Gold Coast: Backpacking

Surfer's paradise

Gold Coast Backpacking

A backpacking holiday in the Gold Coast offers scope for a fantastic adventure and is also an inexpensive way of experiencing the city’s wealth of man-made and natural beauty.
The Gold Coast has numerous cheap and efficient hostels for those on backpacking holidays on a budget and a great wealth of options for accommodation, in a wide choice of location and standards. The city centre houses the largest selection of affordable places to stay but others in places like Southport, Broadbeach, South Stradbroke and Surfer’s Paradise are also highly recommended.

The average price to expect for a reasonable dorm bed is around $20, although this will rise during the peak summer period. For cheap and more secluded beach locales choose to Coolangatta or Canungra, only a short ferry ride away, while those seeking hostels in the heart of the popular nightspots and close to creature comforts should head for Surfers or around the main beach. Excellent transport links make the city a useful starting point for backpackers in the Gold Coast to explore the beautiful surrounding hinterland of Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook Plateau, pristine beaches of Moreton and Byron Bay and stunning other wildlife hotspots that litter Queensland and the nearby Sunshine coasts.