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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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$100 front

$100 Day : Sydney

$100 Day


Sydney is the biggest city in Australia, so this $100 Day was epic.  So epic that you might have to split it into a few days to make sure you can get the most out it!


We’d like to dedicate this $100 Day to Blake, the awesome bloke we met in Newcastle at the YHA. Blake – if you’re reading this, make contact with us. You are always welcome to stay with us when you’re in Melbourne.




1. If you plan to travel around Sydney for a few days, grab yourself an Opal Card, top it up with some cash.  Otherwise, you can buy a single ticket for the ferry into Circular Quay for $6.20.


2. Grab a coffee at The Fine Food Store.


3. Go for an explorative stroll through the alleys and laneways of the Rocks, and pop in to the Sydney Harbour YHA for some insight into how life was back in the old days.  If it’s the weekend, they hold a great market here from 10am.


4. Do the Pylon Lookout for great views of the harbour and city.


5. Make your way through Circular Quay to Bennelong Point and marvel at the architecture of the Sydney Opera House.


6. Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens on your way to Martin Place, the heart of Sydney. Peek into the Channel 7 Studios, gape at the GPO, and if you feel like it, duck into Lindt Café and grab some chocolates for $9.99 per 100g.


7. Head south along Elizabeth Street to Hyde Park.  Check out Archibald’s Fountain, The Pool of Reflection and whatever street performers are lingering around before ducking across the road to St Mary’s Cathedral.  Nearby is the St James Church – sometimes they do free lunchtime chamber concerts.


8. Hungry yet? Head back to George Street and catch the free shuttle bus down to Haymarket.


9. Market City has an awesome food court with a great selection of Asian food.  Have a filling lunch.


10. Go for a quick stroll through Chinatown and head towards the Chinese Garden of Friendship.


11. It’s time for beer – walk down Liverpool Street to the World Square, and duck into the Sydney Brewery for a beverage.  At $5 for a schooner, you can’t go wrong.  We recommend the Lovedale Lager.


12. From the brewery, head back to George Street and go north towards Sydney Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building.  If you feel like ice cream, duck in to Regent Place and grab a sea salt soft serve sprinkled with pop rocks from Aqua S to share.


13. From here, you can take the bus home.  If you have a topped up Opal card, great – otherwise buy a single bus ticket from $2.40.  Ticket costs depend on how far you’re going.






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Bam… a massive day of sightseeing and eating with 70 cents to spare.  Of course, there is heaps more to see, like Luna Park on the other side of the river, and heaps more to eat, like Mr Crackles in Darlinghurst or Vienna Sandwiches in North Sydney – but we’re only human and we can’t do it all.


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Sydney Harbour YHA

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Sydney Harbour YHA is not your ordinary YHA.  It’s a new purpose-built hostel with state of the art facilities that’s located within the historic Rocks precinct of Sydney.  It boasts incredible views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge and has won more than 30 awards, but the real feature of this hostel is that it is built on top of the archaeological remains of colonial Sydney.


The Hostel

When Sydney was first established, most of the convicts were sent to the Rocks to live.  Houses were built on actual rocks (hence the name), and the suburb earned itself the reputation of being a rough neighbourhood.  The bubonic plague hit Sydney in the early 1900s, and because the Rocks was densely populated, it was assumed that it would suffer the most casualties.  Despite the deaths of only three people, most of the buildings were demolished and those who survived the plague were moved to other suburbs.


The current YHA site was not used much between 1901 and 1994, it was mainly an empty lot for car parking.  In 1994, excavations of the current YHA site began and the foundations of over 30 colonial homes were found, as well as thousands of artefacts.  The insight that these discoveries have provided show that perhaps the Rocks wasn’t such a scummy place after all, with some of the artefacts quite fine and expensive, and evidence of a healthy diet.


The area was in limbo because of its archaeological significance so the public was invited to make suggestions on how to utilise the land.  YHA submitted a tender which was approved, and in 2008, construction of the hostel began.  The hostel was built around the archaeological dig, and officially opened in April 2010 with only 2% of the site being affected due to construction.  Over a million dollars were spent to make the hostel environmentally friendly and sustainable, and many of the archaeological remnants are displayed in cases within the hostel.


