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Cairns Central YHA

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Winner of the 2014 Best Backpacker Awards in the Queensland Tourism Awards, Cairns Central YHA ticks all the boxes.  A clean and well maintained hostel with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that provides affordable accommodation in a central location. With everything in such close proximity, and a tour desk to book all your adventures, this is an ideal place to base yourself while you explore tropical north Queensland.

 

Facilities

There are 225 beds in 59 rooms that range from 10 bed dorms to double and family rooms.  Each room has keyless entry and is air conditioned.

 

The outdoor common areas include a pool surrounded by sun chairs and two spas, hammocks on the balcony, an undercover outdoor area with a pool table and a courtyard with a fountain.  Inside, you’ll find a lounge area with a TV, a quiet reading room, and a nice big kitchen with plenty of fridge space and shelving for food.

 

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In the reception area, there’s a tour desk that has special deals for guests and there’s also a money exchange service.  Reception hours are between 6:30am and 11pm, and check out is at 10am.

 

Cairns Central YHA offers FREE WiFi to all guests and FREE pick up from the airport between 8am – 8pm.

 

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Things Close By

Within 1km

  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre – