You might have the idea by now that our region is packed with fantastic places to visit and exciting things to do during your holidays. And you're dead right! But you'll soon find that it is also packed with terrific backpackers hostels and budget accommodation options. Wherever you're travelling in Far North Queensland, there's sure to be a great hostel just around the corner, and... they're all on this page!
FOR CAIRNS CITY, PLEASE VISIT OUR DEDICATED CAIRNS BACKPACKERS HOSTELS PAGE. OR SCROLL DOWN TO DISCOVER ALL THE DIFFERENT BACKPACKERS HOSTELS IN TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND, GROUPED BY LOCATION.
BACKPACKERS HOSTELS NORTH OF CAIRNS
PORT DOUGLAS BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
GLOBAL PALACE PORT DOUGLAS
38 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas (MAP)
Phone (07) 4099 5641 website link coming soon
Flashpacking/ Global – Port Douglas
Global @ Port is centred on the Main St in the hub of Port Douglas, 100m walk from the famous 4 Mile beach. This boutique hostel is stylish, modern and boasts tropical living at its best. The open plan design of the common area and kitchen opens out onto a large balcony with magnificent views of Port Douglas and its surroundings.
You are a short stroll to all nightlife, restaurants, cafes, supermarket, galleries, marina and loads of funky boutiques.
Global @ Port have selection of modern, spacious, air-conditioned 4, 6 and 10 bed dorms or upgrade to a private double with en-suite. Full-length mirrors and funky storage shelves are standard in all rooms, all beds are made up with your linen supplied. They offer friendly service and everything you need.
Live the dream @ Global Backpackers.
DOUGIES BACKPACKERS RESORT
111 Davidson Street, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 6200 / Fax (07) 4099 6047
A couple of acres of land, lots of tropical palms and hammocks by the pool.
PORT DOUGLAS YHA
Cnr Port Street and Craven Close, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 5422 / Fax (07) 4099 5495
Port Douglas (Coral Beach Lodge) YHA Backpackers Hostel is a 4 Green star eco-lodge hostel close to 4 Mile Beach and the town centre. Guests can enjoy this resort-style hostel offering lagoon pool, kitchen, laundry and internet café as well as air-conditioned multi-share, double and twin rooms all with ensuite bathrooms.
PORT DOUGLAS BACKPACKERS
37-39 Warner Street, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 5011
Heaps of sweet spaces to chill or play, a super relaxed vibe and unique facilities such as a poolside cinema and pop up bar.
Ferntree hostel offers a tranquil base to relax and explore. Just a short walk to the local bar (PKs Jungle Bar), restaurants, food store, pharmacy, bat house, and the white sands of Myall Beach.
Access the rainforest with a day or night tour, check out the Great Barrier Reef with an Ocean Safari reef tour (only 25 minutes to reef); discover the Dubuji boardwalk, surf the tree tops with Jungle surfing, explore the famous Cape Tribulation Beach lookout and the plethora of hiking trails.
CROCODYLUS VILLAGE RESORT
Lot 5, Buchanan Creeek Road, Cow Bay
Phone (07) 4098 9166 / Fax (07) 4098 9131
Crocodylus is a truly unique hostel resort situated at Cow Bay, between the World Heritage rainforest areas of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef. The resort is hidden under a tall stand of some of the remaining lowland rainforest on the Queensland tropical coast.
CAPE TRIBULATION YHA
152 Rykers Road, Cape Tribulation
Phone (07) 4098 0030 / Fax (07) 4098 0120
Nestled deep within the 110 million-year-old Daintree Rainforest on seven acres of beachfront, Cape Trib Beach House YHA Hostel features a large saltwater swimming pool with a deck for sunbathing.
PK'S JUNGLE VILLAGE
PMB 7, Cape Tribulation
Phone (07) 4098 0040
PK's offers doubles and dormitory style accommodation, all with air-conditioning, as well as camping facilities in a pristine lush tropical setting of the Daintree with just a short walk to the beach.
