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Hobart Central YHA

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For a quiet and comfortable stay in the middle of the CBD, consider Hobart Central YHA. Conveniently located close to supermarkets, pubs, and the popular Waterfront area, this YHA is a great place to base yourself as you explore what the city has to offer.



Hobart Central YHA is a three story hotel that can sleep 112 guests. It has a variety of accommodation available, from multi-share dorms to ensuite and family rooms. Our multi-share dorm was on the third floor, so our legs got a good workout on our way up.


The reception and tour desk is located on the ground floor, as well as the cosy kitchen and laundry room. If you can navigate the maze of corridors on the first floor you’ll find the TV and games room. Each floor has a few bathrooms with a shower, toilet and basin, instead of a mass bathroom on each level.


There’s no secure parking, only street parking, which is free between 6pm and 8am. This was easy to work around as once we had found a parking spot after 6pm, we didn’t have to move the Troopy until 8am the next morning, which was fine because we had to be on our way anyway.


Things Close By

Walking Distance

  • The Fluke & Bruce Hotel – You can’t get any closer than next door, and you get a $5 schooners for staying at the YHA.
  • Lark Distillery – just a quick 160m stroll towards the Waterfront, Lark Distillery is one representation of Hobart and Tasmania’s love of whisky.
  • Supermarket – a major supermarket is located at 44 Argyle Street, only 230m up the road.
  • Fish and chips – if you want some fresh fish and chips, your options are plentiful on Constitution Dock only 350m away.
  • Daci & Daci Bakery –a delicious breakfast or some yummy cakes is only 450m away. If you walk there and back, you’ve nearly walked off half an apple danish.
  • Salamanca Markets – Hobart’s famous markets, full of great food, crafts and entertainment, is only 750m away.


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Via Vehicle

  • The Cascade Brewery – only 3.7km away in South Hobart.
  • Frogmore Creek Winery – about 17km on the other side of the Derwent River, Frogmore Creek have a wonderful cellar door and fantastic selection of wines.
  • Bruny Island – the ferry to cross to the island is 33km south in Kettering.
  • Tahune Airwalk – just over an hour away by vehicle is the Tahune Airwalk, a beautiful treetop walk amongst an ancient forest of trees that are at the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness.





The Essentials

Hobart Central YHA is located at 9 Argyle Street in the Hobart CBD.


To make a booking or enquire about accommodation, you can call them on 03 6231 2660, or check out the website.


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Bellingen YHA

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Bellingen YHA is one of our favourite hostels in Australia.  It’s so laidback and homely, occupied by friendly guests, and set amongst the beautiful lush country of the Waterfall Way.  The nearby village is just as carefree, featuring a few cafes, eateries and pubs.  The atmosphere is alternative, artistic and environmentally passionate, and it’s also home to a few music festivals, like the Bello Winter Music Festival, Jazz Festival, and Folk and Bluegrass Festival.



With the capacity to accommodate up to 32 guests, the Bellingen YHA is one of the smaller hostels in the country.  There are twin, double and multi-share rooms available, and if you have a big group, you can even book out the entire hostel.


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The common areas include unisex toilets, a cosy kitchen with gas cooking, and a balcony overlooking the Bellinger River.  There are plenty of places to relax and enjoy the beautiful serenity of the surrounding landscape.  There’s even a lurking kitty that loves to laze around on the balcony.


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To book a tour of the Dorrigo National Park or organise some canoeing along the river, just see the friendly tour desk at reception.  Also, Bellingen village is just a stone’s throw away.


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Things Nearby

Within 1km

  • The Federal Hotel is barely 80 metres from the entrance to the hostel. Grab a beer or cheap meal with one of their weekly food specials.
  • 5 Church Street – 140 metres around the corner, next to a wholefoods store is a funky little eatery that hosts live music gigs and pours the local beer made by the Bellingen Brewing Company.
  • The Supermarket – there is no main supermarket in town, which adds to the charming appeal of the little village. The local IGA is located on the main street, a few doors down from the Federal Hotel.

Surrounding Attractions

  • The Honey Place – only 18 minutes away in Urunga, the Honey Place stocks honey of varying flavours, has a great display of honey bees and native bees, and you can watch a riveting documentary about bees in the back room. Definitely worth the visit, even just to see the Big Bee Hive.
  • Dorrigo – a 28 minute drive to Dorrigo is worth the trip. There’s the nearby Dangar Falls, which are a beautiful sight, and in town is the Red Dirt Distillery – apparently the only distillery in Australia to make potato vodka.  Tastings are available, so make sure you try their Nocino liqueur.
  • Coffs Harbour – just over 30 minutes up the coast is Coffs Harbour, featuring the Big Banana, the Clog Barn and Sealy Lookout.


