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Youth Shack Backpackers

69 Mitchell St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800 Australia
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#4 of 13 hostels in Darwin
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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)
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Adults only
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24-hour front desk
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Poolside bar
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ATM on site
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K1313 wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
Lovely place to stay as a long or short term resident, however there was one particular member of staff who really tarnished my experience. As a young person I’m more than willing to forgive and forget, but one member of bar staff was very rude. I believe his name is Robbie, might as well call him Robbie Rotten. His attitude was absolutely disgraceful. He made me feel so uncomfortable and was very aggressive and disrespectful towards a lot of my friends and me. This kind of treatment is not expected and lucky enough he wasn’t around enough to completely ruin my stay there.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Ignacio R wrote a review Oct 2022
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The place is located really well, with everything you could need at a short walk (bar, cafe, supermarket, busses...). It has a nice swimming pool with a bar and a big kitchen/common area with music until 10pm. During the weekdays it's pretty chill. During the weekend the spot turns into a mess. I went to have a shower in the morning and I found a bloke lying on the toilet, I kicked him a little and started snoring, so everything was fine. Everything's was pretty dirty and noisy. WiFi was not working really well.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Party non stop from Thursday till Sunday
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Stephen Ward wrote a review Aug 2022
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing time at Youth Shack.. Entertainment each night if the week, with the friendliest staff.. particularly made to feel welcome by the bar man / Dj Lloyd .. location perfect, kitchen and pool area clean.. me and my friends will back next time in Darwin
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dannyintothewild wrote a review Nov 2021
3 contributions3 helpful votes
I stayed here on and off for 6 months. If you want party it has it, if you wanna chill it has it. The best kitchen and cleanest hostel you will ever see anywhere. Honestly you couldn’t choose somewhere better. The staff look after you like family and there’s a night on pretty much every night to keep you entertained. The TV room is like a small cinema and the roof deck is kitted out for your sunbathing needs. The pools always clean. Honestly could rave about this hostel all day. You can NOT go wrong here!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Isaac G wrote a review Oct 2021
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I've been staying at Youthshack for the past week and had an incredible time! The staff have been super friendly and helpful, with heaps of recommendations for food and things to do. The hostel itself is great! Room was lovely, great facilities and one of the best kitchens I've seen in a hostel in Australia. Went to the Karaoke last night and Peter (the Irish lad behind the bar) was an absolute hoot! Had a great time and the rest of the bar staff joined us at The Lost Arc after they clocked off. Was great banter all round! Big shout out to Debs as well, great chats at reception and you can see she really cares about the place. There was vibe, it was schmick, the only hostel I've seen that hasn't appeared to drop the ball during COVID. Unreal! Overall, if you're coming to Darwin STAY HERE!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mysongs94 wrote a review Sept 2021
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Place is noisy & filthy, staff are unfriendly. Didn’t have a nice welcome feel at all. The Canadian/American guy at the front desk has to be one of the rudest and most unfriendliest person I’ve ever met, should not be working in a face to face role ! Looks like he was more interested in chatting up girls than offering any sort of friendly service. We were shocked at the way we overheard him speak to some people. Extremely arrogant and set the tone for our whole stay unfortunately . We stayed for 3 nights & we never once got a hello or a smile from anyone on the desk. Say goodbye to any sort of quality sleep. It’s like trying to sleep In a nightclub. Music goes on till at least 2am. Only positive is the location. Looks like from over reviews, we aren’t alone in our opinion so go somewhere else !
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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meganclu wrote a review July 2021
Bray, Ireland1 contribution
Honestly best hostel ever! The staff are all amazing, they have the place sparkling!! The kitchen is huge got everything you need. Such holiday vibes with the cabana beds around the pool & the bar too.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jess R wrote a review Apr 2021
14 contributions29 helpful votes
Great location, walking distance to everything you need! Staff were super friendly. The level my room was on had no hot water in the showers, staff told us this was due to broken solar panels?? So we had cold showers for the duration of our stay or you had to walk across the building to use hot water showers which was pretty inconvenient All night you can hear live music playing until about 3am which isn’t bad if you have earplugs! I didn’t mind the live music but just a heads up for other travellers :) The sink in our room was very dirty and the chlorine in the pool is super strong as it turned our swimmers another colour. Despite the cold water showers, dirty sink and heavy chlorine pool I would still recommend staying here as it is a great backpackers hostel in a VERY good location.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Allard K wrote a review Oct 2019
Girona, Spain50 contributions3 helpful votes
Had a amazing time at youthshack! Super friedly staff! They help you with everything. The atmosphere is great in this hostel! Would definitely recommend this place to others. If you want to party; in a few meters you are at some party clubs
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Abby S wrote a review Oct 2019
3 contributions9 helpful votes
Pros - the staff are very helpful & friendly. the location is fantastic - right in the city centre, next to a Coles & a short walk to the waterfront. Cons - the place is dirty, i saw 4 cockroaches during my stay, in the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. the pool was too dirty to use, it had slimy green film around the edges. we had a double room & the aircon was poor (it was v old and dirty) & the fan and tv didn’t work. Value for money - it’s not even cheap but for Darwin, it’s probably your cheapest option. i wouldn’t even say “you get what you pay for”, it’s just bad value for money. There are other hostels on Mitchell Street, just book one of them and hope it’s better than this one.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AU$69 - AU$95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Youth Shack Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Youth Shack Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Crocosaurus Cove (0.4 km), Parliament House (0.05 km), and Breakout NT (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Youth Shack Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Youth Shack Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and a poolside bar during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Youth Shack Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include PepperBerry Restaurant, Kurt's Cakes, and The Rabbit Hole.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Youth Shack Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Youth Shack Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Darwin.
Are there any historical sites close to Youth Shack Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Burnett House (1.7 km), The Old Town Hall (0.6 km), and Survivors’ Lookout (0.3 km).