Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, near the Nerang River, is the vibrant Backpackers in Paradise. With Surfers Paradise Beach only a 12-minute walk away, this adults-only hostel features dorms sleeping from four to 20 guests – alongside private rooms and one-bedroom apartments with en suite bathrooms – shared bathrooms, lockers, bar, kitchen, nightly movies, barbecue area, outside pool and pool tables, not to mention being close to the beach. This hostel even offers some of the cheapest surf lessons in the area for you to embrace the true Aussie lifestyle.
With a spectacular view overlooking the Brisbane River and the CBD, it’s easy to see why Brisbane City YHA is an award-winning hostel. This casual hostel boasts a city-view rooftop pool, a furnished sundeck, games room, and bunk beds in the dorm rooms! Ranging from single-sex to mixed gender dorms with shared bathrooms – or upgrade yourself to en suite facilities – you can enjoy the very best Brisbane has to offer. Just don’t forget to check what time the Friday barbecue and Sunday morning pancakes start, as you don’t want to miss out!
The charming seaside village 1770 (yes, that is in fact the name of the town) offers plenty for backpackers to explore. From swimming in the pristine waters near the Great Barrier Reef, to hiking through the surrounding National Parks and rainforests, Cool Bananas Backpackers 1770 offers relaxed and spacious rooms for you to chill out in after a long day of exploring. Boasting 24-hour unlimited WiFi, tropical gardens and free tea and coffee for those in need of that morning boost, Cool Bananas is only a short stop from the beach and nearby shops.
When heading to the land Down Under, why not stay at Down Under? Sporting graffiti walls in the common areas, and an upcoming bar and travel desk to help you smoothen out those nitty-gritty pains of travelling, this hostel will be ready for you to take on the new year, Australia style. This laid-back hostel is only five minutes from the Q1 skyscraper’s SkyPoint Observation Deck in the Gold Coast, allowing you to quickly run across to watch the sunset from a completely different perspective, before sharing your stories in the mixed and single-sex dorms.
Close to both Sunshine Beach and Noosa National Park, Flashpackers Noosa offers simple yet colourful dorms featuring comfy bunk beds and shared bathrooms. However, if you’d rather have some privacy, single rooms are also on offer, featuring en suite bathrooms and flat-screen televisions! The best part about Flashpackers is their freebies, that range from continental breakfast, use of surfboards, shuttles to and from the station, an outdoor pool with a sun deck and the occasional evening socials for all those social butterflies.
The lush surrounds of Noosa make a stay at Noosa Heads YHA feel like you have been taken away to a tropical paradise. Located within a 19th century building, this low-key hostel offers airy mixed dorms and private rooms that will bring in the evening breeze after a day of exploration, or relaxation down at the nearby Noosa Main Beach. With an on-site restaurant and bar featuring a shaded terrace, games room, common kitchen and TV room, there’s no better place to wind down. Not to mention, they also offer bikes and surfboards to loan to truly make the most of your stay.
Noosa Heads YHA, 2 Halse Ln, Noosa Heads Queensland, Australia, +61 7 5447 3377