Are you a backpacker coming to Australia? There are many backpackers here, most on working holiday visa programs. Backpackers in Australia usually stay at backpacker hostels.
There are a ton of youth hostels in Australia, but plenty of backpacker hostels are not affiliated with the YHA. Game for pickups in Australia? Stay at a backpackers!
Dormitory beds in Australia are inexpensive and perfect for a pickups in Australia. Dorm beds in Australia don't offer much privacy but you already knew that.
Backpackers In Australia
"The Working Holiday visa program and
the relatively expensive hotel and restaurant situation in Australia have worked together to create
an alternate cheapish and sleazy backpacker scene where travelers can bed down
for the night in barrack-style co-ed dormitories and quite possibly share that
bed with someone of equally sleazy temperament."
Doug Knell, Doug's Republic
Any nation or region were poor people descend in ritualized
splendor is ripe for a backpacker scene. A backpacker
scene consists of:
Ample amenities within a stone's throw or on the premises.
Amenities consist of internet access, telephones, travel
agencies, alcohol, drugs (if the nation is tolerant enough),
and an out-of-tune guitar which people who can't sing or play
can pretend to strum a recent Top 40 hit in order to seduce a fellow skint
All the classic backpacker ingredients: a hot tub, alcohol, drunken youth, and near-empty wallets
Lots of fellow travelers, doing almost the identical trip
you're doing, sitting around the table boasting of all the
travel things they've done or about to do. If you hear
one of these conversations, then you've heard them all.
haven't done that much off-the-beaten-track traveling or
traveling period. Most will be under 30 and closer to
20 than they are to 30. Nearly all will be gripping a
copy of Lonely Planet Australia. In general, these people will
already be grouped up either in couples or as packs of 2-4
same-sex travelers touring together. Backpacker
pickups usually occur when one group encounters another, and
multiple members of each group pair off for a night of
thrills. Backpackers traveling solo are a rarer breed
and will pickup less frequently. There is power in
Wherever a backpacker scene has developed, there is always a
prior lure bringing in the backpacker demographic, and
thereafter the backpacker support structure springs up to
support the influx. In Australia's case, the
working holiday visa
programs bring in plenty of foreigners who otherwise
couldn't afford to travel around Australia and stay in
standard hotels. These people need to stay in a
backpacker hostel in order to cheaply cook their beans on
Near broke, privacy is something they're forced to forego
when sleeping at night. Backpackers ingeniously turn
this lack of privacy into a win-win, by sleeping on top of
the nearest willing backpacker of the opposite sex. As
they say, when you have lemons, make lemonade; when you have
to sleep in a dorm, stage an orgy.
Australian Backpacker Hostels
One place to
check for hostels in Australia is through the
Assocation's (YHA) website, but this is not reflective of all the
backpacker hostels in the country. Plenty of backpacker places/pickup
Australia are not affiliated with the YHA. YHA hostels have
membership and non-membership rates for the night. Membership is
so cheap that if you stay 4 nights in a YHA hostel, the cost of
membership will have paid for itself.
displays listing of hostels in a number of countries, including
Australia claims to offer the most comprehensive selection of
hostels in Australia at the lowest prices.
World Nomads features hostel
bookings mainly in the Australia-New Zealand region.
The backpacker hostel market is not the like the hotel market. You
don't have 1-star, 3-star, and 5-star backpacker places with rack rates which can be discounted by various promotions.
Backpacker hostels cater to the lowest budget. Therefore, I'd be
less keen to book a backpacker hostel online in advance, sight unseen.
A number of these places should be condemned.
You do not have to be young or single to stay in a backpacker hostel,
though as one would expect, older travelers are usually better off
financially to be able to afford alternative accommodation. It is
not altogether uncommon to see families with children staying in these
places. The price of the 4-bed dorm still winds up cheaper than
staying in an overpriced Australian hotel.