The adjacent The Big Dig Archaeology Educational Centre also opened at this time and accommodates large educational groups from primary school students through to uni groups.  About 30% of the guests at the hostel are educational groups and there’s a separate dining room for large groups.  A great part of The Big Dig is the façades around the building that simulate a glimpse back to colonial times.


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There are 354 beds in the Sydney Harbour YHA, and a percentage of your accommodation fee goes to the archaeological upkeep and development of The Big Dig Centre.  Accommodation options include air conditioned multishare dorms and double/twin accommodation, and all rooms have ensuites – some with separate toilet and bathroom.  Many rooms also have views of the Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House.


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The common areas are colourful, modern and spacious.  There’s a large fully-equipped kitchen with plenty of storage space and a huge lounge and dining area.  The rooftop has a BBQ area and sun chairs, as well as unobstructed views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and CBD.  The hostel has accessibility access, free Wi-Fi hotspots for guests and a coffee bar at reception.


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Things Nearby

Within 1km

  • BridgeClimb – one of the most unique Sydney experiences is only 300m down the street.
  • The Fine Food Store –located on the corner of Mill and Kendall Lane, this café makes great coffee and a tasty croque le grill.
  • Supermarket – there is a major supermarket in the Metcentre on George Street, about 700m south of the hostel.
  • Circular Quay – one of the major terminals of the Harbour City Ferries is only 750m away. Catch the ferry to Manly! It is also a busy bus terminal serviced by the free city bus.





Surrounding Attractions

  • Martin Place – 1.2km away in the heart of Sydney, Martin Place is a pedestrian mall with an entrance to the underground railway station.
  • Sydney Opera House – while you can see the Opera House from the rooftop of the hostel, there’s no harm walking 1.6km to see it up close. While you’re there, why not have a beer at the Opera Bar.
  • Sydney’s Luna Park – the 2.2km walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge will warm you up for a day of fun.
  • Market City – south of the city, 2.5km away is Market City. While there are stalls that sell stuff, the best thing is the food court upstairs that dishes out great value Asian meals.


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The Essentials

Sydney Harbour YHA is located at 110 Cumberland Street in The Rocks.  Reception is open 24 hours.  For more information about accommodation and availability, phone 02 8272 0900, email sydneyharbour@yha.com.au, or visit the website.


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Glebe Point YHA, Sydney NSW

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Our first night in Sydney was spent at Glebe Point YHA, a relaxed hostel in Sydney’s inner city area. With public transport nearby, it’s just minutes from the city centre and there’s plenty to do within walking distance, like restaurants and cafes, pubs and shopping centres.



The hostel sleeps 151 guests and has a variety of accommodation options, such as multi-share dorms, double/twin rooms and ensuite rooms.  There’s plenty of space around the hostel, so it’s great for families too.


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On the ground floor, you’ll find the reception area and tours desk, with jobs and car sales noticeboards nearby.  There’s also a funky games room with a few consoles for any gaming nerds.


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Downstairs is another games area, with a ping pong table, pool table and fusball table.  If you’re looking for a more quiet stay, there is a study area and free Wi-Fi.  The kitchen is fully decked out with gas stoves, toasters and microwaves, and there’s heaps of storage space for food and fridge stuff.


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One of our favourite parts of the hostel was the rooftop area.  With BBQs, sun chairs, comfortable lounges and an awesome view of city, you could spend all day up there.


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Things Nearby

Within 1km

  • Bus Stop – 35m from the hostel. How good is that!  The 431 bus will take you through the guts of the city, all the way to the Rocks.
  • Supermarket – The closest supermarket is Lucky 7, about 270m down the road. If you want a bigger supermarket, IGA is 800m from the hostel, while the major supermarkets are 1.6km away at Broadway Shopping Centre.
  • Pub – the Toxteth Hotel is only 400m away and does trivia, cheap meals and live music.
  • Light Rail – The Glebe Light Rail is a 750m walk away towards the Toxteth and takes you all the way into the city.


