Backpackers by the Bay
12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie beach, Australia

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We are now the only hostel that picks up and drops off guests at the greyhound station
and the only hostel to offer free transfers to the marina twice a day

All Dorm rooms are only 4 share and air conditioned!

Located 400 metres from the main street, on the top of a small hill, Backpackers By The Bay has awesome ocean views and a relatively quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

Accommodation is available in four share rooms, and doubles. Linen is provided and all rooms are serviced daily. The hostel has a saltwater swimming pool which is surrounded by hammocks, sun-lounges and palm trees as well as a huge sunbaking deck. A fully equipped kitchen with crockery, cutlery and utensils is provided, as is a laundry.

The games room has internet access, a phone for imcoming calls, and pool table. Each night, during \'happy hour\' the staff hold social activities to help guests meet each other - these include:
*Team trivia competitions with the winners receiving a bottle of champagne.
* Wii Sports competitions including Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and Boxing
* Poker nights with a free pokereducation table for beginners
* Killer Pool comps
After all the fun and games, relax and watch a movie on the ONLY outdoor cinema in Airlie Beach

Guests arriving by coach are met at the transit centre by a FREE courtesy bus, while FREE off-street parking is provided for those guests arriving by car.

With the best local knowledge of all the tours in the Whitsundays we can help you choose the best trip for your needs. By the Bay is not affiliated with any tour opperators so we don\'t force any boat on you. We give you all the info and let YOU pick. We also offer a free nights accommodation, free luggage storage and free marina transfers with every overnight sailing tour booked with us

The friendly and helpful staff look forward to meeting you!

*FREE Courtesy bus service meeting all coaches(between 7am-7:30pm).
*FREE Tea and Coffee
*FREE Wii Sports game
*FREE quiz for a bottle of champagne every night!
*FREE pool table during office hours
*FREE hammocks, sunlounges and BBQ use
*FREE accommodation and storage (with every overnight trip booked)
*FREE linen supplied to all beds
*FREE unbiased tour advice- often at standby or discounted prices
*FREE Fully equipped kitchen - all cutlery, crockery, pots and pans provided at no charge!!!
*FREE Off street parking
*WiFi available, one hour FREE
*Laundry room with washers, dryer, ironing board and iron
*Lounge/TV room with wet weather movie days orginised
*All rooms serviced daily
*Salt water pool surrounded by palm trees, hammocks and sun lounges plus a great sun bathing area!
*Air-conditioned rooms
- often at standby or discounted prices
*Lending library
*Safe and secure 24 hour access
* Winner of Multiple Whitsunday Tourism Awards


  • Air Conditioning 
  • Bar 
  • BBQ 
  • Card Phones 
  • Common Room 
  • Free Parking 
  • Linen Included 
  • Lockers 
  • Luggage Storage 
  • Pool Table 
  • Swimming Pool 
  • Tours/Travel Desk 
  • Towels for hire 


DRIVING:- simply drive straight through town. You will pass Domino's Pizza on your left. Continue straight through that roundabout and over the hill. You will see the hostel on your left as you come to the bottom. To reach our carpark simply take a left at the very next roundabout and we are 3/4 of the way up Hermitage Drive on the right hand side. There is a sign that clearly show's where the carparking area is. Should the carpark be full it is more than safe to leave your car on Hermitage Drive.

FLYING:- To reach the hostel from Proserpine Airport you will need to catch a local Whitsunday Transit Bus. This costs $15 each way or you can purchase a return ticket for $25. You can arrange this very easy by purchasing the ticket once you land in Proserpine Airport from the ticket desk which is located at the exit gate as you leave the terminal.
To reach the hostel from Hamilton Island Airport you will need to catch a ferry from the island to the mainland. If this has not been included in your flight cost (alot of the jetstar flights include your ferry transfer in the flight cost and will state this on your ticket) you will need to pay for the transfer from either Cruise Whitsunday or Fantasea. These tickets can be arranged once you land on Hamilton Island from the ferry sales desk. Once you are on the mainland there will be a local Whitsunday Transit bus. Simply let the driver know that you are staying at Backpackers By the Bay and they will drop you off at our stop.

TRAIN:- +To reach the hostel is very easy. Once you get off the train you will see a Whitsunday Transit bus at the exit of the station. It costs $8.20 one way or $15.20 return. You purchase the ticket from the driver and let him know your staying at Backpackers By the Bay and they will take care of the rest.