The Essentials

Bellingen YHA is located behind the Federal Hotel at 2 Short Street.  There is plenty of parking available in the adjacent car park.  The reception desk is open from 8am to 7pm, check in is after 2pm and check out is at 10am.  For more information, contact 02 6655 1116, email bellingen@yha.com.au or visit the website.


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Adventure : Thunderbird Park

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Thunderbird Park is the ultimate destination in Mount Tambourine.  You really don’t need to go anywhere else.  Set on 120 acres of rainforest, Thunderbird Park can take care of your meals and accommodation while you go on an adventure in the trees, challenge your friends on a mini golf course, fossick for prehistoric treasure or indulge in a massage in your lodge.


The Activities

There are so many activities at Thunderbird Park to cater for people of all ages and groups of all sizes.  Animal lovers can go horse riding, large groups can book themselves in for laser skirmish amongst the trees, there are some walking tracks around the park and several rock pools along Cedar Creek that are perfect for a swim.


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Tree Top Challenge

This was our favourite attraction at Thunderbird Park – an elevated ropes course in the trees with over 100 challenges like ladders, suspension bridges, rope crossings and exhilarating flying foxes.  As you make your way through the course, the challenges progressively get more difficult and the platforms get higher too.


Combining activity with fun, it’s a fantastic workout.  Allow yourself plenty of time to complete the courses – we played on the ropes for nearly three hours but Dave could’ve spent all day on them!  Bookings are essential and your admission covers equipment hire, training and access to the course for the entire time you’re at Thunderbird Park.


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Mini Golf Championship Course

The Championship Course is the newest addition to Thunderbird Park, with its grand opening on the 1st of January 2015.  It’s currently 9 holes, with future plans to extend it to 18 holes, and the professionally designed landscape includes rocks, sand bunkers, bridges and water hazards!


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Thunderegg Fossicking

This was great fun – we were given a bucket and a pick and sent to the mine to search for thunder eggs.  Thunderbird Park is home to the world’s largest deposit of thundereggs, prehistoric remnants that are over 200 million years old.  They’re created by bubbles in solidified volcanic lava.  Over the years, minerals seep into the bubbles and pressure causes crystallisation.  Any thundereggs that you take back to the Rock Shop can be cut open to reveal various shapes and colours inside.


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The Terrace Kiosk & Rainforest Restaurant

Breakfast with the Birds is available daily in the Rainforest Restaurant between 8am and 10am.  It’s a buffet style breakfast with both hot and cold items, or you can opt for more traditional breakfast dishes from the menu.


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Lunch at the Terrace Kiosk is available from 9am to 4pm.  We got the Italiano pizza with a small side of chips.  Both the pizza and the chips were great and a fantastic way to fuel up before doing the Tree Top Challenge.  They also do coffee and snacks, and because they’re licensed, you can even enjoy a beer or wine on the terrace.


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Dinner in the Rainforest Restaurant was wonderfully intimate.  We had the choice of ordering another pizza or trying something different – a chicken stir fry.  We went with the stir fry and it was delicious, full of tender chicken and fresh vegetables.


The Essentials

Accommodation options include powered and unpowered sites, bunk rooms or the luxurious Cedar Creek Lodges.  We stayed in a Creek Lodge, complete with a balcony overlooking the banks of Cedar Creek, a kitchenette, spa and heated towel racks, and a wood heater to keep us warm.  Our visit turned into a special weekend getaway.



Thunderbird Park has the capacity to cater for couples, families, groups and school camps, as well as conferences, events and weddings.  Wi-Fi access is available at the main building and there is an ATM near reception.


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For more information, call 07 5545 1468 or visit their website at http://www.thunderbirdpark.com/



Surfers Paradise YHA

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The Surfers Paradise YHA is a great place to base yourself as you explore the Gold Coast.  There are many attractions nearby and a tours desk at reception to fill your calendar, but if you prefer to have a quiet night in or socialise, the hostel hosts nightly activities like movie nights, pub crawls and guest BBQs.



