Oh, Australia. Land of amazing beaches, koalas and serious beer drinking. If you’re heading to Melbourne, a.k.a the party capital of Australia, you’ll be needing a good place to crash after trying to keep up with the Aussies. We’ve selected 5 awesome hostels in Melbourne, to make things easy for you.
1. The Nunnery
If you’re looking for something a little different, look no further than The Nunnery, which is set in a stunning 19th-century building that has been refurbished and converted into a hostel. The Nunnery is located in the cool Fitzroy neighborhood, which is known for its great music and bar scene. It has dorm rooms and privates at great prices. It’s known for its awesome free weekly pub crawls and BBQs. Guests love the free breakfast and late checkout policy — so you can really start the morning in a leisurely way.
2. Home at the Mansion
Home at the Mansion is said to be such a good hostel that it’s hard to drag yourself out the front door and actually explore Melbourne. The hostel, which was voted most popular hostel in Melbourne for three consecutive years from 2012-2014, is set within a stunning heritage building. It’s right by Chinatown, and therefore next door to some of the best noodles in town. Guests love the hostel’s great nights, including ‘free wine and cheese Wednesdays’ and ‘killer darts Mondays’. There’s also a common room with a PlayStation chill-out area, DVDs and free book exchange. It’s an awesome hostel to meet new people.
3. Flinders Backpackers
Flinders Backpackers is located in the heart of Melbourne, right by all the cool cafes and shops. Guests love the hostel’s ‘all you can eat’ free breakfasts, including a pancake station where you can literally eat pancakes until you collapse. The hostel has a big common area, with a TV, and it makes a great place to chill-out after a busy day exploring the city. They also run tons of cool weekly nights, such as a weekly free meal night, weekly movie night with popcorn, and free bingo night. The only downside is that there is no wifi at the hostel, but this can be a good thing too, as guests say it makes a more social atmosphere. Plus, there are internet cafes right by the hostel and Melbourne is packed to the brim with cafes that have wifi.
4. Habitat HQ HostelPhoto by Habitat HQ Hostel
Habitat HQ Hostel is located on the outskirts of town, right by the beautiful St. Kilda Beach. The hostel is a few minutes walk to the beach and a 20-minute tram ride to Melbourne city center. It’s known to be a relaxed hostel, with a beachy vibe. Guests love the hostel’s free daily breakfast and a weekly open mic night.
5. Melbourne Metro YHA Hostel
Melbourne Metro YHA Hostel is located in the north of Melbourne, which is an area known for its cool bars and arty crowd. The hostel has a rooftop with panoramic views of the city and a BBQ. Guests love the fresh dorm rooms, that come complete with individual bed-lights and lockers. The hostel is known for its fun activities including wine and cheese nights and comedy nights.
If you’ve got a bit more of a budget, or fancy renting an Airbnb, you can check out all accommodation option in Melbourne.