I have traveled all throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, and North America. Hostels all have their standards and people have learned to expect certain things in certain areas. Comparatively, Australia has a fairly low standard; poor kitchens, dirty bathrooms, uncomfortable beds, and often grumpy, unhelpful, staff. Backpackers by the Bay breaks this norm, making it one of my top picks of Australia hands down. It is a MUST STAY. Especially compared to the other places in Airlie Beach, this tops them all.
They gave me one nights stay for booking my boat trip with them, stored my luggage, and dropped me at the Marina - ALL FOR FREE.
Ignore the average coverage given by Lonely Planet. The rooms are clean with only 4 beds and quiet when you need to sleep. The kitchen is fully functional and well equipped. An awesome back deck and pool area looks out into the harbor, nestling you in the hills of Airlie Beach. It is obvious that the staff are motivated to keep this place running smoothly and are more than welcoming, always inviting others to join in in day time and night time adventures. So many good memories here.
SUCH A NICE PLACE, WISH I DIDN'T HAVE TO LEAVE!!
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- Also Known As:
- Backpackers By The Bay Hotel Airlie Beach
- Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands