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Youth Shack Backpackers

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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good24%
  • Average22%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible21%
The Youth Shack is a great choice for backpackers and travellers looking for affordable, value for money accommodation. Located right in the heart of Darwin at 69 Mitchell St, the Youth Shack is just a short stroll away from the wide range of cheap eateries, restaurants, bars and nightclubs that Darwin has on offer. For those wishing to relax, grab a meal, shop, or catch a few rays, the Waterfront lagoon and its surrounding cafes and restaurants are only a leisurely ten minute walk away. Providing air-conditioned four, six or eight bed dorms, Double or Twin private rooms (Shared Bathroom), the Youth Shack has become a home away from home for many satisfied guests during its' time. Featuring a large semi-shaded pool, Poolside Bar, great Sundeck, a huge kitchen with adjoining dining area and a Job Shack desk, the Youth Shack has everything required to make your stay comfortable while in Darwin. Get your tan on atop the first floor rooftop sundeck after a day out adventuring or night out partying. Soak your miles away in the pool, relax on the sunbeds and catch up on that book you've been meaning to read or just have a few cool drinks in the bar and make new friends or hang out with old ones. In addition to all this, our experienced and helpful reception staff can assist you with all your tours in the Top End. Ask about our amazing deals on single or multi-day tours to Kakadu, the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park, Uluru, if it's available we will get you on board. Experience the natural beauty and culture of Australia's Northern Territory. 24 hour check-in. Arrivals between 10pm and 6.00am can call the night manager, the number is on the front door of the hostel. In room Locker, Linen provided. Valid photo ID and credit card details required upon check in.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Self-Serve Laundry
Outdoor pool
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Air Conditioning
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Centrally Located
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

Youth Shack is perfectly located for all of of Darwin's CBD and waterfront access. The rooms were clean, as were the bathrooms. The pools is an excellent touch. Staff were very friendly and took care of loud patrons promptly. Would highly recommend!

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Response from HelenAssist, Manager at Youth Shack BackpackersResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review us! I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hopefully we will see you back in Darwin again in the future.

Reviewed 1 October 2018

If you're trying to cut down on cost then I guess this is the place, but don't expect much! You get what you pay foro. :( Checked in at 2AM on a Sunday. Encountered a bit of drama when another girl trying to get in...More

Thank iAmRach3
Response from HelenAssist, Manager at Youth Shack BackpackersResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Looking at the time frame of your review the incident in question was a person who was not actually a guest of the room in question trying to gain access to a guests room to...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018

The rudest , most ill- mannered staff and manager I have ever met in all my years of travelling. Destroyed one of my best adventure tours . I was insulted in public and sworn at by the manager and the receptionists and asked to leave...More

Thank Moneir M
Response from HelenAssist, Manager at Youth Shack BackpackersResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for reviewing us - as your stay was almost a year ago it is hard for me to gain more information on the issue you are mentioning. Please feel free to email me on supervisor@youthshack.com.au so I can learn more.

Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Luckily I only spent there one night, the staff was welcoming and nice but other than that... the rest was pretty bad. Bed so uncomfortable, small rooms, dirty toilets/showers, lots of things broken in the bathroom, outside upstairs area looked deserted, kitchen old and messy...More

Thank Esther M
Response from HelenAssist, Manager at Youth Shack BackpackersResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Esther, Thank you for taking the time to review us, I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay with us. We are in the process of upgrading our beds - I am sorry that your felt your was uncomfortable. Our outside...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

This hostel is by far the dirtiest hostel I've been to during all my travels for the last 2 years in Asia, Europe and Australia. Someone urinated and puked in the corner of our hallway, and after telling the manager he told me this happens...More

Thank Kyle B
Response from HelenAssist, Manager at Youth Shack BackpackersResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Kyle, While yes we have seen it all during our time working in this industry - such behaviour is certainly not the norm! Most of our guests are quite respectful - it is just the odd few push things and themselves, by the sounds...More

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"Room at the end of the hallway are quieter"
30 Aug. 2018
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"Rooms on the 400/500 level have sinks and are further away from the bar/pool"
13 Aug. 2018
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"rooms facing the main street, all the 400s and 500s suffer the night life noise of darwin"
5 Aug. 2018
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"Basic hostel that was fine for one night"
5 Jul. 2018
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USD 17 - USD 60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
AustraliaNorthern TerritoryTop EndDarwin
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