The hostel is one of the smaller YHAs around Australia with around 100 beds.  Rooms vary from private en suite rooms to multi-share dorm rooms with bunk beds.  The common area includes a balcony looking east towards Main Beach, an indoor eating area and lounge with a television.  The kitchen is clean and spacious, with plenty of natural light.


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Tours can be booked downstairs at the reception desk, such as sailing, surfing, skydiving and kayaking.  There’s a free courtesy bus that shuttles to and from Surfers Paradise, and there’s also free parking and free Wi-Fi available.


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Things Nearby

Within 1km

  • Fishermans Wharf Tavern – a great pub overlooking the Gold Coast Broadwater.
  • Main Beach – 300 metres east is Main Beach, practically on the doorstep of the YHA.

Surrounding Attractions

  • Sea World – 2km north of the hostel is Sea World, a marine animal park with various rides and water activities.
  • Australia Fair Shopping Centre – on the other side of the Broadwater marina is a major shopping centre with plenty of shopping opportunities and supermarkets.
  • Surfers Paradise CBD – 4km south is the centre of Surfers Paradise, a commercial hub of the Gold Coast and a great place to go shopping, laze on the beach or have a few drinks at the pub.
  • Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet‘n’Wild Water World – Movie World is obviously a movie themed park with various rides and shows, while Wet’n’Wild has some of the biggest water slides in Australia. These theme parks are less than 20km from the hostel.


The Essentials

The Surfers Paradise is currently (June 2015) located at 70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, but it may be relocated closer to Surfers Paradise soon.


Check in is from 1pm daily and check out is at 10am.  To make a booking enquiry, email surfersparadise@yha.com.au, call 07 5571 1776 or visit the website.





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Brisbane City YHA

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When it comes to budget accommodation that’s close to the Brisbane CBD, you can’t go past the Brisbane City YHA.  This award winning hostel has a laid back atmosphere with friendly staff, themed floors so you always know where you are, and plenty of space to do your own thing.


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After enjoying our $100 Day in Brisbane, it was great to have somewhere close to come back to and enjoy a weekly activity.  That night, it was trivia with a BBQ, and we had so much fun, the trivia master invited Dave up to read out a few questions.


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With enough beds to sleep 373 guests, there are a variety of rooms, from multi-bed dorms to private rooms with an ensuite.  All the rooms have air conditioning, keyless entry and powered personal lockers for each bed.


The common areas on the upper level are spacious and clean, so you’ll never feel cramped.  There is a large stainless steel kitchen with plenty of bench space and storage for food, and there is both an indoor and outdoor eating area.


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The rooftop deck features a pool and awesome views of the city. There are regular events like movie nights, guided walking tours, Sunday morning pancakes and Friday BBQs, and there’s also a tours desk at reception for extra-hostel activities.  For those who prefer some quiet time, there is also a reading room, games room, lounge room with a TV and sun chairs by the pool.


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The Brisbane City YHA has a free wifi hotspot, but also offers extra WiFi via Global Gossip.  While there is limited street parking in the area (especially on game days), there is secure parking available onsite for $12 a day, and the hostel has disabled access.


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Things Nearby

Within 1km

  • Bus Stop – About 150 metres from the hostel, on the other side of Upper Roma Street.
  • Supermarket – there’s a Coles about 300 metres north, near the Caxton Street Precinct.
  • Caxton Street Precinct – a quick 400 metre walk will bring you to a variety of bars, nightclubs, food outlets.
  • The Train Station at the Brisbane Transit Centre – a 700 metre walk towards the city along Roma Street.
  • XXXX Brewery – for a great tour of the brewery or a delicious lunch, head west along Milton Road for 950 metres.
  • South Bank Precinct – walk across the William Jolly Bridge and within a kilometre, you’ll be at GOMA and Queensland Museum. A little further along is Streets Beach, the CityHopper ferry, Collective Markets, Arch of Flowers
  • Davies Street Markets


Surrounding Attractions

  • Brisbane CBD – a 1.2km walk towards the city will bring you to King George Square and the Brisbane City Hall. From here, you can catch a free city bus to look around the city or explore on your feet.
  • West End Markets – these markets are located in West End, 2.3 kilometres away. Cross the William Jolly Bridge and head west along Montague Road.
  • Mount Coot-tha Lookout and Brisbane Botanic Gardens – this is the highest mountain in Brisbane and gives great views of the city. It’s a quick 16 minute drive from the hostel.
  • Fortitude Valley – you can either walk the 2.6 kilometres to this nightlife hotspot, or catch the train from the Transit Centre.
  • Eat Street Markets – this is a great market for foodies, with stalls dishing out various international cuisines and yummy desserts. If you have a sweet tooth, try a cruffin or cronut – a croissant dessert like no other.
  • Ipswich – 35km west of Brisbane is Ipswich, a nice spot for a day trip. While there isn’t really that much going on, there are two great places to visit.  The wonderful 1950s décor at Deann’s Coffee House is a real treat while the beer at the Pumpyard is awesome.


