Where to stay If you’re after a good crash site and don’t mind bunking, South Australia has plenty of great hostels to choose from that will cost next to nothing for the night.
South Australia’s hostels are friendly and welcoming, with some found in the heart of the CBD, close to public transport and in stumbling distance of a local pub. Outside of the city, you can head to the coastal epicentre that is Glenelg and regional centres, including Penneshaw, Tanunda, Berri, Waikerie, Port Elliot and Mount Gambier.
There’s a choice between comfortable air-conditioned single, twin and dorm rooms with the option to choose all-male or all-female dorms. The basics of linen, a hot shower, TV, laundry facilities and communal kitchens can all generally be expected.
When booking, check what freebies are included. Some hostels offer free bike hire, others free Wi-Fi, city tours, DVD hire and beach shuttle buses; some places include breakfast or dinner, while others have daily happy hours!
Staff are helpful and can offer good advice on what to see and do while in town – some hostels are even owned by backpackers who never wanted to go home.
Hostels aside, there are plenty of other affordable choices in South Australia. There are homes and apartments for short and long-term stays, cosy bed and breakfasts, comfortable motels, caravan parks and camping sites, farmstays and stations, wilderness sanctuaries, restored lighthouses and fire stations.