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Backpackers by the Bay
Airlie Beach, Australia
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“Feel like home”
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!!!

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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
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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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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
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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed March 2, 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
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

I stayed 6 nights in this amazing hostel and I simply loved it! First I was really surprised of the great location, it's a 5min walk from the centre of Airlie Beach and because of that it's a more quiet place and I really appreciated that. I didn't want to have a big party around me, just a familial atmosphere where I can read in hammocks, relax, enjoy a great pool and have nice conversations with other international guests! It wasn't high season so it was possible to stay in a four bed girls dorm just with one other girl, so much space-perfect! The staff is really exerted to help you with all your questions. The distance to the next grocery store is about 15min. In the kitchen you will find everything you need, like plates, cups, cutlery-no worries :) The bath facilities are separated from the guys ones and provide 3 great showers and 3 toilets-the cleanliness was good in my opinion. In the evenings the staff organises a quiz for all the guests, you play in teams so get to know each other better and in the end the winning team wins a bottle of sparkling wine, I swear you will have heaps of fun! There is an offer to get breakfast in the morning for just 2.50$ which provides fruits, bread, cornflakes, jam, peanut butter and milk but you can also use the kitchen and prepare your own one, there is also a big fridge and free cupboards available to stow your stuff.
The Airlie Beach Laguna where you can go for a swim is a 7min walk away so really not far, it isn't possible to swim in the ocean but there is also a beach where you can enjoy the impressive and amazing view on the Whitsunday's... So in summary: if you look for a more relaxing place to enjoy the Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach-go for it, you will have a wonderful time!!!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Pozzallo, Italy
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

nice place to stay, away from the noisy night life of the town but just a few minutes from the main street. Clean and very friendly staff. One hour free wiifi and a nice view of the bay. THe room have only 4 beds and very silent at night. Good prices.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Frankfurt am Main
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

If you're looking for a quiet and homey place to stay, Backpackers by the bay is the right one!
Very friendly and helpful staff, clean rooms and a big community kitchen and terrace where you can cook,meet and talk.
Probably you are are staying longer here than you usually intended to :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Backpackers by the Bay
Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 54 Specialty Lodging in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 400 metres from the main street, on the top of a small hill, Backpackers By The Bay has awesome ocean views and offers a very social, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Accommodation is available in four share rooms, one 8 share and doubles. Linen is provided and all rooms are serviced daily. Airconditioning is included during the warmer months (mid Sept to mid May) The hostel has a saltwater swimming pool which is surrounded by hammocks, sun-lounges and palm trees as well as a huge sunbaking deck. A fully equipped kitchen with crockery, cutlery and utensils is provided, as is a laundry. The games room has internet access and pool table. Each night, during 'happy hour' the staff hold social activities to help guests meet each other - these include: *Team trivia competitions with the winners receiving a bottle of champagne. * Wii Sports competitions including Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and Boxing * Killer Pool comps After all the fun and games, relax and watch a movie on the ONLY outdoor cinema in Airlie Beach (Sunday and Tuesday nights) With the best local knowledge of all the tours in the Whitsundays we can help you choose the best trip for your needs. By the Bay is not affiliated with any tour opperators so we don't force any boat on you. We give you all the info and let YOU pick. We also offer a free nights accommodation and free luggage storage with every overnight sailing tour booked with us The friendly and helpful staff look forward to meeting you! *FREE Courtesy bus service meeting all coaches(between 7am-7:30pm). *FREE Tea and Coffee *FREE Wii Sports game *FREE quiz for a bottle of champagne every night! *FREE hammocks, sunlounges and BBQ use *FREE accommodation and storage (with every overnight trip booked) *FREE linen supplied to all beds *FREE unbiased tour advice- often at standby or discounted prices *FREE Fully equipped kitchen - all cutlery, crockery, pots and pans provided at no charge!!! *FREE Off street parking *FREE WiFi available, two hours on arrival ($4 per 24 hour login logout) *Laundry room with washers, dryer, ironing board and iron *Lounge/TV room with wet weather movie days organized *All rooms serviced daily *Lending library *Safe and secure 24 hour access ... more   less 
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