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Airlie Beach Backpackers By The Bay

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous 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
~WINNER OF MULTIPLE WHITSUNDAY TOURISIM 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 8.2

  • Security 8.2

  • Location 8.1

  • Staff 8.8

  • Atmosphere 8.1

  • Cleanliness 7.6

  • Facilities 7.8


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Dec 2019
    Clean, friendly and close enough to town. Will recommend to others.
    England, All Female Group, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    12 Dec 2019
    This hostel has everything you need and there are details that makes ur life easier. Huge thumbs up for pics in ladies bathroom 🤩😍🥳 Stuff super nice and helpful Will come back 😊
    Slovakia, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    07 Feb 2020
    One of the best hostels that I visited on the east coast. Lovely staff and guests which made it a very memorable experience. It was also very clean! With lock boxes for your stuff if you need and little benches for your bags so the rooms always look tidy which makes such a difference! I only stayed for 3 days/ 2 nights but I honestly could have stayed there for weeks and been happy. A lovely outdoor area for when it’s hot but also nice spacious indoor communal areas so if it rains it’s great.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    20 Dec 2019
    Clean and tidy place with an authentic Australian vibe. However, too many signs up everywhere telling what you can/can’t do and bathrooms have strange pictures of half naked men/women in them. Shame you can’t control A/C as rooms are very hot in the day but a good place for an overnight stay and to do laundry. Some older men staying here which felt slightly uncomfortable in our dorm as a female.
    England, Couple, 18-24
  • 6.9

    Good

    09 Feb 2020
    Room very small, not much room for peoples stuff so looked messy. Top bunk was hard to access, having to climb up the end of the bed/shelf area, also no rail on the top bunk. The ‘lockers’ in the room are actually small boxes. The kitchen area had tiny bugs (some kind of lice maybe?) crawling on the surfaces/walls and in the drawers which I found quite off putting. Showers/toilets are desperately in need of an upgrade. The location was good, close to greyhound. Outdoor space and pool was nice.
    Scotland, Female, 25-30
  • 6.0

    Good

    07 Feb 2020
    Quite far out compared to other hostels.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 5.7

    Rating

    16 Dec 2019
    The staff was okay, not great. We came 12:02 to ask for $1 coins - there was a guy sitting there doing nothing, but he told us no, come back at 14. They have lunch for TWO hours and close the reseption, fine for them, but come on, they haden’t even closed the window for reseption. They hosts not only backpackers like our self, but alternative older men who goes around talking to young people. The main problem: ANTS everywhere. Kitchen, bed, reseption, bathrooms.
    Norway, Couple, 18-24
  • 5.4

    Rating

    09 Dec 2019
    It’s kinda far from the action in Airlie (which isn’t super far, 15 min). The showers are nice but really weird that they have sexy people of the opposite sex on the walls. It’s really weird. Security was a briefcase for valuables and you provide your own lock so....yeah. Not a good value when you’re forming over $19 at least. Go to nomads. Pool is gross. Atmosphere wasn’t very inclusive. Having said that, Staff was very lovely! And free parking!! Kitchen is a good facility to use.
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 5.1

    Rating

    05 Jan 2020
    They threw my food away because “it didn’t have a label”. Only 2 days out. Threw it away or took it for them? How they can throw something that is not open and is close ? 35 dollars to the bin.
    Argentina, Male, 25-30
  • 3.7

    Rating

    13 Feb 2020
    Do NOT stay here if you are planning to be at the hostel at all during the day. No air conditioning from 9am until 6pm (the HOTTEST part of the day) - they should not be allowed to advertise that they have AC. The place is dirty. Lots of bugs and also several lizards in my room. Other hostels in town are much better, had some friends that those.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Security Lockers
  • Swimming Pool
Services
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table


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