If you’re looking to budget your Whitsundays adventure, don’t make the same mistake as other travellers and stay on one of the Whistunday Islands. While the islands are gorgeous and full of fun activities, the accommodation, as well as most other things, will cost you an arm and a leg. The smarter travellers set their base at Airlie Beach and make a series of day trips so they can experience more for less. We’ve found 3 of the best backpackers in Airlie Beach for you to call home while you tick the Whitsundays off your bucket list.
Beaches Backpackers 

Beatiful Beach views, Beaches Backpackers - Airlie Beach
Beatiful Beach views, Beaches Backpackers – Airlie Beach

Do you want more from your accommodation than just a bed for you to sleep at night? The friendly staff at Beaches Backpackers will ensure you are always in the action and surrounded by good times. Cheap rooms, meals and drink packages make for a vibrant social atmosphere, full of young explorers all looking for a good time. Based in Airlie Beach, dorms at this little gem start from a ridiculous $22 and have air-conditioning, ensuites, balcony views, plus free communal spaces and parking spaces. Talk to one of the wonderful staff during your stay and they can help you book a package to experience the Whistundays at a low cost.   
Where: 356 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach QLD
Backpackers by the Bay
Friendly communal gathering, Backpackers by the Bay - Airlie beach
Friendly communal gathering, Backpackers by the Bay – Airlie beach

This locally owned and operated hostel will do everything they can to make sure your Whitsundays experience is both breathtaking and affordable. Backpackers by the Bay was the first hostel built in Airlie Beach almost 30 years ago, so they’re experts in providing a relaxed, clean and friendly place to stay while you adventure the Whitsunday Islands. The happy-go-lucky staff at this hostel are experts in guest interaction, so after a day of snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef come back to Backpackers by the Bay and join in the fun at the communal area, with activities like trivia quizzes, pool competitions and outdoor movies held nightly. Different types of accommodation are available depending on the thickness of your wallet, but whatever the case you’re sure to meet new friends and create lifelong memories during your stay at Backpackers by the Bay.  
Where: 12 Hermitage Drive Airlie Beach QLD
Airlie Waterfront Backpackers
Scenic waterfront location, Airlie Waterfront Backpackers - Airlie Beach
Scenic waterfront location, Airlie Waterfront Backpackers – Airlie Beach

If you’re looking for cheap accommodation but don’t want to give up views of the Whitsunday Islands and surrounding crystal blue waters in order to do so, then look no further. Airlie Waterfront Backpackers is home to some of the best views in the entire Airlie Beach region and with prices of mixed dorms starting at just $22 a night, it’s great value as well. Airlie Waterfront Backpackers is home to an undeniably central location which means you’re only a short walk away from beautiful restaurants, cafes and attractions (or a quick stumble home from the nightclubs). If you’re one of those spontaneous people who haven’t already planned out their trip, talk to one of the friendly staff who will use their knowledge and experience to help you book a Whitsundays package you won’t forget. There are also accommodation and adventure packages available for those looking to maximise their value for money. Stop what you’re doing right now and book a Whitsunday trip of a lifetime at Airlie Waterfront Backpackers today.
Where: Beach Plaza/6 The Esplanade Airlie Beach QLD
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