Above average 6.0
Based on 38 reviews

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About this property


Situated in Darwin City, Youth Shack Backpackers is the perfect place to experience Darwin and its surroundings. Only 15 km away, this 1-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. Also within easy reach are Crocosaurus Cove, Paul Arnold Bush Photos, Darwin City Cinemas.

At Youth Shack Backpackers, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, laundromat, photocopying, postal service.

Guests can choose from 85 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as outdoor pool, billiards, table tennis, garden to make your stay truly unforgettable. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Youth Shack Backpackers hits the spot in many ways.
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Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Getting around

  • Car park

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Garden
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Table tennis
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • Poolside bar
  • Shared kitchen
  • Vending machine

Services and conveniences

  • ATM
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundromat
  • Lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Postal service
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Smoking area


  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed

Languages spoken

  • English
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  • Minimum age of guests is: 18 year(s).
  • Guests over 18 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room capacity for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Check-In From: 11:00 AM
Check-In Until: 06:00 AM
Check-Out From: 10:00 AM
Check-Out Until: 10:30 AM
Distance to Airport: 15 km
Number of Floors: 2
Number of Rooms : 85
Time to Airport (Minutes): 20
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Recent customer comments

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Above average

based on 38 reviews
  • Cleanliness 5.3
  • Facilities 4.0
  • Location 8.0
  • Room Comfort/Standard 6.2
  • Service 6.2
  • Value for money 5.8
  • Food/Dining 4.9
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Desiree from Switzerland
Solo travelers
Single Bed in Female only Dormitory Room
Stayed one night in July 2016
Worst stay ever
The matras must have been old since the springs appeared at the surface, feels like you sleep on pointy pebbles. Room was dirty. No toilet paper on section 4 at 1900hrs. Kitchen has fridges and a lot of cooking spots, but is completely empty,. At reception you can buy cutlery for Aud 2 and your room key is a deposit if you want to use cooking utensils. The location is great, but that is the only positive remark.
Reviewed July 16, 2016
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Sebastien from France
Solo travelers
Double Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed one night in December 2015
Nice backpacker will all accomodations
Nice, clean, pleasant
Nice play to stay and chill out. swimming pool, barbecue areas, many fridges,pools... all located downtown with a friendly staff
Reviewed December 29, 2015
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Antonia from Australia
Double Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in June 2014
Excellent location. Great staff.
Location, staff and easy check in and check out.
It was great rooms were deceit, and staff were helpful. Really appreciated that I was able to check in and check out at anytime due to early morning flights.
Reviewed June 28, 2014
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Julie from Australia
Solo travelers
Double Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 5 nights in June 2014
Darwin is an interesting place!
location, pool area, reception and travel info
Youth Shack was an interesting place. Very noisy, party place for young people obviously as the name suggests. Great location. They couldnt provide me with a quieter room on the opposite side of the party area even though I asked for it months before when I booked. This was a little disappointing. Kitchen area was not equipped and not really clean so I didnt attempt to use it. Bathrooms got a bit grubby as the day went on and hotel is in need of a bit of repair. Great location though.
Reviewed June 14, 2014
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Shohei from Japan
Solo travelers
Double Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in May 2014
Near Central city, many cafes around, walkable to see the sea
Laid-back, very good and will come back when I go to Darwin
Reviewed June 01, 2014
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Jester from Australia
Solo travelers
Double Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 7 nights in May 2014
Aircon available only from 7.30pm to 9am.
1. Location 2. Easy check in 3. Own sink in bedroom
It was alright. Other occupants didn't bother me too much
Reviewed May 27, 2014
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Andre from Australia
Solo travelers
Single bed in Co-ed Dormitory room
Stayed 30 nights in April 2014
Expensive noisy with poor shower facilities
Centrally located
The biggest single problem is the noisy, drunken behaviour of guests during the night - shouting, screaming and banging on doors in the corridors is a regular occurrence and there were fights some nights. Be advised: some male guests sneak females inside in the 4 bed dorm rooms or as some do leave the room sometimes at 2 or 3 am. Not good.
Reviewed May 23, 2014
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B from United Kingdom
Solo travelers
Single Bed in Female only Dormitory Room
Stayed 5 nights in March 2014
just location
It's the worst hostel I have been in the world. rude staff, dirty kitchen, small room and poor bed. The only good thing is the location. However there a few hostel nearby. Definitely not recommend.
Reviewed May 06, 2014
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STEVE from Australia
Single bed in Co-ed Dormitory room
Stayed one night in April 2014
Affordable and friendly in a prime location
Price, atmosphere, location
Staff were very friendly and helpful, live band was playing in the outdoor/ bar area when we arrived and the atmosphere was great. Bedding was ok, adequate for the price. Fast check out, and in walking distance from many bars and resturants.
Reviewed May 03, 2014
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Ned from Australia
Solo travelers
Single bed in Co-ed Dormitory room
Stayed 2 nights in April 2014
Noisy but reasonable
Location, access to airport, access to activities
Lots of very young, very drunk and very noisy travellers at this hotel. Not recommended if you are looking for somewhere quiet to stay but great location and facilities. The staff are friendly and helpful. The pool area is nice during the day until people get home from work and after they've all passed out drunk at night. If you are a young party animal this is the place for you!
Reviewed May 01, 2014
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