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