The Essentials

The Brisbane City YHA is located at 392 Upper Roma Street, west of the CBD.  Check in is from 2pm every day and checkout is at 10am.  To make an enquiry, call 07 3236 1004 or email brisbanecity@yha.com.au.


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Helpex Alice Springs

Helpx : Housekeeping and the steelyard

Helpex Alice Springs


After four days of landscaping for a family, our second Helpex assignment was hanging out with Derren, his housemate Brad and their two dogs, Buddy and Buster.  Derren is probably the most active couchsurfing host in Alice Springs and told us stories about having up to 15 guests at one time!


Staying with Derren and Co. was easy.  In exchange for accommodation, food and facilities, Dave worked at their steel yard for about three hours a day during the week, which involved deliveries, putting away stock, fabricating metal and even brushing up on his forklift skills.  He also trimmed the grass at home.  On the other hand, Juz busied herself by cooking and cleaning at home and entertaining the dogs, but also did some filing in the office at the steel yard.


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We were definitely spoilt.  We had our own room with a comfortable bed, full use of the kitchen and whatever was stocked on the shelves and in the fridge, including the Nespresso coffee machine, as well as all the video clips, documentaries and movies we wanted, thanks to Foxtel.  Our stay in Alice Springs was perfectly timed with the World Cup so Dave was pretty happy about having a big screen TV to watch the games on, and we even let off fireworks in the garden for Territory Day.


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Derren and Brad were great company, and we had many stimulating conversations.  They also accompanied us on nights out in town and entertained us on nights in – dancing to music videos, singing and carrying on well into the early morning.  We know that we have friends in Alice Springs.


After some car troubles while we were in the West Macs, we came back to Alice and stayed with Derren and Brad again until we had everything fixed.  Thanks again guys!


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Alice Springs YHA

Alice Springs YHA

Alice Springs YHA


Alice Springs YHA isn’t your ordinary hostel.  The building that it lives in is soaked in history.


In the early 1940s, the only cinema in Alice Springs was Capitol Theatre.  In 1942, a guy named Snow Kenna built an open air theatre on the other side of town called the Old Pioneer Walk-In.  The screen faced south to minimise the light from the sun and moon, a light tower was built at the back to project the movies, and Kenna also built his home on the site.  This venue became really popular but after Kenna’s death in 1965, it changed ownership many times and due to the competition with a new drive-in theatre and the introduction of colour television, it closed in the early 1980s.


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In 1983, the building was leased out and converted into a market.  About 20 shops were built into the seating area but due to bad weather and poor ventilation within the walls, the project failed after a year.


By this time, there were talks about having the building demolished but the community protested.  Luckily, YHA bought the site in 1988 and nearly a year later on the 50th anniversary of YHA in Australia, work commenced to convert the old cinema to a hostel.  By June 1990, Alice Springs YHA was officially opened, with many of the old features still intact.  There’s even a picture of the building in the reception area taken in the 1950s.


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These days, you can still see the building where the movies were projected, and Snow’s old home is now known as the Kenna House, providing accommodation for travellers that come through Alice Springs.  Also, in 2012, a new desert-style accommodation house with a solar powered electricity system was installed with assistance from the Federal Government’s Solar City project and YHA’s Sustainable Hostels Fund.


The hostel takes pride in not being a party hostel so that accommodation is appropriate for all travellers.  Besides, the hostel is right in the centre of town so it makes sense to do your partying at the nearby pubs and bars.  That doesn’t mean it’s not a social hostel – movie nights, homemade scones and pancake breakfasts are some of the delights that guests enjoy.  There is also a resident kangaroo that hops around the site.



Alice Springs YHA had a great selection of air-conditioned rooms that include mixed, male and female only rooms, double and twin rooms, as well as a four-bed family room.


