Why choose Hostel Accommodation in Australia
Hostel Accommodation in Australia is good value and an affordable way to stay in places where you would otherwise spend hundreds of dollars for a night.
For Solo travellers to Australia hostels are not only an option of good value budget accommodation but also a great way of aggregation. Travellers who stay in hostels want to network, create connections, meet fellow travellers and make friends, they are also likely to join groups and become more integrated into the local community during their stay in Australia.
Types of hostel accommodation
There are a few features that draw the in-visible line between classic hostels from backpacker hostels in Australia. The most known and established YHA hostels. There are more hostel chains like Nomads and Base, these are popular in the backpacker hostels scene though.
Backpacker hostels, known among the youngsters, are the home-away-from-home of many working holidays makers and students coming from all over the world and settling into their new temporary Aussie Life.
The typical feature of backpacker hostels is a relaxed atmosphere and of course a vibrant party atmosphere that distinguishes them from classic hostels. Within the backpacker hostels category there are also different kind of services. Some offer a basic service while others have excellent facilities and great locations, some also offer a higher service than classic hostels do, like free airport pick-up, free breakfast and more freebies. But you may also bmp into backpacker hostels in rundown buildings, not even meeting the basic requirements of cleanliness and security.
Australian Hostels are known for the high standard of services, however within this category there are different kind of services, ranging from excellent, good, average and less good too. Classic hostels are frequented by people of all ages, from professionals, pensioners, international travellers, women travelling alone, to school groups, group tours, etc. The most known hostel chain is YHA Australia which are, in my opinion, the best hostels to stay in Australian cities.
On my solo trips I stayed in over 40 Australian hostels.
Tips for booking hostel accommodation in Australia
When booking hostels in Australia there are a few things you shall know. If you book through a search engine like Hostelworld you will be charged for a small deposit fee, but you don't need to pay upfront. If you book from the YHA hostels website you need to pay upfront the entire amount but you can cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to arrival for a full refund of the amount.
If you book directly with a privately owned hostel you may be asked to give details of your credit card but you will not be charged until you show up. Cancellation policy may vary, so always check the booking conditions of each single hostel.
How to book a good hostel in Australia
Here a list of tips for hostel booking when travelling around Australia. Good hostels always put photos of their entire facilities so that people can see what the places looks like and what it offers.
- Testimonials are the real value of the place. Good hostels list them on their website. You can find them on hostel booking sites too. Find out what the hostel looks like and offers and how people rate their stay there.
- Location is gold, especially in cities. Choose your hostel as centrally located as possible with good public transport connections.
- Hostel facilities make the true difference. Good furnished and functional kitchen is a precondition. Laundry, wi-fi are also a must. Aks if free wi-fi is offered this is a plus in Australia! Free airport or bus-station pick-up is good especially in outback areas.
- Hostel Cleanliness is the most critical thing in hostels. You will not see that from photos, but from testimonials you will be able to get a picture of the hostel cleanliness.
- Security in Hostels. Some hostels offer 24hours check-in reception and have excellent video-cameras installed in communal areas, that adds extra value to your stay.
- Free Stuff and Events are like candies. Check the list of more services offered for free and what kind of evening events, tours organized by the hostels. Some may be offered for free too, like city walks, visit to museums, exhibitions etc.
- Hostels Shared Dorms. Prefer unisex dorm with the lowest number of beds possible. Usually there are 4 bunk-beds, but some hostels offer dorms with 3 beds. Grab one bed in there and ask if there are private rooms to be rent on a shared option too. Avoid 6 and higher shared dorms and mixed dorms too!
- Hostels Private Rooms are 2 and 4 beds. Single rooms are available in some hostels, at reasonabe prices too. Double and single private rooms rates are in average the same as in guest houses or B&B.
Final words on hostels accommodation in Australia
Hostels are definitely a good way to save money on accommodation, especially for solo travellers, nonetheless you need to be prepared to adjust to situations. Don't rely 100% on search engine results for quality hostels. All what shines is not always gold, unfortunately, so there is no 100% guarantee that the place matches their photos in internet.
If you are not sure about your choice, the best thing to do is to book for the first night and see what the experience is like. You can always extend your stay, if you like the hostel or you can leave straight away.
No matter accurate your research may be, you must be prepared for the unexpected, well mistakes belong to any travel adventure and you can learn from them.
While I have been travelling around Australia for 10 years and used to be a huge fan of hostels in the past years I now book only trusted hostels in Australia that I know well. I am definitely open to more ways of budget accommodation like private stay with Airbnb or housesitting in Australia as good alternative to Hostel Accommodation.
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