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For travellers on a budget, backpacker hostels are a great option. Budget accommodation doesn't necessarily mean cheap accommodation though, with most backpackers premises providing good quality amenities.
Backpackers premises can be found throughout Australia , in capital cities as well as regional and smaller country towns. In tourist areas and districts where there is seasonal work available for travellers, you will almost certainly find backpacker accommodation.
Originally, most backpackers hostels
only provided dormitory accommodation with communal bathroom and kitchen facilities. Today, most backpackers centres offer shared or double rooms, with some also having single or family rooms available. Bathroom facilities are generally shared, though some hostels have some rooms with en-suites.
Price for a bed in a shared room is generally in the range of $20 to $40. Most double or family rooms are between $45 and $90.
Backpackers accommodation tends to attract travellers from all around the world so are a great accommodation choice for anyone wanting to meet people from a variety of cultures. Traditionally they were aimed more at younger travellers but today backpackers centres cater for all ages, including families.
As they tend to be a meeting place for people, backpackers accommodation
facilities will usually include areas for social gatherings. Facilities offered can include bars, and barbecue and pool areas. Parties can be common so for anyone looking for quiet accommodation, the larger backpackers hostels may not be the best choice.