5 winter hostels in Australia

It’s cooling down in Australia at present meaning it’s time to find snug hostels that will keep you warm and  entertained during the coming months. Here’s a selection from around the country featuring log fires and other cozy arrangements.

Katoomba, Blue Mountains (an hour from Sydney)
Featuring a hearty free breakfast and log fires for those chilly nights, the Flying Fox is a good choice while exploring the alpine reaches of Katoomba over the winter.

The Flying Fox
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Katoombas`Famous Flying Fox Backpackers. Great FREE BREAKFAST, 3 types of cereals and Italian bread. Free Internet if you stay 3 days or more, pick-up by arrangement. For the independent traveller, funky laid back small hostel with great log fires, relaxed atmosphere.

Room Types Cost Available
Tent site from $19.00
Small Share from $28.00
Double from $73.00

Cairns, Queensland
Don’t even bother pulling out the winter woollies if you see any of the winter out in Cairns. Temperatures here don’t drop much below 30 all year meaning that rooftop sun deck at Global Backpackers will be well used. Plus here you have ocean views and easy access to the Cairns lagoon.

Global Backpackers On The Waterfront (formerly International Hostel)
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Best Location in town with ocean views,24 hours access, 24hr global gossip, TV and kitchen facilities, roof top sun deck. Centrally located overlooking the Cairns lagoon. Licensed travel agent. Free pick up.

Room Types Cost Available
10 Bed Dorm from $15.00 BOOK
Dorm (8) from $18.00 BOOK
Dorm (6) from $21.00 BOOK
Dorm (4) from $24.00 BOOK
Dorm 4 (F) from $24.00 BOOK
Private Room from $40.00 BOOK
Twin from $50.00 BOOK
Double from $50.00 BOOK

Hobart, Tasmania
If you don’t mind hunkering down in the cool climates of the country during winter Hobart might be a good choice for you. Alpine fresh temperatures will mean you have to keep rugged up should you venture outside to some of the nearby sights such as the Salamanca markets but Central City has a comfortable lounge plus they sell beer and wine at reception so you’ll be able to beat the winter chill.

Central City Backpackers – Hobart
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Cheap and cheerful in the heart of Hobart! Our friendly crew provide clean and comfortable rooms, and great advice on tours and Tassie sights.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm (8) from $23.00
Dorm (6) from $25.00
Dorm (4) from $27.00
Single from $55.00
Double from $69.00
Quad from $69.00

Adelaide, South Australia
It can get cool in delightful Adelaide, but that’s usually just more reason to enjoy the areas brilliant wines and wonderful local cuisine. Plus Hostel 109 has central heating so you’ll never shiver through the night here. It has all the comforts of home plus it’s also located right near Glenelg beach, a delight to visit even during the cooler months.

Hostel 109
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Conveniently located near the Central Market precinct and tram stop to Glenelg beach. Easy walking distance to bus/local train station, post office, supermarket, and cheap eats. Quiet, 40 bed hostel, friendly and secure with all the comforts of home (and the beds are made and ready for when you arrive). luxury appointments such as: – Ergonomic innerspring mattresses and quality bed linen for a comfortable nights sleep…Good showers – Well appointed kitchen with modern appliances – Modern laundry -Private chill out areas -Open air balconies – Central heating and cooling – FREE high speed broadband access and free WIFI- Inhouse travel and information desk

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm from $30.00 BOOK
Single from $60.00 BOOK
Twin from $70.00 BOOK
Double from $80.00 BOOK
Triple from $99.00 BOOK

Mission Beach, Queensland
Mission Beach is another place you don’t have to pack away your swimming costume during the winter. Which is good because Absolute Backpackers has a pool you’ll want to dive into and lovely tropical gardens to hang out in and work on your winter tan. Then there’s the beach. It’s all here.

Absolute Backpackers Mission Beach
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Sshh… a resort disguised as a hostel. Absolute Backpackers Mission Beach is a 4 STAR hostel set on an acre of lush, tropical gardens, offering a clean, safe and friendly environment with completely renovated dorm and twin rooms, sparkling bathrooms, air-conditioning and a fully equipped 24 hour kitchen. At Absolute Backpackers helping you relax and have fun is our priority! Chill out by the pool or soak up the friendly atmosphere while having a few drinks on the lawn. It’s your call. We’ve even created chill-out zones throughout the hostel, each with their own music and vibe. So no matter what your mood there’s always somewhere that’s right for you. Just a few minutes walk from Queensland’s best beach, shops and pub. Enjoy FREE weekly BBQs, pool/spa, movie and games nights, beach football matches and many more fun activities. Our friendly staff know the local area and can’t wait to let you in on its many secrets.

Room Types Cost Available
Dorm: 10 bed from $23.00
Dorm (8) from $23.00 BOOK
Dorm (8) from $26.00
Dorm (4) from $26.00 BOOK
Double from $58.00 BOOK
Twin from $58.00 BOOK
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