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

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


Base Backpackers Melbourne

Base Backpackers Melbourne hostel is situated in Melbourne’s, if not Australia’s, coolest area, St Kilda. It offers a unique style of hostel living, combining state-of-the-art facilities with a laidback vibe. The hostel is located only a short tram ride from Melbourne city centre, and in the heart of St Kildas’ cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques. The famous Acland and Fitzroy St are only a minute’s walk away.


Greenhouse Backpackers

The Greenhouse Backpackers is ideally located in historic Flinders Lane, a heritage precinct in the heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne renowned for its bohemian atmosphere, art hubs, hidden laneways, alfresco dining and famous coffee culture. With friendly employees that are more than willing to share their knowledge of the local area, and with a dedicated activities coordinator assigned to ensure every backpacker has the true Melbourne experience, you will be fully immersed in the city’s vibrant culture in no time. Be sure to join in Monday’s ‘Mega Walking Tour’, and on a Thursday round up your new friends and join the weekly pub crawl.


Habitat HQ

If you’re looking for an affordable backpackers’ hotel right in the heart of Melbourne’s premier tourist and seaside playground, St Kilda, you can stay ‘guilt free’ in the first carbon-neutral backpacker hostel in Melbs, Habitat HQ. Its laidback, friendly staff will make sure you feel right at home, welcoming you into the modern and sustainable backpacker accommodation – likely with a tune or two, as this lot love music! Based just 6km south-east of the Melbourne CBD, all the bars, restaurants and shops of this buzzing area are just a short tram ride away.


Nomads Melbourne

Nomads Melbourne offers you a unique backpacking experience. The totally refurbished building at 196-198 A’Beckett St is located at the top end of the CBD, right in front of the popular Queen Victoria Market, meaning you’re in for some cultural indulgence. Nomads offers several accommodation options including deluxe en-suite king rooms, single or multi-share private rooms and four to 10-bed shared dorm rooms. All come with fresh white linen, operable windows, fans and heating as well as security swipe cards and elevator access to all five floors. Enjoy budget accommodation in style at Nomads Melbourne.


Space Hotel

Space Hotel is located in the heart of the fast-paced and ever changing Melbourne CBD. Modern rooms feature iPod-docking stations, high-quality mattresses and flat screen TVs, plus there are social spaces to play games, watch movies, workout (yep, there’s a gym) and simply lounge around in. The rooftop terrace has a hot tub and there’s an in-house cinema as well as a huge stainless steel kitchen. It’s like your dream apartment for just a few dollars a night.


YHA Melbourne

The YHA Melbourne is ideally located only a few minutes’ walk from Melbourne’s main attractions including Southern Cross Station, Crown Casino, Yarra River, Federation Square and Melbourne’s hidden laneways filled with famous street art, cafes and unique bars. The YHA offers modern facilities with two compact self-catering kitchens and internet lounges as well as a rooftop complete with BBQ for you to enjoy the city views and meet new friends. The friendly hostel never closes with 24 hour reception, while staff are always ready to answer your questions, give you local advice on the best spots to go in Melbourne and help you make the most of your trip.