Our top 4 budget hostels for backpackers in Melbourne

June 21, 2012

Backpacking & WHV, Melbourne

Heading over to Melbourne on your gap year? Got a Working Holiday Visa? Then this rundown of our top 4 backpacker accommodation in Melbourne is for you!

1. Best for… Location

Want to base yourself in the heart of the action? Slap bang in the city centre, the Melbourne Central YHA is on busy Flinders Street, an easy amble away from the galleries of Federation Square and the bright and breezy bars which line the Yarra River. Offering all the first class facilities you’d expect from a YHA, with spotless rooms, free Wi-Fi access in its internet cafe and rooftop BBQ’s, you can all look forward to a warm welcome from their friendly staff and five-star views across the city.

From AUD $30 in a 6-bed dorm

2. Best for… Working Holiday Visas

Want to work in Melbourne and beyond? You’ve come to the right place. Located in the city centre by the Queen Victoria Market, the Hotel Discovery boasts its very own job recruitment agency, as well as a host of useful freebies including free airport pickup up if you stay for three or more nights, free breakfast and free Wi-Fi in the internet cafe. Watch out for the calendar of daily events which includes comedy & quiz nights, movie nights in the hostel’s very own cinema and The Velvet Underground bar.

From AUD $22 in a 10-16-bed dorm

3. Best for… beach living

St Kilda Beach House bar

The bar at St Kilda Beach House

Not a city slicker? Then slip on your thongs and soak up the feel good vibe at the St Kilda Beach House, a five minute stroll from Melbourne’s favourite beach and the hip clothes shops on Prahran’s Chapel Street. We love this hostel for its well thought out extras, like Pretty Dulcie Bar with karaoke nights and competitions, buffet breakfasts, a DVD room with a plasma TV, computers, books and board games. Plus, public transport makes it easy to pop into the city too…

From AUD $21 in a 10-bed dorm

4. Best for… futuristic design

Space Hotel Melbourne

Space Hotel Melbourne

Want to know what the future of backpacking accommodation looks like? Step into the Space Hotel. Built with the modern traveller in mind, this pad is light years away from the old fashioned hostels and down-at-heel dorms of yore, offering minimalist shared rooms and doubles with ensuite, a roof top ‘space’ bar and a work out space that wouldn’t look out of place in some of the city’s top hotels…

From AUD $31 in a 6-bed dorm

Want more options?

Visit our website for more budget accommodation in Melbourne

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Got your own favourite backpacker base? Tell us in the comments below…

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