Backpacker Hostels in Byron Bay, Australia

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Get to know Byron Bay (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Byron Bay. To help you make friends with Byron Bay before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 The Pass Beach

Byron Bay is a friendly little town located on the Australian east coast, and is popular among both international backpackers and Australian sun-seekers. The place is hippy-chic and has some amazing beaches, lots of (surf) shops, many restaurant options also for vegetarians and vegans, and a hinterland with waterfall and rainforest galore. The people in Byron Bay are friendly and very environmentally aware (so think twice before littering here). Most travelers arrive intending to stay for three days and end up staying for three months!

There are many activities available ranging from lawn bowling and sunbathing to a visit to Nimbin (weed capital of Australia), surfing, sea kayaking, shark and sea-turtle spotting while scuba diving at Julian Rocks, and skydiving. Or take the scenic walk up to the lighthouse and the most easterly point of Australia, and spot some whales and dolphins on the way up! Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, and Brisbane are all less than a two-hour drive away; you can easily go and visit one of the many theme parks around Surfers Paradise.

Most hostels in Byron Bay are within the small town center, or in walking distance. Byron Bay hostels are generally clean, comfortable, and safe and most of them have a pool even though they are in walking distance from the beach. The hostels can become quite expensive during the summer months, especially during the Australian "schoolies" in December, when high school students from all over the country go on a holiday to the Gold Coast to celebrate the end of school. In less busy times, it is easy to find a hostel and there are many travel agencies around town that are happy to book accommodation for you and make arrangements for the remainder of you trip, anywhere in Australia -- if you are able to leave this wonderful place, that is.

Written by local enthusiast for Byron Bay hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Byron Bay hostels Nicki

FAQ about Byron Bay Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Byron Bay. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Byron Bay. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Byron Bay costs on average $31 for a dorm. A hostel in Byron Bay with private rooms costs on average $150. shows all 10 Hostels in Byron Bay. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Backpackers Holiday Village Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Byron Bay.

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Your Packing List for Byron Bay

Your Packing List for Byron Bay

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Byron Bay and Australia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Byron Bay Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Byron Bay, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
10 Total number of hostels
$31 Average dorm price
$150 Average private room price
$23 Cheapest hostel in Byron Bay
5 Party hostels in Byron Bay
7.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Nimbin (38 Km / 24 mi.)
Murwillumbah (41 Km / 25 mi.)
Tweed Heads (51 Km / 32 mi.)
Coolangatta (53 Km / 33 mi.)
Coolangatta - Gold Coast (53 Km / 33 mi.)
Broadbeach (70 Km / 44 mi.)

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

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