Fortunately for you, this lot come recommended by fellow backpackers.

 Meet the finalists for ‘North Territory: Best Accommodation’ at this year’s Golden Backpack Awards…


Haven Backpackers

With free airport transfers, spacious grounds, free breakfast and just a five-minute walk to Alice Springs Town Centre, this award-winning hostel is a lot of fun, and a great place to relax in between taking in the stunning landscape of Central Australia. Relax in the beer garden, lay out on the shady lawn area or slip into the pool. There are plenty of options to chill out and put your feet up. Rooms are spacious and all have en-suites, heating and air conditioning.


Melaleuca on Mitchell

MOM Backpackers, as it’s known, has rooms to suit all; twin, double and four-share bunks, or dormitory accommodation with a maximum of six people per room. It’s locally owned and operated, with fun loving, friendly staff. It’s got a great location, in the heart of Darwin’s tourist precinct, so the pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops are at your doorstep. You barely even have to leave the hostel, though, as its got two pools, a waterfall spa, a pool table, licensed bar, big screen TV and an underground nightclub.


Toddy’s Backpackers

Toddy’s is a home away from home run for backpackers by backpackers. The hostel is conveniently positioned (Gap Road) to provide backpacker dorm accommodation to international backpackers visiting the Red Centre of Australia. There are also private rooms available for backpacking couples. Toddy’s strives to create a friendly, fun and energetic atmosphere where fellow backpackers can mix, have a drink in the bar, tell each other about their travel experiences, enjoy each other’s company and go on tour together. The service is friendly and personalised, with staff who have travelled themselves extensively.


YHA Darwin

Located in the heart of the Northern Territory’s tropical capital, Darwin YHA is the friendly, quieter option on popular Mitchell Street in the city’s entertainment precinct. Experience its new en-suite bedrooms all with air-conditioning, plus its outdoor pool and BBQ area, internet and WiFi. The hostel’s tour desk can help you find the best backpacker tours and travel options around Darwin including Tiwi Islands, Nitmiluk, Kakadu National Park and the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve.



Youthshack is located right in the beating heart of Darwin’s tourist and central business district, meaning it’s close to all the main attractions, pubs, shopping centres and beaches. It has all the modern comforts and facilities to cater to all travellers from around the world. Pick from a dorm bed, twin room or doubles and settle in for the night.