Hostels in Sunshine Coast Hostels in Sunshine Coast

You are looking for hostels in Sunshine Coast? 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 Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast.

All Cities in Sunshine Coast

We list every single hostel in Sunshine Coast and the world. In total, we have 9 cities in Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast. 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 Sunshine Coast

The beautiful Queensland's Sunshine coast is situated on the eastern coast of Australia, and is lined with white, sandy, and fairly uncrowded beaches and towns with a smattering of hostels. The Sunshine coast starts just north of Brisbane and stretches for nearly 70 km up past the Blackall Ranges and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The Gold Coast is where you want to go if you want to party, and the Sunshine Coast is where you want to get a hostel to escape it all, unwind, and relax. The Sunshine coast is a unique and very beautiful strip of coast land where every visitor will find something that they enjoy and love.

Highlights of the region include the Australia Zoo, which is run by Steve Irwin's family, a popular tourist spot. And the Kenilworth State Forest, which has hiking and camping options. Also Kondalilla National Park, a subtropical rainforest, which is also home to the Kondalilla Falls, and many walking trails. Diving, surfing, kite surfing, and fishing are also popular activities, as the beaches of the Sunshine coast are the major attractions. The most popular towns and beaches to stop at include, Noosa, Caloundra, Coolum Beach, Maleny, and Montville. Each town has it's own unique vibe. Along the drive, you will also have the opportunity to stop off at local farms and try local produce -- definitely a highlight in itself. Usually, buying from local farms and markets are cheaper than buying from the major supermarkets. Plus, it's supporting the local economy.

Most people explore the Sunshine coast by car from Brisbane. However, visitors also have the option to take the train, the bus, or even to fly. If you do want to explore by car, there are plenty of car hire/rental options, or some people even buy a cheap car and re-sell it.

There are hostels in many of the cities and towns in the Sunshine Coast region. Hostels are a great way to mingle with other travellers, and also a great way to find other travellers heading the same way, or wanting to do the same activity as you. All accommodation options are of high quality and offer all the usual amenities. If travelling in the summer season or one of the school holidays, it is recommended to book in advance as places will book up early.

expert for Sunshine Coast hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Sunshine Coast hostels Kelly Sheldrick

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

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 Sunshine Coast?

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 Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast 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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