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You are looking for hostels in Snowy Mountains? 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 Snowy Mountains 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 Snowy Mountains.

All Cities in Snowy Mountains

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

Situated in the far south of New South Wales, Snowy Mountains, Australia is home to the Snowy Mountains, which are part of the Great Dividing Range, a vast range of mountains that follow Australia’s east coast, from the far north to the extreme south. It is here that visitors will discover the highest mountains on the continent and a unique alpine environment, although in comparison to ranges situated on other continents they’re relatively small (Mount Kosciusko, Australia’s highest mountain is just over two thousand two hundred metres high). Despite this, the Snowy Mountain region is a great place to visit throughout the year, with plenty of fun things to do for adventurous and nature-loving backpackers.

During winter, tens of thousands of people descend upon the Snowy Mountains to enjoy snow sports at resorts such as Thredbo, Charlotte’s Pass, Perisher Valley, and Guthega. During winter, fun-loving backpackers can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports during a visit to the area. Many local businesses hire out ski clothing and equipment, so if you haven’t got your own gear, it's no problem. Catering to independent budget travelers, there are quite a few well-equipped backpacker hostels in Snowy Mountains, Australia, right in the heart of all the action, as well as in nearby service centres such as Cooma and Jindabyne.

Much of the Snowy Mountain region is protected in Kosciuszko National Park, Brindabella National Park, and adjacent national parks in the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria. Not only is the alpine environment ecologically unique, but it’s also extremely culturally significant, as for thousands of years Indigenous Australians lived in the mountains, subsisting off the endemic flora and fauna. More recently, in the late nineteenth century, the famous Australian poet A.B. (Banjo) Paterson wrote one of his best-loved poems, "The Man From Snowy River," about the fictional exploits of a High Country stockman –- a work with which almost every Australian is familiar.

During summer, the Snowy Mountain region is a popular destination for hikers, and many trails criss-cross the region. There are plenty of short walks in Kosciuszko National Park, as well as more challenging hikes such as the track leading to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko and the epic long-distance trail, the Australian Alps Walking Track, which passes through alpine country areas of New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory. Other fun outdoor activities in the Snowy Mountains include horse riding, mountain bike riding, road cycling, water skiing, and kayaking.

Apart from adventurous outdoor activities, there is plenty to see and do in the Snowy Mountain region. Many larger towns such as Cooma and Jindabyne hold regular market days where shoppers can buy local produce, handcrafts, and other treasures. These events include the Cooma Rotary Markets and the Bredbo CWA Village Markets, although there are plenty of others as well. There are also regular community festivals, musical performances, agricultural shows, and special events held throughout the region, so it’s a good idea to ask the local tourist bureau or your hostel for what’s happening during your visit.

As it's a popular tourist destination, the Snowy Mountains are also a good place to find casual work for a few months –- especially during the winter months when thousands come to indulge in their love for snow sports and local businesses need extra staff. Once again, ask at your Snowy Mountains, Australia hostel to find out more.

The Snowy Mountain region is very easily accessible from all parts of Australia, both by private and public transport -- especially Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra. Regular buses service the major towns and ski resort.

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Handwritten by local expert for Snowy Mountains hostels Carsani

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

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 Snowy Mountains?

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 Snowy Mountains 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 Snowy Mountains 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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