The Land Down Under is full of adventure, beautiful weather, terrifying and wonderful wildlife, and some of the best parties in the world, so it’s no wonder people flock from all over the globe to get their Oz fix. Sooner or later though, you’ll need a place to cool off, rest your weary noggin and recharge, so we’ve put together a list of the best backpacker hostels in Australia!

1. Base Magnetic Island – Magnetic Island, Queensland


What’s more wonderful than waking up with a gorgeous view of the sea and a breath of fresh ocean air? Base provides an area for guests to camp out under the island stars and wake up to a view of oceanic heaven. Of course the hostel offers some of the best budget hostel accommodation in Australia, and even includes a female-only sanctuary dorm (complete with a pampering package). If you’re the partying type, then look no further than the magnificent Full Moon Down Under Party, one of the best parties in Australia, hosted every month at the hostel. Up to 5,000 people and plenty of body paint a’flowing!
But wait, there’s more!
  • Best party bar on Magnetic Island
  • Bar overlooks the shore

2. Southern Cross Backpackers – Agnes Water, Queensland


This peach of a hostel is located on 16 acres of luscious land, dotted with trees, hammocks and gardens. After all, what’s a visit to Australia without a little communing with nature! They even have a cute little lake on the premises – presh! SCB is a champion among Australian hostels with pools, as swimming area feels much more like a resort than a regular pool, sorting all your sunbathing and aquatic needs. The onsite Karma Bar will keep you freshly hydrated while poolside! While you’re there, you’d be nuts not to check out the famous Scooter Roo Tour!
But wait, there’s more!
  • Free breakfast
  • Free shuttle to town

3. Gilligan’s – Cairns, Queensland


If you’re bored at Gilligan’s, it’s definitely your own fault 😉 Right next door to the hostel is the famous Rusty’s Market, and it’s surrounded by tasty cafes and delightful boutiques. The hostel itself has weekly events in its TWO awesome nightclubs, including performances from local and international DJs! If you’re looking to earn a quick buck, you can check out their “Workers Wanted” jobs board for all the latest listings!
But wait, there’s more!
  • Amazing lagoon swimming pool
  • Free Airport pickup

4. Scotty’s Mission Beach YHA – Mission Beach, Queensland


Like most Aussie hostels they’ve got an awesome pool and a phenomenal social vibe. But at Scotty’s, their crown jewel is adventure! Whether you’re looking to go skydiving, rafting, island touring, snorkelling, diving, kayaking, helicoptering, or trekking through the rain forest, they have got you covered! Adrenaline level: 1000!
But wait, there’s more!
  • Steam room
  • Jobs board

5. Bounce Sydney – Sydney, New South Wales


One of Australia’s best hostels, and repeatedly named in the ‘Top 10 Large Hostels in the World,’ Bounce is a Sydney staple for backpackers. The location is unbeatable (as shown by the near perfect 9.6/10 guest rating) and the atmosphere is the stuff of backpackers’ dreams. The incredible rooftop terrace overlooks the city, and regularly hosts delicious BBQs. Get your Bounce on!
But wait, there’s more!
  • Book exchange
  • Jobs board

6. Wake Up! Sydney Central – Sydney, New South Wales


Wake Up hostel is ALL about the experience, not just the bed. The hostel hosts daily events, most of which are free and guaranteed to help you stockpile incredible memories. There are pizza nights, free tours to Bondi Beach, wine & cheese nights, scrumptious cafe, beer pong championships etc. The in house bar is renowned as Sydney’s best Backpacker and Student bar! No wonder Wake Up was named the most popular hostel in Sydney at the 2016 Hoscar Awards!
But wait, there’s more!
  • Budget & luxury accommodation available
  • Prime central Sydney location

7. United Backpackers – Melbourne, Victoria


Off to Melbourne for this beaut! United Backpackers is perfect for lovers of off-the-beaten-track adventure. The hostel has an uber cool basement bar that’s open 7 days a week, and is always brimming with DJs and events. The location of the hostel itself means you’re only minutes away from all of the best things to do in Melbourne! Make sure to take a moment to enjoy the quirky art and décor of the place!
But wait, there’s more!
  • Taco Tuesdays!
  • Underground Chill Out Lounge

8. The Nunnery – Melbourne, Victoria


What a building. The Nunnery has all the vintage beauty of yesteryear without compromising on modern comforts. The building dates back to 1888 and even holds stunning stained glass windows, as well as looming grand staircases and outdoor balconies. There are both dorm and private room options available, and the private guesthouse even comes with its own kitchen! But don’t worry, it’s not only a pretty place, there’s a ton going on with numerous free events happening including pancake Sundays!
But wait, there’s more!
  • Free breakfast
  • Free “Ultimate Aussie BBQ” experience every Friday!

9. Brisbane City YHA – Brisbane, Queensland


Welcome to Brisbane! At this stunner of a hostel you can celebrate your arrival with a rooftop swim overlooking the river. That’s right, ROOFTOP SWIM! Of course like many other great hostels they want to keep you nourished and fed, with Sunday pancakes and Friday BBQs-a-plenty. If you’re a nature lover, you’re in luck! Nearby you’ll find some perfect whale watching spots, as well as the world’s largest koala sanctuary. Adorbs!
But wait, there’s more!
  • Book exchange
  • Jobs board

10. Bunk – Brisbane, Queensland


Where to begin?! This hostel has basically everything! Award winner? Check! In-house night club? You bet! Free breakfast every single day?! But of course! Within 100 metres from the front door you’ll find art galleries, pubs, cafes, and boutique shops, not to mention the outdoor pool and rejuvenating hot tub. Seriously, what are you waiting for?

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