Surrounding Attractions

  • Market City – 2.7km. Markets and the best Asian food court in Sydney.
  • Martin Place – 4.2km. The heart of Sydney and the location of the Channel 7 studios and Lindt Café.
  • Young Henry’s – 4.2km. A great craft brewery in the backstreets of Newtown.
  • Bridgeclimb – 5.6km. For a unique Sydney experience, check out Bridgeclimb.  If you have an Opal card, it’s a short bus trip away.
  • Sydney Opera House – 5.6km. Australia’s most famous icon.
  • Sydney’s Luna Park – 7km. Just for Fun!

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The Essentials

Glebe Point YHA is located at 262-264 Glebe Point Road.  Reception is open in the morning from 8:30am-12:30pm and in the afternoon from 4:00pm-7:30pm.  To make a booking or enquiry, call 02 9692 8418, email glebe@yha.com.au or visit their website https://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/sydney-surrounds/glebe/


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Newcastle Beach YHA

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The Newcastle Beach YHA is the perfect place to base yourself while you explore Australia’s second oldest city.  This friendly hostel is located in the heart of the city CBD and offers comfortable accommodation in a historic building, which at one point used to be a gentlemen’s club.


We shared our dorm room with two other guys, one of which was staying in Newcastle for work.  We liked Blake immediately, and ended up spending the night with him downstairs in the lounge room, sharing honey bourbon, wine and stories from our lives.  We finally went to bed at around 1am, but when we woke in the morning, he had already left for work.  We were sad that we didn’t get to say good bye properly, and he must have felt the same way because he had left a very heart warming note on the Troopy.  We truly hope that we cross paths with Blake again…



The Newcastle Beach YHA sleeps 99 guests in a variety of multi-share dorms, double and twin rooms.  It can cater to families and large groups as well.  Some rooms even open out onto a communal balcony.


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The main lounge room is huge, and is cosily furnished in rich wooden furniture, mahogany chesterfield lounges, traditional rugs and a grand fireplace.  There are a few other little nooks and crannies where you can lodge yourself if you prefer a smaller space.  There’s a billiard table in the main lounge room, but there’s also a games room with a ping pong table and internet access, as well as the outdoor courtyard.  There is also a great selection of books under the majestic staircase.


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The kitchen is downstairs in the basement and has plenty of storage and seating.  The long, narrow kitchen has gas cooking and all the utensils you need to cook a nice meal.  There’s also a laundry and toilet downstairs too.


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Information about tours, surrounding attractions, and weekly hostel activities like BBQs and pizza nights is available on the ground floor.  The Hunter Valley Wine Region is so close – book yourself in for a tour so you don’t have to be a designated driver!  If the beach is more your style, you can hire surfboards and body boards for free from reception.


Things Nearby

Within 1km

  • Good Brother Espresso 200m – quite possibly the best coffee in Newcastle, conveniently located around the corner from the hostel.
  • Lock Up Cultural Centre 250m – the old jail has been converted into an art gallery, so you can appreciate creativity and Newcastle’s criminal history all in one go.
  • Supermarket – the closest supermarket is 300m away but it’s a little one, so if you need something in particular, the closest major supermarket is at Marketown Shopping Centre, 2.2km away.
  • The Grand Hotel 400m – the closest pub that offers awesome lunchtime specials. Get the New York sandwich – it’ll blow your mind.
  • Harry’s Café de Wheels 900m – great for lunch, a snack, or a seedy hangover cure, this historic food outlet is worth a look, if not a taste.
  • The Obelisk 1km – this landmark offers a little insight into the history of the area, as well as awesome views of town and the coast.
  • Foghorn Brewhouse 1km – set in a spacious warehouse with trendy fittings, the Foghorn Brewhouse offers a great selection of beers, but if you can’t decide, then go with a tasting paddle.


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Surrounding Attractions

  • Newcastle Museum 1.5km – one of the best museums we have visited in Australia. The interactive science section is so much fun.
  • Darby Street Precinct 1.5km – cafes and restaurants set along a funky street with plenty of street art.
  • Bogie Hole 1.6km – carved out by convicts in the early 1800s, this is the oldest surviving ‘construction’ in the city.
  • Nobby’s Lighthouse and Breakwater Walk 2.5km one way – this is a very nice walk, or run if you’re into fitness, and there’s a giant pencil.
  • Hunter Valley YHA 60km – Base yourself here while you explore the Hunter Valley Wine Region.