COOKTOWN BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
COOKTOWN YHA (Pam's Place)
Corner Boundary and Charlotte Streets, Cooktown
Phone (07) 4069 5166
In this Cooktown backpackers hostel, internet is available and backpackers can enjoy the hostel pool, games room, kitchen facilities and 24-hour access. Multi-share, private rooms and self-contained units are available.
ATHERTON TABLELANDS AND OUTBACK BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
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ATHERTON TRAVELLERS LODGE
37 Alice Street, Atherton
Phone (07) 4091 3552
Atherton Travellers Lodge offer different styles of accommodation: single, twins and double rooms, dorm style accommodations and family rooms. The hostel is located a short stroll to town centre.
YUNGABURRA BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
ON THE WALLABY BACKPACKERS
34 Eacham Road, Yungaburra
Phone / Fax (07) 40952031
Choose from Dorm rooms, twins and doubles. Camping and vans are also welcome. Also offering half day Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Lakes and Waterfalls tours and their Night Canoeing Tour!
MOUNT ISA BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
Corner Spence and Pamela Streets, Mount Isa
Phone (07) 4743 0313 / Fax (07) 4743 4007.
Established in 1988, The Haven has long provided weary backpackers with a nice, quiet place to "chill out". At The Haven, they give you what you really need - clean and comfortable accommodation at an affordable price!
BACKPACKERS HOSTELS SOUTH OF CAIRNS
INNISFAIL BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
63 Rankin Street, Innisfail
Phone (07) 40618055 / Fax (07) 40618155
The best working hostel in town, voted No.1 by Lonely Planet. Work and transport arranged. FREE internet, laundry, table tennis and cable TV. Discount tours, weekly bus trips, theme nights and huge pool. Bookings strongly recommended.
BACKPACKERS WALKABOUT MOTEL
20 McGowan Drive, Innisfail
Phone (07) 4061 2311 / Fax (07) 4061 4919
More information coming soon...
INNISFAIL BUDGET BACKPACKERS HOSTEL
Phone (07) 4061 7833 / Fax (07) 4061 8188
Innisfail Budget Backpackers Hostel is conveniently located at within walking distance to Innisfail town centre. All the rooms are air-conditioned. The hotel can offer you a job in agricultural industries.
CARDWELL BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
CARDWELL CENTRAL BACKPACKERS
6 Brasenose Street, Cardwell
Phone (07) 4066 8404
Cardwell Central Backpackers is a modern hostel conveniently situated close to the bus terminal, shops, pub and beach. The hostel features dorm rooms (for up to four persons), double bedrooms, pool and BBQ area. Fruit picking work available.
178 Bowen Street, Cardwell
Phone (07) 4066 8014 / Fax (07) 4066 8014
Cardwell Backpackers provide working opportunities for backpackers to pick fruit and veg in the Cardwell/Tully area. This includes picking pineapples, pumpkins, bananas and sugar cane.
186 Victoria Street, Cardwell
Phone (07) 4066 8671
TULLY BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
50 Butler Street, Tully
Phone (07) 4068 0455
'Banana Barracks' is a purpose built working backpackers hostel, which means that you can get work picking fruit if you are ready to work hard. The hostel offers bungalows, equipped with a fridge, TV and sink, and 8-share budget dorms, with only beds in there.
Relax and unwind at Mission Beach Retreat's modern building and make use of their clean facilities that are always kept in great condition. The hostel even has a tropical pool with a waterfall and shade cover to keep it cool if you don’t feel like wandering to the beach for a swim.
Mission Beach Retreat, located right in the centre of Mission Beach and within easy access to the beach, offers different styles of backpackers accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes: twin and double rooms and four share dorms. There is also an open-air kitchen with a full range of utensils and cooking equipment for your use. The kitchen is always kept clean, and the modern facilities make cooking easy. The hotel also offers free rainforest nature walks, free tea and coffee and free courtesy bus pick up if required.
A relaxing and fun environment that is also quiet and convenient.
28 Wongaling Beach Road, Mission Beach
Phone (07) 4068 8317 / Fax (07) 4068 8616
Absolute Backpackers offer cool, clean and comfortable backpackers accommodation. The hostel features female and mixed share dorms, twins and double rooms, with air-conditioning or ceiling fans. Some rooms open to a wide verandah with hammocks.
