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Hotel Description

At Youth Shack Backpackers - Hostel you'll be 1.5 km (0.9 mi) from Darwin Waterfront and 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from Cullen Bay Marina. Highlights at this hostel include free continental breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool and free self parking.

All 85 rooms feature free WiFi and ceiling fans. Bathrooms are shared.

Batji Bar is the hostel's own bar. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also the convenience of limited parking.

With a stay at this 3-star Darwin City Centre hostel, you'll be 11.9 km (7.4 mi) from Casuarina Beach.

Double Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$69* Per night/room 24 Aug. - 25 Aug.

Twin Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

4 Bed Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

4 Bed Female Dorm, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Youth Shack Backpackers - Hostel ratings based on 33 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.4 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 2.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Youth Shack Backpackers - Hostel

Everyone (24) Couples (5) Students (1) Family (3)
5 out of 5

Posted by on 3 Jul. 2019

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5 out of 5
Had a problem with the first room I was allocated, but the staff were amazing and sorted me out a new room straight away. :)

Posted by , from Darwin on 22 Nov. 2018

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2 out of 5
Overall this is a reasonable place for the price. It is very tired though and could do with having a bit of money spend on it to bring it up to standard. For example one of the bathrooms had showers dripping, broken tiles and chipped sinks which gave the impression of general disrepair. Also you had to pay extra for a blanket which I thought was pretty poor, that is something that should come with the room. Very professional and organised staff though.

Posted by on 7 Aug. 2018

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1 out of 5
Cons: Cleanliness, noise... the bathrooms were particularly gross and the hallways smell like feet and vomit.
We decided to try out a backpackers and for nearly $100 a night thought the twin share room would be ok. Next time I'll spend an extra $50 a night and get some sleep. If you're wanting to party then it's fine, but not for anyone wanting sleep.

Posted by on 7 Aug. 2016

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1 out of 5

Filthy bathrooms

I understand this is a backpackers but the least the owners can do is supply clean facilities. I wouldn't wash an animal in these bathrooms as they have months or years of dirt accumulated on them in all areas. Plugs full of hair, showers and sinks not cleaned, towel hooks missing, accumulated dirt everywhere and everything was damaged. Even if the bathrooms were given a thorough clean once per week using disinfectant it would be 100% better. Rooms are as basic as possible with TVs that barely work and only a couple of channels.

Posted by on 22 Jul. 2016

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2 out of 5

Dirty and pricy

Probably the most expensive backpacker I have ever stayed in. My partner and I got a double room for 90 bucks and were welcomed by a cockroach. The room was quite dusty and the bed not comfortable at all. To be fair though price seems to be Darwin standard. Staff seemed nice but we didn't get the opportunity to find out much about them.

Posted by on 19 Jul. 2015

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2 out of 5

Room not ready...

Pros: the staff
Cons: everything else!
We arrived for a late check-in. We have been given the key to our private room. Once in there, the room was not ready. It hasn't been cleaned, pillows were missing and the bed sheets were dirty. The receptionist has been very efficient and nice, offering us some water and relocating us in another backpackers two blocks down the road. A big thank you to him but annoyed by the backpacker itself... you don't want that when you arrive at 1:00 AM after a 4h00 flight!

Posted by , from Sydney on 5 Jul. 2015

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3 out of 5


Good location close to main streets and bus station but at the expense of being very noisy so don't expect to be able to sleep. If you want fun and partying and good access to everything and you don't mind a busy hostel with just a small place to collapse after a drunken night then you probably won't mind. staff are friendly.

Posted by on 21 Jun. 2015

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3 out of 5
Pros: Front desk service
Cons: Needs a good paint n try up
Location: Close to everything
Facilities: Nothing special; Value: Could be better; Service: Courteous; Cleanliness: Lacking; compared to the other establishments - its a bit off the pace

Posted by , from Australia - NSW - Sydney on 27 Jul. 2014

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4 out of 5
Pros: Location
Location: Outstanding
Facilities: Basic; Value: Great deal; Service: Sufficient; Cleanliness: Clean;

Posted by , from Australia - VIC - Regional VIC on 6 Jul. 2014

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About the Youth Shack Backpackers - Hostel

Location 69 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT 0800

Property Features

You can enjoy a drink at the pool bar. Free breakfast is available daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace, and tour or ticket assistance are also featured at Youth Shack Backpackers - Hostel. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 85 guestrooms or units
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Bar by the pool
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • ATM

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , Parking (limited spaces)


  • Airport: Darwin, NT (DRW-Darwin Intl.) (12.3 km / 7.7 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Youth Shack Backpackers - Hostel offers 85 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with a ceiling fan. This Darwin hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Communal kitchen
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Food & Drink

Guests are served a free continental breakfast daily from 6:00 AM to 9:30 AM.

Batji Bar – On-site bar.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hostel include an outdoor pool.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at noon
  • Check-in time ends at 10 PM

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after 10 PM, please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

Guests arriving after 10 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Only service animals are allowed

Hotel Names

  • Youth Shack Backpackers Hostel Darwin
  • Youth Shack Backpackers Hostel
  • Youth Shack Backpackers Darwin
  • Youth Shack Backpackers
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.