Backpackers by the Bay


Backpackers by the Bay

12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Bus 1 (stop: Shute Harbour Road at Hermitage Drive)
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(07) 4946 7267 or 1800 646 994
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one of the best
13 September 2007
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nothing
Pros
freindly and small
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I only stayed in this hostel for 3 nights but that is only because I only had 5 days left in aus! After travelling for over 3 years now in hostels all over the world I would have to say BBB is 1 of the best. The staff are soooo helpful with everything we needed. The place is clean and has a great atmosphere at their little bar out the back. I would recommend this hostel to anyone going near Airlie Beach. I just wish I had more time there. Keep up the good work!! :D

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stay here!
21 May 2007
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nothing
Pros
pool, pool table, bbq, real mattresses
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Backpackers by the Bay is an amazing hostel. It overlooks the water, the rooms are new, airconditioned and the beds have real mattresses. The showers have excelent water pressure and the hostel is kept really clean. The staff are super friendly and the hostel atmosphere is awesome. Someone is always up for drinking and debauchery, but if your not feeling up to it, you can always watch one of the hostel's zillion movies.

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Excellent hostel with large shower cubicles
28 December 2006
Cons
Limited laundry facilities
Pros
Clean, away from the centre of Airlie, large showers
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Airlie Beach itself is a pretty grim little town, so this hostel is mercifully just far enough away from the centre to feel separate. The dorms were clean with plenty of storage space, and the shower cubicles were probably the largest I've seen in Australia. Though the hostel was generally quiet, the other residents (seemingly 90% German) were friendly and there was a good atmosphere about the place. My one quibble was that the laundry facilities weren't very extensive, leading to interminable waits for the drier especially - probably half the residents were coming back from Whitsunday cruises hence all had lots of dirty laundry. I would definitely stay here again.

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lovely place with spectacular views
19 November 2006
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none
Pros
4 bed clean dorms, and swimming pool
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If you go to Airlie then this place is a must to unwind. About 5 minutes walk from the town (if that) but well well worth it. Lovely hostel with helpful staff. Probably the best hostel I stayed at, awesome views over the Bay as well. Toilet and Shower facilities were spotlessly clean. Great place to stay in airlie, would recommend for anyone going to Airlie.

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Giving this backpacker's the praise it deservees
13 October 2006
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None
Pros
Excellent atmosphere and a clean friendly environment
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I stayed at this place during August and was very impressed with how well run it was. The staff were friendly and helpful,the atmosphere was very good. Because it wasn't a big place everyone mixed. The toilet,shower facilities were nice and clean and the double room I had was great,it had a great outlook - overlooking Boathaven Bay. The backpacker's is situated just out of town which makes for a peaceful sleep after a night out.:laugh: There is a tour desk where Mark will arrange any trips you may want to go on. I had a terrific time aboard the :Ragamuffin" to Whitehaven Beach (a must see) and the following day to Hayman Island to snorkel. In the evening they have a trivia quiz to help people mix and a little bar where you can get a drink at a reasonable price from Sean - cool one Sean! :cool:

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excellent says sean!
30 September 2006
Cons
having to leave
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beautiful staff, chilled out atmosphere
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hello, I am from norway and I fell in love with this place... there is a great little bar outside with a lovely new barman and the staff are wicked... hello Jessica, Mark , Sharon, Louise and Helen. the bus picks you up from the greyhound and its only a 4 min walk into town... nice small dorm rooms with shelves!!!! I'll be back

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relaxed and friendly
24 September 2006
Cons
nothing i can think of
Pros
the staff and quite
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Stayed at Beaches before my sailing trip and was unhappy I didn't pick this place first. Everyone is sooo friendly here because of the atmosphere. Not just the staff but even the guests are chilled out. Also because its only about a 4 min walk into town you can still party but sleep as well. The bar is open a couple of hours a night and they do quizes to meet other people. Thanks to all the guys for a great stay.

