Hostels in Australian Capital Territory Hostels in Australian Capital Territory

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

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

All Cities in Australian Capital Territory

We list every single hostel in Australian Capital Territory and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Australian Capital Territory 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.

All Australian Capital Territory 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 Australian Capital Territory. 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 Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory (commonly referred to as ACT) is the smallest entity in Australia. It is often mistakenly thought to be part of the state of New South Wales as it's situated in the centre of the state. The ACT is home to the country’s capital city, Canberra (which is also the only city in ACT). There aren't many ACT hostels since travellers don’t visit the area as often as the rest of Australia. However for those that do, there are plenty of activities to keep entertained.

The ACT contains several national parks and reserves, including some mountain ranges, hills, and bushland. These provide great hiking, camping, and wildlife spotting opportunities. Canberra has a great nightlife, good restaurants, loads of museums, and of course, Parliament house and the government buildings. Canberra is a purpose built city, built around man-made lakes with the intention of becoming the country's capital city. Some of the ACT’s attractions include the Namadgi National Park (which makes up most of the territory), the National Museum of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House, and Lake Burley Griffin (the man-made lake). There are great cycling, bushwalking, hiking, bird watching, and wildlife spotting opportunities in the ACT, as well as plenty of festivals, markets, shows, and events throughout the year.

ACT is great to visit all year round, with the summer months (December to February) being the best months to visit. The temperature can be quite mild year round (for Australian standards) with temperatures very rarely getting over 35 degrees Celsius.

ACT can be reached by train, plane, bus, or car. As the territory is surrounded by New South Wales, the easiest connections are from Sydney. Once in Canberra, it's very easy to get around by bicycle, as the city has very good cycle paths. Otherwise, the public train is also great and very reliable.

There are a few hostel options in the ACT, the majority of hostels are found in Canberra. Hostels are one of the cheapest and social options. Hostels in ACT tend to be located near the university and in areas that have good nightlife.

expert for Australian Capital Territory hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Australian Capital Territory hostels Kelly Sheldrick

Travel Tips for Australian Capital Territory - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Australian Capital Territory. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Australian Capital Territory. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Australian Capital Territory

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, and 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 comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

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

How much are hostels in Australian Capital Territory?

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 Australian Capital Territory here on 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.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Australian Capital Territory 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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