The common areas include BBQ facilities, a swimming pool, games room, laundry, lounge with TV, and a spacious, clean kitchen.  There is access to the internet in the reception area and you can also get access to WIFI.  The tour desk offers a wide variety of discounted backpacker tours to nearby attractions like Uluru and Kings Canyon, and bicycles are available for hire.


But the really cool thing about Alice Springs YHA is the big outdoor movie screen that shows Australian indigenous movies every night.




Things Nearby

On Foot

  • 100m from the hostel is Todd Mall where the fortnightly markets are held.  Browse the craft tables, food stalls and aboriginal art.  The Visitor Centre is also on Todd Mall, on the corner from the hostel.
  • 400m south on Todd Street is Rocky’s Pizza.  You’re not going to get a better pizza for 1000s of kilometres in any direction.  If you walk through Todd Mall, you’ll pass a few cafes that are open for breakfast.  Epilogue Lounge is also great for a cocktail.
  • 500m away on Hartley Street is your closest supermarket, Woolworths.  It’s within the shopping centre that also contains clothing stores and food outlets.  The post office is across the road.
  • 600m north is the base of Anzac Hill.  Climb to the top for great views of Alice Springs.
  • 1000m south on Bath Street is the Alice Springs Reptile Centre.  This is a great place to meet some reptiles from the Northern Territory, from snakes to lizards and crocs!




By Car

  • 5 minutes away and over the river is Lasseters Casino.  Enjoy a steak with sweet potato chips at the Juicy Rump before trying your luck on the Pokies.
  • About 10 minutes away, along Larapinta Drive, is Flynn’s Grave.  While the grave isn’t anything to write home about, this location is the beginning of the walk to the peak of Mount Gillen.  Make sure you have your hiking boots on – this is an epic climb and will take about 2 hours return.
  • The train station is about 2km from the hostel. Regular Ghan services are available to and from Adelaide and Darwin but its not cheap. There’s a travel agency opposite the Visitor Centre that can give you more information.
  • The airport is about 15km to the south.  An airport shuttle is available and costs $12.00 each way.


The Essentials

Alice Springs YHA is located on the corner of Parsons Street and Leichhardt Terrace.  Reception hours are from 7am to 8:30pm.  To make a booking, visit http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nt/central-australia/alice-springs-backpackers-hostel/


Phone: (08) 8952 8855

Email: alicesprings@yha.com.au

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Kimberley Klub YHA

Kimberley Klub YHA

If you’re looking for budget accommodation in Broome that is conveniently located, the Kimberley Klub YHA is the perfect choice!  With a vibrant and social atmosphere, lots of space and all the facilities that you’d need, this hostel will give you the opportunity to explore the surrounding attractions, meet new people and enjoy everything that Broome has to offer, including the Staircase to the Moon!



What really stands out about the Kimberley Klub YHA is the luscious surroundings; it’s like a tropical oasis with African thatched roofs, a rock-lined swimming pool and green palms all over the place.  There are regular theme nights, pizza and fish & chip nights, and during Broome’s annual horse racing event, guests get a free shuttle to the racecourse.  Kimberley Klub YHA guests are also privy to a free shuttle bus to Broome’s Nightclubs, as well as free entry, and if you love sport, there is a massive new projector screen for international coverage.



You have the choice of single, double and twin room, as well as multi-share dorms and female only dorms, all with air conditioning and clean linen.  The communal bathrooms are centrally located and cleaned daily.


The stainless steel communal kitchen has plenty of preparation space, stove tops and storage, and you can hire pots/pans, crockery and cutlery for free from reception.  There is also an outdoor BBQ with lots of undercover seating, as well as hammocks to laze in.  The lounge room has a large TV for movie nights and a ping pong table for those to like to get competitive.  The swimming pool is surrounded by a tropical garden, timber decking and sun chairs, and right next to it is a licensed bar.


The laundry is open for use from 1pm, there is a 24 hour internet café and WiFi, secure lockers, free luggage storage, a tours desk and bike hire, as well as regular shuttle buses to Cable Beach.




Courthouse Markets – running every Saturday from 8am to midday, the markets are located about 400 metres towards the town centre and it’s chockablock full of funky clothes, artistic creations, jewellery, food stalls and local products.

The Airport – almost across the road.  Fly into Broome and walk to the hostel – easy!

Broome PT Bus Stop – the bus that travels around Broome has a bus stop that is 300 metres down the road.