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Nice view over the bay
2 August 2006
Cons
lugagge store quite expensive
Pros
pool, view
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A nice small hostel, in walking distance of downtown Airlie Beach, but quiet. A garden and pool with a nice view. The double rooms are 55

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This place is great
17 July 2006
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none
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the staff, location and cleanliness
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This place rocks. We have been travelling around Australia for 9 months and this has got to be the best place we have stayed at. Its clean and the staff were more than happy to help us with anything we needed. they booked us on a great boat trip and we saved money with their stand by rates. We would recommend this place to everyone. Upset we have to leave

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Best hostel we have come across
6 June 2006
Cons
Can't name anything
Pros
Atmosphere and location are awesome - staff are brilliant
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We have been travelling for 9 months - 6 of them in Australia, and this hostel is the best one yet. The hostel staff seem to want to make this the friendliest place around. They know your name from the time you check in, they make sure you have lots of opportunities to meet other people and they were a huge help with everything from where to get a reasonably priced meal, what time shops and banks were open etc to which trips were the best value. The hostel was super clean, and the views out over the pool are amazing. At night, they run trivia competitions where you can win a bottle of champagne and that creates a great atmosphere to meet the other people staying at the hostel. Also (and importantly for us) it was quiet at night time so we were able to get a really good nights sleep. Overall, a brilliant effort!

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excellent!!
5 June 2006
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nothing
Pros
friendly staff and very clean
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this hostel rocks!!, the new manager mark is very friendly as are all the other staff. Its slightly out of town.. like a 2minute walk so its not noisy or full of drunken groups but is well chilled out. people congregate around the bar area outside every night to chill over a few beers and its is all very welcoming, especially if your travelling on your own.. would reccomend this hostel to anyone. all the dorms are 4 bed only and theres shelves to unpack!!! bathrooms and kitchens spotless!!!! excellent, want to go back even if it is a detour!!!

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Ok, but they need to clean the place
28 May 2006
Cons
The mens bathroom is disgusting and the rooms stink
Pros
It's an OK hostel. Great view. Small so you meet everyone
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It was an ok hostel. The crew was great, like Paul. But the place is kind of run down and very dirty. The stand up urinal in the men's bathroom hasn't been cleaned in 6 months it looks like. I had a 4 dorm and it stunk really bad. Quiet and a small walk down the street from the noise of the town which was great.

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Great place to stay I made some great friends here
9 March 2006
Cons
Its up a hill
Pros
Good view from the pool and good helpful staff
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I don't know if this hostel was newly renovated but it was def well maintained. I stayed here for a while and had a really good time. The bar and the quiz held everyday at 6:30pm really encourages everyone to mix so its easy to make friends. I made lots of friends here. Jo the manager is so helpful too. The swimming pool is also always nice and cool unlike the Lagoon pool which heats up and turns into a bath in the afternoon in the summer months. So nice to go back to the hostel pool after the lagoon for the afternoon. Went out quite a lot with people i met from this hostel. Definately and highly recommend. I am planning to go to Airlie Beach again and I will stay here again when I do!!

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Small, cozy, great view, air con rooms
3 March 2006
Cons
a bit of a hike from the main strip
Pros
The view & air conditioning
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Overall, this hostel was excellent. We were a couple (24yrs old) and not looking for all out drinking and partying, but rather a more laid-back atmosphere and found just that. Airlie Beach is really just a gateway to the Whitsundays and cruises, and all hostels there cater to cruise bookings and the like. What set this place apart from the rest was the great view of the bay, the friendly atmosphere, and the lack of proximity to the crazier hostels (like Magnums). We were in a 4-bunk room and it was great... air con was key. Its a bit of a walk (maybe 10 mins tops) from the main strip of bars, which is a bit of a pain if you're into the whole bar scene... but if you are, then you probably wouldnt enjoy Backpackers by the Bay anyways. Overall, for Airlie Beach, we've heard nothing but praise for this hostel, and our experience confirms it.

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A fun hostel, good value, friendly staff, good facilities
18 February 2006
Cons
Nothing bad to say really.
Pros
Relaxed atmosphere where you can lounge all day by the pool
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A great hostel. We had a double room and used the pool, loungers, bar and laundry. Very friendly staff and other backpackers - some young and some older. Nightly quiz while waiting for the Domino pizzas to arrive was a great laugh. Rooms are not en-suite. I was lucky as our room was next to the ladies toilet and shower room. Boyfriend had to walk past reception to have a shower, but it wasn't a problem. Lovely views over Airlie Beach and just a few minutes walk into town. The hostel has a bar and the drinks were very reasonable.