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The Essentials

The Newcastle Beach YHA is located at 30 Pacific Street.  The reception is open from 7am to 10:30pm, with check out at 10am and check in from 2pm.  To enquire about accommodation, contact them on 02 4925 3544, email newcastle@yha.com.au or visit their website.


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The Hunter Valley YHA

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The Hunter Valley YHA is located in the heart of the wine country and is the perfect place to stay while you taste the region.  The purpose built hostel is set in a quiet location and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.  The onsite vineyard yields grapes that are sent to local winemakers for bottling.  The resulting wine is available for purchase at the hostel.


We spent only one night at the Hunter Valley YHA.  It was a great way to get settled in the area and with the winter chill settling in, having a warm meal and a warm bed was priceless.


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The hostel sleeps 48 guests, and each room opens out onto a veranda that wraps around the whole building.  During the winter, extra blankets are provided to keep you toasty and warm.


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Recent renovations have brought new life to the kitchen, bathrooms and lounge area, with plush faux leather couches, new tables and a brand new conduction stove.  Outside is a BBQ area that overlooks the vineyard, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see a cute bunny or two grazing on the grass.


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The adjacent shed houses the laundry, which costs $3 per load for washing and another $3 to dry.  There’s a clothes line as well if you have the time.  There is also a swimming pool with hammocks for the warmer months. While you’re at the Hunter Valley YHA, book yourself in for a wine tour.  Alternatively, get a big group together and rent out the entire hostel!


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Things Nearby

Within 1km

  • The Hunter Beer Co. – only 700m away, enjoy a night out drinking craft beer. Next door is the Potters Hotel and Brickworks Brasserie that pours Hunter Beer Co. brews and has a nice menu.


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Surrounding Attractions

  • Cessnock – only 2.7km away, this is the closest town to the hostel and has supermarkets, cafes and various other services that you may require. Hotel Cessnock does a great cheap lunch deal if you’re hungry.
  • Wineries – the closest cluster of wineries is around 3.5km away to the west.
  • Kurri Kurri – 15km to the east is Kurri Kurri, a cute little town with one of Australia’s newest big things, the Big Kookaburra.
  • Newcastle – the closest city to the Hunter Valley, Newcastle is only 1 hour away.


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The Essentials

The Hunter Valley YHA is located at 100 Wine Country Drive in Nulkaba.  Reception is open from 8am to midday, then from 5pm to 8pm.


To make an enquiry, call 02 4991 3278 or email huntervalley@yha.com.au.  Alternatively, you can visit their website.




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Port Macquarie YHA : Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers

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Centrally located within walking distance to everything you need, Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers is the perfect place to spend a few nights while you relax in carefree Port Macquarie.  The hostel has a very cool vibe with a surf shack feel, and there are a few feathered residents to get to know, like Cheeky the rainbow lorikeet.




We rolled in on a Saturday night and while we were hoping for a quiet night, we got swept up in the social vibrations of the other guests.  We met a few internationals from Holland and Austria, as well as a friendly American named Brian who we ended up hanging out with the next day at Black Duck Brewery.



The hostel sleeps 68 guests, with various rooms available like multi-share dorm rooms and private rooms.  Each room opens to a lovely courtyard and the surrounding common areas.


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The kitchen is spacious with conduction stoves and plenty of bench space and storage room for food.  Outside are a few picnic benches for socialising, and on cold nights a wood heater keeps everyone warm.



One of the most impressive things about the Port Macquarie YHA is the theatre room, which has couches arranged like a cinema and the best and biggest VHS collection we have seen at any hostel.  There’s also a games room with a pool table and a quiet reading room as well. At the back is the swimming pool, with a poolside cabana.


Book your tours and activities at reception.  While you’re there, hook yourself up with free boogie board hire (deposit required) and cheap bike hire (deposit required).


