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Airlie Beach, Australia
Reviewed 24 July 2013

You feel at home from the minute you arrive. Very friendly staff and ownership. Among the cleanest hostels in Australia! Get to Airlie town centre in 5 minute walk to party all night and come back to BBB's for a quiet night sleep! Brilliant!

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Basel, Switzerland
Reviewed 23 July 2013

My wife and I stayed at this backpacker hostel for 3 nights. Positive: What does this hostel great is the atmosphere. It is a great place to relax and meet other travelers before or after a Whitsunday boat cruise. Facilities: swimming pool, kitchen, hammocks!!! Great owner: Peter and great staff. Don't miss the daily quiz! Negative: The double rooms are...

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Ireland
Reviewed 13 July 2013 via mobile

after a long bus journey we arrived here to be greeted by matt! he some how managed to persuade 3 v tired bsckpackers and off we went. was def worth the stay. if what your lookong for is a party hostel in the centre then this isnt for you. its a little gem about a 10/15min walk from the centre....

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Reviewed 11 July 2013

If you are bored of the unfriendly staff and busy backpackers and if you are looking for a cosy place which looks like home. you can go straight away to By the Bay Backpacker ! Perfect to chill have a rest or meet cool people. Best backpacker staff ever by the bay.

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 6 July 2013

Backpackers by the Bay is the best hostel I've stayed in during my Australia trip! The main reason is the atmosphere in the hostel: by having a nightly quiz you get to know the other backpackers quite quickly and you really feel like you're at home! Peter has good tips for you concerning the Whitsundays or Fraser but you do...

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Midhurst, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 July 2013

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London, United Kingdom
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airlie beach
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Darwin, Australia
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Melbourne
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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: £29 - £51 (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
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“our double on the girls bathroom side had great views”
 of 5 bubbles SunsetTravler2017, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“You can opt for female only dorms in this hostel”
 of 5 bubbles NomadYaz, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Avoid Dormitory Room 3 - the fan has a noisy click.”
 of 5 bubbles Karlmate, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“Book directly for free wifi!”
 of 5 bubbles banrab, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Book a tour through the hostel and get a night free.”
 of 5 bubbles 216tads, 8 Jan 2016 | Read review
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