Backpacker Hostels in Airlie Beach, Australia

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Get to know Airlie Beach (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 Airlie Beach. To help you make friends with Airlie Beach before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Airlie Beach is also named and spelled Whitsundays Coast - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Airlie Beach, the coastal town closest to the Whitsunday Islands, is a gorgeous small town. It's the perfect location for travel to the magnificent Whitsunday Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. While a bit on the touristy side, this can play to your advantage, with lots of places to book an excellent variety of day trips. The most popular trips are 2, or 3 days - up to a week - sailing around the Whitsundays. This is an experience not to be missed! The boats will visit excellent Great Barrier Reef sites, and let you snorkel around in much more private areas than Cairns. Boats will also likely visit Whitehaven Beach, which has been consistently voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Ask the reception at your Airlie Beach hostel for more information.

Airlie Beach Hostels are all located in the centre of town, next to all the restaurants and shops. There is no bus station, you will just be dropped off downtown. Most of the hostels in town are cheaply priced, have pools, and serve breakfast. If you are looking to sleep, avoid the party hostels. Many hostels also provide booking services, so that you can book your sailing trip, helicopter ride, scuba diving experience, etc. If you’re going on a multi-day sailing trip, most hostels will allow you to store your luggage and/ or park your car for free, or for a negligible price.

Airlie Beach is a worthwhile stop, on your way either to or from Cairns. It is a beautiful small town where you can spend a couple of days relaxing on the man-made beach, The Lagoon.

Written by local enthusiast for Airlie Beach hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Airlie Beach hostels Shannon Neuber

FAQ about Airlie Beach Hostels

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

A hostel in Airlie Beach costs on average $22 for a dorm. A hostel in Airlie Beach with private rooms costs on average $78. shows all 8 Hostels in Airlie Beach. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 8 hostels in Airlie Beach, Australia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Airlie Beach such as
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Your Packing List for Airlie Beach

Your Packing List for Airlie Beach

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Airlie Beach 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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Airlie Beach 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 Airlie Beach, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
8 Total number of hostels
$22 Average dorm price
$78 Average private room price
$20 Cheapest hostel in Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach YHA Hostel is the cheapest
6 Party hostels in Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach YHA Hostel is the best rated
6.2 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Airlie Beach - from the Community

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