Things Nearby

Within 1km

  • Supermarket – there is an IGA around 800 metres away on Gordon Street, along with a few pizza shops and a bakery, but if you’re looking for a major supermarket, you will have to walk just over 1km either way.

Surrounding attractions

  • Town Centre – just over 1km away, the Town Centre features a shopping centre, the information centre, and the Town Green. Follow the Hello Koala Sculpture Trail or watch the boats cruise through the mouth of the Hastings River.  Nearby is the Breakwall, which is colourfully graffitied with various pictures and messages.
  • The Black Duck Brewery – only 3.5km away, the Black Duck Brewery has an awesome selection of beers so there is something for everyone.


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The Essentials

Ozzie Pozzie is located at 36 Waugh Street near the town centre. Reception is open from 8am to 2pm, and 5pm to 10pm.  To contact the hostel, phone 02 6583 8133 or email portmacquarie@yha.com.au.  More information can be found on the website.


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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.





Coober Pedy

Eating Out : John’s Pizza Bar, Coober Pedy SA

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We were absolutely starving and after having a quick browse for what was available in town, there was no question where we were going to have lunch.  John’s Pizza Bar not only looked good and smelt good, but the prices were pretty good too.  It’s a family owned and operated business that is run by the Ikonomopoulos family and has won many awards due to their great quality, affordable food and delicious pizzas.


We walked in and discovered that the place was licensed.  Brilliant – let’s have a drink while we wait for our food.  Dave got the steak sandwich and Juz got a mixed yiros. We didn’t have to wait too long for our lunch to arrive.


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Both were served with a small side of delicious, crunchy chips, which was totally unexpected. Juz stuffed these into her yiros… just because.


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Apart from being the perfect size to satisfy our hunger, both of our meals were absolutely delicious.  All up, our two drinks and two meals was about $30 – which is an awesome deal for lunch and a bevy.




$100 Day

$100 Day : Darwin

$100 Day

Because we were in Darwin for so long, we figured we’d suss out as much as we could and construct an ideal $100 day.  Also, because of the two seasons, we figured it’d be best to put together TWO $100 days to suit whatever time of the year you decide to visit Darwin.


So, here are our action-packed $100 days in Darwin for both the wet season and the dry season.




1. Fish Feeding @ Aquascene $15 each (feeding times depend on the tides – check their website for the schedule)


2. Stroll through Bicentennial Park


3. Check out the Town Hall Ruins and Parliament House


4. Take the stairs down to The Waterfront (if you go on Sunday, you might catch the live music Sunday Sessions)


5.Lunch for two at Chow!

approx. $40

6. Bus to The Gardens


7. Stroll through George Brown Botanic Gardens


8. A Dinner for two @ Mindil Markets

approx. $20


approx $96






1. 1. Crocosaurus Cove (if you have the cash to spend, do the Big Croc Feed Experience for $79 per adult)


2. Two kebabs from Darwin’s Kebabs


3. Walk through Smith Street Mall


4. Take a look at Parliament House and the Town Hall Ruins


5.Check out The Waterfront


6. Two pints of craft beer @ The Precinct


7. Watch the sunset/lightning show from Stokes Hill Wharf



approx $103



Darwin YHA

Darwin YHA

Darwin YHA


Located only a few hundred metres away from the heart of Darwin’s nightlife, Darwin YHA gives you the convenience and affordability of an inner city hostel while still providing a quite place to rest your head.


Unlike the hostels further down Mitchell Street, Darwin YHA is not a rowdy party hostel – even though they have a public bar adjoining their building!  The Darwin YHA is a former motel that was converted to a hostel around seven years ago and has a friendly atmosphere that caters for guests of all ages.



There are 168 beds available, with mixed or single sex dorms containing either four or six beds, as well a private double and family rooms.  Each room has air conditioning, a fridge and an ensuite, instead of a large shared bathroom.


The communal areas include a cosy kitchen and large outdoor BBQ area with lots of seating, a swimming pool surrounded by sun chairs and a dedicated TV room.  There is also wifi available, off-street parking and a well equipped laundry room.


