"Hostels in Australia are generally classified as cheap backpacker communal accommodation."

Guests share rooms with other travellers and sleep in dormitory style rooms, usually sleeping 4-6 people in bunk beds which can be unisex or same sex dorms. Some offer private rooms for a higher rate.

The good old “backpackers” as we call them over here are a great meeting place for tourists and tend to attract a younger age group due to the communal sleeping quarters and common facilities. Budgeting tourists and those travelling alone will also appreciate the low cost and social atmosphere.

Most are equipped with a communal kitchen and shared bathroom facilities, swimming pool, internet access, television lounge, games room and security lockers. Many modern accommodations also have tour desks, particularly in popular tourist destinations, where guests can browse brochures, ask questions and book tours and car rentals all through the hostel. The tour companies generally offer a pick-up and drop-off service to guests as part of the cost which is convenient.

Backpacker accommodation is usually ideally located in the heart of town too, which makes life easy, guests being able to explore the town centre and its attractions on foot as well as frequent local bars, cafes and restaurants.

Room rates vary in top tourism areas, increasing in the high season, however in general are reasonably priced all year round. If you are planning on staying at backpacker accommodation frequently on your travels, some chains offer discount cards which reduce the room rate cost usually by about 10% and offer discounts for others things such as tours, cafes and other stores and/or attractions.

Search for Australian and even worldwide hostel accommodation in the box at the top of the page. If you’re after a budget bed and enjoy a social holiday atmosphere with people from all walks of life, the hostel environment will suit you and your money-belt to a tee.

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