Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Noosa Hostel Is Backpackers' Aussie Favourite

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Noosa Hostel Is Backpackers' Aussie Favourite

Article excerpt

LAURA Mullen has found what she considers the hidden gem of Australia on the veranda of a Queenslander by the beach.

And the 26-year-old British backpacker is not alone in her love of Noosa.

The region has been voted Australia's best backpacker location, squeezing out hot spots including Byron Bay, Cairns and Sydney.

Noosa won the major award at the 2013 TNT Golden Backpack Awards.

Consumers vote for the awards through a national campaign in TNT Magazine and online.

In a further coup for Noosa's reputation as a leading backpacker destination, Halse Lodge YHA House in Noosa Heads won awards for the best hostel in Queensland and in Australia.

Dropbear Adventures, which runs Fraser Island tours from Noosa, was a finalist in the hotly contested best tour operator in Australia category, while Bookme Australia took out the best online booking website.

Tourism Noosa estimates guests staying at the five major Noosa hostels and van travellers contribute $40 million per year to the local economy. …

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