SCOTTY'S BEACH HOUSE
167 Reid Road, Mission Beach
Phone (07) 4068 8676 Fax (07) 4068 8520
Relaxing hammocks in a garden setting with the largest pool in town, great music playing in the open yard makes it easy to meet new people. For the people that like to party, our adjacent bar and grill offers excellent meals at discount prices.
Frizelle Road, Bingil Bay
Phone (07) 4068 7137 / Fax (07) 4068 7028
This spacious, island-style, pole-framed timber building is situated in the tropical heart of Bingil Bay, very close to Mission Beach. The Treehouse Hostel features lofty ceilings and a sundeck overlooking a stunning pool area and all will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding tropical rainforest.
TOWNSVILLE BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
ADVENTURERS BACKPACKER RESORT
79 Palmer, Townsville
Phone (07) 4721 1522 / Fax (07) 4721 3251
Offering free tea and coffee, barbecues, and many other complimentary amenities, Adventurers Backpackers Resort provides double, single and share accommodation in separate or mixed rooms.
CIVIC GUEST HOUSE
262 Walker St, Townsville QLD 4810
Civic Guest House offers clean and tidy budget, shared and private accommodation in the form of dorms, twin, double, single and ensuite rooms. All come with linen and some the option of a fan or air conditioning.
ORCHID GUEST HOUSE
34 Hale Street, Townsville
Phone (07) 4771 6683
Cleanliness is guaranteed and the washing machine is free of charge. Some rooms are ensuite and all have their own TV and fridge. Most are air/con but all rooms have ceiling fans. There is free parking and luggage storage and the kitchen is fully equipped.
4 Wickham Street, Townsville
Phone (07) 4721 1112
Reeflodge is located in the Townsville city heart with only a 10 minute walk from the Transit Centre bus terminal and a 2 minute walk from the Magnetic Island ferry terminal.
113-119 Flinders Street, Townsville
Phone (07) 4771 6915
Rambutan is an exciting new resort concept, combining a stunning rooftop bar and restaurant with a variety of affordable accommodation options. Part hotel, part luxury backpacker’s hostel...
MAGNETIC ISLAND BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
BUNGALOW BAY KOALA VILLAGE
40 Horseshoe Bay Road, Horseshoe Bay (MAP)
Phone (07) 4778 5577 / Fax (07) 4778 5781 link coming soon
The real island experience!
Bungalow Bay Koala Village backs onto national park in Horseshoe Bay and is a YHA resort with 25 private and 5 dormitory style bungalows. Camping in either powered or non powered sites in a bush setting with native free ranging wildlife is just a bonus along with the Koala Sanctuary and Learn to Dive opportunities. The resort features an open deck bar with restaurant, internet facilities, tour desk and landscaped pool. Bungalow Bay Koala Village is an Advanced Eco Certified Tourism product and winner of Australia's Best Backpacking Accommodation in the 2007 Australian Tourism awards.
32 Picnic Street, Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island
Phone (07) 4758 1616 / Fax (07) 5636 1050
CStay is focused on providing affordable accommodation in private rooms fitted with the essentials such as air conditioning, clean crisp white linen.
BASE BACKPACKERS MAGNETIC ISLAND
1 Nelly Bay Road, Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island
Phone / Fax (07) 4778 5777
Base Magnetic Island is the all new base with luxurious bures for couple, stylish dorms for singles & the best backpackers Island bar and cafe around.
ARCADIA HOTEL & FAMILY RESORT (MAGNUMS)
7 Marine Parade, Arcadia Bay
Phone (07) 4778 5177 / Fax (07) 4778 5939
Arcadia Hotel & Family Resort (Magnums on Magnetic) is located on two of Magnetic Islands most popular beaches and all rooms have an ocean view.
ARCADIA BEACH GUESTHOUSE
27 Marine Parade, Arcadia, Magnetic Island
Phone (07) 4778 5668
Single,Double,Twin share or Share accommodation is available at very competitive rates and we offer a 5th night FREE! Our rooms all feature fans, free linen and towels.
