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Backpackers by the Bay
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“what a location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

breakfast overlooking the bay
no better way to start the say
located just out of the main town it is quiet with good accomadation
Shared facitlied are adequate and lots of local information to be had
just a 1 night stop over before going out onto the reef but memoerable non the less

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

I have traveled all throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, and North America. Hostels all have their standards and people have learned to expect certain things in certain areas. Comparatively, Australia has a fairly low standard; poor kitchens, dirty bathrooms, uncomfortable beds, and often grumpy, unhelpful, staff. Backpackers by the Bay breaks this norm, making it one of my top picks of Australia hands down. It is a MUST STAY. Especially compared to the other places in Airlie Beach, this tops them all.
They gave me one nights stay for booking my boat trip with them, stored my luggage, and dropped me at the Marina - ALL FOR FREE.
Ignore the average coverage given by Lonely Planet. The rooms are clean with only 4 beds and quiet when you need to sleep. The kitchen is fully functional and well equipped. An awesome back deck and pool area looks out into the harbor, nestling you in the hills of Airlie Beach. It is obvious that the staff are motivated to keep this place running smoothly and are more than welcoming, always inviting others to join in in day time and night time adventures. So many good memories here.
SUCH A NICE PLACE, WISH I DIDN'T HAVE TO LEAVE!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2013

I was advised to go to the "By the Bay" by a friend and she was right! This Backpacker is well located in Airlie Beach. With an extremely friendly staff who helps you to book the next of your adventures! The perfect place to chill and relax while enjoying all the beauties of the Whitsundays!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Bangkok
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

Place is welcoming and the people are really nice. I checked in at 7.00am and was out with a staff member and several guests by 8am for the entire day. Really relaxed slightly more mature atmosphere. Spent 2 nights and would recommend

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Truro, uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

We arrived in Airlie beach and we were met by the lovely Chloe and taken directly to backpackers by the bay. We had only planned to spend a couple of days there to do a sailing trip to the Whitsunday islands. After our boat trip we settled in and met some of the most amazing people we've met in our entire travels! The backpackers offered amazing value for money and a community atmosphere that ensured everybody felt at home. Quiz nights, card games and more keeping everyone entertained, even though the main town area was 2 minutes walk away we found ourselves at the hostel every night!!!
Highly reccommended backpackers...... THE BEST IN AUSTRALIA!!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

After travelling Australia for over 14 months and staying in many Hostels, I can Safely say that 'The Backpackers by the Bay' Is the best Backpackers I have ever stayed at!!!! The Location is perfect, the staff are awesome and the general vibe of this backpackers overshone any that I have been to! Pete the owner is very welcoming, helpful and friendly, giving this hostel a real home from home atmosphere. The staff are fantastic, they get everyone invoved in the hostel playing nightly quizes and Chloe Is the best entertainer with here hilarious card games! all of these things creates the unique vibe of Backpackers by the Bay! It's perfect for if your travelling on your own, as a group or as a couple. My husband an I planned to stay here for 1 night and ended up staying for 3 weeks and!!!! We were sad to leave but have made friends and memories that will last a lifetime, due to our stay at 'Backpackers by the bay'!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

Great hostel with clean rooms. Located only 5 minutes walk from the main street. Very friendly and helpful staff (special thanks to Peter for his patience and his advise). I particularly enoyed the quiz organised by the staff, good opportunity to meet new people. I definitly recommand this place!

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Backpackers by the Bay
Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 54 Speciality Lodging in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 
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Backpackers By The Bay Hotel Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands

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