14 October

RatPack Recommends – Our Fave East Coast Hostels

Hostels hostels hostels….. Other than ‘are you travelling up or down?’ ‘Where are you going next?’ and ‘Where are you from?’…. ‘What hostel are you staying in next?’ will be one of your most asked questions whilst you are travelling in Aussie.


What are hostels all about?

Hostels are a travellers best friend when it comes to meeting absolute legends that turn into travel buddies and having crazy experiences that you’ll never forget. Trust us, you will learn some cracking drinking games, how to drink goon, witness some strange concoctions in the kitchen and you’ll see some hilarious drunken antics…. {We won’t talk about the streaking around a hostel in Agnes Water after a competitive game of drunken Jenga!}.

Australia is FULL of hostels, in the majority of spots you will be spoilt for choice of good quality hostels in great locations, with awesome facilities, events and good value for money. We love hostels in aussie because you’ll bump into the same faces up/down the east coast and will become pals with a lot of legends!


How do you book & find hostels?

Here at RatPack we don’t book accommodation for you along the way as we feel it’s best to free flow down the coast booking up hostel nights as you go {note.Peak season you need to be a little more prepared}… We instead book the bits we can SAVE you money on. We can now book you any trip or transport in both Oz and NZ and give you at least 10% off the direct price so shout us if you need help.

We tend to book our hostels through hostelworld {#NotAnAd}, or by booking direct… top tip – this can save you money as sometimes you can get a discount! With YHA you can get epacks which save you money per night and with a hostels australia card you can get $3 off a night, every little helps!

The best way to find out about hostels is through other travellers whilst on the road, blogs, or to help you out a bit the RatPack crew have pulled together their favourite east coast hostels…..


Ready for a load of RatPack recos?


Cairns – the home of the Great Barrier Reef

Mad Monkey

Vibe: Super Social

Be prepared to have a lot of choice of hostels in Cairns, it’s a backpackers paradise {when you visit you’ll see} we’ve bounced around a few of the hostels and love Mad Monkey. It’s got a great social vibe with loads of events on in the huge outdoor bar area, we’re talking pub quiz, beer pong & they even have free pancakes for brekkie >> yewwwwwww!

Magnetic Island

Base Magnetic

Vibe: Party

This little slice of paradise is a hostel like NO other, you’ll honestly be surprised that this place is a hostel. The hostel is right on the beach with its own pool, huge bar, and the rooms are set in little huts in the lush tropical grounds. This place is renowned for its awesome night time entertainment…. Boozy bingo being one of them, get involved and get up to the bar for happy hour or for some of the epic food. We offer an epic package that includes your return ferry transfer, 2 or 3 nights accom and we’ll even throw in a few vouchers yewwwwwww….

Airlie Beach – where all of the whitsundays trips start


Vibe: Tropical party hostel

This place is set out in a jungle theme and each room is in a little shack, expect to see bush turkeys, parrots, possums and a couple of spiders around the place! This place is surprising because even though its chilled…. It has its own bar and nightclub attached to it which create some pretty hilarious nights before or after your Whitsundays trip!


Agnes Water/1770 – cruisy little hippy town

Cool Bananas

Vibe: The most chilled of all things chill

This is without a doubt one of RatPacks absolute faves when it comes to our vibe… This little surf town is abit of us and Cool Bananas hostel is all about that relaxed chilled pace, were talking hammocks everywhere, cosy common room, campfires with someone playing the guitar. The crew that work at this spot are legends and can help you organise surf lessons and how to see this epic little town.


Noosa – head here for Fraser Island


Vibe: Proper Party

The ultimate Fraser Island after party hostel… If you head out on the Nomads Fraser Island Tour, we can hook you up with $10 a night stays at this legendary spot in the heart of Noosa. By staying here before & after your trip, you’ll get extra time with the legends on your tour, we promise that you won’t want to miss the after party, at the Nomads very own bar KB’s. The hostel is basic but is in a great spot and provides a good time!


