Backpacker Hostels in Melbourne, Australia

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


Melbourne is the shopping and culture hub of Victoria and home to the University of Melbourne. It is a compact but adorable city which is easy to get around and backpacker hostel options are readily available.

A good starting point to look for hostels in Melbourne is Flinders Street Station which is located centrally next to famous Federation Square. In the surrounding area, you will find several accommodation options to choose from. If you do not want to stay in central Melbourne, you can also look for a hostel in the outlying areas.

Since Melbourne is quite consolidated, most major attractions are within walking distance from Federation Square. If you do not feel like walking, or the weather does not allow it, there is a tourist shuttle bus which covers most attractions including the Docklands. You can also use the free circle tram which operates in the city center. To get to get from the airport to your backpacker hostel in Melbourne, there is a bus which operates roughly every 20 minutes from Southern Cross Station.

Fitzroy is Melbourne’s colourful, inner-city bohemian hub with several hostels located in the area. Home to the famous Brunswick Street, it’s the suburb to visit for some of the city’s best shopping, eating, drinking and entertainment spots. Exploring the streets surrounding Brunswick Street reveals a thriving art scene, spread out between small galleries and on the streets themselves. Melbourne is seen as one of the street-art capitals of the world and much of this is concentrated around Fitzroy.

In general, Melbourne is a very tourist-friendly city and you will be provided heaps of information on what to do and where to get there.

Written by local enthusiast for Melbourne hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Melbourne hostels Mona

FAQ about Melbourne Hostels

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

A hostel in Melbourne costs on average $21 for a dorm. A hostel in Melbourne with private rooms costs on average $70. shows all 46 Hostels in Melbourne. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
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Melbourne Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Melbourne.

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Your Packing List for Melbourne

Your Packing List for Melbourne

Pack smart, not hard

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

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Melbourne 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 Melbourne, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
46 Total number of hostels
$21 Average dorm price
$70 Average private room price
$13 Cheapest hostel in Melbourne
The Village Melbourne is the cheapest
17 Party hostels in Melbourne
Melbourne Hostel is the best rated
Most Melbourne hostels are located in
Central, St. Kilda, Richmond
7.4 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

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Geelong (65 Km / 40 mi.)
Phillip Island (78 Km / 48 mi.)
Torquay (80 Km / 50 mi.)
Anglesea (95 Km / 59 mi.)
Lorne (118 Km / 73 mi.)

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

Melbourne is indeed the most liveable city in the world. It has a colourful city vibe, interesting zoos, fancy restaurants, gorgeous parks and beaches and exciting nature walks. Everything is in Melbourne. It is safe, friendly, and traveller-friendly.

Kaye F.

I love Melbourne.


Melbourne is savage -- what a great place. I've been traveling the world, working the last couple years, and this is without doubt my favourite city. Everything happens there, plus they have the best restaurants and funky bars.


Don't waste your time with Melbourne. There are so many other places in the world that are better to visit as a backpacker.


Melbourne is off the hook. The people there are awesome in the sense of looks and attitude.


I love the weather here! There are lots of wonderful things and places to see and visit both for the young and old.


I absolutely love this city. I'm coming back to live as soon as I can get the money too. I love how you can walk down the street at 10 p.m. and find a nice little cafe or bakery to go to. The locals are really welcoming and friendly and I met some awesome people here. The weather is pretty good generally, maybe not as good as some other parts of Australia but in comparison to what this city has to offer, who cares about the odd cloudy day? The shopping is the best this side of the world and Melbourne has an awesome tram/train and bus service. The city is very pretty; there are shops and concerts to go to; and on a hot day you can go to the beach, luna park, and then go out clubbing for the night or see a show or one of your favorite bands play -- awesome times, awesome memories, and epic city.


I'm generally not a big-city kind of person, but I warmed to Melbourne really quickly. There's always something going on, places like Federation Square are great for providing skint backpackers with free entertainment of all sorts, and there's plenty of awesome day trips to be had that'll give you your nature fix during your stay in the city. It's definitely recommended.


Melbourne is the best place on the eastern journey. Everyone is so friendly there, lots of things to do for free, lots of places to go that aren't sketchy, and they have the casino. I'm definitely going back.


The city has a great vibe, though after only a week I'd already run out of things to do. There aren't many attractions.


Melbourne is awesome! Where can I start? The shops and restaurants -- and you can’t get much better than the nightlife! Too many good looking guys. Any longer there and I’d be in trouble!


QV Is a great place to check out, nice shops and great central Square.


Melbourne is easily the best city in the world, and a place I would move to without hesitation if given the chance. Friendly, beatiful, exciting, it somehow manages to comibine the best of small city athmosphere and metropole-life. Once you've been there, you'll have to go back all the time. Only problem is the distance from Europe, which is a lot...


While Melbourne is without a doubt my favourite place in the southern hemisphere, I also think it's crucial to head out of the city to places like the Otways, Gippsland, and Wilson's Promontory to really see what Victoria has to offer. Melbourne may be an incredibly friendly, vibrant, and exciting place to be, but I'll never forget hiking and lying on the beaches at Wilson's Promontory, meeting other travellers, and truly experiencing Australia at it's best on my frquent escapes from the Melbourne buzz.


Melbourne and Perth are my two favourite cities in Australia - Melbourne for its culture and atmosphere, and Perth for its lifestyle. In Melbourne you can find any cuisine, and even a corner of the city to call your own. Check out Victoria St and Errol St in North Melbourne - well served by the 57 tram, quite walkable, and an amazing variety of stuff from the Queen Victoria Market to posh restaurants to cafes and bookshops.


Melbourne is easily the best city in Australia. Far more friendly than Sydney, and I felt a lot safer. There are so many great bars and restaurants.


Melbourne is a fantastic city, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. There are some beautiful parks in the center of the city, and some lovely galleries and museums. I ended up staying in Melbourne for longer than I originally planned as I found it to be a 'fun' city - great bars and nighclubs, to suit all tastes. Also, Melbourne has some of the best shopping in Australia and the best selection of restaurants, where you can sample food from every corner of the globe. I couldn't believe the selection! If you're thinking about when to visit Melbourne, I would probably recommend going in summer, as temperatures are warmer and a little more stable.


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