Looking for the best Alice Springs backpackers & hostels?
Alice Springs has a lot to offer in budget and backpacker’s accommodation.
In fact, you’ll be surprised just how much there actually is in a town of only 28,000 people.
Use this guide to hostels and backpackers accommodation in Alice Springs to find best deals, locations and places to chill out after a big day exploring the outback.
Click on the link below each review to get the best deals on accommodation and read reviews.
Free Airport Pick Up
These backpackers & hostels offer free airport pickups:
Not everyone wants to party. If that’s you, then these places are especially recommended as quieter places for a good night’s sleep
Late Nights and Lively Fun
If you’re looking to party, we recommend these:
Alice Lodge is tucked away in Eastside (just across the Todd River 10 min walk from town centre). If you’re looking for a break from the backpacker hostels that are party pads, then Alice Lodge is THE place to go.
The management is friendly, and accommodation includes free breakfast. The rooms are basic but clean, comfortable, and include air conditioning, fans, fridge, and heaters. You’ll need a heater in winter in Alice Springs the temperature often drops below freezing at night.
There are a variety of rooms available: small dorms, large dorms, double rooms and twin rooms. Wifi Internet is available. There’s a full kitchen, a laundry, pool & BBQ area in a shady, big backyard.
Alice Lodge offers free bus, train & airport pickups but make sure you let them know when you’re arriving in advance.
Alice Springs Pioneer YHA
How does staying in an historic old movie theatre right in the heart of Alice Springs sound? If the sound of movies under the star on an outdoor movie screen does it for you, then the Alice Springs Pioneer YHA is for you.
I love this fabulous old building and its location not only can you throw a stone at Todd Mall, you’re right on the Todd River. This is one Alice Springs backpackers that is popular with older travellers and lacks the party animal atmosphere found at some of the others in town.
There’s a accommodation ranging from dorms to double/twin and family rooms. All rooms are air conditioned. You’ll find a fairly small, basic kitchen with a larger dining area, a TV / common room, a laundry and internet access that include wifi. outside, there is a courtyard style-bbq area, a small swimming pool and as a bonus: the big river red gum trees located on the property are sacred sites for the local arrernte aboriginal people.
This Alice Springs backpackers hostel won’t appeal to everyone -there’s no free shuttle service- but if you’d like to stay right in the heart of Alice Springs at a real local icon, then make sure you stay here (or at least wander in for a look at the heritage listed buildings).
Alice’s Secret Traveller’s Inn
Tucked away in a quiet street in Eastside, Alice’s Secret Traveller’s Inn is the smallest of the Alice Springs backpackers hostels, and the one with a reputation for being the friendliest and best maintained.
Again, this is NOT a place to stay if you’re looking to party.
Alice’s Secret is a place to chill out, relax and mellow in the big backyard next to the pool.
Accommodation includes free breakfast. The rooms in the house are a bit of a treat – they’re huge, high ceilinged and quaint. You can do the authentic outback thing and stay in a donga (!) at Alice’s Secret. Otherwise, there’s large single, twin or double rooms and dormitories. All rooms are air-conditioned.
There’s a full kitchen, a pool and BBQ area set in a huge native garden, a laundry and wifi internet.
The Jump Inn
The Jump Inn is not only a hostel for those of us who live here in Alice Springs, it’s an alternative to pubs, clubs and restaurants where lots of us love to come for a drink or a cheap meal.
It’s a lively place with a bar and restaurant in the back. You’ll find real Alice locals hanging out here most nights of the week.
If you’re looking to party and meet lots of interesting people, then the Jump Inn a great place to stay.
The hostel itself is large, has a lot of rooms, but it a little tired and not quite as clean as either Alice’s Secret or the Alice Lodge. There’s a choice of dorms, double rooms or twin. The double rooms have fridges and there are some with ensuites. All rooms are air-conditioned.
A big tip from us is: if you’re looking to get a good night’s sleep, ask for a room on the opposite side of the hostel to the bar and restaurant. There are also lots of reports of bed bugs here, so be warned!
The kitchen area is a little small given the size the of hostel, there’s a pool and fabulous lounge area, a laundry and an internet cafe and free wifi.
The Jump Inn might not be the tidiest of hostels, but it is the most popular Alice Springs backpackers amongst traveller AND locals.
Desert Rose Inn
Located right in the central business district, the Desert Rose Inn is a good choice if you’re looking for backpacker rooms rather than dorms. They don’t have a dorm, so don’t bother asking!
The rooms are clean, tidy and bigger than many of the other similar offerings you’ll find in town. If you’re after a partying atmosphere, however, the Desert Rose Inn might disappoint you.
It’s one of the lesser-known options amongst Alice Springs backpackers and hostels.
Although there’s a communal kitchen and laundry, don’t expect the liveliness of Annie’s. If this bothers you, stay elsewhere.
Mind you, if you’re looking to catch up on some sleep without bed bugs, this is a good place to do so. I had a great night’s sleep here and I am a very light sleeper.
There’s a good pool and BBQ area, free Wifi, and a communal lounge TV area with a reasonable library.
You can get a discount on accommodation by booking thought this link. Look for the ‘internet specials’ to get the discount.
Haven Backpacker’s Resort
Haven Backpackers Resort is a 5 minute walk to the main part of Alice Springs and just a few minutes from the railway station.
It’s a very large, former lodge that’s been completely refurbished. It’s very popular with backpackers -especially overseas folks who’ve arrived on the Ghan.
It’s fun, lively and very friendly.
Haven is the only Alice Springs backpackers hostel with an all-female floor. There’s a variety of rooms, from dorms, to singles, twins, doubles and motel-style rooms with ensuites. Haven boasts new ‘bed-bug resistant’ mattresses on its beds!
There’s communal kitchen, laundry, free luggage storage, and TV room & common areas with large flat screen TVs. Outside, there’s a big outdoor BBQ/kitchen area and a swimming pool.
High speed 24 hr wireless internet and complimentary transfers from the train, bus and airport are also available.
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