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Backpackers by the Bay

Hostel | 12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Australia .

85.6% Overall Rating

118 out of 146 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (17/11/2015)

"Backpackers by the Bay is a great choice for Airlie Beach: set on a hillside overlooking the ocean and marina, just minutes to downtown Airlie Beach but without the noise and hassles. Best of all Peter is a fantastic…"

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  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Bicycle hire
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Bar(s)
  • Communal kitchen
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Luggage Room USD 4.35
  • Breakfast USD 2.18
  • Towel USD 7.26

What's Included

  • Linen

Important Information

We require 3 days notice for all cancellations otherwise the first nights stay will be charged.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 3 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

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About Backpackers by the Bay

Backpackers by the Bay is a locally owned and operated hostel with magnificent ocean views. We are quietly tucked away on the hillside overlooking the Whitsunday islands and located less than a 5 minute walk to the cafes, shopping and nightlife of Airlie Beach.

Backpackers by the Bay’ is a mid sized budget resort, sleeping up to 70 guests. We have won multiple tourist awards both locally and state wide.

Our commitment to you:
Our aim is to provide our guests with high quality backpacker accommodation and tour & travel services in the Whitsundays.
You are entitled to expect:
• A relaxed, clean, safe and friendly place of accommodation
• Full assistance in organizing and enjoying your trip to this amazing part of the world
• Friendly, knowledgeable staff that will do their utmost to relate personally to each guest
• Respect and tolerance for everyone's diverse and unique background

When assisting you with the organization of your tour...
1. We will ensure that we have a good understanding of your needs before making any recommendations.
2. We will provide you with as much information as possible so as to make your decision-making process as accurate and easy as possible.
3. We reserve the right to recommend tours that consistently provide the most rewarding experience.
In NO CASE will we simply recommend a tour just based on commission.

We are now the only hostel that picks up and drops off guests at the greyhound station for every bus between 6.45am - 7.00pm every day.
We are the only hostel to offer a free transfer to the marina at 8am every morning for the early morning boat departures (2day/1nt & 3day/2nt trips)
We are the only hostel that is not part of or next to a raging bar/nightclub 7 nights a week - but we're only a 5 minute walk to all the action and then home again for a decent night's sleep.
We are the only hostel to offer free tea/coffee , a huge $3 breakfast (incl. fruits) and a nightly $1.50 sausage/onion sandwhich BBQ

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!

Accommodation Information

*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
* Winner of Multiple Whitsunday Tourism Awards

Location Information

About The Whitsundays
The Whitsundays is the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s most desirable holiday destination. The Whitsundays boasts 74 tropical islands rising from pristine turquoise water and a vibrant coast that is full of excitement. With 70% of the region protected National and Marine Park, this destination is truly unique.

This stunning aquatic playground, 150km north of Mackay and 300km south of Townsville, enjoys a tropical climate year round and offers easy access to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. From world class Island Resorts to the cosmopolitan resort village of Airlie Beach on the coast, the Whitsundays has something for everyone.

The climate is subtropical as we are located above the Tropic of Capricorn. The Whitsunday's are on the same Latitude as the Fiji Islands. They offer sunny tropical weather virtually all year round. The water temperature varies from 23°C in winter to 28°C in summer and the islands are protected from ocean swells by the Great Barrier Reef. Summers are hot and balmy with occasional showers, but even these are warm and refreshing. The trade winds are usually stronger between May and August; however you can expect sailing breezes almost every day. Below is a guide for the average yearly temperature and the weather in the area today. Please note this is only to be used as a guide.