Australia's Coolest Hostels to Stay in Before You Die

Melbourne © Mark Huber/Flickr
Melbourne © Mark Huber/Flickr
Photo of Alice Duffield
1 February 2018

Travelling Australia is expensive, so hostels can be the perfect way to go. You don’t have to sacrifice your experience, though – there are heaps of cool options for a hostel stay and we’ve got them rounded up in one hit!

Base Backpackers, Magnetic Island

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Beachfront bungalows at Base Backpackers on Magnetic Island
Beachfront bungalows at Base Backpackers | © Hayley Simpson
This isn’t your average hostel accommodation, with the option of sleeping under the stunning stars in the fresh island air. It also hosts the famous Full Moon Down Under Party once a month, so be sure to line your stay up with that.

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  • Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse, Tasmania

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    This isn’t your typical hostel! Montacute is all things boutique bunkhouse, decked out with oak timber floors, antique furniture, eight (!!!) fireplaces and a general cosiness that you’ll appreciate during your stay in chilly Tasmania.

    Fremantle Prison YHA, Perth

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    We know what you’re thinking: ‘When can I finally stay in a prison like I’ve always dreamt?’ – well look no further than Fremantle Prison YHA. This old historical prison has been converted with all the creature comforts you could wish for, but if you’re feeling game you can stay in an actual prison cell. Alternatively, immaculately preserved Victorian-style guards’ cottages are available for a more comfortable stay.

    The Nunnery, Melbourne

    This characterful old nunnery is set in the heart of bustling Fitzroy, perfect for those after a true Melbourne experience – a food and shopping mecca. The resident ‘nuns’ (staff) provide free daily breakfast, great local advice and all-round fantastic service.

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