcome refuge from the fierce sun. The cramped grounds mean any mess is extremely noticeable, and at peak season the hostel is a hive of activity just like every other hostel in town, which makes the place seem even smaller.


The tiny rooms and common spaces should dissuade anyone seeking long term accommodation. With the town itself offering little other than shopping centres, clubs, and restaurants, Surfers Paradise tends to be more of a short stop anyway. It is for this that Couple O' Days Backpackers is well equipped. At just a five-minute walk from the Greyhound Bus Transit Centre, it's a great place to stop overnight on your way up the coast. But if you find the prospect of cabin fever unattractive, stay well clear.
by Thomas Winward Staff Reviewer
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18 Peninsular Drive, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
-28.005057, 153.423029 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+61 (7) 5592-4200
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The staffs were nice and helpful. The environment was clean but the mixed rooms were a bit crowded and not well ventilated.
Age 21, HongKong
I stayed for one week in this hostel. It was very nice. I feel I have known a fantastic person, Belinda, the boss; she is very friendly and she helped me every day for all that I need. I have felt that I was in my Italian home. The kitchen and staff are perfect, toilet very clean, and rooms comfortable. The place is very nice, near the ocean, just three minutes' walk to fantastic beach. I would recommend that hostel if you are searching for a second family. There's a little swimming pool that is so nice where you can meet people and relax. The common room with TV is so nice and from the first floor you can see the best landscape picture. I met people from all worlds in that quiet hostel. I'm sure to come back here next time. I don't want any other place. Already I feel the lack of these people and this hostel.
I really enjoyed my time here. The place as an easygoing atmosphere with kind, friendly staff who are very helpful. I found it to be very clean with a homey feel. I really enjoyed how social it was without being unpleasant. You get the oppourtunity to meet people and have fun, but it is not like some hostels I have stayed in where it gets kind of annoying. The free Wifi is awesome. The hostel is less than 5 minutes walk from the centre of surfers paradise town, so that makes things easy. If I passed through Gold Coast again I would stay here.
Age 26, New Zealand
Very cheap hostel, but you get what you pay for.
We stayed here one night during our East Coast trip. Unfortunately we didn't check the room before booking. The smell in the room was disgusting. We ended up sleeping there but got out as soon as possible in the morning to avoid the smell. Furthermore we could not connect to the WiFi. Also the rooms don't seem to be cleaned very well. The outside of the hostels looks shabby and there is a smell there as well, though not as bad as inside. The second day we went to the beach and came back to the hostel in the afternoon to take a shower, but were rudely refused entry because we had 'already checked out'. This was quite surprising because every other hostel we have visited allows guests to use the facilities at least during the afternoon after their checkout. We checked in very late that night and checked out an hour and a half before the checkout time, but there was no courtesy at all to let us use any facilities. There were only two people in the large dorm of around 15 beds and I understand why that was all. Really just spend the few extra bucks and go to another hostel, this one is horrible.
Home from home
Couple of days is a great little cosey backpackers. It's very airy so there is a nice breeze flowing through the room. No bedbugs, just the usual Australian bugs wandering around there all over Australia get used to it. The staff are friendly & very helpful. It's a small hostel but such a quiet retreat compared to noisier hotter backpackers I have previously stayed in. I stayed a full 2 weeks here & enjoyed every second. I made some good friends as your not allowed drink in your room so it's much more sociable sitting outside together. There is a pool although small it does the trick. I have enjoyed my stay here defiantly my favourite backpackers. Very happy.
Age 28, English
Fab little backpackers
Lovely little place to stay. Clean rooms. Friendly, helpful staff. The mattresses were a little worn on some of the beds. Small kitchen but its only a small hostel so not a major issue. Low price, only a short walk to the main street and beach.
Home from home!!
I stayed at Couple o' Days three times when I was backpacking. I returned for a fourth time on holiday this month. Best hostel I stayed in. If you're looking for a big name hotel, then you're going to be disappointed, however, if you're looking for a place to meet new people and have a good time then this is the place to stay. Cockroaches are Australia wide -- FACT! deal with it. There are no bedbugs at this hostel. I should know, I've stayed in enough of the rooms to prove it. The linen IS washed. If the people that are staying in the hostel make a mess in the kitchen just before you get in there then of course it's going to be dirty. Blame the slobs that made the mess in there. The hostel is small but that's the magic of it. You meet people really quickly and if you stay there for a few days you end up as a little family! The pool gets Vacuumed regularly and has a filter. If you get cold at night there is a big blanket to keep you warm. The area is not full of 'girl gangs' -- I walked up and down that street hundreds of times on my own at night and not so much as a squeak from said 'girl gangs!' Belinda, the manager, is lovely and so is puzzles. If you have any problems at all then speak to Belinda about it and she will try her utmost to resolve any issues. There is no money making bar at Couple o' Days which means you can BYO. I have had many happy times sat on that old wooden bench. So many memories!! If you're in Australia to meet people, chill out and have fun then this is the best place to do it. Don't judge a book by it's cover. I know I sound very protective over Couple O' Days but if you don't stay there, you won't understand!!
Dirty and bedbugs!
This hostel was the worst that Tom and I stayed in during our trip 3 month East Coast trip. We arrived late, so nothing else was open, but I wish we had slept in our ute. Not only was it disgustingly dirty, but I believe they don't wash any of the linen. This is the only place that we received bedbugs and we stayed only one night! Tom woke to find a dead cockroach hull next to his head and I found several dark hairs on the blanket -- I am blonde. In the morning we went to the kitchen to make tea, but the sink was filthy and the kettle was rusted inside. Needless to say, we bought our breakfast that morning. The staff was friendly, I will say that, but I would still rate it a zero if possible. It should be condemned.
Cate and Tom
(Canadian and Aussie)

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