Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane is the gateway to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, and has long been on the backpacker trail. But as with most Australian cities, Brisbane is not a cheap city, and there are a ton of backpacker hostels available, which is exactly why I’ve listed only the top 5 backpacker hostels in Brisbane.
What are the best backpacker hostels in Brisbane?
As a little bonus, we have categorised the hostels into different categories. So whatever you’re looking for (partying, relaxing, meeting other travellers or saving money), our list of the 7 best hostels in Brisbane will help you book your hostel quickly and save you time exploring this incredible Australian city.
Written by travellers, for travellers, this guide will show you the best hostels in Brisbane.
Price legend (per night)
$ = Under 40 AUD
$$ = AUD 40-50
$$$ = More than 50 AUD
1. All Nations Brisbane
- Address: 308 Edward Street, Brisbane
Formerly named Nomads Brisbane, All Nations Brisbane is one of the coolest hostels in Brisbane and has a rooftop with dozens of comfy loungers.
Their Down Under Bar is the best place to catch up with fellow travellers or even meet new nomads to chat to.
What also sets this hostel apart from other Brisbane hostels is its central location, ideal for getting to places like the Queen Street Mall. If you’re a digital nomad, be aware that the free wifi only works at certain times.
Note that this is not a party hostel, but rather a place to relax and unwind. While there are great options for going out just around the corner, you are guaranteed a peaceful and quiet night at All Nations Brisbane. If you’re looking for a hostel in Brisbane that ticks just about every box, this is it!
Location in Brisbane CBD
Parking on site
Dormitories of different sizes (mixed and female only,..)
Quiet and peaceful atmosphere
Rate: $ per night
Beds from AUD 27 in dorms, private rooms from AUD 80
2. Breeze Lodge
This incredible hostel in Brisbane is also one of the latest to move in. Rated as one of the best hostels in Brisbane in 2023, Breeze Lodge has thought about what the modern backpacker needs and now offers. They have killer facilities, like their guest kitchen with enough space for everyone to cook at the same time and utensils that actually work! Breeze Lodge offers 5* hospitality and an amazing rooftop lounge area. Clean and tidy, Breeze Lodge is a highly recommended hostel in Brisbane for all types of backpackers.
Hostel Highlights :
Beds from AUD 39 in dorms, private rooms from AUD 110
3. City Backpackers HQ
City Backpackers HQ is an ideal hostel in Brisbane for travellers who want to party, but also want to sleep comfortably. City HQ has its own super cool bar, the Fatt Wombat. Here you’ll find backpackers from all over Brisbane piling in to make the most of the cheap beer and party atmosphere. If you’re heading to the Fatt Wombat and don’t want to stray far, take advantage of the hostel’s cinema. City HQ is one of Brisbane’s coolest hostels and is particularly suitable for couples on a budget.
Those who really want to experience Brisbane will love the location. You’re in the heart of the city, close to all the major attractions. South Bank Beach and the weekend markets are only a short walk away! If you don’t feel like going out, just go up to the roof of the hotel and meet people – it’s the best place to make new friends!
On-site bar and coffee shop
Amazing location in South Bank
Beds from AUD 40 in dorms, private rooms from AUD 130
4. Brisbane City YHA
One of Brisbane’s coolest hostels, YHA offers travellers the chance to relax and party the night away. The YHA hostel has its own bar and terrace. The pool is the perfect place to cool off after a long day of exploring the city. The YHA staff are very knowledgeable and will be happy to help you plan your trip. They organise weekly barbecue nights and guided tours of Brisbane. In true Australian style, the YHA has become a renowned Brisbane hostel, ideal for party people, with a relaxed atmosphere and super friendly staff.
On-site bar and coffee shop
Beds from AUD 50 in dorms, private rooms from AUD 150
5. Bunk Brisbane
The best hostel for partying in Brisbane is Bunk, hands down! Bunk is probably the coolest hostel in Brisbane too! Offering guests a bright and modern building, with an outdoor pool and its own bar, Bunk will have you rocking from dusk till dawn! That said, you can still get a good night’s sleep if you don’t feel like having a blast! Bunk was voted not only the best hostel in Brisbane but also the best hostel in Australia in 2016 and they have continued to do well. FYI, you only get 30 minutes of free WiFi a day, after that it’s $2 a day.
Bunk is also in a great location within walking distance of Brisbane CBD, so you can be on the Queen Street Mall in no time. The property is also air-conditioned and you can relax in the large lounge or sunbathe in the outdoor communal areas.
