Backpacker Hostels in Port Douglas, Australia

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Get to know Port Douglas (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 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 Port Douglas.

A charming little rainforest resort town in the far northern reaches of Australia, Port Douglas tends to attract a ritzy clientele, but that’s not to say there aren’t accommodation options for the budget traveler. There are several hostels in Port Douglas that will allow you to enjoy a holiday in the tropics, and being a tiny town, none are more than a short walk from the beautiful, palm tree-fringed Four Mile Beach or the main street in town, Macrossan Avenue.

Outside of the beach, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors occupied in Port Douglas. Its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef makes it a great jumping-off point for snorkel and dive trips, and as well for exploring the rainforests of the Wet Tropics. Most Port Douglas hostels offer bicycle hire (sometimes free of charge) to get around and explore the town. The tropical climate makes Port Douglas a hot and steamy place to visit nearly all year round, and most hostels will have a swimming pool to cool off in, which is especially handy during “stinger season” (around October to May, when dangerous jellyfish occupy the waters just off the beach). As Port Douglas is built in the rainforest, it’s full of interesting wildlife— it’s not unusual to find a green tree frog in the shower or bright blue Ulysses butterflies fluttering around in the town’s streets. There is also a lively bar scene and plenty of restaurants to indulge in tasty, though often pricey, fare.

Most travelers reach Port Douglas from Cairns, a laid-back north Queensland city with an international airport located an hour’s drive south of Port Douglas, and luckily, many Port Douglas hostels offer a free pickup service from Cairns on certain days of the week if you call ahead. And with its “cruise-y”, laid-back atmosphere and relaxed hostels, many travelers end up staying in Port Douglas much longer than planned.

FAQ about Port Douglas Hostels

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A hostel in Port Douglas costs on average $23 for a dorm. A hostel in Port Douglas with private rooms costs on average $85. shows all 4 Hostels in Port Douglas. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 4 hostels in Port Douglas, Australia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Port Douglas such as
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Port Douglas 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 Port Douglas, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
4 Total number of hostels
$23 Average dorm price
$85 Average private room price
$19 Cheapest hostel in Port Douglas
3 Party hostels in Port Douglas
Dougies Backpackers Resort is the best rated
7.9 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Palm Cove (36 Km / 23 mi.)
Cape Tribulation (44 Km / 27 mi.)
Cairns (58 Km / 36 mi.)
Atherton (87 Km / 54 mi.)
Yungaburra (89 Km / 55 mi.)
Cooktown (115 Km / 72 mi.)
Innisfail (130 Km / 81 mi.)

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