Backpackers Accommodation on the Gold Coast
The Gold Coast's beaches and hinterland mountain regions are astoundingly good which is probably why so many backpackers flock to the Gold Coast every year to enjoy sand, sun, surf and of course, the nightlife.
There are a few dozen reputable backpacker hostels on the Gold Coast (mostly located in Surfers Paradise) and more than enough tours and attractions to keep you busy, however, most find the draw to the beach and learning to surf is often too hard to resist. Surfers Paradise has the highest concentration of attractions and if you don't want to walk far you can go bungy jumping, ice skating or learn to surf on the same block.
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Free Wi-Fi access is available at Aquarius Backpackers Gold Coast, which offers dormitory-style accommodation and a fully equipped communal kitchen. Guests can relax beside the outdoor swimming pool and spa pool. Aquarius Backpackers Gold Coast includes free linen and blankets. All rooms include bunk beds. Hairdryers and hair straighteners are available for hire. Aquarius Backpackers Gold Coast Hostel offers a free pick-up service from the Surfers Paradise Transit Centre.
44 Queen Street, Southport 4215
Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just 600 metres from the beach, this hostel features a fully equipped shared kitchen, outdoor swimming pool, and a bar with pool tables. Guests can use body boards for free. Backpackers In Paradise is located only 100 metres walk from the Gold Coast Bus Terminal. You can relax in a hammock or sun lounger by the pool. Free movies are screened each day on the 150-inch cinema screen. The Courtyard Café is open each day for breakfast and dinner, and features daily specials. The Billabong Bar serves local and imported drinks and features nightly entertainment.
40 Peninsular Drive, Surfers Paradise 4217
Islander Backpackers Resort features a swimming pool, BBQ area and poolside tennis court. Guests have access to a restaurant, cafe, bar and gaming lounge. Islander Backpackers Resort Gold Coast is only a 3-minute walk from Surfers Paradise Beach and the vibrant nightlife of Cavill Avenue. Wet 'n' Wild and Movie World are 20 minutes’ drive away. Facilities include a spa pool, guest laundry and a shared lounge and kitchen area. All dormitory rooms have an en suite bathroom, secure lockers and ceiling fans. There is a small refrigerator and a TV in every dormitory room.
6 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise, 4217
Located just 100 metres from Kirra Point Beach, Coolangatta Sands Backpackers offers simple accommodation with a restaurant. Originally built in 1922, this renovated hostel boasts classic Queenslander architecture with a modern touch. Fully air-conditioned, each guest room features secure electronic card access and lockable cupboards. Linen is provided for guests. Toilet and bathroom facilities are shared. The staff at the tour desk can assist in arranging skydiving trips, surfing lessons and excursions to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Cnr Griffith and McLean Street, Coolangatta, 4225
Just 2 minutes’ walk from the beautiful Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast Backpackers offers free Wi-Fi, a bar and a terrace with BBQ facilities. It offers rooms with a balcony and a private bathroom. Gold Coast Backpackers Surfers Paradise is 7 minutes’ walk from the SkyPoint Observation Deck and 5 minutes’ drive from Jupiters Casino. Gold Coast Airport is a 25-minute drive away. You can play a game of billiards in the guest lounge, or prepare a meal in the communal kitchen. The bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink with friends.
28 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, 4217
Trekkers Backpackers features free breakfast, free tea and coffee, and a free 2-way bus service to the renowned Surfers Paradise. A 25-minute drive from Gold Coast Airport, it offers barbecue facilities, a shared kitchen and an outdoor pool amid tropical gardens. Guests can choose to stay in a lively dormitory room or in the comfort of a private room. Toilet and bathroom facilities are shared. Linen is included in all rooms.
22 White Street, Southport, 4215
Just a 10-minute walk from Surfers Paradise Beach, guests enjoy an outdoor saltwater swimming pool and free WiFi at Budds Backpackers. There is an onsite bar offering evening entertainment. Budds Hostel is a 10-minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Cavill Avenue. Both Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild Water World is a 20-minute drive away. The property offers private and dormitory-style rooms, all have been renovated. All feature fans, a patio and access to private bathroom facilities.
22 White Street, Southport, 4215
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The Coast has 40km of beaches so the chances of leaving without a suntan is minimal and each beach gives off a different vibe so why not try them all out?
Drinks and nightclub cover charges are reasonably cheap ($5 for a decent beer and no more than $10 to get in the best clubs) and 18-35 year olds make up a huge portion of the tourist market so you're never going to get lonely at night. There are lots of pubs, live music venues, fancy wine bars and nightclubs that will have you on the dance floor till dawn. However, most backpacker hostels are also licensed so you may not even need to leave your digs!
Surfers Paradise is the backpackers capital of the Coast and has the majority of nightclubs, but if you want to party like a local then head to one of the many Surf Clubs for a beer and then jump on a bus down to The Coolangatta (that's Cooly to you) Hotel to catch a great music act and then head back up to Surfers Paradise and hit the dance floor of Elsewhere - you might be lucky enough to catch a top DJ.
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