2 Hostels in Mackay, Australia

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Mackay, Australia. You can choose from 2 Mackay hostels. In total, there are 6 cheap places to stay in Mackay such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $23 for a dorm.

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

Mackay is a city on the Australian East Coast, in the state of Queensland. Home to a bit over 80,000 people, Mackay hostels are popular among backpackers traveling the East Coast, because there are seasonal work opportunities in the area within the large sugar production industry in the city. Mackay is often referred to as the sugar capital of Australia.

Mackay is served by the Mackay Airport, (MKY) and also a variety of bus lines. There is also a train line. However, some visitors to the area rent their own cars, which is a great option to travel the East Coast, especially if you're not traveling alone.

Hostels in Mackay are in the same price range as other spots in Australia: about 25 dollars for a dorm bed. You can also look for weekly deals which will save you some money. If you're looking to make a little spending money while in the city, Mackay hostels can often help arrange work with the local industries who employ backpackers. This can be the best option to get a job in the area, even though you might have to wait in the hostel for a bit before getting to work (if the season is already going etc.).

If you're looking for entertainment and relaxation when you're staying at a Mackay hostel the marina area offers some great eating possibilities and there are many good pubs scattered throughout the city. There is also a nice beach close to the marina, called Harbour Beach and there are two large shopping centers in the city if you're looking for souvenirs or other gear.

Written by local enthusiast for Mackay hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Mackay hostels Miika

Other Nearby Cities
Finch Hatton Finch Hatton (56 Km / 35 mi.)
Airlie Beach Airlie Beach (109 Km / 68 mi.)
Ayr Ayr (254 Km / 158 mi.)
Alva Alva (258 Km / 160 mi.)

FAQ about Mackay Hostels

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FAQ about Mackay Hostels

A hostel in Mackay costs on average $23 for a dorm. A hostel in Mackay with private rooms costs on average $46.

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

The Borthwicks Meat processing facility at Bakers Creek on the Southside of Mackay employs hundreds of Backpackers every year on working holiday Visas. They pay is excellent and because of the type of work you can apply for an extension to your visa. There is also very good and affordable accommodation just across the road at the Mycow Accommodation facility.


Mackay is more of a tourist attraction because of it's hidden history of the sugar slave trade. Meeting the locals who've been around for years and getting the real local knowledge was priceless. Oh yeah, it has some good fishing spots too....again, ask the locals.

Peter K

Because I'm Australian, for me, Mackay is only good for a vacation, not for a permanent stay -- everything is so expensive.

sully hull

Safe, maybe. Friendly, maybe. Lots to do, you're kidding -- it's a mining and cane farm town! Any backpacker coming here has made a wrong turn off the highway to Airlie Beach. It's a bit like taking a day trip to Slough or Luton -- totally pointless!


Mackay is a great, friendly town -- lots to do.


Mackay is a safe town to walk and explore. Non-touristy and friendly locals.

Grant E

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Your Packing List for Mackay

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