How to choose the right hostel for your Gold Coast stay

Surfers paradise sign over the beach, Gold Coast Australia

Are you planning your bucket list trip to the vibrant shores of the Gold Coast? If so, one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make is where to stay. The right hostel can elevate your experience, offering convenience, community, a wide range of facilities and unforgettable memories.

Among the plethora of options, Budds in Surfers Hostel stands out as the go to stay for travellers seeking an epic, fun, affordable accommodation experience.

1. Close to the gorgeous Beaches!

Surfers paradise sign over the beach, Gold Coast Australia
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If you are heading to the Gold Coast, you have no doubt heard about our tropical weather and incredible beaches.

Budds in Surfers is conveniently located 200 metres from Budds Beach, which means you’ll be cooling off in the Broadwater in no time. Budds Beach also serves up epic sunsets, creates a gorgeous space for our morning yoga rituals and offers calm water to try your hand at Stand-up paddle boarding.

If you prefer waves, then you’re in luck – Grab our hostel surf boards as the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach is just a short 850m walk from Budds in Surfers.

Also check out “Our Top Five Must Visit Gold Coast Cafés” and our guide to “The Best Sunset Spots On The Gold Coast“.

2. Experience the Best of Gold Coast Nightlife

Backpackers enjoying the Gold Coast nightlife at Elsewhere
Sourced: Elsewhere Instagram page

Picture yourself dancing the night away in the pulsating energy of the Gold Coast’s nightlife. From trendy bars to electrifying clubs, the Gold Coast boasts a vibrant after-dark scene. A close and convenient location means less travel and more partying, and Budds in Surfers Hostel places you just a 1.2km walk from the infamous Cavill Avenue, which is the epicentre of the Gold Coast’s nightlife. Budds in Surfers has plenty of friends in these parts which means you’ll also have access to some of the funnest club crawls available!

Some of our go-to party spots:

  • Elsewhere, Surfers Paradise
  • Retro’s, Surfers Paradise
  • Fabrics, Surfers Paradise
  • Cali Beach Club, Surfers Paradise
  • Casablanca, Surfers Paradise

See our nightlife guide “Top places to party in the Gold Coast“.

3. Convenient Access to Public Transport

Gold Coast light rail, called "The G"
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Spending life on the road usually leaves you relying on public transport to make your way around, and exploring the Gold Coast’s breathtaking attractions should be effortless. Budds in Surfers Hostel is conveniently located near public transport hubs, facilitating seamless journeys to iconic destinations like Pacific Fair, Burleigh Beach, and all the cafes and restaurants your heart desires! Whether you’re catching a tram or hopping on a bus, getting around has never been easier. PLUS, enjoy our use of our hostel bikes to cycle up and down the coastline, absolutely free!

The closest Tram is a 7-minute walk on Surfers Blvd.
The closest Bus stop is a 3-minute walk onto Gold Coast Highway

4. Exciting In-Hostel Activities

Budds hostel guests learning to surf on the Gold Coast
Sourced: Budds In Surfers Instagram Page

Save yourself the hassle of finding ways to keep yourself busy or meeting like-minded travellers and find a hostel that offers in-house FREE activities! At Budds in Surfers Hostel, the adventure doesn’t end when you return from exploring.

Our hostel offers a myriad of in-house activities designed to enhance your Gold Coast experience. Whether you’re looking to learn to surf, relax and feel zen at our yoga by Budds Beach or simply enjoy a pizza and drink while mingling with your newfound family, our weekly activities keep you busy and entertained so you’re making the most of your Budds stay.

Budds Weekly Activities:

  • Monday- Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Tuesdays- Sangria at Sunset
  • Wednesday- Surf Lessons + Free Hotdog Night
  • Thursday- Free Burger Night
  • Friday- Yoga at Budds Beach + Free Hald Pizza Night
  • Saturday- Games Night
  • Sunday- Free Ice-cream

More details about Budds hostel guest activities here.

5. Forge Bonds and Find Your Second Family

Budds backpackers near Bumbles cafe
Sourced: Budds In Surfers Instagram Page

The reception team at Budds in Surfers are friendly, fun, and incredibly helpful. Our team is well-versed in all things Gold Coast and is always happy to give you a hand, make sightseeing suggestions and help you plan your Hostel Activities. For a nomadic community, we are very close-knit and welcoming, making your transition from road to family easy! Budds in Surfers can accommodate up to 100 travellers, so you’re bound to make a friend (or 5).

Budds in Surfers is also highly vigilant in ensuring guest safety and comfort, keeping out the riffraff so your home away from home is safe and secure, and you share your space with only legends.

6. Hostel Facilities

Group of hostel guests around the pool area at Budds In Surfers
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Looking for a hostel with all the essentials? At Budds In Surfers, we’ve got you covered. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, a lively bar, a communal kitchen, a refreshing pool, and complimentary bicycles and surfboards. Our rooms are equipped with air conditioning and comfy beds, catering to all preferences from ensuite to twin rooms, mixed dorms, and female-only dormitories.

Wanting somewhere to kick back after a day out exploring? Unwind by the hostel pool and join us each weekend for an epic pool party! Think BBQs, cocktails, and live DJs; you’ll experience the best of convenience, comfort, and vibes at Budds In Surfers on your Gold Coast stay.


Choosing the right hostel can make all the difference in transforming your trip and ticking off all those travelling musts! With its unbeatable location, convenient amenities and facilities, epic swimming pool (with parties to boot) and vibrant family spirit, Budds in Surfers Hostel is the perfect choice for discerning travellers seeking an unforgettable Gold Coast adventure.

Book your stay today and begin your Budds journey that promises memories and family you’ll have for life.