Noosa Flashpackers

Vibe: Flashpacker luxury

This spot is epic and is for the flashpackers amongst us {clues in the name!}, you’ll be impressed by the up market quality of the facilities here and how awesome the crew are! The hostel is a beauty and has a pool, the best kitchen we’ve seen in a hostel and the room facilities are great. These guys have a shuttle bus from the bus station and they put on loads of events throughout the week inc. BBQ, cheese and wine, all you can eat pizza & movie nights.

Brisbane – the only city on the east coast, great food & nightlife


Vibe: Super Social

Located just near the transit centre (roma street) is Summerhouse, we love this cosy hostel and not just because it has a rooftop with epic views of the city, they host so many events inc. BBQ, Cheese & Wine, Movie nights, Pub Crawl & even a talent show {rumour has it Miss Sophie Wilks won this one night…..}. You’ll become part of the fam in this place and the location is awesome for exploring the city and the next neighbourhood Caxton, if you get time check out an event at the Suncorp Stadium just next door.


Surfers Paradise – think miami aussie style, epic theme parks & clubs


Vibe: Super Social/ Party

This place is right next door to the greyhound so walking time is minimal yewwwwwwwww. This hostel is in the middle of Surfers Paradise and is super modern inside, each bed is a little pod so privacy is the one here. The common area and pool is stylish and they hold events like BBQ, drinking games and you can get involved with a huge bar crawl with all the hostels in the town.

Byron Bay – the home of RatPack and all things surfy

Backpackers Inn on the Beach

Vibe: Super Chill

This cruisy little spot is right on the main beach of Byron so if you want to get on the surf, enjoy being on the beach and be close to town then this is for you! They have hammocks everywhere, a pool and its everything you’d hope to get from Byron Bay!


Cape Byron YHA

Vibe: Super Chill

This spot is located right in the middle of town and a 3 minute walk from the beach. It has a real tropical chill vibe to it, the pool is surrounded by palm trees, hammocks and fairy lights >>> all about the Byron vibe. These guys put on great events and make it really easy to meet others, they even do pancakes for brekky a couple of times a week.

Sydney – the unofficial capital and an iconic city

Sydney Harbour YHA

Vibe: Epic views

Located in the rocks which is right by circular quay and is iconic when it comes to Sydneys history, you’ll feel like you have stepped back in time in this spot and even get a bit of a old school english vibe from the cobbled streets and pubs. You’ll be absolutely mind blown by the view from the rooftop of this hostel, you have the best view of the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and Circular Quay, trust us you’ll get quite a few cracking panos up here! This hostel is based on an archaeological site and caters for backpackers, families and groups, so expect a mixed crowd in this spot. The rooms are basic but the facilities are great and the rooftop is amazing, at night expect to play beer pong or have wine and cheese under the fairy lights taking in the good views!


Sydney Central YHA

Vibe: Super Social

This hostel has undergone a makeover and when it comes to a beautiful looking hostel this one fits the bill yewwwwwww. You’ll love the look of this place, it even has a rooftop with a pool & sauna. You’ll also find a cinema with a free popcorn machine << that’s what we’re talking about! The crew organise events such as BBQ, cheese and wine & pub crawls so you’ll make friends in no time!


Space hotel

Vibe: Flashpacker central

If you like things a bit fancy and prepared to pay a little bit more then check out Space in the centre of Melbourne! This is the hostel of all hostels as it has a beautiful rooftop with the best views of the city with an 8 person hot tub, not only that but it has a legit cinema, gym and a hilarious bar downstairs. You’ll be really impressed by this spot and will find yourself keep extending and extending……

RatPack tips when it comes to hostel life!

  • If you are travelling in the busy season AKA December & January, book your hostels in advance, ESPECIALLY Christmas and New Years.
  • Earplugs can sometimes be an essential {sometimes you’ll get a snorer}
  • Take a padlock with you as there will be lockers in each room
  • Be considerate to your roommates, you’ll never know when you’ll bump into them again!
  • Make the most of the hostel events, this is a great way to meet people. If theres a bar crawl, join it, if theres a kitchen, compliment someone on
    their food!


Let us know if you have any favourite hostels in Aussie that our RatPackers should know about in the comments below >>> epic advice from one RatPacker to another is how WE DO.



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