Backpacker Hostels in Townsville, Australia

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

Townsville is a coastal city of about 180,000 residents in the northeastern parts of Queensland, Australia. Bruce Highway (which goes through the east coast) runs near Townsville which is known for its great location for several reasons. It's close to the central part of the Great Barrier Reef, and this makes the city a common entry point for snorkeling / diving groups. Townsville is also known for its sun (320 days of sunshine on average / year), so the hostels in Townsville are busy all year round.

Besides Bruce Highway, Townsville has its own eponymous airport, which is located about 10 kilometers west from the main city area. The city is also served by bus and train lines. Most bus passes you can purchase (for use while traveling through the east coast) will allow you to choose Townsville as a stopover. This being said, rental cars are a great traveling option in Australia and highly recommended, especially if you're traveling in groups because of the affordability and convenience.

Townsville hostels are of good value and the selection is good. Price range reflects that of other places in east coast Australia: you'll be looking at about 20-25AUD a night for a dorm bed and a bit more for double / twin rooms.

There are plenty of things to do and see in when you visit a Townsville hostel. The local stadium (named Dairy Farmer's Stadium) hosts sporting events, mainly Rugby League. If you want a nice view of the city, the Castle Hill in the middle of the city is the place to go, and you can also see the famous Magnetic Island from here. (You can book tours to the Magnetic Island from the city.) There is also an aquarium and many museums and gardens in the city.

The most interesting thing for people visiting Townsville hostels is the Great Barrier Reef. Check the local tour operators for details. Townsville hostels are usually of great help too. They can often even organize tours for you.

Written by local enthusiast for Townsville hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Townsville hostels Miika

FAQ about Townsville Hostels

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

A hostel in Townsville costs on average $18 for a dorm. A hostel in Townsville with private rooms costs on average $45.
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Your Packing List for Townsville

Your Packing List for Townsville

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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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Townsville 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 Townsville, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
3 Total number of hostels
$18 Average dorm price
$45 Average private room price
$17 Cheapest hostel in Townsville
7.2 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Magnetic Island (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Nelly Bay (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Horseshoe Bay (18 Km / 11 mi.)
Ayr (72 Km / 45 mi.)
Alva (74 Km / 46 mi.)
Cardwell (138 Km / 86 mi.)
Mission Beach (172 Km / 107 mi.)

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

lived in Townsville for a year. Been to a couple of cities in Australia. Townsville is way above them all. The best place to live and enjoy Australia.

Timo

Townsville is awesome!

Anonymous

Townsville is the best place in Oz -- really helpful and friendly people. Maggie Island is easy to get to and is a tropical paradise. You can see koalas in the wild up near the fort. You will have a brilliant time here.

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