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 8.0 for a two-person trip.

Backpackers By The Bay has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Mar 7, 2013

Property Highlights

Located in the top-rated area in Airlie Beach, this property has an excellent location score of 8.1!

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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4 reasons to choose Backpackers By The Bay

  • Prices you can't beat!
  • Booking is safe
  • Manage your bookings online
  • The staff speaks English
Closest beaches
  • Boathaven Beach

    8.2 Very good beach
    1,900 feet from property
  • Airlie Beach

    8.2 Very good beach
    2,000 feet from property
  • Shingley Beach

    8.0 Very good beach
    4,650 feet from property
  • Cannonvale Beach

    8.1 Very good beach
    1.5 miles from property
Property questions and answers
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The property usually replies within a few days
  • 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 sl...
    Answered on August 9, 2019
  • Hi, is their still a room available on the 16th of April?
    Hello, We have one bed available in the female only side. Hope this helps Darcie
    Answered on April 13, 2022
  • 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 p...
    Hi Paul, no sharks/crocodiles or airport pickup but bus company meets all incoming-water temp is about 20degrees cheers Peter
    Answered on July 18, 2020
  • Hi, I am Looking for an accomodation at Airlie Beach and I have found your beautiful place. Is the WIFI strong (I have an important video meeting)?
    Hello, Yes we do have WIFI here and it works quite well, however, YouTube, Netflix and other apps don't work on our WIFI so i can't confirm that you ...
    Answered on May 12, 2022
  • Hi Is vaccination required upon entry?
    Hi, No It is not. Hope this helped :) Darcie and the team at Backpackers By the Bay
    Answered on February 22, 2022
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Area info *
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Amenities of Backpackers By The Bay
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • BBQ facilities
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • Happy hour
  • Movie nights
  • Evening entertainment
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Darts
  • Pool table
  • Game room
Food & Drink
  • Bar
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Secure parking
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fitness
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Languages Spoken
  • English
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!


10:00 AM - 7:30 PM


7:00 AM - 10:00 AM


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 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 offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

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

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

    • Airport shuttle (public) 1h

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

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

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

  • 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.

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