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About Nomads

Nomads was born under a bridge!

Australian hitchiker Richard McLeod had one of those nights when he turned up to a backpacker hostel in Koblenz, Germany one cold evening… Richard's diary reads:

"I am now in Koblenz… city of 110,000 at the junction of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Both Tony and I hitched from Holland to Dusseldorf and on to here. Tony is missing. We split up (while hitching) intending to meet at the YHA. It was closed 13.8.1985... I will have to sleep rough tonight"

Richard still had the hostel brochure that made him come to Koblenz. It showed a newly renovated Castle with great views of the Rivers. The brochure was so new he could smell the print. The brochures were distributed in all the major hostels heading to Koblenz... and yet the hostel had been closed for 6 months and had no sign of opening soon. There had to be a better way of marketing hostels to travellers! Nomads was born, albeit as a fuzzy, beer induced idea.

In February 1994 Richard started Nomads and opened the first hostel in Adelaide. Since then Nomads has become one of Australia's most prolific youth and accommodation marketing companies. In 1995 Nomads began working within the international market place with the development of this Internet site and the introduction of the Nomads Adventure Card and Travel Guide, since then the Adventure card has been relaunched as the MAD card which includes a comprehensive Mad Guide and $1500 of vouchers. This was followed in 1997 by the launch of the "Starts Here" accommodation and travel packages now sold around the world.

Mission Statement

"To create unique experiences that travellers and staff will cherish for life"


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    Nomads Asia

    We now have our own hostels located in 3 and 4 star hotels throughout Thailand so that our customers can pay a bunk bed price for a hotel experience in all of the key Thailand locations. Our customers have access to all of the hotel facilities you would expect including resort pools, bars and restaurants.

    All of the properties are available to purchase through this website, or you can purchase a 5 night, 10 night or 15 night bedhopper pass which can be used in all Nomads Hostels in Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.


    Read more about Nomads Asia.

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    Nomads Network

    In addition to hostels throughout Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Thailand, Nomads has recently partnered with more hostels across the world. Some Nomads Network Members include Samesun Backpackers (mainly Canada), Milhouse Hostels (Argentina), Equity Point Hostels (Europe).

    To join the Nomads network or to find out more information about it please go to Nomads Network.

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    Nomads Travel

    Nomads works with hundred of agents from around the world as a one stop shop for the sale of youth product in Australia and New Zealand. Agents who are contracted to Nomads Travel are signed up to sell product to their customers through our Nomads Agent Portal which gives them live access to hundreds of products at the best rates available. (www.nomads.com.au)

    Step by step guide to using our Portal - download the guide (pdf).

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to the portal if you are a licenced travel agent in Australia or if you operate a travel agency anywhere around the world and you wish to be able to sell product in Australia and NZ. One of our representatives will be in contact with you to discuss your business needs and whether this product will suit you. 

    If you do not wish to use our portal to sell Australian or NZ products but still wish to contract with us to sell Nomads products please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    • Nomads is a licenced international and domestic travel agent
    • Nomads is a member of ATEC

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    Hostel Management Services

    Nomads first started managing hostels on behalf of property owners in 2001 and we have an extremely successful track record in managing numerous properties over the decade since then.

    We have managed hostels in Cairns, Sydney, Kings Cross, Melbourne, Auckland, Nadi Fiji and Wellington on behalf owners and under many different types of arrangements. These can vary from short term management on behalf of Receivers or 20 year agreements on behalf of property owners who are looking for a long term passive investment.

    Read more about Nomads Hostel Management Services.

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    Nomads Fraser Island Tours

    Nomads operates a 4WD tag-along style Fraser Island Tour. Backpackers depart from Rainbow Beach for their 3 day 2 night Fraser Island adventure, with a lead vehicle with a driver guide to show them the very best of the island. Alternatively those short on time can now choose a 2 day 1 night Fraser Island tour which departs from Noosa.


    More about Nomads Fraser Island Tours.

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    Mad Travel

    Mad Travel Shops can be found at all Nomads Hostels in Australia and New Zealand. There is also a stand-alone Mad Travel Shop located in Rotorua. Staff have all experienced many of the local tours and activities for sale in these retail shops, so they will only recommend great value, and great fun, activities, tours and attractions.

    Find out more: Mad Travel Shops.

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    Working for Nomads

    Looking for something different? A sea change? Perhaps some fun and adventure. Why not begin your career with Nomads World? We could go on for ages about why a career at Nomads can deliver these things but perhaps we can keep it to just a few points...

    More about Working for Nomads

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    Internships at Nomads

    Many of our fulltime staff were former interns who loved their work experience with us so much that they decided to stay, or decided to return after they finished their degrees. Internships give students an opportunity to experience a full time job, to improve their English language skills and time to complete projects or in some cases write their thesis. Nomads accepts students on interships at all levels of study, from first year students to post-graduate studies.

    Positions available to interns vary according to their studies. Previous internships have included working in Head Office Operations, managing online social networking to general reception, hostel and Mad Travel Shop duties.

    More about Internships with Nomads (including videos made by previous interns)

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    Nomads Jobs Service

    Many backpackers travel with a working holiday visa to ensure they can afford to keep on travelling for a full year (or two years). To help them out Nomads provides a website with lots of jobs for backpackers. Nomads Jobs is currently free to join for backpackers and free to post jobs for employers, so there's really nothing to lose by signing up for Nomads Jobs.

    More information: Nomads Jobs website

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    Nomads Partnerships

    Become a Nomads affiliate and earn commission! Find out more about how you can start earning money with Nomads, click on the link below and start earning money today!

    More information: Become an affiliate!

    More than 1.5 million Nomads bed nights are occupied in Australia and New Zealand annually.