Accommodation is important when you’re travelling. Whether you’re spending your days exploring the Outback, road tripping the East Coast or hiking in Tassie, you want a nice comfy bed to come back to. And a great atmosphere, free breakfast and onsite bar doesn’t hurt either!
Australia’s got plenty of amazing hostels to suit every style and budget, but scroooooolling through the many options can be daunting. Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you! Here are 10 of the best hostels in Australia – free breakfasts and all.
1. Bondi Beach Backpackers, Sydney
110 Campbell Place, Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW
This is the perfect place to experience Sydney beach lifestyle. Right across the road from famous Bondi Beach, it’s just seconds to the sea and sand. Rooms boast some of the best views of Bondi.
There are free yoga, surfboard hire and walking tours on offer, as well as plenty of evening activities like wine and cheese or BBQ nights.
6-bed dorm from $27
6-bed dorm with beach view from $30
FREE WI-FI ・LAUNDRY ・BEACHFRONT
2. The Nunnery, Melbourne
116 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC
Located in the funky Fitzroy area, this unique three-story building used to be the home of the Daughters of Charity. They’ve kept the buildings original essence, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time with a beautiful grand staircase and stained glass windows.
There’s free breakfast with delicious fresh bakery bread and activities on every night.
6-8 bed dorm from $26
4-bed dorm from $35
FREE BREAKFAST ・LAUNDRY ・BOOK EXCHANGE
3. Bunk Backpackers, Brisbane
11 Gipps St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD
You won’t want to leave this hostel! It’s in an awesome location – Fortitude Valley is Brisbane’s party hub and Chinatown, aka food-lovers paradise, is right outside too.
There’s a pool and spa, free breakfast and onsite bar Birdees that hosts incredible activities each night. Hello, ‘Cheeky Tiki Fridays’ and Tuesday Trivia!
10 bed dorm from $26
4-bed dorm from $36
FREE BREAKFAST・ BAR ・ POOL
4. Gilligans Hostel, Cairns
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
Gilligan’s is a Cairns favourite and for good reason. The famous Rusty’s Market is just next door, so a great selection of cafes are right at your fingertips. You can also pick up ingredients to cook in one of the hostel’s four kitchens.
Gilligans is also home to an awesome nightclub and attic bar! There are events on every night and you can recover the next day by the lagoon style swimming pool.
10-bed dorm from $15
6-bed dorm from $32
4-bed dorm from $37
BAR・POOL・ FREE WI-FI
5. Jump Inn, Alice Springs
4 Traeger Avenue, The Gap, Alice Springs, NT
The new kid on the block, Jump Inn opened in 2017 and is already a home away from home’ for travellers. There’s free breakfast and Wi-fi and a great restaurant and bar on site. The communal kitchen and outdoor area with a pool is a great spot to meet people and there are two gorgeous dogs living at the hostel to make friends with!
6-bed dorm from $29
8-bed dorm from $26
FREE WI-FI・POOL・FREE BREAKFAST
6. Down Under Hostels on Harriet, Darwin
4 Harriet Place, Darwin City, NT
This hostel has barbecue facilities, a shady garden and a hot tub! It’s just a 12-minute walk to the beach and it’s close to other attractions like the Darwin Entertainment Centre.
You can also enjoy free PS4 and a pool table. There are events on every night, like beer pong, free pizza and a movie night.
6-bed dorm from $29
4-bed dorm from $31
FREE WI-FI ・HOT TUB ・FREE PS4
7. The Picked Frog, Hobart
281 Liverpool Street, Hobart, TAS
The Pickled Frog is close to everything in central Hobart. There’s an in-house bar and a cosy common area with a roaring fire in winter.
There’s also free wi-fi and they also offer free shuttles to Mount Wellington, MONA art museum, and the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.
3-bed dorm from $30
4-bed dorm from $29
6-bed dorm $28
BAR・COMMON AREA・FREE SHUTTLE
8. The Arts Factory, Byron Bay
1 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay, NSW
Get the real ‘Byron’ experience in this unique hostel that’s set on 5 acres of subtropical forest. Aside from your regular dorms they also have teepees and tent accommodation available.
There’s always plenty going on and you can enjoy on-site workshops like drumming and fire twirling. At night grove to DJ’s and watch fire twirling performances and talent shows. They offer free yoga too!
There’s a swimming pool and hot tub and Byron Lounge Cinema and Buddha Gardens Day Spa are also on site. Buddha Bar Restaurant has a great beer garden and live music.
10-bed dorm from $32
6-bed dorm from $36
POOL・ BAR・ ACTIVITIES
9. The Witches Hat, Perth
148 Palmerston Street, Perth, WA
A beautifully restored federation style house, this place has tons of character. It’s just a short walk from the CBD and the bustling Northbridge entertainment hub.
There is free breakfast, free wi-fi and a TV lounge and courtyard. They’ve also got a dedicated events manager so you can bet there’s always something cool going on.
6-bed dorm from $28
4-bed dorm from $36
FREE WI-FI・FREE BREAKFAST・TV ROOM
10. Tequila Sunrise Hostel, Adelaide
123 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, SA
This hostel has a great location, just a few blocks from Central Market, Hindley Street and heaps of tourist attractions. They put on a buffet breakfast each morning, with pancakes, coffee, tea and fruit.
There’s a fully equipped kitchen, free Wi-fi, a TV room and a cosy common room.
10-bed dorm from $18
8-bed dorm from $21
4 -bed dorm from $29
FREE BREAKFAST・FREE WI-FI・GREAT LOCATION