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Hostels in Australia

Australia is also home to 500 National Parks, a bunch of cosmopolitan cities, and the natural splendour of the Outback. Combine this with some of the best beaches in the world, friendly locals, and legendary nightlife and it’s no surprise Australia is one of the most popular countries on the backpacker trail.

To do Australia on a budget, you’ll need to find an Australia hostel, but choosing the right place to stay can be tricky - do you go for a dirt-cheap backpacker dorm, a beachside apartment or a boutique hostel with plush facilities? Here’s a guide to top-rated some hostels across Australia:

Wake Up Hostel

Wake Up Hostel

You couldn’t find a more convenient hostel in Sydney – WakeUp! is located opposite Central Station, a few minutes from Chinatown, Darling Harbour and 30 minutes from Harbour Bridge. The hostel is fresh and modern, with a cafe and restaurant on site, and a Travel and Information desk with plenty of advice on finding jobs, and things to see and do. The ‘Side’ Bar is renowned for its wild parties, but the plush rooms are a great place to crash afterwards.

Tropic Days Hostel

A gem of a city tucked away in the North, Cairns is an adrenaline junkies dream, with every extreme sport imaginable on offer. There’s also spotless golden beaches, and the Great Barrier Reef within easy reach. Tropic Days is a funky hostel set in a huge tropical garden, run by two native Queenslanders.

The hostel is a budget travellers dream - there are three kitchens for rustling up a cheap meal, and a free evening meal five nights of the week. The Big Aussie BBQ is also worth a try, for its exotic selection of meat, ranging from crocodile to kangaroo! When you’re tired of the beach, the tropical swimming pool and hammocks are ideal for lazing around, and there’s a courtesy bus running in and out of town for some sightseeing.

Habitat HQ

Habitat HQ

This award-winning hostel offers some of the flashest budget rooms in Melbourne. You’re right beside Melbourne’s coolest beach St Kilda’s, lined with funky cafes, bars and boutiques, and there’s a tram by the hostel that goes right into the city center.

The facilities at this hostel are the main draw – there’s a free breakfast, pancakes on a Wednesday, and a sunny courtyard for cooking up a storm on the BBQ, or lounging on the sunbeds. There’s also a lively social scene at the hostel, making it ideal for backpackers.

Western Beach Lodge

One of the most isolated capitals in the world, Perth is a unique mix of museums and art galleries, scenic parkland and beaches. Stay at the Western Beach Lodge, and you’ll experience the best of West Australia.

This small and homely lodge has been around for 15 years, and the friendly owners will help you organize surfing lessons, and book trips to the neighbouring Rottnest Island. This relaxing retreat is within walking distance of beautiful Scarborough Beach, and a clutch of restaurants and bars.

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