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Brisbane © Flickr / Lenny K Photography
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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Brisbane, Australia

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Updated: 31 January 2018

Australia isn’t known for being the cheapest place to visit. There are a few ways you can save some dosh though, one of which is staying in backpacker hostels as you make your way around this huge country. We’ve rounded up the best backpacker hostels in Brisbane, Australia that (fingers crossed) won’t have you itching from bed bugs or dry-heaving from the smell. 

Breeze Lodge

Breeze Lodge is one of Brisbane’s best hostels. Not only is it well known for being sparkling clean, but you won’t want to leave the lounge chairs on the rooftop overlooking the city. Super-speedy internet and two massive lounge areas will give you some reprieve from the big smoke, so you can catch up on some Netflix.


YHA Brisbane

YHA Brisbane City is conveniently located in Brisbane’s central business district, meaning it’s the perfect place to stay if you want easy public transport access to get around town or even to the Gold Coast. An easy walk to all of Brisbane’s tourist highlights – museums and art galleries, South Bank and shopping districts. If you’re visiting in the summer you’ll be grateful for the air-conditioning and pool!

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Nomads Brisbane Hostel

Located in the super convenient central business district, Nomads is an easy walk to public transport and most Brisbane tourist destinations. If you’re flying into Brisbane there’s a handy airport shuttle, while brekky options are also available as well as an on-site nightclub and rooftop terrace.

Summer House Backpackers Brisbane

Summer House Backpackers is located in the popular hostel district in Brisbane CBD and is home to some amazing rooftop views over the river – and better yet provides a free Friday BBQ on that very rooftop. Unlike many hostels in Brisbane, here you’ll find free unlimited Wi-Fi throughout the entire hostel (not just the reception area!).

City Backpacker HQ Brisbane

If you know anything about Brisbane you’ll be relieved to hear that this hostel has a pool to cool off in after a long day of touring the city. You’ll also find a great terrace area and an in-house bar and lounge area if you’re not in the mood to head out.

Somewhere to Stay

This characterful hostel is in Brisbane’s lively and creative West End, which is a nice change from most of Brisbane’s hostels in the CBD. This is a great one for travellers who want a bit more of a ‘local’ experience, being just minutes away from great shopping, food and clubs as well as public transport. Other perks that will be appreciated in hot summers are the air-conditioning and pool to cool off in.

Base Hostel Brisbane

If you’re travelling from interstate or the airport, Base is super convenient as it is directly across the road from the Brisbane Transit Centre. Rooms are en suite and air-conditioned, and there is one of Brisbane’s best hostel party bars on-site.