Backpacker Hostels in Brisbane, Australia

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

 Get to know Brisbane (no more

With a population of approximately 2 million people, Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third-most populous city in Australia. It is well and widely known as a diverse and laid back travel destination, and there are tons of Brisbane hostels to choose from.

The main area for hostels in Brisbane is Upper Roma Street, which is also a good spot for meeting other backpackers. If you arrive to the transit station (via bus or train), just go out and head right on Roma Street until it changes to Upper Roma Street, and you're there. The locals are very friendly, so don't hesitate to ask for directions if needed.

Brisbane is divided into many districts, which each hold their appeal for different types of people. Some of them worth mentioning are of course the CBD (shopping and tourist sites), South Bank (with the artificial "lagoon"), and Fortitude Valley (the nightlife district, which is also considered one of the best live music scenes in all of Australia).

Brisbane is well equipped for a backpacker and the hostel prices are reasonable. There are also a few bars and restaurants catering especially for backpackers, you'll find good meal deals in these places.

Your best option of transport inside the CBD is just plain walking, or bicycle if you have one or get one for a good price (your hostel may have information on bike rentals). Even the inner suburbs can be reached pretty quickly by bike. But if you're heading out of the city, it's better to choose one of the public transport options. TransLink operates the ferries, buses, and trains which form the public transport system in Brisbane, it's recommended to check their website for further details or ask at your Brisbane hostel. There is also a rickshaw service available, called "Green Cab".

Written by local enthusiast for Brisbane hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Brisbane hostels Miika

FAQ about Brisbane Hostels

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

A hostel in Brisbane costs on average $23 for a dorm. A hostel in Brisbane with private rooms costs on average $87. shows all 16 Hostels in Brisbane. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Your Packing List for Brisbane

Your Packing List for Brisbane

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Brisbane 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.

Get your full Packing List here

Brisbane 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 Brisbane, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
16 Total number of hostels
$23 Average dorm price
$87 Average private room price
$18 Cheapest hostel in Brisbane
Chill Backpackers is the cheapest
7 Party hostels in Brisbane
Nomads Brisbane Hostel is the best rated
Most Brisbane hostels are located in
Central, West End, Petrie Terrace
6.6 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

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Laidley (65 Km / 41 mi.)
Southport (66 Km / 41 mi.)
Surfers Paradise (71 Km / 44 mi.)
Gold Coast (71 Km / 44 mi.)
Caloundra (74 Km / 46 mi.)

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