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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Australia's Gold Coast

Picture of Alice Duffield
Updated: 31 January 2018

The Gold Coast is such a great place for the backpacking tourist. It has (nearly) year-round brilliant weather, crystal clear water, cheap eats, and a great night-life scene. If you’re wanting to save some moolah, we’ve collated a list of the best backpacker hostels on the Gold Coast to get you the most bang for your buck. 

Bunk Surfers' Paradise

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the beach, Bunk is in the hub of Surfers’ Paradise and comes with loads of daily activities. For the days you want to stick around the hostel, you’ve got access to a hot tub, a dipping pool and more, but you’ll probably find you want to make the most of its convenient location and get out and about.

Aquarius Gold Coast

Just a five-minute tram ride from Surfers’ Paradise, this hostel boasts clean dormitory-style accommodation with an outdoor pool and spa as well as free bed linen and Wi-Fi. It’s located in Southport, so just a little away from the total hustle and bustle of the Surfers’ Paradise (which is where most of the hostels are), but still has really easy access to public transport and everything the Gold Coast has to offer.

Sleeping Inn Surfers' Paradise

Sleeping Inn isn’t your typical hostel – it’s clean and modern, comes with ensuite rooms and high-speed Wi-Fi. Covered in the cost of your stay is free night club entry every night, dive in movie nights, use of boogie boards, fresh linens (very important when travelling!) and luggage storage.

Backpackers in Paradise

A 10-minute walk to the beach, this hostel comes with everything you could need. Think pool bar, arcade room, free parking, nightclub and loads more. It’s an easy walking distance from everything that Surfers’ Paradise has to offer – so no need for public transport or a hire car.

Budds in Surfers

Budds in Surfers has a heap to offer and not just the handy location. Your stay here will include hosted nights out, free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool on-site, free brekky and even free job assistance if you want to stick around for a while. It’s only 200m-walk from the beautiful Surfers Paradise beach and a five-minute stroll into the centre of town.

Surf n Sun Beachside Backpackers

You’ll find this laid-back hostel right next to the Surfers’ Paradise North tram station only a block from the beach. There’s a bar and pool and if surfing is your thing, you can hire boards at reception. While this hostel has loads to offer like free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee – there is no air-conditioning, so if you’re not accustomed to a Queensland summer, you’ve been warned!