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Backpackers by the Bay

12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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Cairns, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Backpackers by the bay was, without any doubt, the worst hostel I stayed in during my 2 month holiday in Australia. Staff are unfriendly, both my room and the kitchen area were dirty and smelly, the bathrooms and showers were even more dirty, even after being "cleaned". On the website they mention that WiFi is free. This is however a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little hostel, located on the outskirts of Airlie Beach, yet only a 5-10min walk into the centre of town. Unlike some of the big, busy hostels in town, Backpackers By The Bay is quite chilled and relaxed. There are BBQs to use, a pool, a nice chilled outside seating area and a kitchen. The staff are great and will... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice little hostel on a great location. Plus: -Pubquiz is great! You meet a lot of travellers and the guy who hosting this is helarious. -Free coffee - good location 8 minute walk to toen. So oudside the noisy clubs but still nearby - big kitchen, you could bring your own beers and you could by drinks in the evening... More

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Clogher, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at around 12am and the owner stayed up to greet us with our room Keys. Quiet hostel, and friendly staff. Bit of a steep walk if you have a Lot of luggage. We had a day trip to whitsundays and we left our luggage with the receptionist free of charge and then later Let us use the facilities... More

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London, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great experience at this hostel. Rooms are clean, service is amazing and you can totally feel that the owner cares about your experience. He gave us great suggestions about restaurants, tours etc. etc. A MUST DO!

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I stayed here in June for 2 nights as we wanted to see the Whitsundays and to soak up a bit of sun along the East coast. We arranged with the hostel that we'd be arriving after hours and they sorted us out with everything which was really helpful. The bus stop is literally across the road... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed here for 4 nights in a 4 bed dorm. Positives -- In walking distance of the main strip in Airlie Beach so you can enjoy the nightlife but always get a good nights sleep. -- Really friendly staff who helped me book a last minute day trip to the Whitsundays (they really help weigh up your options to... More

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Vantaa, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We stayed here for two nights in double room. Staff was really nice and location was good (about 7min walk to city centre). It was also nice that they could look after your backpack after checking out and that you could use facilities while waiting for bus to next location. They also offered pick up and drop off service to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

From the moment I was picked up at the Greyhound I knew I had made the right choice. Efficient check in, spacious dorm, clean washrooms & decent sized Kitchen. The team were all really helpful from answering questions and queries to booking trips. On the day I checked out I had a full day in Airlie until my night bus,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Stayed 2 nights in a double room with shared bathroom. Everything was clean and orderly, but the great staff really made the difference. Very friendly service and assistance getting to and from our sailing trip. Quiet and friendly environment with lots of space to relax. Would definitely stay again.

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Address: 12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 32
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Backpackers By The Bay Hotel Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands

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