On 5 November 2009, a gala dinner was held in Sydney to announce the winners of this years’ Golden Backpack Awards.
Backpackers cast more than 40,000 votes for their favourite hostel, tour and backpacker night in each state and territory in Australia and New Zealand. TNT Magazine ran a national campaign both online and in print to collect votes. Each vote was verified for authenticity to ensure fair play.
The winning property for the Best Hostel Northern Territory was Melaleuca on Mitchell in Darwin. This Award Winning budget and backpackers accommodation is located in the heart of the city – close to pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops. Clean and spacious accommodation is offered with a choice of private rooms or shared dormitories. Rooms are airconditioned and have secure lockers. There is secure keycard access to the property, floors and individual rooms. The focal point of Melaleuca on Mitchell is ‘The Deck’. This leisure deck has a swimming pool, lounge pool, waterfall spa, pool bar, 4 metre big screen and a games area with pool table, table tennis and darts. It offers the ultimate view over what’s happening on Mitchell Street… just relax in a hammock and watch the city pass by.
Base Discovery Lodge Queenstown won the Golden Backpack Award for Best Hostel in New Zealand. This modern hostel sets the standard in luxury budget accommodation. It is is centrally located in Queenstown offering amazing alpine and lake views, just one block from the lake and in the middle of Queenstown’s shops, restaurants and bars. The Altitude Bar & Cafe is a local hotspot when the local game is playing, there are ten TVs as well as a big screen, booth seating and a thumping sound system.
As well as shared dormitories and private rooms (with or without ensuite), Base Queenstown offers a ladies only ‘Sanctuary’. These rooms have high quality furnishings, Hollywood-style mirrors and there are even hair dryers and straighteners available from reception. Upon arrival, guests in the Sanctuary will receive a Sanctuary Pack containing a pamper pack, towel and glass of bubbly. This one is for the flashpackers… backpacking with style!