Oceania is a backpacking paradise. From the party towns of Australia’s Gold Coast to Milford Sound in New Zealand, working on organic farms in Fiji and beachside relaxing in the Cook Islands, a trip here is a chance to live the dream Down Under. So, where are the best places to stay as you travel? Check out our award-winning top three hostel picks for Oceania, as decided by your reviews in this year’s HOSCAR awards …
Best-in-continent winners for Oceania
Adventure Queenstown Hostel, New Zealand
Rated 97% by those who’ve stayed here, Adventure Queensland scores particularly highly for its fantastic central location, fab facilities and the excellent value for money it offers to backpackers. Super-knowledgeable staff will help you make the most of the area, and little touches like fluffy towels, extra pillows, a stocked-up modern kitchen and free Wi-Fi really make this hostel feel like a home. A must-stay.
Bounce Sydney, Australia
Bounce’s rooftop bar view of Sydney's CBD skyscrapers makes for an amazing backdrop to the hostel’s weekly BBQs. Scoring a 93% rating from customers, staff can take you on fun bar crawls of the surrounding area, and the hostel itself is clean and modern with a really friendly vibe - all made possible by excellent staff. It’s close to Central Station too, pretty handy if you’re getting around Oz by train.
Travellers Oasis, Cairns, Australia
An outdoor pool for soaking up that famous Cairns sunshine means it’s hard to go wrong with a stay at Travellers Oasis. BBQ nights, super-friendly staff and a prime location ten minutes from the beach also add to the hostel’s awesomeness – it scores an average of 93% from fellow backpackers. They don’t do dorm beds, either, so there’s not much to get between you and a really cosy night’s sleep.
To find out the winners for each of the South American countries below, check out the HOSCARs awards 2014.
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