Do I need to book my Melbourne backpacker hostel in advance?
Definitely yes, and that's why HQ Habitat has a user-friendly booking system. Often during the summer months and international events, Melbourne’s budget accommodation can be fully booked and have no room for single travellers, let alone large groups.
We recommend to book in advance as it reduces the stress and headaches of planning an Aussie adventure. Moreover, if you book in advance, you don’t have to walk across Melbourne, burdened with a heavy backpack! It might detract a bit from the sense of adventure, but you'll definitely have much more time to have fun!
Melbourne backpackers hostels and food: Is breakfast included? Can I cook in budget hostels?
It depends on each backpacker hostel, but breakfast is not usually included in the price. Nevertheless, if the budget hostel does offer breakfast, it's reasonably cheap and abundant in quantity. Some of Melbourne’s backpacker hostels offer cooking facilities – a kitchen complete with pots along with all the usual appliances. If you stay a HQ Habitat, you also have a huge range of yummy breakfasts and cheap eats located close by.
Is there an age limit to backacker hostels?
Some of Melbourne’s backpacker hostels have age limits, and might give precedence to younger travellers or, alternatively, have age limits if there is a licensed bar on the premises. Most Melbourne budget hostels welcome guests of all ages, and will even accommodate small children, providing smaller beds and cots if asked in advance.
Some backpacker hostels will have a curfew, and some won't. It largely depends on the type of budget accommodation. Factors include the owners' policy and the location of the budget hostel.