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Find the Best Hostels & Backpackers Accommodation on Wotif

What is the difference between a hostel and a hotel?

It’s not just about saving money at this budget-friendly, backpacker style accommodation. Our local experts have looked into all the advantages of staying in a hostel over a hotel. Unlike your standard accommodation where you have your own room, you’ll be sharing digs — and that means making loads of new mates. Book a bed in a dormitory and share facilities like bathrooms, kitchens and common rooms. (Although, some hostels have private rooms too.) Hostels offer the basics, so you can forget about luxuries like coffee makers or TVs in your room. It’s all part of keeping costs low. They’re also social hubs where you can join in fun organised events. Why not sign up for that epic pub crawl or challenge your new besties to a game of beer pong?

How do I choose a good hostel? 

We know you’re keen to save a few bucks, but price isn’t the only thing to consider. Location is a big one. Make sure your hostel is in a safe area and close to the action — you don’t want to be wasting money on ride shares or public transport. Then, research your room. How many people are in a dormitory? If a 20-bed dorm sounds like a recipe for no sleep, go for a hostel that has smaller rooms. Check out the bathroom situation. Does your room include a bathroom or is there only one per floor? Also, is there a curfew? You don’t want to be locked out after a big night! Finally, read a few of our millions of trusted reviews for some insight.

Is it cheaper to book hostels online or in person?

Generally, accommodation providers offer their lowest rates online, and when you book in advance there’s a good chance you’ll pay less. Plus, it just makes sense to book ahead. Get off your flight and check straight into your hostel. No wandering the streets exhausted trying to find a place to stay. It’s a good idea to secure at least your first week’s worth of accommodation for your trip for peace of mind. Book your flight and hostel together in one of our bespoke travel deals to save even more dosh.

What amenities should I look for in a hostel? 

It’s the little things that set an awesome hostel apart from a so-so one. Wanna save money on food? Go for a hostel with a kitchen and whip up your famous spag bol. Looking for a good time? Choose one that comes with a bar (or even a pool!). Also make sure it has plenty of room choice, whether you’re looking for a four-bed dorm, one with 20 beds, a private room or rooms with or without a bathroom. Then there are things like making sure your hostel has a 24/7 front desk, good security, lockers, comfortable common areas, complimentary breakfasts and of course, reliable WiFi

How much does a hostel cost per night?

Prices start from just a night. There’s no need to spend loads of dough on a room that you’re only going to use for sleeping. But, let’s face it, you probably won’t be doing much of that anyway. Now you know how awesome hostels are (and how much your back pocket will love them), it’s time to throw on that backpack and make some new friends. Stay at one of these Newcastle Hostels and you’ll have more cash to splash on seeing the city’s iconic sights. If the Sunshine State is more your style, take your pick of our Cairns Hostels.

If you find you have more cash in the can than you thought and want a little more luxury, why not check out our Cairns Hostels? Our Newcastle Hostels are also something special.