Dave & Juz outside Adelaide Central YHA

Adelaide Central YHA

Dave & Juz outside Adelaide Central YHA


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.


Guests chilling out in the common room


Things within walking distance

1 minute

  • 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.


2 minutes

  • 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.


5 minutes

  • 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


10 minutes

  • 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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The beautiful Port Elliot Beach House YHA

The Port Elliot Beach House YHA

Dave and Juz outside Port Elliot Beach House YHA


Worn and weary, after a less than ideal Christmas day working on the Troopy to change the water pump, we rolled into Port Elliot.  We were to stay at the YHA here for about 10 days and we were looking forward to having a hot shower.  As we cruised through Port Elliot, it was eerily quiet… either from the Christmas hangover or the quiet before the New Years storm.  We turned south at The Strand and as we came over the crest, the Port Elliot Beach House came into glorious view.


The building was built in 1914 by the future mayor of Port Elliot, Mr Harry Handby, who named it the Arcadia Guest House.  It was the perfect seaside destination for holiday makers as it overlooked the beautiful Horseshoe Bay and since then, it has had a variety of functions, including an aged care facility for about 25 years.  In 2009, it went on the market and was purchased by YHA Australia.  They refurbished the building and it is now a spacious, comfortable hostel with a historic feel that accommodates up to 60 guests.


The beautiful Port Elliot Beach House YHA



Rooms include double shares, multi-shares, double rooms and family rooms.  The shared bathrooms are nice and clean, and there is even an unisex one upstairs.  If you’re after something a little more special, they also have The Suite, which is a self-contained room with lounge, bathroom and bedroom that overlooks the bay.



The indoor common areas include a television room with free movie hire, and a bookshelf filled with books and board games and a spacious dining area. The kitchen has all the gear – glasses, mugs, plates and cutlery with all the cookware your heart desires.  There are two sinks, kettles, toasters, microwaves and stoves.  They also have two fridges and pantry shelves to accommodate your food too!  If you’ve run out of cereal, check out the mini store, which is also stocked with tuna, beans and milk.


Outside in the backyard, you’ll find a large deck with sun chairs, a BBQ area, large tables for al fresco dining, as well as a ping pong table. The laundry shed has two machines at $3 a load, and there is even a vegetable and herb garden with lots of tomatoes, beets and mint.



One thing we noticed on the first day was the awesome soundtrack that played throughout the hostel.  Tunes from artists like The Cure, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Beck, Primus, Queens of the Stone Age, the list goes on.  We were in heaven.  Plus, the staff at the hostel were awesome and always willing to chat and offer suggestions of where to swim, fish or hang out.


Things within walking distance

2 minutes

  • Hotel Elliot – the closest pub.  A great location with a fabulous beer garden.  Sit in for a pint and a parmi, or try one of their gourmet pizzas, but make sure you have a wad of cash in your wallet.  If you have a YHA membership, you’ll get a 10% discount on meals.
  • The Cockle Train Station – catching the train to either Goolwa or Victor Harbor is a short trip and costs $6.50 per adult for one stop.  A bit pricey but if you’ve walked all the way to Victor Harbor, you probably don’t want to walk all the way back.

5 minutes

  • Port Elliot town centre with a grocery store, bakery and café.
  • The Royal Family Hotel – on the main road in town, this is the second closet pub from the YHA but if you’re after a true blue pub meal that won’t send you bankrupt, this would be the place to go.
  • Horseshoe Bay – the YHA overlooks the bay so you practically have the sea at your doorstep.  You have the choice of lazing along the beach, jumping off the jetty or snorkelling at the breakwater.
  • Port Elliot Bakery – one of the best bakeries in the region, it’s usually busy and has a great selection of soft bread and delicious pies.



Victor Harbor is a 1.5 hour walk west along the coast, or you make the trip in 30 minutes on your bike. Middleton is the next town to the east and takes about 50 minutes to walk to the Middleton Tavern.  By car, The McLaren Vale wine region is about 45 minutes north and Deep Creek Conservation Park is about 45 minutes west.


