The 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Brisbane

The Best Backpacker Hostels in Brisbane

Sunny Brisbane city is well known for it’s year round perfect climate and close proximity to heaps of natural beauty spots. The river city is situated between the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, and surrounded by the Moreton Bay Islands. There’s plenty of culture in Brisbane to explore and even a man made beach in the beautiful Southbank parklands that overlooks the city. Brisbane is also known for it’s laid back, super friendly people. These vibes rub off on to all the backpackers in Brisbane too, whom you’ll find soaking up the sun, and relaxing by the rooftop pools of the many awesome backpacker hostels in Brisbane!

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Best backpacker hostels in Brisbane, Australia

Arriving into a big metropolis city such as Brisbane, it’s always a good idea to do your research and book ahead so you don’t get caught out (especially if you’re arriving late at night as that can sometimes limit your options!).

Starting off at a backpackers hostel is a smart plan, as these places are generally a hub for meeting fellow travellers who are all sharing the most up to date tips on where to go, what to see, what to do, how to save a few bucks on things (much needed bucks when travelling in Australia!)

If you’re on a working holiday in Australia hostels can often even help you find work. Where you stay can really make or break your trip so, to help, I put together a list of the best backpacker hostels in Brisbane.

Also Read: A Backpacker’s Guide to Brisbane and my Budget tips for Brisbane

Here’s my top 5 list of best backpacker hostels in Brisbane:

Brisbane City YHA, Brisbane

Brisbane City YHA
Brisbane City YHA

Brisbane City YHA is one of my top picks for the best backpacker hostels in Brisbane and definitely the best value for money hostel! Located in Brisbane’s CBD, it’s easy to hop over to Southbank, head out to the nightclub precinct Fortitude Valley, or jump on a train to the coast from here.

There’s a large pool and rooftop terrace that overlook the Brisbane River, perfect for relaxing and enjoying sunsets. Beds are comfortable, towels are provided, and all dormitory rooms and bathrooms are spotlessly clean. As soon as you arrive, you’ll notice there’s a very friendly, sociable vibe here, just wonder into the spacious chill out areas or café/bar area, and you’ll find people to strike up a conversation with! Click here to book a bed at Brisbane City YHA.


Bunk Brisbane, Fortitude Valley

Bunk Fortitude Valley
Bunk Fortitude Valley

The award winning Bunk Brisbane is in a prime location, right in the heart of Fortitude Valley and shares its spaces with Birdees nightclub, one of the most popular clubs in Brisbane where  you can experience amazing parties every night. You’ll even get a free drink on the house every night!

There’s a great pool to laze around and soak up the sunny days, free breakfast daily & Wi-Fi – what’s not to love about this place! There’s also a 24-hour check-in desk, kitchen & laundry facilities and a large chill out lounge area. Friendly staff can help you book tours and there’s a free shuttle to and from Roma Street Station. You won’t be disappointed staying at Bunk, this is by far one of the best backpacker hostels in Brisbane. Click here to book your stay at Bunk Brisbane.


Summer House Backpackers, Brisbane

Summer House
Summer House

Summer House Backpackers is a conveniently located hostel in the city with super chilled vibes. The facilities are clean and dorms are quiet at night so you can sleep easy. There are charging points at every bed and huge lockers that can fit a whole suitcase inside. The hostel offers a generous free breakfast daily and the free Wi-Fi works very well through the place.

There are free meals on offer throughout the week, and free pancakes every Sunday morning from 8am–10am, that’s hangover cure material right there! Summer House is definitely worth checking out as it’s one of the best all rounder backpacker hostels in Brisbane. Click here to book your stay at Summer House Backpackers.


Breeze Lodge Backpackers, Kangaroo Point

Breeze Lodge

Breeze Lodge is a new rival in Brisbane, located in Kangaroo Point on the other side of the Brisbane River facing the city. This brand new hostel has a very modern and stylish fit out with a rooftop terrace with city views, a kitchenette with microwave and tea/coffee making facilities on every level and a main fully equipped kitchen in the common area.

There’s also TV room, table tennis, darts and board games for your entertainment. The free ferry is only a 5 minutes walk away and will take you across the river to the CBD. Breakfast, Wi-Fi and Netflix entertainment are included in your stay too. This one of the newest top backpacker hostels in Brisbane that’s worth a visit! Click here to book your stay at Breeze Lodge.


Chill Backpackers, Brisbane

Chill Backpackers
Chill Backpackers

Chill Backpackers is super conveniently centrally located only 250 meters from Roma Street Station. It’s easy to find and walking distance the Caxton Street bar & restaurant precinct, many cafes, and a Coles Supermarket. There’s a great rooftop terrace with river and city views that’s perfect for an afternoon drink and watching the sunset.

If you feel like relaxing indoors after a long day of sightseeing around Brisbane there are free daily movies held in the cinema room too! Value for money, and location wise, I feel Chill is one of the top backpacker hostels in Brisbane that you should definitely check out! Click here to book a stay at Chill Backpackers.

 Read more:

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The Ultimate Itinerary for Backpacking East Coast Australia

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Best Backpacker Hostels in Sydney

Best Backpacker Hostels in Melbourne

Best Backpacker Hostels in Cairns

Best Backpacker Hostels in Darwin

Best Backpacker Hostels in Byron Bay


I hope you’ve found my tips and recommendations for the best backpacker hostels in Brisbane useful.

Check out my other posts on backpacking Australia and if you’ve stayed in a great hostel in Brisbane let me know in the comments below and your recommendations can help out other travellers!

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