Airlie Beach Backpackers

Bush Village backpackers Whitsundays

Airlie Beach provides you with a choice of accommodation ranging from basic backpacker dorms to the most luxurious apartments and resorts.

If you have never been to Airlie Beach before it is important to be aware that the town has quite a reputation for it’s nightlife, which makes it a big draw for backpackers. It’s certainly a lot rowdier than any of the Whitsunday Islands, and there is plenty to do day and night.

If you are looking for a more peaceful time you may want to consider not staying in the centre of town, but at one of options a little away from the main strip. This way you can enjoy all the convenience and attractions of town and still get a proper night’s sleep.

Here we have a few of your backpacker options, but this is just a selection of what is available. For apartment and resort style accommodation please check our guide here.

Beaches backpackers WhitsundaysBeaches Backpackers
356 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach Qld 4802
This award-winning backpackers is in the centre of town and offers dorm rooms and budget double/twin rooms. All rooms have air conditioning, a refrigerator and television and they will pick you up from the bus station for free. Can be pretty noisy due to it’s location and the bars.
Telephone: 1800 636 630 Email:
Airlie Beach Backpackers - BaseBase Airlie Beach Resort
336 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Base has a convenient central location and offers dorm rooms (including a female-only room) and also camping facilities. There is a swimming pool and a poolside bar, a kitchen you can use, and an internet cafe. The dorms have fewer beds (mostly 4 – 5) and there are some singles, doubles and triples available too. Telephone: +61 7 4948 2000 Email:
Nomads in Airlie BeachNomads Backpackers
354 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Newly refurbished and and located in the town centre, Nomads Backpackers is set on a seven acre property with it’s own swimming pool, spa, a volleyball court and more in a tropical garden setting. Double, twin and dorm rooms available. Expect some noise in this location.
Telephone: +61 (07) 4999 6600 or 1800 nomads
Magnums Backpackers AirlieMagnums
366 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Located right in the town’s main street, Magnums Backpackers has dorm rooms sleeping up to ten people, dorm cabins and some cheap double/twin and triple rooms – all with air-con. Camping and campervan sites also available. Like Beaches, it can be quite noisy.
Telephone: 1800 624 634 or +61 (07) 4964 1199

YHA Shute Harbour RdYHA Australia
394 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Another centrally located option with separate male and female dorms as well as budget double and twin rooms. Decent accommodation and value but nothing special for the YHA. Has it’s own swimming pool. As with other places in the centre of town, you may find it to be noisy.
Telephone: (+617) 4946 6312 Email:
Backpackers by the Bay WhitsundaysBackpackers By The Bay
12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Located just five minutes (walking) away from the town centre, Backpackers By The Bay provides clean, comfortable accommodation in four bedded dorms and private double rooms. Friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. A reasonably quiet location.
Tel: +61 (07) 4946 7267 Email:
Bush Village Airli Beach BackpackersBush Village Boutique Backpackers
2 Saint Martins Rd, Airlie Beach (Cannonvale) QLD 4802
Close to Abel Point Marina and 1.4 kilometres from town, staying at Bush Village means you can enjoy the town and return to some peaceful accommodation. Cabin style dorm rooms, swimming pool, spa and more with breakfast included. Quiet location away from the busy town centre.
Telephone: 1800 809 256 or +61 (07) 4946 6177