While backpackers are affordable wherever you go, sometimes their cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired. We’ve done our research and found you the best backpackers on the Gold Coast, with friendly staff, clean rooms and all the facilities you need.
Aquarius Backpackers

Fun times in the spa, Aquarius Backpackers - Gold Coast
Fun times in the spa, Aquarius Backpackers – Gold Coast

If love to have a bit of fun, but don’t mind some relaxation as well, book a dorm at Aquarius Backpackers. Located in Southport, you’re only a short trip from the glitter strip where you can party the night away. There are club events and discounts planned every night, so you can head out to Surfers Paradise, meet some new people and still come home with some money in your pocket. If you’re not interested in heading out, you can spend the day relaxing by pool or head to the nearby Surfers Paradise beach. Depending on how many you’re travelling with, your budget or how much you value your privacy, there are 4 or 6-bedroom dorms (mixed, male and female) and private twin rooms available. If you’re looking to have a wild time while staying on the Gold Coast, you can’t look past Aquarius Backpackers – just try not to cringe at your party pics posted on the website the next day.
Where: 44 Queen St Southport Gold Coast QLD
Surf’n’Sun Beachside Backpackers
Poolside party atmosphere, Surf'n'Sun Backpackers
Poolside party atmosphere, Surf’n’Sun Beachside Backpackers

You didn’t come all the way to the Gold Coast not to stay near the beach! Surf’n’Sun Beachside Backpackers is literally footsteps from the golden sands and crystal blue waters that make this city so popular. With an emphasis on fun, frivolity and good times, if you’re looking to keep to yourself and have a private, relaxing trip, you may want to look elsewhere! Whether you’re by the pool socialising with other travellers, or having a communal barbecue over a couple of beers with your new mates, there’s never a dull moment at this backpacking social hub. If you haven’t fully planned out your trip, don’t worry! Speak to one of the friendly staff at the tour desk and they will make sure your Gold Coast stay is one to remember.
Where: 3323 Surfers Paradise Blvd Surfers Paradise Gold Coast QLD
Gold Coast Backpackers
Play some pool, Gold Coast Backpackers - Gold Coast
Play some pool, Gold Coast Backpackers – Gold Coast

With free wi-fi, communal video games, darts, barbecue area and more, there’s a reason why travellers from all over the world flock to Gold Coast Backpackers. Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, you can spend your day exploring the nearby beaches, restaurants, cafes and Surfers Paradise tourist attractions; before coming back to Gold Coast Backpackers and chilling out with a game of pool or a few beers from the licensed bar. Despite having such great facilities, you’ll barely get to try them all with so many Gold Coast activities to see and do; the important thing to know is your room will be clean and safe, and you’ll be looked after by the hospitable staff at Gold Coast Backpackers.
Where: 28 Hamilton Ave Surfers Paradise Gold Coast QLD
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