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Beth McFadden3 years ago

The 3 best backpacker lodges in Darwin

Darwin is a hotspot for travellers looking for a fun place to stay and work. Whether you’re just stopping by for a few days to explore Mitchell Street, or you’ll be hanging around for a while to soak up the Darwin culture, you're going to need a fantastic place to stay that won’t cost an arm and a leg. We’ve found the best backpacker hostels and lodges in Darwin for you to stay at while you explore this stunning area – don’t look past these fantastic accommodation options all featuring top-of-the-range facilities and dorms.

Chilli’s Backpackers

Meet new friends, Chilli's Backpackers - Darwin
Meet new friends, Chilli’s Backpackers – Darwin

Located in the middle of the action on Mitchell Street is popular hostel Chilli’s Backpackers. This is an awesome place to stay and meet new friends, with a fully furnished deck, spa bath, sun lounges and a large barbecue area for visitors. Pick from private double or twin rooms, or 4, 6, or 8 bed dorms if you’re looking to save some money.

If you stay at Chilli’s you’ll also get a free breakfast every morning, and you’ll be within walking distance to all of the local pubs, restaurants and shopping precincts. During the day, take a stroll down to the lagoon and wave pool to get out of the heat, and then come back to Chilli’s to enjoy the comfortable facilities and friendly guests.
Where: 69 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800

Dingo Moon Lodge

Enjoy the tranquil grounds, Dingo Moon Lodge - Darwin
Enjoy the tranquil grounds, Dingo Moon Lodge – Darwin

Right near the Darwin Entertainment Centre (and also located on Mitchell Street) is the Dingo Moon Lodge. This accommodating backpackers lodge has everything you’ll need while you’re staying including breakfast, a fully equipped kitchen and barbecue area as well as a laundry and ironing facilities. As well as these necessities, you’ll also be spoilt to a pool and outdoor entertainment area, as well as an internet room and wireless access.

The rooms at Dingo Moon Lodge are clean and comfortable; choose between 4, 6 or 8 bedroom dorms if you are watching your wallet, or opt for the double or triple room if you like to have a bit of your own space. Just a short walk from the shops and local bars and nightclubs, make the Dingo Moon Lodge your place to stay in Darwin, and you’ll have everything you need for a good holiday.
Where: 88 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800

Melaleuca on Mitchell

Enjoy incredible facilities, Melaleuca on Mitchell - Darwin
Enjoy incredible facilities, Melaleuca on Mitchell – Darwin

Melaleuca on Mitchell is one of the most popular backpacker lodges in Darwin – and it’s no wonder why! With some of the best facilities in the area coupled with friendly, accommodating staff, anyone who visits quickly feels at home. You can choose from shared dorm rooms or private twin beds, so no matter what your reason is for visiting Darwin, they’ll have a bed to suit you. This is somewhat of a luxury backpackers’ accommodation option, with a full kitchen, two swimming pools, a waterfall spa and a 4-metre big screen TV to enjoy.

While the facilities are fantastic on their own, it’s the social aspect of this lodge that sets it apart from the rest. Melaleuca on Mitchell (or affectionately referred to as MOM) has a licensed bar, an underground nightclub and a pool table to keep the good times rolling. With regular social activities planned – such as movie nights, pool volleyball competitions and weekly barbecues – your stay in Darwin at MOM will be one to remember!
Where: 52 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800

Trying to figure out what to do while you’re staying in Darwin? Check out this local’s guide to Mitchell Street!

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