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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 May 2015

Stated in a clean private room for two nights with my girlfriend, lovely views of the marina from the room via the sliding glass doors, which opened into a grassy area furnished with hammocks and a barbecue. Lovely staff were always eager to help, and were happy for us to return to the hostel after our Whitsundays trip to shower...

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 May 2015 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights before we went on a whitsundays sailing trip and really enjoyed it. Big open common room and kitchen meaning it's really sociable and the evening pub quiz is a must do. We were also able to come back for the 8 hours after sailing and before catching our bus to take showers, cook dinner and...

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1Thank Chloe F
Reviewed 28 May 2015

loved the place, stayed about 2 weeks even though I planned to just pass through. The quizzes at night are always good fun. Amazing atmosphere and very friendly staff and owners. Tour Advise and booking is very good as well.

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1Thank Nils P
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 22 May 2015

Great Location, right by the beach. Helpful staff Help with all tours around the Whitsundays Attracts nice travellers Clean, Free Wifi, Breakfast, Hot Dogs in the eve, stocked bar. Highly recommended!

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1Thank Ed H
Reviewed 21 May 2015 via mobile

Stayed at this hostel before and after my Whitsundays sailing trip in May. Arrived at the hostel very early in the morning after a long night bus and were able to check in straight away which was a God-send as you can imagine! Rooms were very comfortable and clean as were the common areas/bathrooms etc. The staff, especially the manager,...

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1Thank JenT910
Reviewed 10 May 2015 via mobile

Good points : - Staff is really helpful - The hostel is really nice and organize trivia night and bbq - nice hammock and vibes Bad points : - The double room is too much expensive compared to other hostel sin airlie beach. We stay one night in the double and paid $80, we move to Magnums the nights after...

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Travelling, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 April 2015

Where to start! Super friendly staff, clean rooms that are 4 maximum. If you want to really enjoy Airlie then this is the best place to stay as it has a relaxed vibe and no huge nightlife right next to it so you can get a good nights sleep before your boat trip! There is a small bar where they...

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1Thank George E
Reviewed 21 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed over a long weekend based on reviews and this place was great! Comfortable dorms, hot showers, good breakfast options and most importantly, a great manager. Thanks to Peter who was an absolute star and organised a Reefworld trip from Daydream when we changed some plans last minute, sorted our airport buses and was always great company!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 19 April 2015 via mobile

I stayed here a few nights before and after my whitsundays trip. Good and small place to stay. A bit outside of town (10min walk max), but that was actually really nice. They also pick you up from the bus station (premier and greyhound). The staff is just really nice. The hostel is clean enough, good kitchen and nice garden...

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Reviewed 14 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights Effie and after our Whitsundays cruise. The hostel is located about a 10 minute walk out of town which was fine for us. They're the only hostel that will collect you from the Greyhound stop and drop you off which is great. The hostel is clean with good showers and spotless fridges which is...

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Located 400 metres from the main street, on the top of a small hill, Backpackers By The Bay has awesome ocean views and offers a very social, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Accommodation is available in four share rooms, one 8 share and doubles. Linen is provided and all rooms are serviced daily. Airconditioning is included during the warmer months (mid Sept to mid May) 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 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 * Killer Pool comps After all the fun and games, relax and watch a movie on the ONLY outdoor cinema in Airlie Beach (Sunday and Tuesday nights) 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 and free luggage storage 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 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 *FREE WiFi available, two hours on arrival ($4 per 24 hour login logout) *Laundry room with washers, dryer, ironing board and iron *Lounge/TV room with wet weather movie days organized *All rooms serviced daily *Lending library *Safe and secure 24 hour access ... more   less 

Additional Information about Backpackers by the Bay

Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Price Range: $54 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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Backpackers By The Bay Hotel Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands, Australia
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“our double on the girls bathroom side had great views”
SunsetTravler2017, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“You can opt for female only dorms in this hostel”
NomadYaz, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Avoid Dormitory Room 3 - the fan has a noisy click.”
Karlmate, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“Book directly for free wifi!”
banrab, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Book a tour through the hostel and get a night free.”
216tads, 8 Jan 2016 | Read review
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