Hostels in Northern Territory Hostels in Northern Territory

You are looking for hostels in Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern Territory.

All Cities in Northern Territory

We list every single hostel in Northern Territory and the world. In total, we have 3 cities in Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern Territory

Northern Territory, Australia, is a federal territory in the north of Australia. The territory borders the states of Western Australia in the west, Queensland in the east, and South Australia in the south. The Northern Territory is where adventurers and nature lovers go to experience the "real Australian outback."

The territory is home to hundreds of native flora and fauna, including freshwater and salt-water crocodiles. There are fifty-two national parks and nature reserves, and you'll also find here the ionic Uluru (commonly known as "Ayers Rock"). There are still loads of small indigenous communities and national heritage sites in Northern Territory, which makes this one of the best places to learn about the Aboriginal culture and traditions.

The territory’s capital is Darwin -- and most people will visit Darwin if visiting the Northern Territory, as it is the largest city in the territory. It has plenty of facilities, shopping centres, government buildings, an airport, hospital, and all the other major facilities. The northern part of the territory experiences only two seasons -- the wet, hot, and humid season (December to February) and the hot and very dry season (June to August). The best time to visit the area is in the dry season, as this is the most comfortable time to visit and explore the national parks and nearby attractions. The centre of the Northern Territory is red desert, and it can get extremely hot, so make sure you pack plenty of water when out during the day. During the night, especially in winter, the desert can get very cold, so it's also important to pack some warm clothes.

Northern Territory has some great hiking trails, wildlife spotting, and camping opportunities in the many national parks. Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Site, full of aboriginal culture, nature and gorges, and rainforest. Other popular and beautiful national parks include Gregory National Park, the second-largest national park in the territory, with ranges, gorges, woodlands, and plenty of wildlife. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (also known as Ayers Rock and The Olgas). And Watarrka National Park, which is home to Kings Canyon, offers some of the best and challenging hiking opportunities.

There are a few different accommodation options throughout the Northern Territory, and Darwin and the touristic towns have the biggest range of accommodation. In these places, accommodation options include hotels, resorts, campsites, Northern Territory, Australia hostels (or backpackers) and motels. In the more rural or less touristic areas of Northern Territory, motels and roadhouses are usually the only options. Northern Territory, Australia hostels are a great place to stay to meet other travelers. Hostel staff are generally very helpful, and willing to provide useful information about local tours and transport.

expert for Northern Territory hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Northern Territory hostels Kelly Sheldrick

Travel Tips for Northern 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 Northern Territory. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern 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 Northern 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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