The Dry Season is the best time to visit Darwin, so don’t be surprised if the Darwin YHA gets super busy during this time.  Book ahead to ensure you get a bed or come a little earlier in April.  Carolyn and her team at Darwin YHA also run social events (BBQs, etc) during the Dry Season and are more than happy to help you arrange tours and day trips.




To the South

Bus stop – 200m – Darwin’s public transport system is a network of buses that run from Darwin, Casuarina and Palmerston interchanges to service Greater Darwin and some rural areas.  For more information on bus times and routes, visit http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/public/bus/darwin

Fox Ale House – 220m – This is a great spot for a cheap feed and late night live music on the weekend.

Ducks Nuts – 220m – across the road from the Fox Ale House, Ducks Nuts Bar and Grill is a favourite amongst the locals and tourists.  It’s great for breakfast and coffee, and if you feel like dressing up and dancing when the sun goes down, there is a vodka bar at the back.

Crocosaurus Cove – 400m – an absolute must see destination when in Darwin. Experience of a lifetime!

Shennanigans – 450m – this is a great drinking location with awesome trivia on Tuesday nights.  Try the Sweet Potato Salad or Chicken Parmigiana.

Waterfront Precinct – 1.5km – with a great selection of pubs and restaurants, the Waterfront is a great place to spend your Sunday afternoon.  Have a picnic next to the Recreation Lagoon or have a dip in the Wave Lagoon.

Deckchair Cinema – 2km – another great attraction that is open during the Dry Season, the Deckchair Cinema is a great way to relax while enjoying a movie under the stars.



To the North

Aquascene –550m – this attraction relies on the tides so check their website for fish feeding sessions. The gardens are wonderful as well.

Nirvana – 700m – one of Darwin’s popular destinations for food and live entertainment. http://www.nirvanarestaurantdarwin.com/default.html

Mindil Beach – 2km – during the Dry Season, enjoy the Mindil Beach Markets on Thursday and Sunday nights.  Territory Day, the Beer Can Regatta and various cultural events are also celebrated at Mindil Beach.


Tours are also available to Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve.



Darwin YHA is located at 97 Mitchell Street in Darwin city.  Reception is open from 6am to 10pm – to make a booking, visit the YHA Australia website: http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nt/darwin-surrounds/darwin-yha-backpackers-hostel/


Phone: (+618) 8981 5385

Email: darwin@yha.com.au


Darwin YHA

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Op Shopping

Budget Travel : Op Shopping

Op Shopping


We love op shops and second hand stores. 


For under $50, Dave got his entire work wardrobe of three pairs of pants, five shirts, a pair of shoes and even a bag.  Juz scored Arnie’s autobiography Total Recall at a little book exchange in Perth for a fraction of the retail price.  We’ve picked up shorts, bikini tops, egg poachers, baking pans, thongs and loads of books from op shops and while we paid no more than a few dollars, these items have been invaluable!


We think op shopping is great and here are a few reasons why:

  • It’s economical! – Second hand clothes/furniture/books are much cheaper than new ones because items are donated and the staff are usually volunteers.  Cheap clothes are especially good while you’re travelling because shorts and tshirts tend to get tattered quickly so it doesn’t hurt as much to turn them into rags when you only paid a couple of dollars for them.
  • It supports charities! – Shopping at op shops contributes to charities that help people who are less fortunate.   You can donate further by giving your old clothes, books, furniture and home wares to your local Opportunity Shop.  Some will even collect larger items from your house.
  • Environmentally friendly! – Buying second hand goods is recycling and keeps perfectly good things out of landfill.
  • Unique! – Take the opportunity to find something truly special and one of a kind.
  • Quality! – Second hand clothes have stood the test of time and are very resilient!  We’ve found items at op shops that have lasted many years and are still around today.  Dave’s $2 thongs from Mount Gambier are a great example.  They were brand new, still in the wrapper and lasted all the way around the south and west coasts to Darwin, then it was finally time to let them go.
  • Variety! – Mainstream shops sell the same clothes and it’s hard to find something in particular if it doesn’t fit in with the latest fashion.  Op shops have a greater variety of colours, styles and sizes to suit every body type and personality.  Juz loves finding shorts that fit her butt just right.
  • Creativity! – If you’re equipped with the skill and a sewing machine, you can make a wardrobe of entirely unique items.  Perhaps you’ll find a dress with great fabric but the design is a bit frumpy – take it home and reinvent it!
  • Fun! – Go on the hunt for something that is hilarious, hideous or truly you!


