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Backpack Oz Reviews

144 Wakefield St, Adelaide, Australia

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866 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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Staff needs to return "Good Morning" greetings!


over all a good hostel.. Just make sure you're not in room 2 (on the corner with the traffic light beeping all night)


For me it was the lack of fun atmosphere. I arrived and the reception lady was very pleasant and have me lots of advice for the city etc (not sure of name, probably in late thirties).By 8pm I was ready to meet people but they were all just at the table on their laptops, no one was socialising, no organised events advertised. The different girl behind the counter was more interested in her phone to talk to guests. Thankfully Reece walked in so and actually made my night. Employ people like him

Owner Comment (Hide)
You only stayed 1 x night !? Backpack OZ cant determine what type of mood the in-house guests will be like at any given time. You were drinking with the other staff and seemed to be having a great time with them, so why would you write a negative review? Thanks for the feedback Backpack OZ and the Guest House


We were in the 'Cave' which couldn't be more fitting, too many people and not a lot of light. Overall OK but kitchen closing at 9.30 was too early. Cleanliness good but staff spent up to 3hours cleaning bathrooms in the morning whenever everyone needed them. Staff seriously need to learn how to smile and generally seemed to have a severe attitude problem. However BBQ on Wed was fab and Toms pool game was first time all occupants participated in something, should do more nights like this!


What a lovely place to stay, room cleaned daily and such friendly staff. The only down I guess is if you are in room 12 the noise from the lounge can be a bit too much, and having to walk through common room area to get changed too!! Free barby is genius and such a bubbly happy place to stay would def recommend!


Still here so can't be that bad


My friend and I really loved this hostel. It had a great friendly atmosphere. Staff were very helpful and the communal area was great for meeting other travellers and the hostel put on social evenings to encourage people to mingle and make friends (including a free BBQ!). Would definitely stay again and the location was good- within walking distance of Victoria Square where local supermarket and tram stop is.


Very very basic, We were meant to stay in the backpackers but they moved us over into 'The Guesthouse'. This had no WiFi, No bar nothing just rooms with a small kitchen area. The backpackers itself was ok the bar costs were reasonable and free pool. Movie nights and cheap pizza nights were very popular. Wouldn't stay there again as i never felt clean there, the buildings need a lot of work, probably pulling down to be honest.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for taking the time to comment. We upgraded you to our best double room at the Guest House so we find it very perplexing that you would not enjoy the room or this gesture from us. Kind regards Backpack OZ


Perfect location and really clean. Just what you need on a training holiday during and International cycling event. Very memorable stay! Cant wait to recommend let alone go back to Adelaide!!!


Great atmosphere. The rooms and lockers could be more secure, ie, locks provided. Staff could be more knowledgable of Adelaide. Great BBQ on Wednesdays. I really enjoyed the pub crawl: the organiser was great.


This was the best hostel I've ever stayed in, Great atmosphere, awesome community facilities, amazing BBQ buffet on Wednesdays, free bike hire and a breakfast that is refilled and cared for! Would recommend everyone to stay there!

  • 22nd Jan 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Really nice hostel with plenty of perks, such as free internet, free breakfast and free BBQ on Wednesday followed by a killer pool competition in which I performed poorly :) The staff are really nice and a good resource of things to do and see in Adelaide. Really good vibe in the hostel and easy to meet other travelers there. Unfortunately I had to wait for a long time to check in since they didn´t have their linen ready and housekeeping was a bit unorganized. Definitely recommend them


Staying at Backpack OZ was quite good. While having free breakfast, I saw a cockroach though. SoI had to give up having breakfast from the next morning. Anyway location was quite good, near the free loop bus stop and very quiet. Hiring free bicycle and free umbrella was very convenient. But the staffs are so unkind.


Easy place to hang out in.


lock boxes available if you bring lock, good, central location, bar in hostel, Medium clean. Pretty standard.


Above Average Hostel, not the best common area, relatively clean, girl at the reception was very helpful


only 4 lockers i a 8 bed dorm....


If you have to choose a hostel in Adelaide, it`s this one.


Had a great time at this , was very good value, staff excellent !

  • 5th Dec 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Great Wednesday night BBQ and pool competition. Friendly hostel with good facilities and a short walk to the centre of the city. Would stay here again

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