8 Hostels in Airlie Beach, Australia

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Airlie Beach, Australia. You can choose from 8 Airlie Beach hostels. In total, there are 17 cheap places to stay in Airlie Beach such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $19 for a dorm.

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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.

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Cheapest hostel in Airlie Beach


(Airlie Beach Backpackers By The Bay is the cheapest)

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Hostels in Airlie Beach for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

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

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Magnetic Island Magnetic Island (231 Km / 144 mi.)
Nelly Bay Nelly Bay (231 Km / 143 mi.)

FAQ about Airlie Beach Hostels

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

Airlie is your jumping off point for the Whitsundays. And the place to get mad drunk with your boatmates afterward. Other than that, it's really not so special.


Airlie Beach is a cardboard cutout village for tourists. Anyone who is interested in the real Australia should take some time out to visit any other small town that doesn't gain its capital from tourism or an indigenous settlement. That said, if partying, picking up, and getting pissed on an island is what it's all about for your trip -- go Airlie in a big way.

Disgruntled Aussie

Airlie Beach was the first place to encourage me to fill my undies with sand and bark at the moon. It's a must for sadomasochists.


What a awesome spot -- it doesn't get much better than Airlie for fun in the sun and parties all night.


It's like spring break. It's just one street and all you do is get smashed at night with all the clubs and bars. An absolute must is Whitehaven beach. Enjoy!


Great laugh, loads of happy memories from airlie.


Airlie beach is like is village purely built for backpackers! Relax by day, have a blast at night.

Terrence Rox

I think Airlie Beach is a wonderful place to relax and it has the most beautiful scenery.


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Your Packing List for Airlie Beach

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:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

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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Your Packing List for Airlie Beach