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By a verified traveller on Fri 27 Nov 2020

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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 km (1.2 mi) from Mindil Beach. Highlights at this hostel include an outdoor swimming pool, a nightclub, and a poolside bar.

Flat-screen TVs, ceiling fans, and safes are featured in all 85 rooms.

Batji Bar is the hostel's own bar. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities.

Attractions within a 15-minute drive of this Darwin City Centre hostel include Cullen Bay Marina and Casuarina Beach.

Standard Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$50* Per night/room 26 Apr. - 27 Apr.

Basic Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

4 Bed Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Standard Twin Room

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 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 3.0 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 (23) Couples (5) Students (1) Family (4)
4 out of 5
THE PLACE IS HUGE! Great staff! Very friendly and helpful.

Posted by , from Albion Park on 27 Nov. 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

18 Jan. 2021 by Andrew

Thanks Helmer, Glad you enjoyed your stay.

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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About the Youth Shack Backpackers - Hostel

Location 69 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT 0800

Property Features

As a guest of Youth Shack Backpackers - Hostel, you'll find an outdoor pool, a nightclub, and a rooftop terrace. WiFi is free in public spaces. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. Youth Shack Backpackers - Hostel also features tour/ticket assistance, a garden, and laundry facilities. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Darwin hostel.

  • 85 guestrooms or units
  • Nightclub
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Garden
  • ATM
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Room Amenities

Youth Shack Backpackers - Hostel offers 85 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and ceiling fans. Flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Communal kitchen access
  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Food & Drink

Batji Bar - Onsite bar.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hostel include an outdoor pool.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at anytime

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • 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.

Pet Policy

  • 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 may be 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 onsite parking is available. This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash. This property advises that enhanced cleaning measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property is not currently implementing any guest safety measures
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection

Hotel Names

  • Youth Shack Backpackers Hostel Darwin
  • Youth Shack Backpackers Hostel
  • Youth Shack Backpackers Darwin
  • Youth Shack Backpackers
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*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.