Doug's Personal Story
For me, backpacker hostels were a "been there, done that"
experience. I'd done the dormitory bed run when I traveled
around Europe in my early 20's and in South Africa in my late
20's. In Australia, I had my own car,
tent, and cooking gear, and as a
Category Three male, did
not view backpacker hostels as preferred or necessary places to
Tasmania offered superb campgrounds at prices of around AUD 6
per night, so I spent 75% of my time there camping. Pub
rooms in selected towns were also reasonably priced at the time,
between AUD 25-35 per night, sometimes no more expensive than a
local backpacker joint, but at the pub I got my own private room without an
Throughout the rest of my stay in Australia, I camped if I were
in a remote area with stunning
scenery. I tried to avoid municipal camping whenever
possible. Municipal campgrounds aren't particularly
beautiful, and the nature part of the camping experience is
lacking. Whenever I
stayed in a capital city, I tried to find a pub room or
inexpensive hotel. It defeated the purpose of being there
to stay in a campground 10-20 km from the city
center. Sometimes an inexpensive room wasn't possible, and I
had to resort to a backpackers, but I was finicky about finding
backpacker places that offered inexpensive single rooms.
Sometimes the difference between a dorm bed and my own room was
just AUD 7-10. In Esperance (Western Australia) at the
near-empty hostel, I secured my own private room for AUD 30,
while the other four guys I socialized with were shoved together
in one 4-bed dorm, paying AUD 23 apiece. In Coral Bay
(Western Australia) I paid AUD 35 for my
own room. Across
the hall, four British backpackers shared the same-sized room as
a 4-bed dorm, paying collectively AUD 100.
The point I'm trying to make is that that dorming it doesn't
always pay. In Albany (Western Australia), I secured a pub
room for AUD 22. Down the street, a German stayed in a
backpacker inn, sharing his bedroom with three others, and paid
AUD 25. I visited his backpacker joint. It was a
dump, with a lot less character than the pub where I was
In Perth, I was five minutes walk from the business center and
paid just AUD 19 per night for my own room in what amounted to
residence. The other
backpackers I encountered on surfing trips and on the lame Perth
nightlife scene were staying in 6-bed dorms for AUD 25 per night.
My Perth residence offered decent cooking facilities and was a
lot less congested than the backpacker hostels I visited when
meeting up with other travel contacts.
Only five nights in my year in Australia did I have to swallow
my pride and stay in cramped vile dorms. There were two nights in Lorne
(Victoria), where camping in an ugly campground in the pouring
rain was more expensive than a warm but lame dorm bed.
Then, there was
one night in Denham (Western Australia). The man above me
snored so loud that Australians in neighboring states were
likely awakened by the noise. I got up at the crack of dawn,
packed up my car, and was out of there before the sun rose.
The last painful experience was two nights in Noosa
(Queensland), staying at some backpacker "resort." In
backpacker-lingo, "resort" is a euphemism for a pig sty. With night rains,
camping was out. I slept in my car one night before
admitting defeat and checking into this hole, only because it
was the sole place I found which had a bed available. In
Surfer's Paradise days later I was shown a crowded dormitory
with beds in the kitchen. By then, the sight of a
dormitory made me puke. I got into my car, drove away to Coolangatta, and checked into a quaint hotel for AUD 15 more.
If I had to do it all over, I wouldn't have even subjected
myself to those 5 nights in the backpacker dorms. I
would've slept in my car.
Am I knocking backpacker accommodation? You bet! But
then again, I am not twenty-five years of age and able or
willing to seduce 22-yr old female backpackers in a grotty
hostel hot tub. If you're the right age and income
good luck at the backpackers.
Post us your sleaziest Australian backpacker stories
for reprint at Doug's Republic, so we can keep the
backpacker dream alive for future party revelers on their way to
The backpacker market in Australia is huge. Backpackers flood the country on working holiday visa programs. Backpackers in Australia love to stay at backpacker hostels.
Youth hostels abound in Australia, but not all backpacker hostels are affiliated with the YHA. Pickups in Australia is a great reason to come. Stay at a backpackers!
The Dormitory beds in Australia are not a lot of dough and perfect for pickups in Australia. Dorm beds in Australia don't offer much privacy but you already knew that, mate.