Town Centre & Chinatown – only 1km from the hostel, the town centre has cafes, restaurants, the supermarket and other shops and facilities.

Shopping Centre – about 800 metres west from the hostel, this is a good sized shopping centre with clothing stores, a petrol station, a food court and supermarkets.

The Roey – located in the town centre, this a great place for a drink and a meal.

Broome RSL – if you want to meet some true locals, the Broome RSL is the place to do it and it’s only 500 metres from the hostel!  On Friday nights, they sell meat packs for $10 that you cook on the BBQ yourself and eat with the free salads on offer.

Matso’s Brewery – this is a mandatory place to visit and is a quick 15 minute walk from the hostel.  The atmosphere is relaxed, the beer garden is spacious, and the award-winning beer is delicious and plentiful.

Town Beach – about 2km south from the hostel is a nice little beach just past the Matos Brewery, with a park that has a playground, toilets and BBQ/picnic facilities.




Kimberley Klub YHA is located at 62 Frederick Street in Broome. Reception is open 24 hours a day  and check in is after 1pm. To make a booking, visit the YHA Australia website


Phone: (08) 9192 3233

Email: broome@yha.com.au

Website: http://www.kimberleyklub.com/


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Excape Backpackers YHA

Excape Backpackers YHA, Exmouth

A great option for budget accommodation is located conveniently within the Potshot Hotel Resort.  Enjoy the laid back, social atmosphere in the common outdoor area or head to the pub for a beer.


Exmouth is the perfect place to base yourself as you explore the Ningaloo Reef.  Book a tour to swim with whale sharks and manta rays, go snorkelling or head west and explore the gorges of Cape Range National Park.




Dorm rooms, twin, double and single rooms available, all with an ensuite bathroom and air conditioning. The common areas include an undercover outdoor BBQ area, a spacious kitchen, laundry, and lounge with internet facilities.  All of this is next to the pub, which has a swimming pool and great Asian-style beer garden.



A quick 5 minute walk will bring you to the town centre, with two supermarkets, a pharmacy, bottle shop and more. Also, if you’re looking for a cheap dinner, Planet Burgers parks their food van behind the pub in the evenings.



Ningaloo Reef

A short drive north will bring you to the Ningaloo Marine Park boundary.  Learn about the turtles that come here to lay their eggs before you explore the beautiful sanctuary zones and go snorkelling at Lakeside or Turquoise Bay.  You will see the Harold E. Holt Naval Communications Station and Vlamingh Head Lighthouse on the way.  Make sure you head up to the lighthouse – the view is fantastic.


Cape Range National Park

If you want a change of scenery, check out Cape Range National Park.  Walking trails and lookouts allow you to appreciate the mangroves, gorges and rock formations.




The Excape Backpackers YHA is located in the Potshort Resort complex on Murat Road, right next to the Potshot Hotel.


Phone: 08 9949 1200

Email: exmouth@yha.com.au

Website:  http://www3.yha.com.au/hostels/wa/pilbara/exmouth/


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Bay Lodge YHA - the pool

Bay Lodge YHA, Shark Bay

If you’re heading to Shark Bay for a quick holiday or an extended stay, a great option for accommodation is the Bay Lodge YHA.  It’s inexpensive, friendly and super close to everything in Denham, and it’s right across the road from the beach!


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The self-contained units are air-conditioned and include a bathroom with toilet, a fully equipped kitchen and TV area.  Dorm rooms branch off from the common area of the unit, and each room has about 5 beds.


Outside the units is a brilliant outdoor area that includes a swimming pool with regular pool competitions, a huge BBQ area and an aviary full of cockatiels and parrots.  There is also a 24 hr internet cafe and guest laundry.



Bay Lodge also offers a free shuttle bus to Monkey Mia so you can meet the friendly dolphins as they come in for a morning munch.


Things Nearby

The closest activity is literally across the road – THE BEACH!  Go for a swim, enjoy snorkelling, or fish for your dinner at the town jetty.  The Bay Lodge can also arrange a spot for you on a local fishing charter boat.


The Supermarket – There is an IGA about 150 metres down the road and another supermarket on the other side of town.


The Shark Bay Hotel – the westernmost pub in Australia is only 600 metres from the hostel – ideal stumbling/crawling distance!