Op Shopping


Sticking to a relatively tight budget while staying in Darwin, we chose to look for things we needed at op shops to see if we could get a bargain.  Here is a list of most of the op shops in and around Darwin, including Salvos, St Vinnies and Red Cross outlets, making this list probably the most complete list of op shops in Darwin on the interwebs.


City Centre

Darwin Red Cross, 12/32 Smith St, Darwin

Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm, Sat 9am-2pm

Expensive – Mainly women’s clothes.


Darwin Memorial Uniting Church Opportunity Centre, 78 Smith Street, Darwin

Weekdays 9.30 am – 3.30 pm and Saturdays 10am – 12pm

Juz’s favourite.  Super cheap prices and super lovely staff/volunteers. They get excited about the bargains you’re getting! They do ticket sales and Dave scored a pair of work pants for $1.


Darwin Salvos, 45 Stuart Hwy, Stuart Park

Mon – Fri 9.30-5.30 and Sat 9am-1pm

Large, spacious store. Friendly staff. High-ish prices. Plenty of women’s clothes, some men’s clothes (mostly size large or bigger), lots of kid’s clothes, plenty of books, toys, bric-a-brac and some furniture.


St Vinnies, 2 Westralia St, Stuart Park

Mon – Fri 7:30am-6pm and Sat and Sun 9am-4pm

Cheap prices but a bit untidy.


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Northern Suburbs

Casuarina Salvos, 13 Scaturchio Street, Casuarina

Mon – Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-2pm

High-ish prices. Quiet but Juz scored one of her favourite skirts from this location.


Nightcliff Salvos, 48 Progress Drive, Nightcliff

Mon – Fri 9am-5pm Sat 9am-2pm

Plenty of women’s clothes, quite a large amount of men’s clothes, toys and manchester. Home wares – some brand new.


Malak Red Cross, 84 Malak Cres, Malak

Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm

Crowded, busy, Expensive prices. Lots of books, DVDs and bric-a-brac.


Anglicare Op Shop – St Peters, Cnr Sabine and Trower Rds, Rapid Creek

Mon – Fri 8.30am to 4.30pm Sat 9am to 2.30pm

Busy and crowded but untidy. There is lots of women’s clothes, some men’s clothes (Dave found a couple of shirts that were perfectly fine for his office job) and heaps of bric-a-brac.


Anglicare Warehouse, 5 Nemarluk Dr, Ludmilla

Mon – Fri 9am to 4.30pm Sat 9am to 2.30pm

Busy!  It’s a warehouse crowded with clothes, sporting gear, books and tonnes of kitchen stuff.  We scored two tennis rackets for $2 each!


Nightcliff Uniting Church Op Shop, 21 Cummins St, Rapid Creek

Friday 4pm to 6.30pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm

A community-based op shop with cheap prices and it’s always really busy.  The store can be a little messy at times but the surroundings are beautiful and they have a little café where you can purchase a coffee and piece of cake. There is plenty of bric-a-brac and women’s clothing, limited menswear, and they even have some free items. Dave picked up a couple of jigsaw puzzles for 50c each and they have a good selection of cookbooks.


Karama Uniting Church Op Shop, 53 Koolinda Crs, Karama

Thursday at 10am to 3pm and Saturday at 9am to 2pm.


Opportunity Knocks Op Shop, 2/69 Aralia Street, Nightcliff

Monday to Friday from at 9am to 2pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.


Your love is like a great op shop find.




Winnellie Salvos, 458 Stuart Highway, Winnellie

Mon – Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 9am-3pm

Lovely staff, lots of books and women’s clothing, some furniture. They have plenty of men’s clothes and even fancy dress costumes that you can hire. Dave found a brand new pair of shorts for $8.


NT Secondhand Store, 474 Stuart Hwy, Winnellie

Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm and Sat 9:30am-3pm

Large range of furniture and home electronics. Prices are fair to expensive, but you can haggle them down a little and get some real bargains.


