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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 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Nice Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Good Cleanliness
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Property Description

Backpackers By the Bay is Airlie's secret little paradise! We are situated just a short walk away from the main street (400 meters, 5 minute walk) and were the closest hostel to the Premiere & Greyhound drop off. This makes us a perfect location as you can enjoy Airlie's famous nightlife without having to listen to it whilst trying to sleep, the best of both worlds! We are renowned for our chilled, relaxed vibes with friendly staff and a clean environment, just check out our reviews!

Airlie town centre is a hub for cafes, bars, restaurants and shopping, you'll find everything including souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the esplanade for locally made jewellery, clothes and crafts. The Airlie Beach Lagoon is situated right in the centre of Airlie Beach and has become the focal point of the area.

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 team trivia competitions are also organised to promote making new friends.

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 7.1

  • Security 6.7

  • Location 6.5

  • Staff 8.5

  • Atmosphere 6.7

  • Cleanliness 6.5

  • Facilities 7.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    08 Mar 2022
    Peter gave me a friendly welcoming when I arrived in the morning and allowed me to check into my room early. My Whitsundays cruise got cancelled and Peter looked up the cruises that are running on the same day, provided me with brochures to choose and then booked the cruise for me. Darcie (hopefully I used the correct spelling) from reception was lovely and ensured I was checked into my room as quickly as possible after returning from a two night cruise. Friendly atmosphere amongst the guests.
    Australia, Male, 31-40
  • 9.1


    06 Jul 2022
    Great place me and my children loved staying there and the people were incredibly supportive and nice.
    Australia, Mixed Group, 41+
  • 8.9


    21 Jul 2022
    Lovely hostel. Friendliest atmosphere that we experienced at any hostel on the east coast. Nice clean communal bathrooms and kitchen. Hot water tap and free tea was a bonus! The only con was that it was a little further out from the marina and restaurants than the other hostels but still only a 15 minute walk!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    15 Apr 2022
    Good hostel. Walking distance to everywhere. It's near the greyhound bus which is handy. We stayed in a double room which was clean and had a fan and Aircon. Showers were good. Overall a nice vibe although there seemed to be a large group living and working there so it could be hard to break into their group!
    Ireland, Female, 25-30
  • 8.9


    09 Mar 2022
    Very nice and helpful staff. Close from shops and restaurants. Solid and good quality bunkbed, mattress was okay. Kitchen needs a little bit of love; cockroaches inside cupboards and around.
    Brazil, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    16 Aug 2022
    The staff is not very welcome and friendly but the hostel is nice, bathroom and room are clean. You have to walk to the city center but it’s only 7 minutes.
    Italy, Female, 31-40
  • 4.9


    17 Sep 2022
    Value for money seems similar to those in the area. Cleanliness is a 1* - bathrooms were dirty (dirty shower floors, dirty sinks and dry bogeys on toilet wall). The kitchen was so bad that we didn’t even want to cook in there. Back door is wide open 24/7 so anyone can come in and out of the hostel so if your roommates don’t lock the door it’s super unsafe. There is a small lockable briefcase for each bed though. No staff around after reception closes - no emergency contact which proved a real issue when we had a big problem in our room early hours of the morning. Manager was quick to help when reception was open, but this was 3-4 hours after the event. Real disappointing stay for such a beautiful nearby area of The Whitsundays.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 4.9


    18 Jul 2022
    The hostel rooms were very small, I felt there wasn’t much room to move. The bathrooms were great as they had several toilets plus showers. The staff were brilliant and very helpful. But on my occasion, I found the friendly vibe from other backpackers wasn’t there. I tried to engage in conversations and no one smiled or spoke back. I preferred Nomads.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 4.6


    19 Mar 2022
    Messy hostel.
    Denmark, Male, 41+
  • 4.0


    14 Apr 2022
    my accomodation was cancelled after my booking
    England, Female, 41+
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  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Fitness Centre
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Mini-Supermarket
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi