Top 5 summer hostels downunder

It’s summer time and that means beach, surf and plenty of sun. If you’re looking for a great hostel on one of Australia’s magic coastlines, take your pick from this list highlighting locations around Australia.

Rainbow Beach, Queensland
This small coastal community north of Noosa is a good stopping off place on your way north to places like Mackay, the Whitsundays or Cairns. It’s a chilled out spot but there’s plenty to do if you feel inspired. There’s unspoiled beaches to laze by or you may feel inspired by the sky diving opportunities, dolphin feeding or Fraser Island tours!

Frasers on Rainbow Beach
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With only 21 rooms, Frasers offers a truly personal experience for all guests. This combined with our friendly staff, clean environment, great facilities and Fraser island options will make your stay a memorable one.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (6 – 10) from $25.00
Female Dorm (Ens) from $25.00
Double/Twin from $33.00
Double/Twin (ens) from $75.00

Bondi Beach, Sydney
The absolutely quintessential beach experience in Australia is Bondi – home to the Bondi lifesavers, good waves, surf schools and plenty of other travellers. It’s a happening place and a must on your sojourn downunder.

Surfside Backpackers Bondi Beach
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Surfside gives location, value, service & facilities in fabulous beach locations. Were clean, safe & fun accommodation. We have dorms, double, twin, triple & family rooms. It’s the perfect place to live in Sydney all year round. Close to the City, Harbour & Airports. Come live the beach life. Come stay with us & do our famous “Sydney For Under $10 A Day Guide”, the guide is FREE! For great packages please see our website Surfside includes FREE tea, coffee & breakfast, FREE surfboards, FREE body boards, FREE roller blades*, FREE snorkels & masks & FREE table tennis. We have a FREE travel planner, FREE travel planning & FREE employment pack, plus available to ALL guests.

Room Types Cost Available
12 Bed Mixed Dorm from $33.00 BOOK
Dorm (6 – 10) from $36.00 BOOK
Dorm (8) (F) from $36.00 BOOK
Dorm (8) from $36.00 BOOK
Double from $99.00 BOOK
Twin from $99.00 BOOK
Triple Room ( 1 Double + 1 Single) from $119.00 BOOK

Broome, Western Australia
Seen all those pictures in tourism brochures of camels rides at sunset? Well that all happens at Broome on the northern WA coast and it’s definitely one of the best beaches in Australia.

Cable Beach Backpackers
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It’s all good at Cable Beach Backpackers! Appealing to all kinds of people from all over the world, we attract young travellers and international backpackers on a budget. We offer cheap minimal accommodation in a great, relaxed atmosphere. Cable Beach Backpackers offer beds in dormitory style rooms with both single sex & mixed rooms for those travelling together. Facilities include large kitchen with commercial sized fridges, heaps of stoves and microwaves and loads of space, large outdoor dining area, large screen TV, pool table, internet facilities and fantastic on-site bar where people meet, mingle and relax. Staying in a low cost hostel like ours gives you more value for a lot less money. We will provide you with good quality service and clean and safe accommodation allowing you to enjoy the unique experience of Broome and the Kimberley Region. Cable Beach Backpackers will be your home away from home! We are very well located with excellent access to beautiful Cable Beach.

Room Types Cost Available
Quad from $22.00 BOOK
Dorm (8) from $25.00 BOOK
Quad from $27.00 BOOK
Double from $65.00 BOOK

Byron Bay, New South Wales
About half way up between Sydney and Brisbane, Byron is more than just a stopping off point on your way north. It’s kind of become the ultimate backpacker hub on the coast and for good reason – you can see whales going past as they make their northerly or southerly migration, there’s an awesome lighthouse (the eastern most point on the coast), surf schools, fantastic weekend markets, a really chilled vibe and plenty of beach action!

Backpackers Inn on the Beach
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WORLD CUP SPECIAL ON DORMS. BEACH AND FOOTBALL – ALL GAMES LIVE!!! Perfectly located in the heart of Byron Bay, Backpackers Inn is just a short stroll to shops, pubs, nightclubs and Byron`s amazing selection of cafes, restaurants and takeaways. We are the only backpacker accommodation to have DIRECT BEACH ACCESS.

Room Types Cost Available
9 Bed Dorm from $24.00 BOOK
Dorm (5) from $30.00 BOOK
Double from $72.00
Twin from $72.00 BOOK

Apollo Bay, Victoria
Yep this one is smack bang on the Great Ocean Road – profiled in our last newsletter. Don’t just drive through but stay over and really ll enjoy one of the most picturesque coastlines in the world. Plus there’s the magnificent Otway Ranges not far from the beach.

Apollo Bay Backpackers Lodge
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3 Star accommodation at backpacker prices. Modern facility within one minute of all town facilities, beaches, shops, hotels, etc.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (4) from $26.00 BOOK
Dbl from $75.00 BOOK
Double (ens) from $95.00 BOOK
Family Room from $110.00
Apartment Sleeps 4 (1 Double bed & Bunk bed) from $130.00
Apartment 2 from $160.00
Apartment Sleeps 7 (2 Bed) from $150.00 BOOK


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