Located just 1,300 feet from the main street of Airlie Beach and located directly in front of the bus transit center, Backpackers By The Bay offers relaxed accommodations and is in a convenient location to enjoy Airlie's nightlife. Free WiFi and internet access are available.

The Airlie town center is a hub for cafes, bars, restaurants and shopping, where you can find souvenirs, art galleries and swimwear. The Airlie Beach markets are held every Saturday morning on the Esplanade, for locally made jewelry, clothes and crafts. The Airlie Beach Lagoon is located right in the center of Airlie Beach.

The large, environmentally-friendly hostel is fully equipped with a shared kitchen, laundry, pool, hammocks, outdoor exercise station area, BBQ and library. Free tea and coffee is available all day at the hostel. All rooms are serviced daily.

Backpackers By The Bay offers movies for guests to view anytime in an outdoor communal area so you can mingle and make new friends as well as hand-feed the wild cockatoos every morning and afternoon around the pool area.

Guests can also take advantage of our tour booking services including ALL local/last minute discounts as well as free drinks and accommodations.

This is our guests' favorite part of Airlie Beach, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.1 for a two-person trip.

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  • Is it quiet at night?

    As we are the only hostel outside the main street/nightclub precinct (but onlr a 5 minute walk away) you should expect a quiet and relaxing night's sleep - get here!


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    Answered on August 9, 2019
  • Hi Is it warm enough to snorkel in the area now during July or do I need to bring a wet suit? Are there any sharks or crocodiles in the area? Do you pick up from the airport. Cheers Paul

    Hi Paul, no sharks/crocodiles or airport pickup but bus company meets all incoming-water temp is about 20degrees cheers Peter


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    Answered on July 18, 2020
  • Can I use my own sleeping bag?

    Yes, you definitely can!


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    Answered on November 11, 2019
  • Do you have a longer term charge, ie 2 weeks as looking for permanent accommodation

    We do offer long term accommodation, the price varies depending of the time of the year but we can let you know more precisely when guests requests a specific booking date :)


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    Answered on July 10, 2021
  • After the 14 day stay is over, can I renew the 14 days.

    If we still have a bed available after your stay is over, we will be pleased to extend your stay. You can let us know as soon as you decide to stay longer so that we can reserve you a spot.


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    Asked about: Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room • Answered on November 10, 2020
  • Are there cancellation fees?

    Hi! Yes, please find below our cancellation policies: The guest can cancel free of charge until 2 days before arrival. The guest will be charged the cost of the first night if they cancel in the 2 days before arrival. No prepayment is needed. Thanks!


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    Answered on January 8, 2021
  • How much does it cost to rent a lock?

    Free of charge, all we require is a $10 deposit that is returned once the lock is brought back to us


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    Answered on November 11, 2019
  • Is there any rooms without other people just on your own? If so how much per night?

    Yes, we do have private rooms that come with a large double bed. The cost is of 62$ per night right now but subject to change in the future.


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    Answered on February 18, 2021
  • Are sheets and towels included?

    Sheets are included and we do charge $2 for a towel that you can use for the duration of your stay.


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    Answered on November 11, 2019
  • Hi there. does the 8 shared room has a private bathroom? 😊 thanks

    Hi, None of our rooms have private bathroom, the 8 or 4 shared dorms as well as the Private Double rooms share the same bathrooms, which are separated by gender. Thanks!


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    Answered on November 20, 2021
  • I would like to know how much is to rent the towels at the property? And if the beds are all separate single beds (no bunk beds) ? Thank you

    It costs 2$ to rent a towel. We take a deposit of 10$ when we give the towel to our guests, then refund 8$ when they return it. Our dorms beds are not separate single beds, they are bunk beds :)


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    Answered on July 10, 2021
  • G’day. Are there lockers accessible in the 4 bed rooms? Cheers.

    G'day! We don't have big lockers for a backpack but we do have small lockbox for small items that can be locked, either with you own padlock or with one from reception.


