Backpackers and hostels in Queensland

Queensland is the kind of destination that inspires intrepid dreams. If your travel goals are bigger are bigger than your budget, never fear! No matter how deep your pockets are, there’s accommodation options perfect for a good time, not a long time or just the place to refill the wallet with working hostels and backpacker jobs coming out the wazoo.

Find a hostel in Queensland

If you’re looking for a little something more than the usual bed and pub crawl, we’ve got you covered. Queensland’s hostels across the state are ripe for backpacker picking! Whether packing the party pants for a holiday to remember at Surfers Paradise or getting lost in the middle of the Daintree (oldest rainforest in the world), these options will have you backpacking across the state in no time.

Working hostels and backpacker jobs

Getting paid to explore paradise? Yes please! If you're into discovering untouched wilderness or soaking up year-round sun, Queensland is just the place for a gap year or working holiday. From the iconic backpacker mecca, Airlie Beach to fruit picking in Bundaberg, we’ve assembled everything you need on where to stay and have the most fun… and reward. Find out more information about backpacking and working holidays around Queensland here.

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Airlie Beach Magnums Backpackers

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$28 - 65
Magnums is a tropical oasis in the middle of Airlie Beach. Relax in their 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.

Absolute Backpackers Mission Beach

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$23 - 60
Welcome to Absolute Backpackers Mission Beach - a chilled out, friendly, resort-style hostel in tropical Queensland. Stay with them and you'll discover World Heritage-listed rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef fringed by unspoilt golden, sandy beaches.

Breeze Lodge

Kangaroo Point, Brisbane Area
From AU$29 - 95
Breeze Lodge is a brand new short-term accommodation and backpackers conveniently located in the heart of Kangaroo Point and less than two kilometres from the Brisbane Central Business District. Their guests can enjoy free wi-fi throughout the hostel and free continental breakfast.

Cairns Central YHA

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$48 - 126
Cairns Central YHA is located within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, cafes and nightlife. The property offers air-conditioned twin, double, family and multi-share rooms with shared bathroom facilities and en suites available .

Bunk Backpackers Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$35 - 270
Bringing backpacking to a whole new level! Welcome to Surfers Paradise’s newest hostel. Bunk ticks all the boxes and only a heartbeat away from the beach. Your experience is their priority; let them entertain you with daily activities and nightly events while accommodating you in comfort and class at Queensland’s most iconic beach location.

Base Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$10 - 125
Base Backpackers is located right on the beach and is the only place to Stay and Play on Magnetic Island There is a choice of dorm rooms at Base from mixed dorms to the female sanctuary dorms which includes a sanctuary pamper package on arrival.

BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park

Belgian Gardens, Townsville Area
From AU$30 - 220
BIG4 Rowes Bay Beachfront Holiday Park truly has the premier location in Townsville, offering a spectacular beachfront outlook with stunning views of Magnetic Island. Only a short distance from the popular Strand or the city centre, they offer all your caravan, camping and accommodation needs in beautiful Tropical North Queensland.

Kirra Beach Tourist Park

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$37 - 275
Kirra Beach Tourist Park is situated 300 metres from famous Kirra Beach at the southern end of the Gold Coast. A spacious, open park this is the ideal place to bring the kids or all your friends for a group get away.

Rambutan Townsville YHA

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$25 - 209
This luxurious hostel is the ultimate spot to kick back and relax, boasting a stunning rooftop pool surrounded by cabanas and pool lounges, as well as an outdoor bar and restaurant. Rambutan Townsville YHA has a range of accommodation options including mixed gender dorms, private dorms and king rooms.

Woolshed Backpackers

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$21 - 120
Clean, quiet, friendly, family run hostel. A unique escape from the hostel party circuit on one acre of tropical gardens, right in the centre of Hervey Bay and only five minutes walk to the beach, shops, supermarket, restaurants and bars.
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