Hostels in AustraliaHostels in Australia

You are looking for hostels in Australia? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Australia hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Australia.

All Cities in Australia

We list every single hostel in Australia and the world. In total, we have 198 cities in Australia for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

Abermain
1
Adaminaby
1
Adelaide
24
Agnes Water / Town of 1770
5
Airlie Beach
17
Albany
4
Albury
2
Alice Springs
9
Alva
1
Anglesea
1
Apollo Bay
4
Armidale
1
Atherton
3
Augusta
2
Ayr
2
Barrington
1
Batemans Bay
1
Bathurst
1
Bellingen
1
Bendigo
2
Berri
1
Bicheno
1
Biloela
1
Blackwater
1
Boat Harbour
1
Bridport
1
Bright
1
Brisbane
34
Broadbeach
1
Broome
4
Bunbury
2
Bundaberg
6
Burnie
1
Busselton
3
Byron Bay
15
Cairns
44
Caloundra
3
Canberra
4
Cape Otway
1
Cape Tribulation
6
Cardwell
2
Carnarvon
1
Cervantes
1
Cessnock
1
Childers
2
Coffs Harbour
8
Coles Bay
2
Coober Pedy
1
Coolangatta
2
Coolangatta - Gold Coast
1
Coolum Beach
1
Coral Bay
1
Crescent Head
1
Darwin
11
Denham
1
Denmark
1
Devonport
1
Dixvale
1
Dongara
1
Donnybrook
1
Dunsborough
3
Eagle Heights
1
Echuca
1
Emu Park
1
Esperance
1
Exmouth
4
Finch Hatton
1
Fremantle
6
French Island
1
Geelong
1
Gelantipy
1
George Town
1
Geraldton
2
Gladstone
3
Glasshouse Mountains
1
Glen Innes
1
Glen Waverley
2
Gloucester
1
Gold Coast
3
Gosford
1
Goulburn
1
Grampians
3
Great Keppel Island
2
Griffith
1
Halls Creek
1
Harrietville
1
Hawker
1
Hervey Bay
14
Hobart
10
Horseshoe Bay
1
Innisfail
1
Jindabyne
1
Kakadu National Park
1
Kalbarri
1
Kangaroo Island
2
Kangaroo Valley
1
Katherine
2
Katoomba
10
King Island
1
Kununurra
3
Lakes Entrance
1
Lancelin
1
Launceston
6
Little Swanport
1
Lorne
1
Loxton
1
Lucaston
1
Mackay
6
Maclean
1
Magnetic Island
2
Mansfield
1
Mapleton
1
Margaret River
3
Maroochydore
2
Maryvale
1
McLaren Vale
2
Melbourne
59
Merimbula
1
Mildura
4
Mission Beach
7
Monkey Mia
1
Mooloolaba
2
Moree
1
Mount Coolum
1
Mount Gambier
1
Mount Isa
1
Mount Lofty
1
Mount Surprise
1
Murchison
1
Murwillumbah
1
Mylor
1
Narooma
1
Nelly Bay
1
Nelson Bay
1
Newcastle
5
Nimbin
2
Noosa
6
Noosa North Shore
1
Northampton
1
Nowra
1
Nundle
1
Palm Cove
1
Penguin
1
Penrith
1
Perth
37
Phillip Island
3
Porongurup
1
Port Arthur
1
Port Campbell
2
Port Douglas
6
Port Elliot
1
Port Fairy
2
Port Kenny
1
Port Lincoln
1
Port Macquarie
5
Port Sorell
1
Port Stephens
2
Princetown
1
Queanbeyan
1
Rainbow Beach
3
Red Cliffs
1
Richmond
2
Rockhampton
1
Sandy Bay
1
Scamander
1
Scarborough
1
Seal Rocks
1
Southport
1
St. Helens
1
Stanley
1
Stanthorpe
1
Stradbroke Island
1
Surfers Paradise
13
Swan Hill
1
Swansea
1
Sydney
117
Tamworth
2
Tewantin
1
The Entrance
1
Thredbo
2
Tin Can Bay
1
Tocumwal
1
Torquay
2
Townsville
8
Tully
2
Tumut
1
Uluru / Ayers Rock
1
Walpole
3
Wangary
1
Warrnambool
3
Windsor
2
Wollongong
2
Woolgoolga
1
Yamba
1
Yarra Junction
1
Yeppoon
3
Yungaburra
1
Zeehan
1

All Australia hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Australia. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Australia

Australia, also commonly known as "Downunder," is a popular and very rewarding travel destination. Firstly, don't worry about the spiders, the snakes, the crocodiles, the insects, the drop bears, the sharks, the boxing kangaroos. Chances are you'll forget they even exist (well not the kangaroos, they're everywhere). The average Australian very rarely comes across any type of animal or insect that is going to cause harm, so don't worry. What you should be worried about is the heat. And if you plan on driving in Australia, make sure you carry a spare Jerry can fuel of petrol or gas, spare food, and water, and a radio would also be a good idea. The biggest danger to most tourists is having their car break down in the middle of nowhere, so be prepared if you are planning a roadtrip.

