Backpacking in Brisbane
Sublime weather, easy access to the CBD, and a range of low-cost accommodation make Brisbane a home away from home for backpackers.
Brisbane can be experienced in fine style on a budget, with a vast array of places to stay. The city centre itself is the backpacking hub as it offers great public transport options – rail and bus stations within easy walking distance. Popular stopping-off points are Base Brisbane Backpackers Central, Base Brisbane Embassy, Banana Benders, Chill Backpackers, Tinbilly Travellers, Yellow Submarine Backpackers, and Cloud 9 Backpackers.
Young backpackers will find the YHA organisation a rich resource for information and travel advice. YHA Australia is part of the world’s largest backpacker accommodation network and is a membership-based, not-for-profit association, with all proceeds going back to the hostels and services they provide. Brisbane City YHA, in Roma St, is a three-time winner of the Queensland Tourism Awards for best backpacker hostel in Queensland.
Bunk in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Backpackers Resort (West End), and Somewhere to Stay (Highgate Hill) are just some of the many hostels and budget-accommodation available in the inner-city suburbs and further afield.
Once you have sorted out your place to sleep, an exciting world of discovery awaits you in Brisbane. There is no shortage of things to do – take in the city sights such as the Story Bridge; kayak on the beautiful Brisbane River or abseil down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs; cool off at Streets Beach in South Bank; explore nature trails; soak up our culture; catch some of the live bands or experience the food, rich in its diversity. Check out our top 10 free things to do in Brisbane for more ideas.
Brisbane is truly a backpacker’s paradise, full of thriving urban villages, surrounded by activities and attractions in every direction. Less than an hour away, the white beaches and blue waters of Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island set the scene for swimming, surfing, snorkelling and sailing. Heading inland, there are stunning landscapes, fresh air and rustic charm of the Scenic Rim, Somerset, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley regions.
What you need to know:
The legal drinking age is 18 and identification is required to enter licensed venues or to buy alcohol.
Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and the Queen Street Mall.
You can drive if you have a valid Australian or foreign licence.
The State Library offers free wireless internet and wi-fi, and there also are free public-access computers in all libraries; free wi-fi is available in the City Botanic Gardens and New Farm Park.