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François Péron National Park

A 5 minute drive north, past the Little Lagoon, will bring you this fantastic national park, but you can’t truly enjoy the natural beauty unless you traverse the 4WD track to Cape Péron.  If you don’t have an offroad vehicle, contact Ocean Park about their tours through François Péron National Park.


Monkey Mia

This renowned tourist attraction is only 30 minues east by car.  Get there by 7:30am to see the dolphins come in for breakfast.



Ocean Park

To the south of Denham is a fantastic opportunity to meet the kinds of animals that inhabit Shark Bay.  Turtles, tropical fish, sea snakes and sharks – Ocean Park is an great learning experience for everyone!


Shell Beach

About 45 minutes south is Shell Beach, which is made up of tiny cockle shells that stretch along the coastline for about 120km.  This is a great place to spend the afternoon, sunbaking and swimming.


Hamelin Pool and the mysterious Stromatolites

Hamelin Pool is the home of stromatolites, ancient bacterial organisms that have grown over thousands of years.  The turn off is about 26km west of the Overlander Roadhouse.


Steep Point

This is a massive trip that is best done over two days.  The drive to Shelter Bay and Steep Point takes about 3 hours and is only accessible by 4WD vehicles.  See the ranger about a camp spot, try your luck with a bit of fishing and get a sense of being at the edge of the world at the westernmost point of Australia.  Check out our post on Steep Point.



The Essentials

Bay Lodge YHA is located on the main street of Denham at 113 Knight Terrace.


FreeCall: 1800 812 780

Phone: (08) 9948 1278

Email: denham@yha.com.au

Website: http://baylodge.info/

To make a booking or enquiry, go to the YHA Australia website.


The front of the YHA has been painted with Nature's Window

Kalbarri Backpackers YHA

Whether you’re travelling in a group or you’re on your own, the Kalbarri Backpackers YHA is a great place to stay.  The welcoming atmosphere is relaxed and sociable and you’re just minutes away from all of the attractions in Kalbarri.



After you’ve spent the day swimming in the Murchison River or exploring the coastal gorges, head back to the YHA and cook up a few snags on the BBQs before heading out to one of the local pubs.  The information centre is close by if you wanted to find out about tours in the area and the IGA is just around the corner.



The dorm rooms have between 6 and 12 beds, and there are two double bed rooms available. The kitchen is fully equipped with crockery and cutlery, heaps of fridge space and a communal pantry.  Outside, there is a large undercover BBQ area with heaps of benches for a big group dinner.



There is also a swimming pool, communal laundry and heaps of gear for hire, like bikes, body boards, snorkel gear, fishing gear and board games.


Nearby Attractions

2 minutes

  • The Beach – the Murchison River mouth creates a safe, calm swimming spot that is perfect for cooling off in the summer heat.
  • Supermarket – there is an IGA just around the corner from the hostel, or you can walk further into town and visit the grocery store behind the Gilgai Tavern.



5 minutes

If you’ve got a 4WD, head north out of town and you’ll find a dirt track along the river. There’s a bit of sand, plenty of little side tracks to explore and some great views over the river from the high points.



10 minutes

  • The pubs – There are two pubs in town – the Kalbarri Motor Hotel and the Gilgai Tavern.
  • Chinaman Rock – a great fishing spot to catch a few dart.
  • TransWA Coach Terminal – located at the Kalbarri Beach Resort, buses depart from here three times a week.  Check out the TransWA website for more information. http://www.transwa.wa.gov.au/
  • Angie’s Café – a great little café that’s open for breakfast and lunch, they do decent chicken parma with garlic bread and salad for $12.95 and a plate of fish and chips for $10.  Bargain!



Kalbarri National Park

The town of Kalbarri is surrounded by national park.  A quick drive south of town will take you to the coastal gorges and rock formations, or you can drive 10 minutes inland and admire the gorges of the Murchison River. Check out our post on Kalbarri National Park.



The Details

Kalbarri Backpackers YHA is located at 51 Mortimer Street in Kalbarri – next to the caravan park.

Phone: (+61 8) 9937 1430


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Ping pong anyone? - Lancelin Lodge YHA

Lancelin Lodge YHA

Lancelin Lodge became a YHA in 1997 and is a clean and comfortable choice for accommodation in Lancelin.  In fact, this brilliant, 4-star hostel has been voted the best YHA hostel in Western Australia three times!  The owners, Trish and Trev, are super friendly and there is also a resident cat that won’t hesitate to cuddle up next to you on the couch.




