7 Top Places To Go Backpacking In Australia

Backpacking in Australia is at the top of many bucket lists. Here is our take on the top 7 places to go backpacking in Australia:


Sydney can be the first stop if you have started your backpack tour. For many, the first sight of the Opera House or the Sydney Harbor Bridge is dream come true. Bondi, a must-see beach in Sydney, often witnesses enthusiastic surfer backpackers being rescued by lifeguards. While at Sydney as a backpacker, you can choose to stay at the Big Hostel.

Byron Bay

With its mild and soothing temperatures round the year, Byron Bay is a great destination for backpackers.  If you hit the surf in the beaches by the daytime, you can party away the nights at Cheeky Monkeys and Cocomangas nightclubs. Nimbin, the alternative lifestyle capital, is a great place to visit if you are interested. You can consider staying at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge in Byron Bay.

Airlie Beach

This beach is as good as Byron Bay for the habitual backpackers. The small town has a good selection of places to stay in and provides a thrilling nightlife. An overnight sailing trip to Whitsundays caps up a great backpack trip. Beaches hostel is undoubtedly a good choice for the backpacker.

Surfers Paradise

If you are backpacker looking for sun, sand and the surf, thrown in with a dash of glamour and glitz, Surfers Paradise will just suit you fine. This entertainment center at Queensland’s Gold Coast is likely to stretch a backpacker’s shoestring budget. Islander is a good hostel to stay in while at Surfers Paradise.


It is one of the more affordable destinations in the East Coast and the best time to visit Cairns is in the beginning of winter. Some backpackers choose to work here through the winter and enjoy the salubrious climate before starting on the next leg of the journey. You can think of staying at Calypso Inn while at Cairns.


If you want to get away from beaches for a while, Melbourne is the answer. The city has a vibrant nightlife, sprinkled with restaurants around that serve gourmet food. The Great Ocean Road and St. Kilda are must-visit destinations while in Melbourne. One of the best backpacker hostels to stay in is Base St. Kilda.

Hervey Bay and Fraser Island

The East Cost Backpacker’s trail is never complete without a visit to Hervey Bay. You choose from the many attractive self-drive deals to make a trip to Fraser Island where you can swim and drive through the sands. Another enjoyable stopover is the Rainbow Beach, now becoming more popular as the exit point for Fraser Island. Beaches Backpacker resort is a recommended place to stay in at Hervey Bay.

Perth: If you are looking for backpacker qualification, a West Coast trip is the right way to get it. Perth, the laid-back capital of the West Coast is a great backpacker’s destination. Rotnest Island and Fremantle are must-visit places in Perth. Billabong Resort is a place that you can think of staying in Perth.

No backpacker’s sojourn is ever complete without visiting places in the Red Centre such as Uluru and Alice Springs. A spectacular tour of Kakadu National Park’s wilderness, aboriginal culture, and arts are a must for backpackers. Annies Place at Alice Springs and Melaleuca on Mitchell at Darwin are places recommended for backpackers’ stay.

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