You are looking for hostels in Queensland? 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 Queensland 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 Queensland.
All Cities in Queensland
We list every single hostel in Queensland and the world. In total, we have 54 cities in Queensland 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.
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 Queensland. 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 Queensland
Queensland is the north eastern most state of Australia and is home to some of the most incredible travel in the world. Majority of what you will want to see here will be along the coast line and to get around, you can either hire a car and drive it or buy a hop on hop off Greyhound bus pass that allows you as many stops along the way as you like as long as it is in one direction. There are a lot of hostels along the way here, some towns with more than others, but the whole area is very popular so book at least a couple of days in advance.
If starting in the north, head up to Cape Tribulation and explore the jungle and the site where Captain Cook tried to get to land with his ship the Endeavour and struck the reef instead. The Daintree National Park is worth a visit in this area as well as it is home to some rare flora and fauna.
As you head further south, spend a couple of days chilling out in the quiet of Port Douglas. While it is more popular with backpackers to do their Great Barrier Reef dive out of Cairns, you will be able to access more pristine reef with the tours from Port Douglas so make your way north to do it. Cairns is about an hour south of here and you will find this to be an enormous backpackers hub with heaps of hostels and a massive nightlife.
Continuing on you will find the city of Townsville, which is where you catch the ferry over to Magnetic Island. Both of these places are worth taking some time to explore and chill out if you have time.
Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays, a group of around 80 islands in the area. While the town of Airlie Beach itself is not much more than a tourist strip filled with pubs, clubs, fast food joints and backpackers hostels, the islands themselves are some of the most spectacular things you will ever see. Take a couple of boat trips out sailing and visit the famous Whitehaven Beach with its pristine white sand and the Hill Inlet. There is also some amazing snorkelling to be had around this area.
As you continue south, you can stop in Mackay and Rockhampton which are larger cities but you will not need to spend too much more than a day in each to break up the bus ride and explore the areas.
Agnes Water / Town of 1770 should be your next stop. It is a great surf town with a few hostels in it and is a little off the beaten track for the tourists. Some people come to visit and get stuck here for months at a time it is such a nice town to visit.
One place that you should not miss is Fraser Island. You can get onto a 4WD tour from either Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach. All three places have hostels, however hostels on Fraser Island are far and few between and many people camp in other places about the island where there aren't hostels.
Next you will encounter Noosa, which is an upmarket area that is popular with surfers before you hit the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane. Brisbane is a beautiful port city where there are an abundances of hostels on one main street of the city. There is some great partying to be had and a great outdoor café culture about the city.
The last stop on your way south and one of the most popular destinations in all of Australia is the Gold Coast, home to the famous Surfers Paradise. There are also a large number of hostels here to stay in while you visit the theme parks, learn to surf and relax before making your way to New South Wales.
This whole trip could take you a couple of weeks to a couple of months depending on time, money and how much time you want to spend. It can be expensive, but staying in hostels will make it a little cheaper.
Handwritten by local expert for Queensland hostels Globetrotter
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I stayed in Tully for two and a half months as work was plentiful. If you want work you don't have to go through a hostel, just get up bright and early, say 5:30 am, and stand at the post office junction. Ask the farmers if they need help as no qualifications are ever asked. Tully and its environs have a lot to …
Mount Isa is real grubby place, since it is a mining community. Every house seems to have a mean barking dog.
Mackay is a safe town to walk and explore. Non-touristy and friendly locals.
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.
Brisbane is a fantastic city! We loved our stay here. Brisbane was fabulous - South Bank (wow!) the river (wow) and great feel for a city. We saw some great AFl with the Brisbane Lions too!
Rainbox Beach was just too lovely to describe with any justice. Anybody who wants a little paradise should definitely go to Rainbow Beach.
I think Airlie Beach is a wonderful place to relax and it has the most beautiful scenery.
My friends and I had an amazing trip at Magnetic Island Schoolies. It's a blast! There's also a cool band that played alternative music, which really rocked! It was nonstop dancing and partying all night. I really loved the drinks I've had! It was a totally sick experience we had! We sure will visit there again!
There's nothing to do in Hervey Bay. Make sure you get on a three-day, two-night 4x4 tour, which actually works out cheaper anyway.
Cardwell is the most beautiful place I may have ever been on Earth! The main street has mountians on one side and a simple, untouched beach on the other! It is in "croc country", so no swimming, but the view is enough to fall in love with Cardwell!! There are cute cafes and wonderful locals. The local Catholic …
Biloela was a great party town, small but good. Grew up there.
For the three days I was in Cairns I realized it's truly beautiful. I suggest that that everyone go snorkeling and/or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
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!
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.
Innisfail is a good place for a stop over and to earn some cash on the fruit picking but hard ass work...
FAQ on Hostels in Queensland
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 Queensland?
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 Queensland 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.
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.