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The Coolest Hostels in Queensland, Australia

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Updated: 4 September 2017

Visiting Queensland can be expensive and feel overwhelming at times – let’s face it, we’re a big state (in a big country!) and long way from home for a lot of you.

We’ve rounded up some of the coolest hostels in Queensland to save you some cash but definitely won’t mean you sacrifice on the experience.

Gilligan’s Backpackers Hotel and Resort

Located in the heart of Cairns, Gilligan’s boasts a short walk to heaps of cafes, nightclubs, Rusty’s Market and more. In the Cairn’s heat, you’ll make the most of the massive pristine pool and cheap $5 meals. The fun starts at themed nights, a huge outdoor pub screen, day trips and giveaways – not to mention nightclubs hosting top international DJs.

57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Australia +61 7 4041 6566

Daintree Crocodylus

If you’re up in the north and want to see as much of the lush tropical landscape in its natural environment, this eco-friendly, safari style group accommodation is a great option. Daintree Crocodylus offers a heap of experiences, including an amazing two day sea-kayaking expedition to the amazing Snapper Island.

If hanging at base camp is more your style, enjoy the pool and relax in the common areas.

Lot 5, Buchanan Creek Road, Cow Bay, Australia +61 7 4098 9166

Sleeping Inn

Sleeping Inn on the Gold Coast comes loaded with heaps of freebies – storage, WiFi, boogie boards etc. A heap of activities are on site to keep you busy when you’re not off exploring the nearby hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast. You’ll be entertained with free nightclub entry every night, $5 BBQ, pizza nights and a swimming pool onsite; plus there are ‘dive inn’ movie nights.

26 Peninsular Drive, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia +61 7 5592 4455

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.

635 Main St, Kangaroo Point, Australia +617 3156 8434

Gagaju Bushcamp

Head off the beaten track and get the bush camp experience. While you’re not too far from Noosa’s trendy high street, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of the Aussie bush. Think of waking up to songbirds, experiencing bushfires at night or canoeing in the river just meters from your camp. This isn’t your nightclub party backpacking experience, this is an authentic Australiana one. Take the bug spray – and the adventurous spirit!

118 Johns rd Tewantin, Cooroibah, Australia +617 5474 3522