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Backpackers by the Bay Reviews

12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia

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84%

Rating
323 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 83%Facilities

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74%

Short walk to town. Good that they do a quiz every evening to get people involved. No security lockers. Friendly staff.


94%

Had a great stay here! Very relaxed atmosphere, it is a 5 minute walk to town which means you are close to everything withhout the noice of the city bars. Triva games where a lot fun and where a great way to meet other people.


89%

I loved this hostel! It's not that crowded and there is plenty of space for everybody. I loved to chill out in the garden, which overlooks the bay. The kitchen is very clean and offers all the facilities you need. Everynight is quiznight, which is always good fun. The best thing was to check in at 7am, after a long overnight busride, without extra fees. So I could take a nap straight away, which was a relief after the not so comfortable busride. Thanks for that guys :)


57%

Impossible to talk to new people, even when joining in with activities. Very cliquey. Reception couldn't fake any enthusiasm. I wasn't warned that the "mixed" bathroom had urinals and is almost exclusively used by guys. Not the worst hostel around by any means, but not great for lone travellers.


80%

Nice hostel, really friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful view and relax atmosphere (and good night sleep!). Closest hostel to the Greyhound station and just a short walk to the city center. I really enjoyed my stay, definitely recommend.


69%

Nicole was really friendly at the front desk, could do with free wifi but this seems to be a thing across all hostels in Oz! We stayed before and after going on cruise and it did the job. Could probably do with a general tidy up in the shower and toilet facilities but overall not too bad.


97%

Great hostel! Fast wifi. Staff were super friendly and were able to recommend and book tours to the Whitsundays. There are tons of brochures around the hostel for tours all up the East Coast. AND they will book your next hostel for free. Nice, clean rooms, big kitchen, and pool. the hammock area was awesome to chill out. Have drinks if you want to, but is quiet if you want to hang out once partiers go into town. I will definitely recommend this hostel.


94%

Best hostel I stayed at in Australia !

  • 16th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

We loved this hostel! Great atmosphere with lovely staff who couldn't do enough for you. Very knowledgeable and helpful when booking excursions. Free pick up from bus stop, good location - 10 minute walk to main street. Everything very clean and well maintained. Definitely recommend.


91%

This is my favourite hostel in oz so far! Right opposite the bus station but they have a free shuttle anyway. 5 min stroll to the Main Street of airlie. Lovely garden and pool and nice rooms with air con. Really nice chilled atmosphere, nightly quiz is good to meet people. Staff are so friendly. Wifi is good but you have to pay but 4$ for 24 hrs. Also large breakfast available. Only thing was the any/fruit fly infestation that seemed to be in the kitchen.


100%

One of my favourites so far


80%

Nice location, a short walk into town but not near any bars or clubs, so nice and quiet. But no lockers for your things and no oven in the kitchen.


86%

The showers and toilets should be modernized but they are clean at all times. The staff is very friendly and helps you finding the right trip to the Whitsundays. The kitchen is well equipped and there´s a nice outdoor seating area with hammocks and a swimming pool. We would stay there again.


91%

A lovely, friendly hostel. Peter goes out of his way to help, staff very friendly. A great atmosphere every night with games of pool and the quiz and bbq. Would recommend!


80%

It's a small lovely Hostel and not that expensive, I just stayed there for one night but the staff was really friendly and the have good offers like a cheap breakfast, a beer is 3,50 whats for Australia pretty cheap when I think about how much I pay in a pub or a club, so at all it was a good stay ;)

  • 17th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

Best place to stay at in Airlie Beach! Peter (the owner) is really helpful with everything and makes that place incredibly familiar!

  • 14th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

This hostel is a great laid-back, no worries kind of place. It's quite and peaceful, great spot to read a book or go for a dip in the pool. It is a 5 minute walk to the "city center," but it is nice to be out of the hustle and bustle of tourist/backpacker central. Staff is friendly and helpful with directions and advice on activities etc. Nice chill spot!


77%

Friendly hostel with a relaxed atmosphere. Would stay here again :)

  • 3rd Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


34%

I had so many hopes for this hostel with the amazing reviews that they have but my experience was rubbish. I was greeted at the hostel by a girl called Anne who was basically next to useless. I asked her when I got to the hostel if there was a commonwealth bank in airlie beach and she just said she didn't know because she banked with west pac. Totally useless at booking a cruise too, no idea! The manager peter I found really rude and obnoxious, so stuck up! No atmosphere at all here! Awful!


100%

Really good hostel ! Easy to meet people, friendly staff. Rooms are clean, bathroom too ! At 5min of the center, by foot

  • 28th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


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