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    Answered on May 28, 2021
  • Do I need a lock for the lockers?

    We offer locks with a $10 dollar deposit, or you can bring your own


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    Answered on November 11, 2019
  • Do you offer luggage storage?

    Yes we do, if you are a guest at the hostel we provide free luggage storage for the day to be collected before 7:30pm. For overnight storage, we charge $6 per person for however long they need storage.


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    Answered on November 11, 2019
  • Hi! Flying up there next week and looking for accommodation. Do the 4 bed dorms only have max of 2 people in them? Do you do transfers from the airport? Are there any age restrictions or nationality restrictions there? Do you allow young at heart seniors to stay? cheers gary

    we try to only put 2 per room (3max) there are no nationality/age restrictions and we don't have airport transfers but bus meets all arrivals Peter


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    Answered on July 18, 2020
  • Hello - do you run the yoga classes that I see in the pictures all year round? And is the double room (with shared bathroom) a lockable room?

    Hi! We unfortunately don't run any yoga classes at the moment. We had some guests organising them in the past and offering other guests to join, but our hostel don't provide any. Our double rooms are lockable.


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Area Info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
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What's nearby
  • Port of Airlie
    0.1 miles
  • Airlie Beach Lagoon
    0.5 miles
  • Abel Point Marina
    0.9 miles
  • Whitsunday Art Gallery
    2.5 miles
Beaches in the Neighborhood
  • Boathaven Beach
    1,900 feet
  • Airlie Beach
    2,000 feet
  • Shingley Beach
    4,650 feet
  • Cannonvale Beach
    1.5 miles
  • Coral Beach
    4.2 miles
Closest Airports
  • Hamilton Island Airport
    15.9 miles
  • Whitsunday Coast Airport
    18.9 miles
How to get to Backpackers By The Bay from Whitsunday Coast Airport
    Public shuttle
    Free parking is available.
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Amenities of Backpackers By The Bay
Outdoors
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • BBQ facilities
  • Garden
Kitchen
  • Shared kitchen
Activities
  • Happy hour
  • Movie nights
  • Evening entertainment
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Library
  • Darts
  • Pool table
  • Game room
Food & Drink
  • Bar
Internet
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Parking
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Secure parking
Services
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Baggage storage Additional charge
  • Tour desk
  • Laundry Additional charge
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Safe
General
  • Convenience store on site
  • Air conditioning
Outdoor swimming pool
Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • Fenced pool
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Saltwater pool
Spa
  • Fitness
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Pool/Beach towels
Languages Spoken
  • English
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Sustainability initiatives

This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules Backpackers By The Bay takes special requests – add in the next step!

Check-in

10:00 AM - 7:30 PM

Check-out

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 2 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa Backpackers By The Bay accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

If you expect to arrive outside reception opening hours, please inform Backpackers By The Bay in advance, using the contact details found on the booking confirmation.

Please note that Backpackers By The Bay does not accept payments with American Express credit cards.

Please note 2 hours of free WiFi is provided on arrival. Additional WiFi can be purchased for $4 per 24 hours.

FAQs about Backpackers By The Bay

  • Backpackers By The Bay is 2,600 feet from the center of Airlie Beach.

  • Backpackers By The Bay offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Hiking
    • Pool table
    • Game room
    • Library
    • Darts
    • Evening entertainment
    • Fitness
    • Happy hour
    • Movie nights

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • The prices at Backpackers By The Bay may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Backpackers By The Bay by:

    • Airport shuttle (public) 1h

  • The nearest beach is 2,150 feet from Backpackers By The Bay.

  • Check-in at Backpackers By The Bay is from 10:00 AM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • The following parking options are available to guests staying at Backpackers By The Bay (subject to availability):

    • Parking on site
    • Private Parking
    • Parking
    • Secure parking
    • Street parking
    • Free parking