Top 10 Backpacker Hostels in Melbourne Australia for Working Holiday

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Melbourne is a popular tourist destination as well as one of the world’s most live-able cities. The cosmopolitan city, which marks the start of a well-traveled backpacker route that runs from south to north, is rich in architecture, entertainment, shopping, beaches, and even landscaped gardens. The second-largest city in Australia is beloved by everyone – gourmands, hipsters, culture vultures, and the sports mad.

If you’re¬†backpacking Australia¬†alone, you can stay at hostels. Hostels are cheap, easily accessible, and a great place to¬†find work¬†and¬†meet other travelers.¬†¬†Knowing the right hostel to stay in is an important decision for any backpacker to make as the sheer number of hostels in the city makes it a tough task.

To help you plan your trip, we’ve compiled a list of the best hostels in Melbourne that are affordable on a backpacker’s budget.¬†We’ve even organized them into useful categories for you!

Flinders Backpackers

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Flinders Backpackers is one of the cheapest hostels in Melbourne and ideal for backpackers who want to save money on food and entertainment with regular offerings of the best free breakfast along with free dinners, free walking tours each day, and an array of fun free events. It’s a great Melbourne youth hostel for travelers who love to socialize as it has an onsite bar, a movie room, and a chill-out area with a pool table and foosball. This hostel offers a wide range of accommodations, ranging from 6-bed mixed dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms and also a 5-bed female dormitory.

Flinders Backpackers
Location: 35 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (map)
Private rooms: Yes

Nomads St Kilda Beach

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Nomads St Kilda Beach is the best budget hostel in Melbourne. It’s situated close to the beach at St Kilda and within easy reach of a tram station to get into the heart of Melbourne. Broke backpackers can hunt for paid opportunities on the jobs boards here. This hostel offers a wide range of accommodations, ranging from 6 bed to 14-bed dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms and 10-bed or 6-bed dormitory rooms with en suites. Nomads St Kilda Beach offers pod beds, which include 2 USB chargers, 2 power points, a privacy curtain, and personal reading light and shelf.

Nomads St Kilda Beach
Location: 17 Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia (map)

Summer House Backpackers

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Backpackers staying at Summer House Backpackers benefit from the low prices of hostel accommodations combined with the facilities of a hotel. This hostel is particularly popular among backpackers with a working holiday visa. There is an on-site bar and restaurant with billiards, a shared lounge area, and a rooftop terrace. Summer House offers a wide range of air conditioning accommodation, ranging from  -bed mixed and female dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms to private room en suites bathroom.

Summer House Backpackers
Location: 109 Barkly St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia (map)

The Village Melbourne

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If you are looking for hostels in Melbourne, it is worth considering The Village in Franklin Street. Its city centre location near the Central Business District means you will be close to the busiest part of the City. It is part of a group of hostels across the Country.

Its recent refurbishment guarantees you will have a great time using The Village as your Melbourne base. The refurbishment includes a new security system, a kitchen, and an area to chill out on each floor. Segregated entrances are an additional feature.

There is a TV lounge, laundry, free Wi-Fi, lockers, and luggage storage. The choice of rooms and dorms ranges from a double with en-suite to mixed dorms with an en-suite for anything from four to eighteen guests.

If you are looking for party hostels in Melbourne this may be the place for you. It has a downstairs bar and an underground nightclub. There are several bars within walking distance as well as Queen Victoria Market.

Melbourne Central Station is just 5-minutes away on foot, so it is easy to get around the City using this hostel in Melbourne as your base. The tour desk is there for your convenience.

The Village Melbourne
Location: 167 Franklin St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (map)

Melbourne City Backpackers

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Melbourne City Backpackers hostel is located in King Street close to Southern Cross Station is an ideal base in Melbourne. The popular Queen Victoria Market is just a 10-minute walk away and public transport facilities mean that nowhere in Melbourne is too far away.

It provides good budget accommodation in a Melbourne hostel that includes free breakfast, free tea and coffee, free Wi-Fi, and help with tour bookings. Melbourne City Backpackers has a communal kitchen and shared bathrooms. Guests can meet up in the lounge and there is a phone for guest use.

The dorm rooms are mixed or female only. You can choose from 4-bed dorms, 6-bed, 8-bed or 16-bed dorms. Each has linen and towels, an individual storage locker, air-conditioning and reading lights. In addition, there are private rooms, with a double and single bed for up to 3 guests.

Melbourne City Backpackers
Location: 197-199 King St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (map)

Europa Melbourne

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If you are looking to stay in Melbourne, plenty of budget travellers pick this backpacker hostel. Europa is among the best hostels in Melbourne. It seeks to balance comfort with affordability. It is located on Queen Street, south of Queen Victoria Market.

There is a wide range of accommodation. The twin private room for example has a flat-screen TV, air-conditioning, wardrobe, towel, and linen and of course heating. You can start the day with free breakfast while on Wednesdays, dinner is free. The weekly wine and cheese night is a chance to meet other guests.

The 24-hour front desk is there to help guests at all times and free Wi-Fi is also a feature of Europa Melbourne. There are individual lockers, a kitchen and stored luggage facilities. Enjoy the rooftop lounge, communal TV lounge inside and billiards table.

