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1. Posted by laspinall6 (Budding Member 25 posts) 12y

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hi
can anyone tell me if there is a book of hostels in oz.
cheers :)

2. Posted by sole (Full Member 208 posts) 12y

hi,

did a search on Amazon and came up with only one book: Australian Travelers Backpacking Guide. Have no idea if it's any good but at least it's brand new, from July 2003.

Otherwise check the accomodation link at the top of this page, or check the YHA homepage, that is quite good. I know a book is more handy than the internet but at least use the internet as an extra facility whenever you can, there are lots of internet caf├ęs in Australia as well, of course, I guess, depending on where you're going.

hope you'll sort something out.

Cheers
Sole

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

Hi Laspinall6 (again),

If you want to buy a book, I suggest going for something updated, whichever way. A lot has changed in the past year (or two) in Australia when it comes to hostels. Especially when it comes to quality (and with that price!). An example is the move by Accor Hotels (quality hotels) into the hostelling market in Australia. They bought/built several hostels, hostel chains and especially in the cities like Sydney, there are huge 500+ bed hostels that resemble hotels more than hostels. I am not saying there is anything wrong with them, they are spick and span generally and top notch when it comes to hostel accommodation. You do pay quite a price for them too though....a dorm bed in the bigger hostels in Sydney sells for around 30 AUD per night nowadays!

Throughout Australia you can book hostels in advance through backpacker travel agencies, although they generally only do this when you are also booking a tour with them as it is mostly on a 'no commission' basis. The internet is my personal favorite and as Sole pointed out, the accommodation link at the top of the page contains quite a few hostels in Australia. It is in fact the only budget accommodation reservation system out there and the same system is used by sites like Lonely Planet etc. Of course we prefer if you book here though

Also, when you arrive in a new town (not so much in the cities), there are usually buses from the different hostels there waiting for you and prompting you to stay there (not quite as bad as in Thailand ;) ). Another popular source is the TNT magazine which you can pick up in most hostels around Australia, or check the notice boards...

In short, you never really need worry about hostel accommodation; wherever you are!

Cheers,

Sam