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dangermouse
Quite simply the best place iv stayed in
26 November 2004
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BBB is the best place iv stayed in Aus (iv been to about 13 hostels). It may not be the biggest place but my time there was fantastic. Where its smaller and family run the place feels very friendly and personal. Also it was easy to meet people because of nice touches like a free quiz every night. I probabaly like it so much cos i met a great bunch of people when i was there which made everything so much more fun. As the saying goes - people make places. But the hostel plays a bit part in this because its a great place for hanging out and chilling. Bigger hostels are often cluttered with people and are a lot less personal. Other pluses are: everything is clean and of a pretty decent standard. Reception is friendly and helpful. The pool is nice. The view from the place is FANTASTIC (its so nice chilling out whilst looking out over the ocean). Its got all the facilities like tv, laundry, pool table etc (though their net facilities are a bit rubbish). And the people complaining about the distance in2 town must just be lazy asses. Its like a 3 minute walk and maybe 5 from the bars. Its better this way because your close to the action without being stuck next to some bar or something. Plus the drunken walks home were always amusing (as were the 3am international belly flop contests). I personally just have great memories of the place and would go back there anytime.

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Anonymous
Pretty good
13 April 2004
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My only complaints about this hostel: It isn't in the middle of town... you have to walk over a small hill and it takes a few minutes. It isn't a big deal, but with so many hostels on the main road, why not stay there? My other complaints is that they don't have real beds--just foam mattresses. It's not uncommon in hostels and most backpackers probably don't care, but if you have back pain you will care. There is a nice common area, an ok kitchen and a pretty pool with a view of the water. There was AC that ran at night and made it freezing, while during the day the AC goes off and it can get warm. Our dorm still cost about $22 with YHA.

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Anonymous
Fantastic
29 February 2004
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When I arrived in Airlie I originally stayed in another (unnamed) bigger hostel in which I found the atmosphere to be too detatched. This hostel has a personal feel to it where you can feel looked after without feeling guarded. This is most likely due to the fact that most of the friendly staff are travellers too and know what it is like to be out on your own. Also being a 5 minute walk from town it is a relief to sit by the pool and get a great view over the bay (hence the name I guess). A "must stay" for anyone visiting Airlie beach.

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Angela
Fantastic
28 February 2004
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I can't recommend this hostel highly enough. The staff are fantastic, they really go out of their way to help. Everyone smiles at you and knows your name. I just loved the pool area, cos it was so hot in February. I spent most of the time floating in the pool and looking out at the ocean. It is in a beautiful location - right on the waterfront. There was heaps of shady places to read and talk to other people too. There is a free library at the reception desk so I caught up on some reading. It rained one of the days I was there, and so the hostel put on videos all day, and gave out popcorn. The previous comments about the air conditioning made me laugh. Why didn't you just turn down the thermostat? There is a dial in your room right on the air conditioner? Actually, my girlfriend asked at the reception desk for a blanket (which she didn't have to pay for) and then didn't use it anyway. I would much rather have to use a blanket than stay in some of the places that don't have air conditioning - especially when it is THIS hot. They also have a phone so friends can call you. I've missed this at most of the places we have stayed. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could! Try it.

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Becca Neal
Cute Place, Anonymous from UK, stop your bitching!!
24 February 2004
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I don't normally do reviews like this but I felt compelled to write one after reading "Anonymous from UK"'s poor review. I was actually walking past reception when these lasses were yelling at the receptionist and I was disgusted - fair enough bed bugs - yuck but they were so rude and obnoxious!! Also, I lived in the room two doors down from the "bed bug room" and I know for a fact nobody stayed in that room for 2 days because the owner took it apart to fumigate - I enjoyed my time at this hostel, my boyfriend and I had a great laugh and a relaxed stay keep up the good work Backpackers By the Bay - I say get the carrot out of your ass anonymous from UK!!

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