UPDATE: Best Hostels in Launceston: Arthouse Hostel
Other than Hobart, Launceston is the second biggest city in Tasmania and the most common stop on route to Cradle Mountain and the Overland Track.
Whilst you’re in town, we recommend staying in a 1888 heritage building, the Arthouse Hostel.
On first appearances it looks a little like a haunted house. But inside you’ll be greeted with high ceilings, huge windows and homely spaces. This felt much like a big house-share – it’s incredibly sociable.
Make use of the:
FREE, SUPER FAST Wi-Fi thanks to NBN and gaming router (fastest in Australia)
Two large common areas w/ sofas, TV, games + free tea and coffee
And we are proud of you made it all the way to the famous map of all the epic places to stay.
Never fear; this handy map pinpoints ALL the most amazing backpacker hostels in Australia.
It will help you get your head around the geography of this huge country.
Backpacking Australia Itinerary
Here is our recommendation for a backpacker itinerary around Australia.
It is probably no surprise that Australia is huge.
So the more time you have to explore, the better.
The most common route is travelling the East Coast either from north to south or vice versa.
From there it’s possible to travel along the South Coast to the West or brave the desert by heading straight through the middle.
Prepare for seriously long drive time or big expenses on flights if you decide to explore many areas of Oz.
Check the weather before you choose your route! Queensland is sub-tropical and Victoria is variable with its four seasons.
You wouldn’t want to travel to Darwin during the rainy season, for example. Unless you love 90% humidity…!
Below in the map you find our itinerary recommendation and all mentioned hostels. We marked them as follows:
5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star
Design Hostels: Blue
Backpacker-Type Hostel: Orange
Other recommendation: Pink
(You can open the sidebar in the map to activate and deactivate groups)
How to get around Australia?
When backpacking around Australia, there’s no doubt you’re going to need transport. Come on, walking is no option really……
Your options are:
The vastness of Australia and its cities connect brilliantly thanks to the wonderful Greyhound bus.
It’s possible to buy different length passes that enable you to hop on and hop off any destination on route. For example; buy a week long pass and travel from Sydney to Adelaide, hopping off at Melbourne on the way.
Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.
We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more. And we share all of those unique budget accommodations with you.
Update: We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guide to cities with no 5 Star Hostels such as Paris, Seoul and Sydney.
By now you should have the answer to your question where to stay in Australia.
It is an amazing country and incredibly vast!
This guide is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.
And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.
Then please please leave a comment below. We would be thrilled to hear from you and to help a fellow backpacker.
Have fun Down Under!
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Your Smart Packing List
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