Lifeline Shop, 3/66 Coonawarra Rd, Winnellie

Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat 9am-3pm

Dave’s favourite! Laura behind the counter is super friendly and loves her job. Low to average prices for plenty of women’s clothes and shoes, small range of men’s clothes (but with a wide variety of sizes), lots of books, DVDs and a room full of toys for the kids. Dave picked up several shirts for $5 to $8 each and a pair of almost brand new leather shoes for $5.


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Palmerston Salvos, 17 University Ave, Palmerston

Mon – Fri 9.30am-5.30pm and Sat 9am-2pm

Heaps of women’s and men’s clothes and a few shelves of books.


Palmerston Red Cross, 32 Essington Ave, Grey

Mon-Fri 8:30am-4.30pm, Sat 8:30am-1:30pm

Great selection of women’s clothes, friendly staff, heaps of bags and shoes and probably the cheapest Red Cross in Darwin.


St Vinnies, 3 Rolyat St, Palmerston

Mon-Fri 9am-4pm Sat 9am-12pm

Lots of books, clothes, furniture and bric-a-brac.  The place is very spacious and the staff are lovely.


Palmerston Uniting Church, 3 Bonson Terrace, Palmerston

9.00 am to 12.00 on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.


Op Shopping


I Love To Op Shop

What’s the best thing you’ve ever found at an op shop?  Do you still have it?  We’d love to hear your story!

Palmerston Markets

Experience : Darwin Markets

Darwin is hardcore market central during the Dry Season.  Between Thursday and Sunday, there are about 5 or 6 different markets that you can go to, and each offers something a little different.  A few stay open during the Wet Season so you can still get your cheap vegetables and noodle soups throughout the year.


Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

Thursday & Sunday nights from 4pm – Dry Season only

By far the most popular market in Darwin, the Mindil Beach Markets has more than 60 food stalls serving food from more than 20 different countries and about 200 art and craft stalls. It runs from May until October at Mindil Beach, Darwin.



Browse through the colourful clothes, beautiful jewellery or head over to the whip stall for a crack.  Grab a delicious laksa, tub of delicious crispy chicken or a woodfire pizza – some of our favourite meals have been at Mindil, including a pork hock covered in crackling.  While you eat, check out one of the live performances or join hundreds of other people on the beach to watch the magnificent sunset (FYI – the sunset is also amazing on other days of the week).


At the end of the season, they have a big Mindil Market with extra stalls, extra performances, and fireworks on the beach.



Nightcliff Markets

Sunday 8am – 2pm all year round

These colourful markets began in 1996 and is a great place for a relaxed weekend breakfast and browse. Listen to local musicians and tire the kids out on the playground while you munch on a sticky pork skewer.


Parap Market

Saturday 8am – 2pm all year round

A local shopkeepers started these market in 1982 and it’s one of the few markets that run during the Wet Season as well.  All the regular stalls are there – arts and crafts, exotic food and juice bars.



Rapid Creek Markets and Monsoon Markets

Thursdays from 5pm during the Wet, Sunday 8am – 2pm all year round

Darwin’s oldest market, it hass been running since the late 1970s. It runs all year round and is a great place to pick up some Asian produce and treats, soups and juices, and a massage.  Nok’s Thai Massage is the ultimate treat – and they’re open throughout the week.


Coolalinga Rural Markets

Saturdays 8am – 1pm all year round

Since the late 1980s, these markets run on Saturday from 8am to 1pm all year round.  We think of it as the cowboy market because of the crowd that is usually there, and you can buy food, crafts, plants, pets and live poultry.



Friday nights from 5pm – Dry Season only

These markets began in the mid-1980s and runs from April to October.   There are over 200 stalls, most are the regulars that circulate all the markets, but the food tends to be a little cheaper. Grab some sweet rice or a spiral spud!



It’s really busy with lots of families and kids running around.  There is also a massive grassed area for entertainment.  Sometimes there’s a clown to get the kids jumping around, an acoustic act or dance lessons.  At sunset, the lorikeets come out and make a racket but it’s a great sight.


Palmerston Markets


Mindil Beach Sunset Markets