If you’re a YHA member, accommodation starts at $25 for a bed in a mixed dorm room, but if you’re after something a little more private, the Suite is available for $144 a night.  Book now at yha.com.au!


We’d like to extend a massive Thank You to Ben and Chris for being so hospitable and friendly.  We had an amazing time at the Port Elliot Beach House YHA and we look forward to visiting again once we’ve circumnavigated Australia!


Dave and Juz with Ben from the Port Elliot Beach House YHA


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BIG4 Playground & Jumping Pillow

BIG4 : Blue Lake Holiday Park

Our accommodation of choice while staying at Mount Gambier was the BIG4 Blue Lake Holiday Park.  Located only 2km from the city centre, it sits snugly between the famous Blue Lake and Valley Lake.

The staff were absolutely lovely, willing to chat and have a laugh.  From the moment we walked in, we got a great vibe.  We had a feeling that we were going to be comfortable and have an enjoyable time.



Facilities include toilets, hot showers and laundries, as well as a kiosk, tennis court, games room, swimming pool, playground with jumping pillow.  You have the option of cabins, powered or unpowered sites, and dog-friendly sites.


We chose an unpowered site at the back of the park with close access to BBQ and camp kitchen facilities, toilets and showers, a coin-operated laundry with clothes lines and a tap. All the amenities were functional and clean, and the park was covered with thick, soft grass.



We’d like to say a big thank you to the lovely ladies at reception for letting us borrow a power point overnight so that we could charge our new jump-start kit, and for letting us stay a few hours after checkout time so that we could work on getting the truck started after a wiring issue.


Dave fixing a wiring issue in the Troopy


YHA Melbourne - The cafe serves up a variety of foods at a great price!

Melbourne Metro YHA, North Melbourne

YHA Melbourne - The cafe serves up a variety of foods at a great price!

Weathermen all over Victoria were getting excited today, for they would shine as brightly as the sun and report that summer had finally arrived with Melbourne’s first heatwave of the year.  In fact, today Melbourne was the hottest city in Australia, just beating Adelaide by 0.8 degrees.


It just so happened that today was booked for us to run some final errands before the big departure day, and one of our stops was at Melbourne Metro YHA in North Melbourne.  This YHA hostel is eco-tourism accredited and utilises solar hot water, electronic thermostats and a comprehensive recycling program.


We had a look around and really loved the atmosphere of this place.  There is a cafe that serves up great food and hosts regular social nights, while the Rooftop deck upstairs has facilities for a twilight BBQ.  There is plenty of tourism information available on the ground floor and the community corkboard even advertises jobs that are ideal for travellers.



  • Cafe
  • BBQ
  • WiFi
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Lounge


Things Within walking distance…

2 minutes

  • The 55 Tram on Peel Street will take you through the city to Southbank.
  • Food Mart on Peel Street – the closest grocery store

10 minutes

  • Queen Victoria Market on the corner of Peel and Victoria Streets
  • Seven Seeds Cafe at 114 Berkeley Street – passionate about coffee and makes the perfect ‘cascading’ cup.
  • Town Hall Hotel on Errol Street – an awesome pub with a traditional feel and wicked parmas

20 minutes

  • Melbourne Central Shopping Centre & Train Station
  • Festival Hall on Dudley Street – one of Melbourne’s great live music venues
  • Lygon Street – The Italian cultural precinct of Melbourne.  Enjoy the pizza, the cakes and the gelati.



Location:  78 Howard Street, North Melbourne 3051

Phone: 03 9329 8599

Website: Melbourne Metro YHA

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30 Days of Packing Accommodation Holiday Guides

Day 25 : Accommodation Guides

We love camping but when we are in cities and towns, it will be good to know where we can rest up for the night.  An accommodation guide is a great planning tool because it contains locations, contact numbers and the facilities available.


When you sign up for a BIG4 Holiday Park membership, you receive a holiday guide that lists where all of their 180 parks are.  With that many locations – BIG4 has got Australia covered.