Backpackers By The Bay

An Independant, relaxed and friendly place to stay in the Whitsundays

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Welcome To Paradise

Our aim is to provide our guests with high quality backpacker accommodation and tour & travel services in the Whitsundays

Backpackers By The Bay is a small, clean and friendly, purpose-built backpackers hostel.

Located overlooking the Coral Sea and Port of Airlie Marina, the hostel is 400m from the main street.

While only than a 5 minute walk to the cafes, restaurants, shops and famous nightlife of Airlie Beach, the hostel provides a quiet and peaceful place to get uninterrupted sleep at night.

BBB is a multi-award winning hostel, sleeping up to 70 guests in four-share, eight-share, double or twin rooms.

Backpackers By The Bay was the first backpackers hostel built in Airlie Beach, back in 1986. It is still the only purpose-built backpackers in the area.

The owners, Peter and Carolyn Upton, are avid travelers and believe the best experiences when travelling involve the people you meet along the way. To that end, the main focus of the hostel is on guest-interaction.

Hostel Accommodation

Friendly Staff

Local Knowledge

Tours & Trip Planning

You are entitled to expect:

  • a relaxed, clean, safe and friendly place of accommodation

  • full assistance in organising and enjoying your trip to this amazing part of the world

  • friendly, knowledgeable staff who will do their utmost to relate personally to each guest

  • respect and tolerance for everyone's diverse and unique background

Relax, we've got you sorted

We've been offering quality hostel accommodation for over 30 years.

A Great Stopover

Stopping by on the way to somewhere or here for awhile you'll not regret a visit

Experts with Local Knowledge

We know the area and can help you find, see or get to anywhere you want


You get FREE WiFi for the duration of stay

All Amenities

We've got all you need in a friendly, safe and clean environment.

We'll Get You Island Hopping

We're on the doorstep to the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays.

Awesome Adventures

We can get you into any adventure activities the Whitsunday's has to offer

Take a Dip, Chill Out

Salt water pool, covered BBQ areas

Hiking & Walking adventures

There's loads of great mainland & island tracks to suit any pace


Our Top Sailing Packages

Modern luxury, action packed adventure or diving expeditions, the Whitsundays has it all.


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