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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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Airlie Beach Backpackers By The Bay

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

By the Bay is a really relaxed, clean and friendly hostel, offering wonderful water views and overlooking the Port of Airlie Marina. The coach transit centre is directly across the road.

The property is 400 metres (5 minute walk) to the main street, where you will find restaurants, cafes, shops and all the nightlife Airlie is famous for. Our location means we provide the only option for a quiet night’s sleep away from the nightclub noise when your partying is done.

More like a large, international, environmentally-friendly house, the hostel is fully equipped with kitchen, laundry, pool, hammocks, outdoor exercise station area, BBQ, library etc. All rooms – double and four-share – are serviced daily. We also get guests into their rooms ASAP without waiting for a 2pm checkin time so you can get showered, refreshed and out there exploring.

Movies can be viewed anytime and $1.50 BBQ sandwiches are available every night around our small outdoor bar that offers the cheapest drinks in the whitsundays. Team trivia competitions are also organised nightly to promote making new friends.

We are the only hostel to offer a courtesy drop off to the marina each morning (8am). Free WiFi and tea and coffee available all day. Take advantage of our tour booking services with some great local standby rates including free accommodation and storage deals, or come and hand feed the wild cockatoos every day around our pool area. Peter and Carolyn have been the onsite owners for over 20 years and look forward to showing you some true aussie hospitality - come and say g'day.
* Winner of Multiple Whitsunday Tourism Awards

PLEASE NOTE: NO check in or out on Christmas day (25 December) or New Years day (1 January) View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.4

  • Security 8.4

  • Location 8.3

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.3

  • Cleanliness 7.7

  • Facilities 8.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    13 Dec 2019
    Clean, friendly and close enough to town. Will recommend to others.
    England, All Female Group, 31-40
  • 9.4


    28 Nov 2019
    A great place to stay when coming back from a boat tour and resting up. It has a relaxed atmosphere and is not a party hostel. It was quiet at night and I slept well. They have breakfast in the mornings for $3 and sausages at night for $1.5. Great place for females traveling solo.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    24 Nov 2019
    Close to the bus stop, but a good walk from the Main Street. Ideal for a quiet recharge. Very clean, friendly staff and cool ambiance. Internet is good, but you won’t have access to YouTube or Netflix.
    Canada, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    18 Nov 2019
    Very calm vibe with helpful staff. Good facilities, the kitchen was nice, plenty of space in the fridges. I loved the hammocks. Thanks for having me!
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 8.3


    07 Dec 2019
    Location: It's very close to the greyhound bus terminal. On the other hand you find yourself walking an additional 5-7 min when you go into "town". I stil found it a really good spot locationwise. In other hostels you might end up in the middle of the party area/ street. (Obviously depends on whether you want to sleep or not at some point;)) Bed: on upper bunk beds there are no rails. No problem for myself. Might still be sth. the owners could think about to improve.
    Switzerland, Male, 31-40
  • 8.0


    20 Nov 2019
    The hostel is a bit further from all the action, but it is the closer one to the bus station. The atmosphere was pretty chilled and on my first night I did meet pretty amazing people. The overall cleanliness is all right. Loved the pool and the hammack though and they kept my bag for free after my check out until I had to catch my bus the next day. I had my best nights sleep in my whole trip in this hostel though so overall if you are not looking for the big party I would definitely recommend
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    30 Nov 2019
    Good location, staff were friendly. The reception hours were a hassle for us, as we arrived late we had to check in the next morning at 7:30am and then try to make it in time for our whitsundays tour which was at 8am. Staff were understanding about our late arrival and kept bags in storage. Top bunks didn’t have bar going across them meaning you could easily fall out. Overall good hostel
    Ireland, Couple, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    25 Nov 2019
    Staff were helpfull and friendly. There are some interesting characters hanging around here. Had some good conversations and met some pretty nice people. The rooms are fine and the beds are ok. A little bit of a hippie vibe if you're into that. The kitchen was really dirty though everything old... really needs a fixup. I would not enjoy cooking there it was kind of gross. Overal cleanliness left something to be desired. All in all nothing wrong with this place I preferred it over Base.
    Netherlands, Male, 25-30
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    04 Dec 2019
    I generally liked the hostel and the staff was friendly and all - but too many joints smoked and boose downed let to a bit to scary dart throws in the common area, where there's should be space for everyone. Additionally, the kitchen capacity was too low and only the lower bunk beds had floor area for bags. The top bunks had a area in the height as the bed, which is just no good for big bags.
    Denmark, Male, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    24 Nov 2019
    Overall a fine hostel, but a bit out of the way. The atmosphere was a little sleepy, there were no events on while we stayed.
    Germany, All Female Group, 18-24
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  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Security Lockers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table