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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.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome 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 meteres, 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 8.4

  • Security 8.4

  • Location 8.1

  • Staff 8.7

  • Atmosphere 8.3

  • Cleanliness 7.8

  • Facilities 8.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Oct 2020
    I had to extend my stay an extra two nights, 8 in all. I had a room to myself which was adjacent to bathroom facilities, which was great. Tour by the Bay is across the road from Airlie Marina, so was very convenient for me to connect with Island tours etc. it’s only a short walk to town centre, yet in a quiet area. I had traveled by train so walking distance was important to me. Peter the owner & staff kept the premises clean and tidy and was a great source of local knowledge. Recommend!
    Australia, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    13 Jul 2020
    Great atmosphere, great staff. Very chill. Easy walk to the main strip without the noise
    Australia, Mixed Group, 31-40
  • 10.0


    26 Mar 2020
    Really enjoyed my stay here, ended up extending 3 more nights! Really clean rooms and bathrooms. Even in the current stress of the world, the staff were amazing. Met Jess and Beth when I first arrived and they were lovely and friendly. I’ll be back! :)
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    25 Mar 2020
    This place is AMAZING! All the staff are wonderful and friendly and knowledgeable. The pool is so nice after a hot day outside. They have yoga mats for exercise, and the trivia nights are so much fun. I extended my stay by a week because I loved it here so much!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    23 Mar 2020
    Lovely hostel! Felt like home. Friendly staff and good location.
    New Zealand, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    23 Mar 2020
    This hostel is a small paradise. The staff are super friendly, the atmosphere is always good, the owners are fantastic and make every effort to make your stay unforgettable. It is a place you end up calling home :) If you don't know where to go during the current lockdown situation - this is it. Cheap weekly rates while you make friends for life!
    Portugal, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4


    30 Sep 2020
    The staff were super friendly, helpful and did their best to make our stay great. The showers are amazing! Would definitely stay again 👌🏼
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    15 Aug 2020
    Peter is great, such a warm welcome! Beautiful outside space available. Out of town, but an easy walk. 4-bed dorm room fairly small, but space for everyone's luggage. BEST showers I've had yet in a hostel! Love the bathroom! Kitchen well equipped. Car park available - reserve a space. Very steep hill to get down though! A bit noisy over the weekend, it possibly just because it was a weekend!! Great to be able to book trips through the hostel. Bullet boat was great value for money!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    12 Aug 2020
    Great location! Couple of minutes walk into Airlie Beach hub, so you’re close to the action but not in the middle of it. Lovely greenery around the hostel and staff are friendly and helpful. All in all a good hostel, nice atmosphere, welcoming staff and a fabulous location in Airlie Beach.
    Australia, Female, 31-40
  • 4.9


    26 Sep 2020
    The room was very stuffy and smelt stale.
    Australia, All Female Group, 25-30
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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