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Backpackers by the Bay

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12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
Backpackers by the Bay
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Travelling, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Where to start! Super friendly staff, clean rooms that are 4 maximum. If you want to really enjoy Airlie then this is the best place to stay as it has a relaxed vibe and no huge nightlife right next to it so you can get a good nights sleep before your boat trip! There is a small bar where they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stayed over a long weekend based on reviews and this place was great! Comfortable dorms, hot showers, good breakfast options and most importantly, a great manager. Thanks to Peter who was an absolute star and organised a Reefworld trip from Daydream when we changed some plans last minute, sorted our airport buses and was always great company!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed here a few nights before and after my whitsundays trip. Good and small place to stay. A bit outside of town (10min walk max), but that was actually really nice. They also pick you up from the bus station (premier and greyhound). The staff is just really nice. The hostel is clean enough, good kitchen and nice garden... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for two nights Effie and after our Whitsundays cruise. The hostel is located about a 10 minute walk out of town which was fine for us. They're the only hostel that will collect you from the Greyhound stop and drop you off which is great. The hostel is clean with good showers and spotless fridges which is... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's the closest hostel to greyhound bus stop,and the only hostel in Airlie which pick you up,I arrived at 7.30 in morning and wasn't expecting to be checked in till noon,but I got checked in straight away...my room was clean and tidy,the staff friendly and helped me book some trips,had a well equipped kitchen and lots tables,and if you don't... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here because it was out of town and hoped for a good night's sleep. This place was noisy, dirty, and rundown with the most uncomfortable bed I have slept in. The accommodation here was more expensive than many places right in the centre of town. If I had the time again I would definitely stay right in town... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here last year and was really looking forward to returning last weekend. I was quite disappointed with the hostel this year. Our room was really dusty upon arrival and the showers were pretty dirty the whole time. It seems like the whole place is a bit run down, beds need replacing, walls painting etc. The staff did not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Staff, Clean bedrooms and Bathrooms, close to the Airlie Beach port and Greyhound Bus Stop. Everything you need for a couple of days! Only bad point : you just have 1 hour of free wifi and it's bloody slow. Anyway still highly recommend this place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We originally booked two night but loved the chilled and social atmosphere we booked for another two. Great layout, friendly staff, clean rooms. Excellent beds with very effective air con. No problems and they even had a pub quiz every night which was lovely for meeting people. Would stay again! Highly recommended

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Orebro, Sweden
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I read carefully through both Tripadvisors and their own page and it clearly stated a free wifi was included, but no. Not only did the wifi cost, it's one of the east coast slowest wifi's swell. And when you finally did pay for this "one of a kind" wifi it broke.

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