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Backpackers by the Bay
12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Home from Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We arrived last night and were met by Peter the owner of the hostel. He was immediately really helpful and friendly and we felt at home straight away. All the staff have been lovely and the accommodation is very clean. Happy hour is all day and there are many great Whitsunday deals available. Breakfast is $2.50 - all you can eat and fills you up for the day. We loved staying here and would definitely return. Thank you!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

first we only paid for 1 night and then we were so happy there that we stayed for more than a week... then we went on a boat to cruise the whitsundays and could leave our luggage there, came back and stayed another 4 days. it's like your family away from your family, friendly staff, nice people, clean rooms and the best kitchen & outside area with pool and plenty of space to relax and hang out... go there and be part of the family!!:)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 4 nights as a couple and ended up getting 4 bed dorm to ourselves which was great! The staff here are so friendly and helpful, Peter on reception helped book our trip and gave really honest, good advice rather than just try to sell u the most expensive trip! This is a really sociable place where they encourage guests to mix and this was great as you meet lots of lovely people and are made to feel very welcome, definitely join in the quiz! At the same time its 5 mins to the bars so u have the choice of a peaceful night if you want it (although the hostel drinks are really cheap too!) Everything was clean and comfortable, I'd definitely recommend it!!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Airlie Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This is the place to stay in Airlie beach!!!
From the first minute I arrived here, I felt like home. Staff is friendly and helpful and does everything to make you feel comfortable. The hostel has a very good atmosphere. It is smaller than other hostels I have stayed at - a good thing. Although new people arrive every day, everyone seems to contribute to the good vibes.
There is a big kitchen and common areas with sofas and tables where it is easy to get in touch with people and have coffees and beers. Around the house there is a beautiful garden and a swimming pool - the perfect place to relax, sunbath and read a book. And there is the amazing view on the sea.
Rooms, bathrooms and other facilities are nice and clean. There is the possibility to have breakfast for 2.5 dollars (toast, cereals, coffee, tee). The hostel bar opens in the evening - people then usually get together for a drink and to join in the daily quiz, which is a lot of fun.
The only point to improve is wifi. 1h is free upon arrival, the use afterwards is quite expensive.
I had a great time at this hostel - many thanks to the amazing crew, Peter, Merelynn, Soren and Lee!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

After landing at Able Point Marina I decided to walk to Backpackers. It's not a bad walk but with 20kgs on my back, I was hot and sweaty and completely gross by the time I checked in. I passed steps next to a sign that said Backpackers by the Bay, 200m and kept pressing on. Turns out, the steps lead right up to Reception and the sign is for drivers. So, take the steps.

Pete at reception was super friendly and gave me all the info I needed and encouraged me to take a jump in the pool to relax before doing anything else. The hostel has everything you need, comfortable beds, washer & dryer, large kitchen, pool, hammocks, and plenty of space to get to know people. The free 1/2 hour of wifi and the air con in the evening was great too.

Backpackers really goes out of their way to make people feel welcome. They open up the bar by the pool and have trivia nightly so you can meet other travelers. It's got a laid back feel, like sitting on your deck with a few friends having a couple beers.

I didn't book my tours with them, but wish I had. I overheard other people booking theirs and it was so much easier than the running around that I did. When I went on my tour, they stored my luggage for a small fee for a few days (it would have been free if I booked with them). They also offer a free shuttle service to town (although totally unnecessary since everything is so close).

I felt really comfortable there and even though it's about 400m outside of town, it is close enough to walk to bars and quiet enough that you can get a good night's sleep. This place is perfect for the solo traveler, especially women (the male staff is pretty cute as well).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Backpackers by the Bay is one of the best places we've stayed at so far. Right from the beginning you feel very welcome, the staff is very friendly and helpful. It's a good place to relax and meet nice people (every evening there's a quiz which you can join and they have their own bar, where you can get drinks at a reasonable price).There's a big garden with hammocks, barbecue area, sunbeds and a swimming pool. All in all its a clean place, big kitchen and communal area, enough toilets, showers. For 2.50 you get good breakfast in the morning (muesli, toast, fresh fruits...). It's a ten minute walk to the centre of Airlie Beach. We really enjoyed the time there and stayed longer than planned.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

So glad to see the shuttle at the Greyhound, after a long night on the bus. Very friendly helpful staff, quiet, good place to chill and relax. Really appreciate the free shuttles to the bus. Nice location, close to everything, but far enough away to be quiet. Thanks to the staff for helping sort out weather related travel problems. Good breakfast, great price.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
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Ranked #22 of 50 Specialty Lodging in Airlie Beach
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Number of rooms: 32
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