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With lush rainforests, big rivers and the Great Barrier Reef just off the coast, it is no wonder that Cairns is a major tourist destination in Queensland, Australia. Beautiful scenery, proximity to some of the most beautiful parts of the GBR in the world and lots of opportunities for adventure and trouble making, Cairns is beer and barbie Mecca—a place […]

Top 10 Things to do in Cairns


As a budget traveler myself, I have had the opportunity to become acquainted with a wide range of hostels around the globe. From Panama to Amsterdam, I’ve spent the night bunked up with perfect strangers, made hostel friends over beers and shared enough toilets and bathrooms to know that it’s not as bad as I had once imagined. All of […]

Where to stay in Cairns: Calypso Backpackers


If there were a drinking Olympics, I’m pretty sure the Aussies would win all of the gold medals up for grabs. I once saw an Aussie wearing a shirt that read, “I’m not an alcoholic, I’m Australian,” which I think pretty accurately sums up the Aussie attitude about copious drinking. When it comes to downing cold ones, barbecuing and general […]

Party Hostels in Cairns



Known for its easy lifestyle that has recently become punctuated with a sleeker, more cosmopolitan façade, art galleries, live music and a vibrant café culture, Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia as well as the capital of sunny and warm Queensland, Australia. Located along the curving banks of the Brisbane River, Brisbane is known for its dynamic neighborhoods […]

Best Party Hostels in Brisbane



Julian Rocks is the small rock formation found off the Australian coast in Byron Bay. The tiny islet is considered a bird sanctuary, so climbing on the rocks is strictly prohibited. You can, however, take one of the several guided snorkeling trips to Julian Rocks from the various providers around town. Julian Rocks is no Great Barrier Reef, but if […]

Snorkeling at Julian Rocks in Byron Bay







If you own or operate an Australia hostel, budget hotel or other budget accommodation – or you know someone who does – you (or they) should consider entering the information into the new worldwide Hostel Directory . This will be a huge and global directory of budget accommodation, from hostels to B&B’s and everything else you might think of. Don’t […]

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