AYR / HOME HILL BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
Dalbeg - one hour south (south west) of Ayr (MAP)
With seasonal work available from May to November, McShane's Produce at Dalbeg, just south of Ayr and Home Hill, employs from 17 to 30 pickers and packers depending on the weather and quantities of vegetables to be picked. The onsite rural workers camp offers a range of accommodation (twin rooms, single quarters, double bungalows, dormitory and even a fully self-contained cottage)
Guests enjoy clean budget accommodation with full bedding provided, free washing machine (including detergent) and free internet.
There is an onsite bar and shop and a communal area with pool table, games, 106cm plasma televsion, camp kitchen and BBQ facilities.
52-56 Wilmington Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 5837 / Fax (07) 4783 1668
Ayr Backpackers is a working backpacker hostel for the Burdekin District, where you can stay with a typical Australian family in a warm and friendly environment.
139 Queen Street, Ayr
Phone (07) 4783 3991 / Fax (07) 4783 3318
The Delta is a working hostel in Ayr, offering work year round, huge pool and poolside bar, beach volleyball, free DVD library and high speed internet cafe. The hostel is only 60 metres from the Ayr bus stop! Come work, stay and play at the Delta.
HOME HILL BACKPACKERS
30 Fourth Street, Home Hill
Phone (07) 4782 1717 / Fax (07) 4782 1737
More information coming soon...
145 Eighth Avenue, Home Hill
Phone (07) 4782 1600 / Fax (07) 4782 1030
The Malpass Hotel, in the centre of Home Hill, provides backpacker accommodation in four-share rooms at affordable rates. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a fridge provided. Linen is also provided, and cooking facilities are available, along with an ATM and EFTPOS.
A clean friendly hostel where finding you work is their priority.
Barnacles provides varied forms of accommodation from double rooms and 4 bed dorms down to large dorms. There are full kitchen and laundry facilities and the hostel is central to shops, PO, supermarket and pubs. It is a short walk to the newly developed front beach area.
5 Herbert Street, Bowen
Phone (07) 4786 4022 / Fax (07) 4786 3773
Located in the colonial style 100 year old magnificent Grandview Hotel, this backpackers accommodation is just 100 metres from the Beach, Shops, and Olympic Pool.
18564 Bruce Hwy, Bowen
Phone(07) 4786 5185
Aussie Nomads guarantee work placement within the Bowen area; they supply everything from job training to transport and everything in between that the hardy working backpacker needs.
Magnums is a tropical oasis in the middle of the excitement of Airlie Beach. Relax in the beautiful settings or take the short stroll to the famous Airlie Beach Lagoon, Abel Point Marina or Port of Airlie.
Magnums is an 'over 18 years only' budget holiday retreat in the heart of the beautiful Whitsundays.
No need for a cab - Magnums is within walking distance of all the fantastic restaurants, pubs and nightclubs Airlie beach has to offer.
Magnums' affordable accommodation styles include dorm rooms, deluxe cabins and private rooms which are all surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. All rooms have air-conditioning and ceiling fans for your comfort. Professionally cleaned linen is provided and rooms are cleaned daily by the friendly in-house housekeeping team.
Facilities at Magnums Airlie Beach include a fully equipped shared kitchen and undercover eating area, breakfast and recreation room with 51 inch Plasma Television, free BBQ area, coin operated washing machines in the laundry, free security deposit service for your security and free WiFi throughout the resort, all for your convenience.
Located right in the heart of Airlie Beach and centrally located across from the lagoon, Global Backpackers Airlie Beach provides the perfect departure point for all Whitsunday Sailing trips – a must do on the East Coast! Live entertainment in Airlie Beach's BEST bar & bistro every night! Spend your days relaxing by the pool, in the games room, playing pool or planning your travel and catching up with friends at our Internet Café and travel desk. A communal lounge, kitchen and laundry plus free pickup from the bus stop makes this hostel your home away from home. All rooms include ensuite, air-conditioning, TV and bar fridge!
