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Backpacking isn’t complicated. In fact, it is simplicity which makes it so attractive. With only your pack on your back, there are no limits to what you can do or see, and finding a hostel in Melbourne is just as simple.

It is best to book a room at a hostel the day before rather than wander the streets at night looking for a room. Not only are you often tired from your flight – particular to Australia, you’re unfamiliar with the surroundings, and could easily find yourself in the wrong place, wandering with your pack like a lost turtle.

Habitat HQ is located in a central area of Melbourne, and for that reason is one of the most popular hostels in Melbourne. But Melbourne is a big city and a single road can pass through many suburbs. This is the case with St Kilda Road on which Habitat HQ is located. You will have to advise your taxi driver to go to St Kilda Road, St Kilda - between Carlisle Street and Inkerman Street - and not St Kilda Road, Melbourne or St Kilda Road, Elwood as St Kilda Road passes through all three!

These days, it is not only the young who are taking advantage of the benefits of hostels. Many older travelers are using hostels for cheap accommodation also. Therefore, a useful tip for students is, to keep your student card ready upon arrival to your hostel. Most hostels will give a great discount for those with relevant proof of student status.

Generally, large city hostels are open 24 hours per day, while others may have shorter opening hours. It is best to check these hours before arriving, to reduce the risk of having to sleep outside until the doors open. Habitat HQ has 24 hour reception so you can arrive and depart whenever you need to!

Many hostels have a self-catering kitchen where you can cook your own meals and many even have their own restaurants, cafe and bars.

Planning that seems so trivial at home can become complicated when you are in a strange place. Hostels provide a great way to meet new people and experience new things, which is why they appeal to such a diverse range. Many hostels provide internet access, laundry, and free breakfast. Common identification used to stay in hostels includes passports, photo driver’s licenses and state or country identity cards.