Australia Accommodation

New South Wales:

Wake Up! Hostel – CBD, Sydney

  • Type of accommodation: Hostel
  • Explore Wright rating: 7/10
  • This hostel was the first one we stayed in in Australia and we didn’t realise how good it was until we stayed at some other hostels on the trip. It’s in a perfect central location in Sydney and an easy walk to the Opera House. As Hostels go it was clean, the bathrooms were kept well and the staff were helpful and professional. The bar (Sidebar) and the adjoining cafe are also nice additions. The 6, 4 and 2 person private rooms were great. Try and avoid the first floor rooms as were the kitchen and hang-out area is located so it can get noisy in the mornings and evenings.

Primus Hotel Sydney – CBD, Sydney

  • Type of accommodation: Hotel
  • Explore Wright rating: 10/10
  • Primus is positioned in the middle of Sydney’s CBD and is a short stroll to Sydney Harbor Bridge, The Opera House and the Rocks area. The service at the hotel was superb and it had the luxury feeling as soon as you walked into the Hotel. The hotel has a large roof deck area with a rooftop pool (although it is pretty small) which is a perfect place to relax. The rooms were thoughtfully designed with modern travellers in mind. The bathroom was spacious with a nice relaxing tub.

Hyatt Regency Sydney – Darling Harbour, Sydney

  • Type of accommodation: Hotel
  • Explore Wright rating: 10/10
  • This was a luxurious hotel located adjacent to Darling Harbour. The rooms were large and incredibly comfortable with an amazing view of Darling Harbour. The service was exceptional and make sure you ask for a room with a view. There is also a super expensive but super fancy rooftop bar looking out at the harbor.

Twistops Retreat – Barrington Tops

  • Type of accommodation: Unique Hostel
  • Explore Wright rating: 7/10
  • This hostel is your very own personal adventure playground. Twistops is a totally rustic retreat and in the complete middle of nowhere. It is certainly a retreat and you can enjoy a nice cold beer in the Jacuzzi, whilst taking in the jaw dropping 360’ view before watching the sunset and the thousands of stars appear. The food they make is pretty good and the river rafting is awesome! The delicious homemade pizza on arrival is also a perk.

Spot X Surf Camp – Coffs Harbour

  • Type of accommodation: Unique Hostel
  • Explore Wright rating: 6/10
  • Located in a National Marine Park, Spot X Surf Camp provides a unique opportunity to spend time in one of Australia’s beautiful coastal areas. At Spot X we stayed in beachfront Teepees which was amazing to wake up to the sound of the waves. The teepees were spacious with both a heater and a fan provided depending on what you needed in the evening. The shower facilities were not great but the ocean view out of the Teepee was stunning.

Arts Factory Lodge – Byron Bay

  • Type of accommodation: Hostel
  • Explore Wright rating: 6/10
  • This hostel has Byron Bay written all over it, the hostel is super chilled out where you can try out funky workshops which include Didgeridoo Making, African Drumming and Yoga. Located just a short walk out of Byron Bay, the Art Factory Lodge offers a range of unique budget accommodation, including Teepees, Island Bungalows, Dorms and Doubles. The film Inbetweeners 2 was also filmed here so if you are a fan if the Inbetweeners it is cool to see and stay here.

Queensland:

Mantra Legends – Surfers Paradise

  • Type of accommodation: Hotel
  • Explore Wright rating: 9/10
  • This hotel was in a perfect location just 100m from Surfers Paradise beach on the Gold Coast. The hotel is also very close to the main strip of restaurants and shops. The lagoon pool was a fantastic feature, which was a perfect place to relax and swim in the hot Australian Sun. This hotel was great value for the price we paid to stay here.

Noosa Nomads – Noosa Junction, Noosa

  • Type of accommodation: Hostel
  • Explore Wright rating: 5/10
  • Not bad for a hostel at all. It has a nice courtyard with a pool which is pretty nice when it comes to a hostel. We stayed here for a few nights but we stayed in a private double room, the bed wasn’t very good but the room itself was huge. The Kitchen was very cramped around dinner time so do your cooking during the day and eat it cold for dinner or skip trying to cook altogether and just go in to Noose Center and get a Betty’s Burgers (the best burger I have ever had). The walk to Hastings Street (the main street in Noosa) and the Noosa beach is about 10 mins away but it is up and down a big hill. Also make sure you walk the National Park and keep an eye out for Koalas, Dolphins and Whales.

Noosa Lakes Resort – Tewantin, Noosa

  • Type of accommodation: Condo Resort
  • Explore Wright rating: 8/10
  • This was a great little find just a short bus ride away from Noosa (15 mins) but it was far cheaper than staying in Noosa itself. The resort had three swimming pools each varying in temperature and it is a short walk to the shops in Tewantin to stock up on groceries. The resort also has poolside BBQ’S which was an ideal place to cook and eat dinner in the evenings. The rooms were big with an ideal amount of cooking utensils and space, which was perfect for us to cook for ourselves and eat on a budget.

Emus Beach Resort – Emu Park

  • Type of accommodation: Hotel/Hostel
  • Explore Wright rating: 7/10
  • This was one of the nicer hostels we stayed in on the East Coast Tour of Australia. Located in Emu Park which is a very quiet Town, it was the perfect place to relax whilst on the tour. The rooms were like hotel rooms but with 4 single beds in them. The resort offered cooking facilities but you could also pay to have dinner there, which was very cheap. We had the Thai Green Curry, which was delicious. The resort was also located opposite the beach which was ideal.

Boomerang Sailboat – Whitsundays

  • Type of accommodation: Sailboat
  • Explore Wright rating: 7/10
  • This was one of the best experiences of the whole of the East Coast Tour. 2 days and 2 nights aboard the Boomerang sail boat sailing around the stunning Whitsundays. The vessel was 83ft in length and 20ft wide, which was plenty of room to socialize and live in during the tour. The beds were relatively comfy but make sure you get one of the first picks for the beds, as some are very small. The food was delicious on board especially the Nachos and it was amazing to just be able to jump in the ocean and snorkel at numerous points during the trip. Be warned: Don’t expect to shower as it’s just a tap, however you get to jump in the beautiful water a lot.

Nomads Airlie Beach – Airlie Beach

  • Type of accommodation: Hostel
  • Explore Wright rating: 7/10
  • This hotel is located just a 5 minute walk from Airlie Beach town center and also the Lagoon. This backpacker’s resort is set amongst tropical gardens and the dorms are all built separately around the pool area. Each dormitory has its own private bathroom and shower. There is also a bar on site, which is an ideal place to hang out in the evening.

Bungalow Bay Koala Village – Magnetic Island

  • Type of accommodation: Hostel
  • Explore Wright rating: 7/10
  • If you love Koalas or want to get the all-important photo holding a Koala this Hostel is the place for you. Bungalow Bay Koala village is the only resort in Australia that has it’s own wildlife park on site. The resort offers 3 daily tours and you can also enjoy a buffet breakfast with the Koalas on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We stayed in one of the double bungalows here which was nestled amongst the gardens. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you are walking around the area.

Nomads Cairns – Cairns

  • Type of accommodation: Hostel
  • Explore Wright rating: 5/10
  • Was the final Hostel we stayed in and was located just a few mins walk from Cairns Esplanade. The hostel was a little bit out of Cairns but offer a shuttle bus to the center every hour…just make sure you are near the front of the line for this as it can get busy. The room was clean with a private en suite bathroom which was nice. The Hostel is a short drive to the airport which is ideal if Cairns is your last stop on your tour.