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Byron Bay is an essential stop on any Australian backpacking trip. Think sizzling surf beaches, a thriving bar scene and a hippy vibe characterised by yoga studios and vegan eateries. With hostels near Belongil Beach to Main Beach, here are the seven best places for backpackers to stay.
Stay at Aquarius Backpackers if you want to save money as the hostel provides free evening meals and a Sunday afternoon BBQ. Combine that with a killer location in the centre of town, 150 metres (500ft) from Main Beach, and you’re onto a winner. Chill out in the TV lounge or by the pool and mix with fellow backpackers in the bar, where you’ll find DJs, trivia nights, karaoke and even jelly wrestling. Each dorm room has its own en-suite bathroom, or you can pay more for private rooms and fancy suites.
For that real east coast experience, stay at Backpackers Inn where you can wander from your room through sand dunes directly onto the beach. This surf-shack-style hostel is set in gardens dotted with hammocks and picnic tables, yet is just 500 metres (1/3mi) from the street. Backpackers Inn has been hosting guests in dorms and private rooms since the ‘70s and has a surf camp, beach volleyball court, pool, BBQ area and outdoor cinema. One of its star attractions is the courtyard with lanterns and a huge poolside fig tree.