Caloundra City Backpackers, Caloundra

Sunshine Coast
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Best Yet

I had the best time here thanks to the manager Fred and Lilly. The moment we walked in the door Fred was so friendly and helpful. He organised the best Xmas ever. There were so many activities Fred and Lilly organised that it was hard to choose which event to go to. Fred and Lilly left the hostel which is disappointing to hear (due to management) and wish them to return. The place is not the same again. P.S. Fred and Lilly do tandem surfing which is amazing the best i have ever seen! This WAS the best backpackers,NOT NOW!!!

Age 41 | Australian

Nice Hostel

We enjoyed our stay at Caloundra City Backpackers. The personnel was really friendly and helped us planning trips. The hostel was pretty clean and the kitchen was convenient with 2 big fridges, lots of plates. I would recommend a stay at Caloundra City Backpackers.


Definitely one of the best hostels ever!

A lot of things have changed. First of all the management is new, apparently everything changed with them. The atmosphere is very familiar, the staff and the management are very friendly and helpful. They organize a weekly free barbecue and a 4-dollar (all you can eat) pizza night. Furthermore they offer a lot of free time stuff like free bikes, free surfboards, free tours (glasshouse mountains) and workshops (painting or things guests want to show to others). The internet connection is good and free! (fixed PCs and wireless access). I didn't experience a group problem, I experienced something totally different. I arrived there alone but you get integrated in the group very quickly. But it is still very clean and the beds are comfortable. All in all I can really recommend a stay in the hostel, you won't regret it.


Caloundra City Backpackers is pretty affordable. The place was better than expected -- it's a small hostel but good enough for a night's stay.

The Location

This hostel is close to the main street, Bulcock Street. It is about two minutes' walk to K-mart and Coles, and five minutes' walk to the beach! It is not that easy to find at night, if you don't have a GPS system and you have to rely on the traditional street directory (like we did). The neighbourhood is pretty quiet and dimly-lighted by 7 p.m. The area is boring at night -- nothing to do except have dinner! One good point is that the hostel has its own small parking area.

Rooms and Bathrooms

We stayed in a six-share dorm. There aren't any in-room lockers -- probably the lady knew we were a group of six and we didn't have a need for lockers. We got two sets of keys to lock the dorm. The lady even taught us what we had to do to get back in if we went out after 9 p.m.

The beds are not comfortable -- you can actually feel the springs in the bed poking out. But the room and beds are extremely clean -- no bedbugs, no worries. The bathrooms are also really clean! From the pictures, you can see that there is space to change in the shower cubicles and hooks/shelves for your clothes.

Common Spaces

The hostel is quite small, but there are two kitchens (one on ground level, one on upper level)! There are tables in the kitchen, and the balcony area to just chill out. They have a vending machine for your midnight cravings! But do not use the internet -- it is rubbish! We put money in to use the internet and we couldn't even check out email, no matter how much we tried. It is a dull and quiet hostel -- people usually come in groups and they stick to their groups. You could get to meet other backpackers if you wanted, but there are very few people staying there. They have a laundry room and an open area to sun the clothes.


The hostel provides the basic amenities, but there is simply nothing to do at night around the area. The pool table is in a bad condition because too many people have sat on the pool table. The billiard balls actually roll back!

Agnes Ng

The double rooms are ok, with en suite and TV. The kitchen has two stoves, two sinks, two fridges, many cabinets and drawers, but also lots of ants. The owner likes to make sure it is kept tidy by pestering the guests about anything that's left out any time he's there and that's a lot. There is a lounge room with comfy sofas, TV and books, and a balcony for the upper level if you wish to smoke, but this area is locked at 10 p.m. The owner has a way of sneaking up on you out of the blue, and he's always there. There wasn't such a nice vibe to this place, and the price escalated during the Easter holidays. I wouldn't return here.