To meet like-minded travellers, head to the beer garden, have a drink and get to know each other. Bunk Brisbane is known for its very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, so you can make friends in no time!
Free shuttle bus
Free and super fast wifi
Dormitories for international passport holders only
Beds from AUD 35 in dorms, private rooms from AUD 100
6. Gonow Family Backpacker
Gonow is the best hostel in Brisbane at this rate. They offer reasonable room rates all year round. Gonow Family Backpacker can accommodate up to 70 people per night. The hostel is always very busy, which helps to create a pleasant atmosphere. Gonow offers its guests a free breakfast every morning, consisting of toast with jam or chocolate spread and a cup of coffee. It’s not much, but it saves a few dollars if you’re exploring Australia on a tight budget. Gonow has a classic Brisbane backpacker hostel feel.
As this is a budget hostel, don’t expect high end luxury. The beds are super comfy and you’ll get linens, but the dorms and private rooms are pretty basic. Still, it has everything you might need, including free wifi. They can also arrange transfers to Brisbane airport if you need help with that.
If you are looking for a very social and active Brisbane hostel with lots of parties, Gonow Family Backpacker might not be the right choice for you. The hostel regularly hosts barbecue parties and dinners for large groups. So the atmosphere is very calm and adult. Located about 25 minutes from the city centre in South Bank, you can still walk to all the famous attractions and the Brisbane River. If you want to rest your feet, take public transport instead!
Hostel Highlights :
Private and quiet atmosphere
Walking distance to the city centre
Free pasta on Wednesdays
Rate: $ per night
Beds from AUD 20 in dormitory
7. Kookaburra Inn
Kookaburra Inn is definitely more of a motel than a hostel in Brisbane. Kookaburra Inn is a wonderful place to stay, ideal for couples or travelling duos who want to slow down the pace when they arrive in Brisbane. The team at Kookaburra Inn are very friendly and will do their best to ensure you have a great stay. Offering free WiFi and air conditioning, the Kookaburra Inn is a hidden gem for the casual traveller.
Tour and travel desk
Private rooms from AUD 120
Things to know before booking a hostel in Brisbane
Why go to a hostel in Brisbane?
You may be asking yourself “why should I stay in a hostel”? Well, let’s clear that up.
Hostels are generally known to be one of the cheapest forms of accommodation on the market. This doesn’t just apply to Brisbane, but to almost every place in the world. However, this is not the only good reason to stay in a hostel. The unique atmosphere and social aspect is what makes hostels REALLY special. Go to the common room, make new friends, share travel stories and tips, or just have a good time with like-minded travellers from all over the world – you won’t have this opportunity in any other accommodation.
How much does it cost to stay in a hostel in Brisbane?
Brisbane has all kinds of hostels. Whether you want a party hostel, a hostel for digital nomads or just a quiet place to spend a few days, there is sure to be a hostel to suit you.
Most hostels in Brisbane offer the option of a private room or a shared dormitory. While dorms are obviously the cheapest option, a private room can be just as economical if you are travelling with a partner or friend.
Here are some of the average prices you can expect:
Dormitory (mixed or female only): AUD 30-50/night
Private double room: AUD 80 -150/night
When looking for hostels, you will find the best options on Hostelworld. This platform offers you a super safe and efficient booking process. All hostels are displayed with a rating and reviews from previous guests. You can also easily filter your personal travel needs and find the perfect place for you.
In which area should I book a hostel in Brisbane?
Most of the best hostels in Brisbane are already listed below and all are well located! But the main difficulty you will face is deciding where to stay in Brisbane. The city has many areas and neighbourhoods, all of which are unique and offer different attractions. Here are our favourites:
- The CBD – Short for Central Business District. This is essentially Brisbane’s city centre and is perfect for your first visit!
- Petrie Terrace – Ideal for budget travellers.
- Fortitude Valley – Offers some wild nightlife
Book your trip to Brisbane: Tips & Tricks
Book your flight
Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. It’s my favourite search engine because it searches websites and airlines all over the world, so you know that nothing is left to chance!
Book your accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the largest stock and the best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com, which regularly offers the lowest rates for cheap guesthouses and hotels.
Don’t forget travel insurance
Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft and cancellation. It is a comprehensive protection in case of problems. I never go on a trip without it, as I have had to use it several times in the past. The company I recommend for their service and best value for money is Chapka Insurance.