Backpackers are rediscovering the Gold Coast in large numbers and the visitor count keeps higher and higher each year. In 2008. over 130,000 backpackers holidayed in the region and the number continues to increase significantly even in these challenging economic times. International backpackers usually aged between 18 and 26 years are coming from the European countries. This traveler group now includes the more affluent (flash) packer, adventure travelers and grey nomads and they are expecting better facilities and activities. Cheap direct flights to the Gold Coast airport from Malaysia and other Asian countries are fuelling this upsurge.
The Gold Coast’s brilliant sun and sandy beaches, its location on the east coast tourist corridor, cheap direct air flights, kilometres of golden beach, the huge lush world heritage rainforest, 60,000 plus bed spaces of all grades and over 500 restaurants and bars make this area a truly magnetic destination for Gold Coast backpackers.
Backpackers preferred to stay longer and participate in more of the activities the Gold Coast region has to offer. Cheap Gold Coast car hire opens up the whole coast and hinterland to enjoy and explore at your leisure.
The Gold Coast is more than a place to catch up on the beer quota, learn to surf and work part-time at the same time to earn some money. While the surf, beach, sun and the people are key attractions pf the region, so is the bungy jumping and ice skating.
Some of the backpacker hotels and hostels that regularly feature in the dispatches are:
The Islander Resort Hotel has a fabulous location in Surfers Paradise, which is just 5 minutes walk to the beach and there are shops with the bus station nearby. The hostel is air-conditioned with private balconies. Accommodation comprises standard rooms and well-equipped one bedroom apartments. Facilities include BBQ, squash court, restaurant, sauna and spa, bar and bottle shop , gaming lounge and 24 hour internet access.
Coolangatta Sands Hostel in Coolangatta is overlooking Kirra Point and is moments from the beach and just five minutes from the airport. The hostel has new facilities and a night club, restaurants, cocktail bar and sports bar. The hostel offers free airport pickups and drop-off as well.
Surfers Paradise YHA at Main Beach. The hostel is situated in the restaurant zone and is close to the areas of fabulous beaches and theme parks. Accommodation to Surfers Paradise YHA ranges from multi-share dormitories to double and twin rooms. The hostel offers clean rooms at affordable prices.
Aquarius Backpackers Hostel in Southport is a contemporary hostel with double and twin rooms. Facilities include TV lounge with Foxtel, a swimming pool and a fully-licensed bar.
Cheers International Backpackers and Bar in Surfers Paradise is a 5 star hostel and is located in the central area of Surfers Paradise. The hostel is within easy reach of the beach, nightlife and water sports activities. It features a tropical pool, pool table, a lounge with Plasma TV and inexpensive barbeque nights. Share rooms and dormitories to double rooms are some of its best accommodations.