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Liked: Has everything you need including free wifi. Shopping centre at the end of the road and a very short walk to the beach. Didn't like: Only slightly annoying thing was that there wasnt a mirror in the room


Liked: Good location close to town. Didn't like: The room was described as a private twin, but it was like a cell, with a metal framed bunk bed and cheap small units by the bedside, with no wardrobe. The fly screen on the window was broken and a supermarket shopping basket was left in one of the bedside units. The matttess cover was stained. Arrived around 7pm and went to the kitchen to do dinner, but it was so dirty we went out to eat. On departing the following day, the receptionist was not that friendly, nor interested to know how our stay was. Won't be recommending this place to anyone. Been backpacking all around South Africa and this is the worst we have seen in Oz for lack of management and cleanliness.


Liked: Great location with excellent facilities. A high standard of cleanliness too. Room was better than we expected with ensuite bathroom and thankfully, a large ceiling fan to fight off the heat. Close to town and beaches. Didn't like: The receptionist came across as vague and incompetent. We went to check-in at 11.30 am and were told, that due to a computer system crash, she couldn't tell us if a room was available for us, or what time we could check in. She told us to come back at 3.00 pm. and maybe she might have some more clue about what's going on. This isn't a large hostel, and as my wife and I are both hostel managers ourselves, we were a little confused by the receptionist's lack of knowledge when it comes to availability and guest movement. When we came back at 3.00 we then had to queue at reception while the receptionist took 30 minutes to check in each party in front of us in the line. This appeared to be due to her rambling, slow, and convoluted communication style. This is a great hostel, but they really need to put someone else on reception!


Liked: The staff was very friendly and helpful, the kitchen was clean. 5 minutes walk to the beach. Didn't like: We stayed in a double room ensuite, the room itself was tiny but o.k.. At the wall and the door were narrow gaps, which made a comfy home for many cockroaches. We had 4 of them in our room, the staff gave us a spray which killed the cockroaches but as one was gone, another showed up. The window had a fly screen but it was a bit broken, so that mosquitos etc can easily enter the room.


Liked: The close walking proximity to beaches, shops,and public transport. Didn't like: The outer exterior grounds of the building could be a little cleaner because our first impression was not good, but when we asked the office staff if we could inspect our room and facilities first they were very accommodating and what we saw made us eel happier about staying.


Liked: Useful location, generally clean and good. Didn't like: Nothing in particular


Liked: - there are 2 kitchen with oven (even if one is out of order for the moment)- the backpacker is really close to the shopping center- they borrow some bodyboard, surfboard- the terrace outside was very nice with BBQ Didn't like: the unfriendlyness of the stuff at phone when I called to enquiry


Liked: It was nice and quiet, and the staff was very helpfull. Plus we could get some surfboards there for hire that didn't cost anything. Didn't like: -


Liked: they have plenty of games, skateboards etc. we got a free bbq :)it's close to shops like coles and to the beach. Didn't like: rooms are pretty small


Liked: Very nice and helpful staff, nice and quiet room. The kitchen had all you need and they had many stuff to use for free like bodyboards, surfboards... Didn't like: The only Thing I didn't like was the double sheets were Not very clean.



Caloundra city Backpackers is situated on the sunshine coast;Famous for its weather and beaches.With a growing reputation for its cleanliness, being most comfortable and best situated. 4 minute walk to the beach, 1 minute walk to the shops you'll have no worries with our friendly staff. Activities: Surfing, fishing, windsurfing, snorkling,scuba diving, canoeing, Kayak tours, The biggest SKYDIVING centre in Aust.(Packages Available)Big Pineapple, Moreton Island Tours, Scenic Flights, Australia Zoo with the famous Steve Irwin, many other attractions please call us on 07549 97655. Any one and everyone is welcome. (expt locals)

Location and Contact


• Buses run to Caloundra bus depot from there ring 07 54997655 and free transport to the backpackers can be arranged.
• Central Caloundra, 2 mins walk to local shopping mall, 5 mins walk to ocean waters.
• 2 blocks from bus depot.



Address: 84 Omrah Avenue, Sunshine Coast, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia

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Website Caloundra City Backpackers Caloundra (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: +61 (7) 5499-7655
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Facilities and Amenities



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby


BBQ Grill

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Wheelchair Accessible

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7 AM - 9:30 PM (07:00-21:30)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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