With a variety of options from double, twin and family rooms to shared dorms, the capacity of the hostel is about 60 people.  There is a fully equipped kitchen with heaps of storage space and utensils, a spacious dining area and lounge with TV and DVD hire, hummocks, board games, books and a courtyard with a wood fire pizza oven.



If you prefer to be more active, there is a 15m swimming pool, ping pong table and beach volleyball court, as well as bikes and gear for hire if you want to spend some time in the surf.




The beach is a quick 300m walk from the hostel so you have fishing, windsurfing, snorkelling, surfing, and SUPing right at your finger tips.  There is a café about 250m up the road if you fancy a coffee and cooked breakfast and the shops with a bakery, surf shop, pharmacy, pizza shop and supermarket is a 10 minute walk up the road.  If you like a bit of offroad action, there are some great sand dunes just outside of town.


Endeavour Tavern – about 5 minutes to drive or 20 minutes to walk, this is the closest pub to the hostel.  A pint of Carlton Draught is about $9 and there is an awesome beer garden that overlooks the ocean, Lancelin Island and the town jetty.  There is an outdoor stage for live music on the weekend and inside are two pool tables.



Moore River – if you prefer fresh water, about 30 minutes south is Moore River.  Guilderton is the town where the mouth of Moore River meets the sea and while there isn’t much in town other than a roadhouse and a community of holiday houses, there is always the river for swimming, fishing and picnicking.   We checked out the rest area further upstream next to Indian Ocean Drive and it was fully equipped with toilets, picnic benches, BBQs and bins and the clear, fresh water is a great way to cool off in the summer sun.



The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park – this is a great attraction about 45 minutes north of Lancelin.  There is a great walking track that gives you a great opportunity to marvel at these mysterious limestone pillars.  The national park also has beaches and is covered in pretty flowers during the springtime.


Check out our post on The Pinnacles.


Lancelin Lodge YHA

10 Hopkins Street, Lancelin

Phone: 08 9655 2020

Email: accom@lancelinlodge.com.au

Website: www.lancelinlodge.com.au

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Perth City YHA

Perth City YHA

Located in an old heritage listed building that was built in 1939 and previously used to be used by St John’s Ambulance, the Perth City YHA is perfectly located in the heart of Perth with all the amenities at its fingertips.  Since its establishment in March 2006, the Perth City YHA has won the Gold Medal WA Tourism Award three years in a row, which has inducted them into the WA Tourism Hall of Fame!  It is also the only 4½ star hostel in Western Australia.


Perth City YHA


The old charm of the building is evident in the high ceilings, ornate cornices and the original lift, which is the oldest functional lift of its kind.  While the façade of the building is original, the rear of the building is a new purpose-built, 4 storey extension that increases the capacity of the hostel to accommodate for about 240 people.


We found the hostel to be breezy and welcoming.  Each level is colour-coded so you always know what floor you’re on, and all the facilities were clean and fully functional.  If you’re heading to Perth and are looking for some friendly accommodation at a great price, check out Perth City YHA.




There are 70 rooms, including 25 private twin or double rooms, four kitchen cubicles, a library, swimming pool, laundry, internet café, and even an in-house gym with cardio and resistance training equipment.


The hostel is air conditioning to keep you nice and comfortable and the reception is open 24 hours, just in case your train or plane leaves in the wee hours of the morning.  At reception is a travel desk where you can book your next tour, and there is also a luggage storage system for pre- and post- checkout, just in case you want to leave your hefty bag behind while you escape the city for a few weeks.


Within the hostel building is the Packaz Backpacker Bar & Café, which is open early for breakfast and is licensed to offer evening drinks.




2 minutes

  • Yellow CAT Bus Stop – this will take you from one end of the city to the other and intersects with the Red and Blue CAT Buses at Perth Railway Station.


5 minutes

  • Perth Train Station – your gateway to the rest of the city, including Fremantle, Mandurah, Armadale, Joondalup and historic Guildford.
  • Forrest Chase Shopping Centre and a major supermarket
  • Perth Shopping District & Murray Street Mall


10 minutes

  • Northbridge and the Perth Cultural Centre – a great atmosphere with heaps of restaurants and an active nightlife.
  • Perth Mint – go on a tour of the Perth Mint and learn about Western Australia’s golden history.



Location: 300 Wellington Street, Perth 6000

Phone: 08 9287 3333

Email:  perthcity@yha.com.au

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