Many people who stay in Australian hostels hire or buy a car to drive around the country, or visit on a "work and holiday" trip. If visiting Australia for a couple of weeks, be aware that the country is very big, and cities and attractions separated by very large distances. So choose an area, or have a plan for travelling to where you want to go.

Sydney is a must if visiting Australia. Take a couple of days to visit all the city's main attractions, including the Sydney harbour bridge and Opera House. Fireworks can often be seen in the harbour most Saturday nights.

Continuing up the east coast, we have the Gold Coast (beaches, nightclubs, theme parks) and the Sunshine Coast (relaxing, with lots of beautiful beaches). Off the coast we also have the Great Barrier Reef, one of the best places in Australia for diving and snorkelling, with high biodiversity of tropical fish and marine life. There is also the Daintree Rain Forest (the nearest hostels are in Cape Tribulation) for great hiking and wildlife spotting. And many island resorts, including the famous Whitsunday Islands (the nearest hostels are in Airlie Beach).

If we continue heading along the coast we eventually get to the Northern Territory where towns become more infrequent. The Northern Territory is home to tropical rain forests and the beautiful Kakadu National Park. In the interior (or "outback") we also have Uluru / Ayers Rock, a strange rock formation in the centre of Australia, and Alice Springs, a nearby town, where most people will stay.

To the West, there is Western Australia. Most tourist skip Western Australia due to the isolation of the state's capital, Perth (the most isolated city in the world). However the state has some of the best beaches and snorkelling in the whole of Australia. It is also less touristy, so a great destination if you want to avoid the crowds.

South Australia is home to the Barossa Valley, famous for it's wines, particularly the shiraz red wines. If you're in the area, Kangaroo Island is also worth a visit, especially if you love nature and wildlife.

The drive from Adelaide (the capital of South Australia) to Melbourne (the capital of Victoria) is stunning, and known as one of the best drives in the world. Follow the rugged coast line, passing famous spots such as the the Twelve Apostles (a natural rock formation).

Melbourne is probably the trendiest city in Australia, with a great nightlife and restaurants, and some historic colonial buildings. From Melbourne you can easily hop on a plane for a 20 minute flight over to Tasmania for some great hiking. And if it's winter, maybe even to enjoy some snow (yes, it snows in Australia).

There are many accommodation options in Australia. In the cities, hostels are a popular choice, and of a high standard. Hostels are great places to go to meet other travellers, and often can help if you are looking for local work. In smaller towns and rural areas, hostels aren't always common, and roadhouses or camping might be the only option.

Australia, very big, very vast, and full of something for everyone!

expert for Australia hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Australia hostels Kelly Sheldrick

Travel Tips for Australia - from the Community

Oh man, so far no one from the community has left a comment or travel tips for Australia. How about you kick start the discussion here? Gather your best backpacking recommendations for Australia and jot them down below. The community thanks you.

I've been in Kalbarri for 5 days and i found hard to leave: it's a very pretty and quiet place. If you go there, don't miss a tour of the area: it's beautiful!

I think Airlie Beach is a wonderful place to relax and it has the most beautiful scenery.

I have visited Apollo Bay many times and I would like to recommend to EVERYONE that they must try one of the delicious treats from the local bakery. The food is excellent and the staff are delightful.

Griffith is absolutely amazing! Believe me!

Batemans Bay is very far from the beach and attractions -- too far if you do not have transport.

We spent a great month in Augusta a couple of years ago (as part of a 3 month journey around SW Australia). We started in a caravan (which was great), and we migrated to a rented a house from an estate agency and extended our visit for another three weeks. We were most impressed by the friendly and welcoming attitude …

Broadbeach is great, its only minutes to Surfers and has some great things to do as it is on the beach with its surf clubs. And the casino is always great with Thursday night -- cheap drinks in the casino's Prince Albert Bar. It's where a lot of the young loacals go.

Nimbin is disgusting. Don't even bother coming here. There are far better places to visit in the region.

I have visited Denmark and I have to say that it is one of the most beautiful places in the world! Nature is stunning and the inhabitants are great!

Geelong is a great place and is of course a must stop before visiting all the exciting places like Torquay and the Great Ocean Road.

Melbourne is a fantastic city, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. There are some beautiful parks in the center of the city, and some lovely galleries and museums. I ended up staying in Melbourne for longer than I originally planned as I found it to be a 'fun' city - great bars and nighclubs, to suit all tastes …

Maroochydore is a great place to do fruit picking as it is so close to the beach, has lovely weather, plenty of charity shops, and great drinking holes!

Penrith is a very exciting place to be especially with its beautiful country and ocean views.

Mission Beach is a great little beach town. Its away from the hussle and bussle of other tourist areas so one can actually enjoy the place they are at.

Mount Isa is real grubby place, since it is a mining community. Every house seems to have a mean barking dog.

FAQ on Hostels in Australia

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Australia?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Australia here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Australia safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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