Located in the northwest quadrant of the city, the Adelaide Central YHA is a three story building that is bustling with young international travellers and tourists. It’s a busy hostel with a youthful, vibrant atmosphere, where everyone is sociable and happy to mingle with other travellers.
We stayed here for one night as a stopover between the Fleurieu Peninsula and the Barossa Valley. We stayed in a mixed dorm with six beds and once we checked in, we watched as the dorm got filled and the hostel booked out. We had an eclectic bunch – a girl from the UK, two Germans and a French girl who was very quiet. We all introduced ourselves to each other and went about with our Friday evening.
By 9pm, the lounge area was alive – happy European conversations over drinks, a competitive ping pong match, and smokers chatting on the balcony. Because we had a big day ahead of us, we tucked in early and observed the hours that our weary dorm mates would return from a big night out on the town.
The common areas vary from the quite TV rooms or library, to the dynamic lounge and kitchen area. There is a ping pong table and billiards table, games room, computers with internet access, several couches and dining tables, as well as a huge kitchen with six preparation areas, about 10 stoves and heaps of food storage space. They have various guest activities like free pancake breakfast days, ping pong competitions and Saturday night is pub crawl night. The rooms they have available are varied from mixed and single sex dorms to double rooms with private bathrooms and prices start at $30.50 per person.
Things within walking distance
- City Loop Bus – this awesome FREE service has a bus stop right out the front, so you will always have access to North Adelaide, the Zoo and Botanic Gardens, the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, the cafes and restaurants on Hutt Street and Adelaide Central Railway Station.
- Bicycle SA – hire a bike FOR FREE and explore the city!
- The Franklin Hotel – a really funky place with a cool beer garden and youthful atmosphere.
- Adelaide Bus Terminal – the main bus terminal, all interstate and country coaches leave from here.
- Central Markets – open Tuesday to Saturday, get your week’s worth of fruit, vegetables and meat at ridiculously low prices while you sample imported cheese that you probably can’t afford. If you go later in the day, the prices plummet and the bargains are plentiful.
- Chinatown – check out the Asian grocery stores or feast on some delicious dumplings
- Rundle Mall – with two giant balls, this is an excellent shopping strip right in the heart of town with all the big brands.
- Hindley Street – lots of atmosphere and a rowdy nightlife, rumour has it that it is also the location of the best kebab in the city.
- Adelaide Central Railway Station – this is your railway hub to the rest of the metropolitan area.
Location: 135 Waymouth St, Adelaide 5000
Phone: (+618) 8414 3010
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