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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 November 2015

This was a lovely hostel to visit. The reception staff, espeically Emma, were so helpful, they organised two trips for us, helped with all of our questions and give a great run down when you check in, every hostel could learn from this! Wifi was free because we had booked online. They offer a 3 dollar breakfast, which is all...

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Maroochydore, Australia
Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile
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Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

I was lucky enough to be able to stay here for 9 days and loved every minute of it. A big Thankyou to Emma for helping me book tours and all my general enquiries. I stayed in a female share dorm with 3 other people. Rooms were clean and bathrooms cleaned daily.The staff here are lovely Thankyou again 👍.

1Thank Jaclyn M
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 27 October 2015

The hostel is only a five minute walk from the main part of town, so don't let the picture out of town on the map turn you away. It is a very pleasant stay and a quiet night to sleep, but if you want to go out you are able to walk just a few minutes. They do a quiz...

1Thank Kristin W
Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

I stayed here for the 2 nights prior to my Whitsundays sailing trip and had a great time. The hostel has got a super chilled, friendly vibe which is perfect to get a good nights sleep before your sailing adventures. The rooms are small and quiet which is cool because you don't get drunk idiots coming in at all hours...

1Thank Reece O
Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights! Great place to stop over if your on a quick pass through. Great relaxing place, lovely people, lovely staff. Quiz every night which is great for interacting with people! Helpful staff, booked us in for our 3island tour to daydream Hamilton and Whitehaven island! Room tidy, breakfast is offered to you at $3 which is...

1Thank Megan B
Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

The location of the hostel is great if you don't want to be right in the centre of all the madness on Airlie Beach. It's only a 10 minute walk to the lagoon and the centre, the location is perfect if you want to explore during the day and have a quiet night. The hostel itself is clean and comfortable....

1Thank Acm125
Paris, France
Reviewed 3 September 2015

free shuttle to and from the greyhound/premier bus station free wifi in the common room if you book directly with them nice facilities (Bathrooms+ kitchen+ swimming pool+bar) quite clean and quiet really nice staff, good knowledge/advice on what to do and what to avoid

1Thank Lea_F187147
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 August 2015

The staff are really friendly and accommodating. There's a nice atmosphere here. It's got all you need from a hostel. I've seen people complain it's hot. Yup, that happens in Australia. All the rooms I saw have a sliding door you can open to help get the air in. Downsides; it's a little further out from the town than other...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 August 2015

Backpackers by the bay make a real effort to create a social, friendly atmosphere without forcing it upon you. Every night they host a quiz with prizes and have excellent food and drink deals (you can also drink your own). The rooms are brightly painted and decorated and the storage/locker facilities in the room are more than spacious however the...

1Thank James G

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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 

Additional Information about Backpackers by the Bay

Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Price Range: €36 - €59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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Backpackers By The Bay Hotel Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands, Australia
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Yes, people under 18 can stay, that's fine. We are the closest hostel to Port of Airlie, less than a 5 minute walk away, and we offer regular runs down there in our courtesy bus throughout the day as that it also where the Greyhound and Premier bus terminal is situated.

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“our double on the girls bathroom side had great views”
SunsetTravler2017, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“You can opt for female only dorms in this hostel”
NomadYaz, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Avoid Dormitory Room 3 - the fan has a noisy click.”
Karlmate, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“Book directly for free wifi!”
banrab, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Book a tour through the hostel and get a night free.”
216tads, 8 Jan 2016 | Read review
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