The dormitory rooms start at 4-person, female or mixed, going up to 12 and 16 where the beds are bunk beds. Each bunk bed has its own power socket, 2 USB sockets and a reading lamp.

Europa Melbourne
Location: 310-314 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (map)

Melbourne Central YHA Hostel

Melbourne Central YHA Hostel Australia
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Melbourne central YHA is a youth hostel accommodation close to the Yarra River on the south side of Melbourne’s CBD. You can easily reach Southern Cross Station, the Skybus Terminal, Federation Square, MCG, the Shrine of Remembrance, Rod Laver Arena, and Melbourne’s famous laneways.

This place is in a convenient central location and has good facilities like the large ground floor communal area and shared kitchen, cafe bar, and TV area.

The hostel has both dorm rooms and private rooms. The dormitory rooms have bunk beds, reading lights, electronic door locks, shared bathroom facilities, and secure luggage lockers.

Visitors rate the hostel as very good and single out the friendly staff for particular praise. They comment that this hostel is spotless and mention how convenient it is for the sky bus, tram, and train station.

This hostel is a great choice both for groups and for solo travelers.

Melbourne Central YHA
Location: 562 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (map)

Space Hotel Melbourne

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One of the best hostels in Melbourne with a rooftop terrace, Space Hotel is Melbourne’s most luxurious budget hostel with the dorms all including personal reading lights, power points, and partitions between bunks, while the private rooms boast LCD TVs, audio docking stations, desks, wardrobes, and bar fridges. This hostel also has a gym to keep you in shape, a pool to relax in, and a bar/restaurant for dinner. Space offers a wide range of air-conditioned accommodations, ranging from 6 bed mixed and female dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms to private room en suites bathroom.

Space Hotel Melbourne
Location: 380 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia (map)

Hotel Claremont Guest House

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Best hostel in Melbourne near Chapel Street,

This 19th Century, 1886 to be precise, the guesthouse is one of the best hostels in Melbourne. One incentive for making a booking directly is free breakfast. If you are looking for private rooms, they are available here.

It goes without saying that this Victorian building has needed restoration and revision to be able to provide comfortable accommodation for today’s travelers.

That revision involves adapting the house to offer dorms and private rooms. You will find single rooms, twins and doubles and dormitories that can hold up to four guests. Finally, there is a family room which is suitable for a family of up to six. Each room has a desk, TV, towels, and linen.

Facilities in this guest house include a shared lounge, a library, and free Wi-Fi as well as an internet cafe. If you need help with tour bookings, use the phone in the lobby. The reception is open 24 hours while guests have use of a laundry on site.

Hotel Claremont Guest House on Toorak Road is just a short walk from South Yarra Train Station and Chapel Street. You are a 5-minute drive from the MCG, Melbourne Cricket Ground with a capacity of around 100,000. This sporting venue hosts a range of different sports.

Hotel Claremont Guest House
Location: 189 Toorak Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia (map)

The Nunnery Accommodation

The Nunnery Accommodation Melbourne Australia
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We like this hostel because it’s social. The staff hosts plenty of activities (beer pong, BBQs, pancake breakfasts). There’s free breakfast, all-day coffee and tea, and different activities every night. The beds are comfy and soft, showers are kept clean, and the room lockers are huge. Hump Backpackers is in the Kings Cross area, surrounded by restaurants, shops, and bars so there’s a bunch of things to do in the area.

The Nunnery Accommodation
Location: 116 Nicholson St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia (map)

FAQ on Best Hostels in Melbourne

Are hostels safe in Australia?

Backpackers in Melbourne will find its hostels somewhat different from a couple of decades ago. Hostels in Melbourne Australia are very clean, friendly, and perfectly safe. They are places where you will make new friends of like mind. You should still take basic precautions with your valuables.

You will need a lock to secure your valuables in a locker and not discuss the valuables and cash you are carrying. Make sure you know the details of your hostel such as opening and closing hours and times you can access its facilities.

What is the best area to stay in Melbourne Australia?

It makes sense to stay in Melbourne City Centre because there is a good transport infrastructure that will get you anywhere you want to go. Hostels in Melbourne provide the best budget accommodation available in what can be an expensive city.

Alternatively, look at making the suburb of St. Kilda as a base, close to Melbourne’s beaches. You can find a private room in a hostel if you wish and various possible benefits like free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, tea, and coffee.

Can you live in a hostel for a year?

Hostels are ideal accommodation for anyone travelling, backpacking, or those on a budget. If you want to see the world, pick hostels. It may be a working holiday whereby you get a job to help fund your next move. If you take a short-term job, a hostel can be a great and cheap base.

However, if travelling is your priority, it is unlikely that you would want to stay in a Melbourne hostel for more than a few weeks. You can if you wish, but why would you?

Where should I stay in Melbourne for nightlife?

The suburb of St Kilda is very popular because that is where you will find some top music venues. The Palais Theatre, the Hotel Esplanade, and The Prince (Prince of Wales) Hotel are located close to each other and during the summer, there will always be something happening at one of them. Add the many bars, and St. Kilda might just be the place for you to enjoy the best nightlife in Melbourne.

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