Backpackers By The Bay

2.0 star property
Airlie Beach hostel with outdoor pool and pool bar

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Backpackers By The Bay

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Outdoor pool, pool loungers
 Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
Shower, towels

Overview of Backpackers By The Bay

8.0 out of 10 Very good
8.0/10 Very good

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free parking
  • Bar
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Child-friendly activities
12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Pool bar
  • Bar/lounge
  • Area shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Arcade/games room
  • Library
Feel at home
  • Separate bedroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/games room

Room options

Double or Twin Room with Shared Bathroom

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed OR 2 Single Beds

Shared Dormitory, Multiple Beds

  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 Single Bunk Beds

Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room

  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 Single Bunk Beds

Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Single Bunk Beds

About this area

What's nearby

  • Port of Airlie - 1 min drive
  • Airlie Beach Lagoon - 3 min drive

Getting around

  • Proserpine, QLD (PPP-Whitsunday Coast) - 35 min drive
  • Hamilton Island, QLD (HTI-Great Barrier Reef) - 15.6 miles/25.1 km
  • Proserpine Station - 24 min drive
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • Cool LaLa - 16 min walk
  • Walter's Lounge - 9 min walk
  • KC's Bar & Grill - 13 min walk
  • Fish D'vine and the Rum Bar - 12 min walk
  • Domino's Pizza - 11 min walk

About this property

Backpackers By The Bay

When visiting Airlie Beach, Backpackers By The Bay is a great choice to consider. After splashing around at the outdoor pool, you can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Other features include a poolside bar, a terrace and a garden.


English, French

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 20 rooms


  • Check-in time starts at noon
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Guests can access their accommodation through a private entrance

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast (surcharge)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Barbecue grills

What to do

  • Pool table
  • Beach nearby


  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Pool loungers


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool
  • Arcade/games room
  • Reception hall

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately AUD 3.00 per person
  • Local area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.


This property does not have lifts.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Backpackers Bay Hostel Airlie Beach
Backpackers Bay Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Does Backpackers By The Bay offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Backpackers By The Bay does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Backpackers By The Bay?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Backpackers By The Bay?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Backpackers By The Bay?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Backpackers By The Bay?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Backpackers By The Bay?
You can check in starting at noon. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Backpackers By The Bay and nearby?
Backpackers By The Bay has an outdoor pool and an arcade, as well as a picnic area and a garden.
What's the area around Backpackers By The Bay like?
Backpackers By The Bay is a short 7-minute walk from Port of Airlie and 14 minutes' walk from Boathaven Beach.



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Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

Cindy Gabriela, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Met the best people! The owner is a legend!
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great stay, thank you
Lovely staff who were very helpful when i had questions on getting around. Showers and bathroom were good, appreciate the strong water pressure. Easy 10 minute walk into town. No issues at all, thank you for the lovely stay.
Angela, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Magdalena, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Backpackers by the Bay was the perfect place to end our stay in the Whitsundays. Peter and Hannah were super friendly and helpful, making us feel right at home. The systems work really well, with bathrooms and kitchen super clean, lots of amenities that helped us with rinsing our camping gear, relaxing hammocks. And remarkably quiet for a place with so many younger guests. A great stay and the best introduction to a hostel that our young daughters could have!
1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Emily, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Don’t book it
Went in and out after a minute. So dirty and the building felt teared apart. Would not recommend. We got our money back so that was very kind and left directly after we saw the bathrooms. It’s not even very close to the Main Street.
5-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Nice atmosphere in the hostel and price worthy. Needs better cleaning.
1-night trip with friends
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