Set around the swimming pool amongst six acres of tropical gardens, the hostel accommodation at Base Backpackers Airlie Beach is right in the heart of Airlie Beach. Only fifty metres to the lagoon, the cafes, bars and shops are on the doorstep and the Abel Point Marina is just a stroll away.
Base Backpackers Airlie Beach have beds for all budgets – meet other travellers in the clean, comfortable multi-share rooms, all with ensuite and air-conditioning, or treat yourself to a private room with your own corner bath, fridge, air-conditioning, kitchenette and complimentary tea and coffee in the room. There's also have loads of camping sites and campervan parks.
Base Airlie Beach is set up to be your ideal gateway to the Whitsunday Islands National Park with 74 islands and Whitehaven Beach rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world only a short boat trip away.
AIRLIE BEACH YHA
394 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, QLD 4802
Phone (07) 4946 6312
Airlie Beach YHA hostel is located in the centre of Airlie Beach close to the swimming lagoon, restaurants, cafes and Airlie's thriving nightlife. With multi-share, double, twin and family rooms with private balconies, all hostel rooms are air-conditioned
AIRLIE WATERFRONT BACKPACKERS
The Esplanade, Airlie Beach
Phone (07) 4948 1300
Airlie Waterfront Backpackers is located only 100 metres from the main street, but away from the noise. All rooms benefit from air-conditioning and are clean and airy. The resort has tow large fully equipped kitchens and offers dorm, double and twin room.
BACKPACKERS BY THE BAY
12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach
Phone (07) 4946 7267
A medium sized budget accommodation, sleeping up to 70 people. The resort has magnificent ocean views and it is quietly tucked away on the hillside and located less than a five minute walk to the cafes, shopping and nightlife of Airlie Beach.
BASE AIRLIE BEACH RESORT
336 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach
Phone (07) 4948 2000
Base Airlie Beach Resort is only fifty metres from the lagoon. The cafes, bars and shops are on the doorstep! Beds for all budgets – comfortable multi-share rooms, all with ensuite and air-conditioning, or private rooms with your own spa bath, fridge, air-conditioning and kitchenette.
NOMADS AIRLIE BEACH
354 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach
Phone (07) 4999 6600
Recently reopened after a complete renovation, Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers Hostel is surrounded by 7 acres of gardens in the centre of town! Swimming pool, volleyball court and proper camping facilities (tents, powered and non-powered sites).
First of all, you have to get to Cairns, right? For the purposes of this "budget transport" section, I'm going to assume that you're already familiar with the bargain flights that can sometimes be found on Australia's very competitive domestic airlines, and the prices and services offered by Queensland Rail- the state rail network- and the major bus companies such as Greyhound. These popular options are discussed on our main TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND TRANSPORT page. You're here to find budget options, so let's start with the cheapest way to get to Cairns; hitchhiking.
Hitchhiking is free so you can't get much cheaper than that! But it's not always the most comfortable or reliable method of getting from A to B, and there are some inherent potential risks, however small. If you're not confident to hitchhike alone, try to find another backpacker to hitch with you. There are a nuber of tricks you can use to improve your chances of getting a ride (I should know!) and you should take certain simple precautions to minimize any perceived safety risks. If you want to know more about hitchhiking in Australia -and particularly in Tropical North Queensland- please visit our HITCHHIKING page.
The next cheapest way to cross the large expanses of country that we have in Australia is ridesharing. Unfortunately, Australia does not have a very developed ridesharing network, as some European countries do. Hopefully, in the future we will become more comfortable with this very social and environmentally friendly mode of travel. You can place a 'ride wanted' ad FOR FREE on our CAIRNS UNLIMITED CLASSIFIEDS or post a note on the messageboard at your backpackers hostel. It's not uncommon for backpackers travelling around Australia to purchase a car when they arrive. Generally these people would be glad of a passenger, to have someone to share the fuel costs and maybe even the driving.
FOR REGULAR SCHEDULED BUS, TRAIN AND FLIGHT INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT OUR TRANSPORT PAGE.