Sun-soaked beaches, endless opportunities for adventure and buzzing cities, it’s no surprise that Australia is a haven for backpackers. Every year, vast amounts of travelers, young and old, flock to the land down under to travel the glorious coastline, the colossal outback and snap photos of all the iconic landmarks. Hostels in Australia are some of the cheapest accommodation options going in the country. With kitchen facilities, pools, bars and great social events, the best hostels in Australia will be the setting for your most cherished memories of your time in the country.
Here are my favorite hostels in Australia from each state!
The Best Hostels in Australia
Queensland – Jackaroo Treehouse Mission Beach
Set amongst a gorgeous jungle paradise of Far North Queensland, Jackaroos Treehouse Mission Beach is a place of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. The hostel is effectively a giant treehouse nestled into a one million-year-old rainforest, and it is dotted with hammocks, open-plan living areas overlooking the balcony and a sun-drenched deck. Staying at Jackaroos is basically everyone’s childhood dream of owning a giant treehouse come true. They can get booked up though, especially on Australian holidays.
Tasmania – Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
Hobart-based Montacute is one of Australia’s highest-rated hostels. The hostel is decorated in a quaint boutique design with a fresh color scheme, exposed floorboards, and vintage features. The owners pride themselves on making their guests feel right at home and encourage a sociable, homey atmosphere. They also know what travelers want in a hostel room, and kit each dorm out with quality linen, comfy mattresses, towels and personal lamps, power points and shelves. In the communal room, there’s comfy sofas and a log fire for the cold Tasmanian nights, and a gorgeous deck and garden complete with a BBQ for Aussie summer days!
New South Wales – Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge
As far as unique hostels in Australia go, Byron Bay’s, The Arts Factory has to take the crown. Set within the Byron Bay jungle, the Arts Factory is a mecca for any slightly hippy alternative-lifestylers. Workshops – such as yoga, didgeridoo lessons, and drumming – take place daily, and the weekly talent show (which hosts singers and performers you’d pay good money for elsewhere) is one of the most unique things to do in Byron Bay. There’s a variety of dorms, private rooms, and even a campsite!
The Nunnery is set in an old convent in the quirky Fitzroy area of Melbourne. It’s a wonderful historic building and the owners have successfully intertwined a modern charm to the aged buildings. Although the name and the setting seem historic and aged, they certainly know what backpackers want – with free breakfast every day, weekly pub crawls and weekly BBQs for all guests!
South Australia – Radeka Downunder Underground Motel and Backpacker Inn
It’s only fitting that South Australia’s most unusual town should have a unique hostel to match, and Radeka Downunder certainly does that. Coober Pedy locals have taken to the harsh climate of the town by living underground, and Radeka Downunder gives travelers the chance to experience this for their stay in Coober Pedy. It’s not for those who like the luxuries of proper walls and doors – the walls can be paper thin and dorm doors non-existent – but it is an amazing concept and certainly will be one of your more memorable hostels in Australia.
Western Australia – The Old Fire Station
The Old Fire Station in Fremantle has got ‘how to be a good hostel’ down to a T. The hostel is incredibly spacious, with a lot of communal space; perfect for both those wanting to party and people who favor chill time. There’s a magical courtyard which is a perfect spot for socializing, as well as a lounge area with Netflix, free computers, and fast WiFi. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the dorms clean and spacious. It’s also got one of the most well-equipped hostel kitchens I’ve ever seen!
Northern Territory – Down Under Hostel
The fantastic staff at Down Under Hostel know that passion for their location is the key step to creating a hostel with a fantastic atmosphere, and they’re excited about showing guests the best of Darwin. The newly renovated hostel has a mix of chilled and party vibes and, with free Wi-Fi and use of iMacs, free laundry and powder (a rarity in Australia!), clean and contemporary spaces and the best local information, they’re a great place to stay for any travelers to Darwin.
About the Author: Claire is a British travel blogger on a mission to get to the heart of places by overland adventures. She writes about eco-travel and traveling with purpose, by slow traveling and adventuring overland, on her blog. She’s spent lots of time in the UK, Guatemala, and China and she is currently road tripping through Australia. Keep updated with her adventures over on Claires Footsteps!