Hostel Review – Gold Coast Backpackers, Surfer’s Paradise Gold Coast, Australia

Gold Coast Backpackers

Sum it up: Walk to the beach or tram in just minutes from your tiny tiny room.

My length of visit (for your reference): 2 nights

Cost: $30 AUD ($24 USD)/night for a 4 person dorm


Hostel Basics:

  • WiFi: Yes, but only works in the common areas on the first level.
  • Breakfast: No.
  • Guest-Use Kitchen: Yes. Decent-sized, but gets busy.
  • Bar/Kitchen: No, but beer, drinks and snacks available for purchase from reception.
  • BYO: No.


Location: A few minutes’ walk and your feet are in the sand.


The hostel could not be closer to the tram if they tried. Good news though, you don’t get the tram noise in the building. It is located in the middle of Surfer’s Paradise and a few small blocks from the beach.


Airport Transfers: No. It will cost about $18 AUD to get from the airport (bus to tram to Surfer’s) or about $50+ cab ride.


Hostel Overview: Would you go back? Yeah, sure.


I didn’t find there to be many hostel options in Gold Coast/Surfer’s, but then again, I didn’t look too hard. The hostel is nice and staff is great. Seriously, when I walked in the door the first time (before checking in), I was greeted with, “Hi Jessica!” I’m fairly certain I wasn’t wearing a nametag – I’m guessing they get some kind of picture from Hostelworld, or I was the last guest they were expecting for the evening. Or who knows, maybe that’s just how they greet people in Surfer’s, who am I to judge?


There is a pretty spacious downstairs area with seating indoors and out, and a pool table. Laundry is available on the first floor as well. Rooms are upstairs and a bit of a maze. The rooms themselves are super tiny, but each room has a balcony and a bathroom. Nice to be sharing a bathroom with only 3 others, rather than the whole of the hostel.


Need to Know: The tram is right there, so great way to get around. I accidentally walked about 30K on the beach one day because I was taking it all in; my feet would have definitely appreciated the tram.


Pros/Cons: Great, easy location and friendly staff; not too social and small rooms.


lovingly, jess


Founder of How Dare She, Jessica is on a mission to visit every country in the world, and bring you along with through photos, video and stories. 6 continents and 98 countries in. She has a BA in journalism and Master's in innovation and change, but her real skill is plugging in a USB in 2 or less tries (most of the time). She believes daring isn't about being fearless, but choosing to opt in, in spite of fear. She dares to see, taste, experience and meet the world as she goes.