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Backpackers By The Bay, Airlie Beach

Situated on a small hilltop offering stunning ocean views, this small to medium sized, family-run, travellers resort offers genuine Australian hospitality to all guests and is situated in the heart of the Whitsundays.

The fully renovated hostel provides a salt-water pool surrounded by hammocks, sun lounges and palm trees and a superb sun-baking area. A games room with internet access, pool table and pinball machine, fully equipped laundry and self-catering kitchen (where everything works!), lounge/video/television room and an intimate licensed bar area. Sleeping arrangements include double, twin and four-share rooms. Air-conditioning and fresh linen are provided although rooms do not have ensuites. All rooms are serviced daily.

Backpackers By The Bay is the only purpose built hostel in the Whitsunday’s, and consequently the emphasis is on guest interaction and networking. Every evening, social activities are conducted during the ‘Happy Hour’ of 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Guests are put into teams and compete in quizzes – either trivia or music – with the winning team receiving a bottle of champagne.

The hostel has a tour desk where guests can receive unbiased advice on the myriad of water and land-based activities available in the region. Local and stand-by rates are often offered giving guests the opportunity to save substantial amounts of money. Guests who book overnight sailing tours and dive courses directly through the hostel tour desk also receive a bonus one nights accommodation free of charge.

Whilst the hostel is located only a four minute walk from all the nightlife of Airlie Beach, guests arriving via coach are met by the hostel’s courtesy bus. Backpackers By The Bay offers a quiet and relaxing place to sleep after a day of sailing, or a night out on the town.

Accommodation Options


Dormitory – Four Share

Dormitory – Triple

Activites and Experiences at Backpackers By The Bay

  • Game Playing Team competitions (for example trivia) held each night.
  • Swimming
  • VIP Backpackers
  • Direct
  • Retail
  • Bar A residential liquor license is held.
  • BBQ Facilities Barbecue area for entertaining.
  • Car park Off-street parking available.
  • Courtesy transfer
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Communal Refrigerator
  • Entertainment Nightly social activities for example music quiz and trivia competitions.
  • Games/Recreation Room Pool table, pinball machine, board games, internet.
  • Iron Iron and ironing board available.
  • Kiosk Breakfast supplies, cigarettes, drinks, washing powder.
  • Laundry Washers, dryer, wash tubs, ironing facilities.
  • Library Books, magazines and newspapers available.
  • Medical Facilities Registered first aid instructor and first aid kit on premises.
  • Movie Hire Free latest release videos four times per week
  • Non Smoking Establishment
  • Pay/Satellite TV
  • Swimming Pool Outdoor
  • Public Telephone
  • Safety deposit box
  • Tour Desk
  • TV/Lounge Area
  • Beach
  • Reef
  • Water based
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Adult Getaway
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Budget
  • Gay and Lesbian
  • Self-Drive
  • Single
  • Tourism Whitsundays
  • Bankcard
  • Cheques Bank
  • Cash
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale
  • MasterCard
  • Money Order
  • Australian Travellers Cheque
  • Visa
  • Not Available
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Cooking Facilities – FULL
  • Crockery/Cutlery
  • Facsimile/Modem point
  • Refrigerator
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Linen
  • Microwave oven
  • Non Smoking Room
  • Telephone
  • Shared bathroom
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • Television
  • Washer and dryer

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