Backpacker Hostels in Broome, Australia

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

Broome first boomed into prosperity in 1861 when it was discovered that its shores were brimming with Pinctada Maxima oysters, the world's largest pearl shell. At its height, just before World War I, Broome supplied 80% of the world's pearl shell and the influence of this industry is still evident all over the town.

When you get to Broome you will see why tourism now plays a huge part in the town's economy. The Broome hostels are focused in two areas; in and around Chinatown, and Cable Beach. Chinatown is the old section of Broome, heavily influenced by the East Asian immigrants that flooded here to work in the pearling industry in the 19th century and early 20th century. There are some great little shops and restaurants here and much of the architecture is unchanged from this period with a great pioneer town feel. Bordered by the mangroves from which the thousands of flying foxes emerge in squadron formation every dusk on one side, and the boab trees of Male oval on the other, it's hard to tell you're in the center of one of the most popular tourist towns for 2000km in either direction. The hostels in Broome are closer to all the cheaper supermarkets, amenities, and nightlife than the Cable Beach hostels, but are obviously further from the famous Cable Beach. There is a small supermarket at cable beach, although it is more expensive than the ones in the centre. There are also several restaurants and drinking establishments, as well as Malcolm Douglas's Crocodile Park.

Many of Broome's most popular attractions such as the Wildlife Park, Gantheaume Point, and the fantastic Willie Creek Pearl Farm require transport of some kind. Luckily there are plenty of car and scooter hire places in Broome, and the majority of backpackers here have a car you can hitch a lift in if you play your cards right. A trip up Dampier peninsula is definitely recommended.

Due to it's remote location and the fact all building materials have to be transported from Perth, not much in Broome is cheap, and this includes Broome's hostels. However, the high-end hostels really are some of the best you will come across in Australia. Or if you really want to save money and have a tent there are campsites at Cable Beach and Roebuck Bay.

FAQ about Broome Hostels

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

A hostel in Broome costs on average $26 for a dorm. A hostel in Broome with private rooms costs on average $119. shows all 3 Hostels in Broome. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 3 hostels in Broome, Australia.

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Your Packing List for Broome

Your Packing List for Broome

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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Broome 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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Broome 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 Broome, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
3 Total number of hostels
$26 Average dorm price
$119 Average private room price
$22 Cheapest hostel in Broome
Cable Beach Backpackers is the cheapest
3 Party hostels in Broome
Cable Beach Backpackers is the best rated
Most Broome hostels are located in
Cable Beach
8 Average rating of all hostels

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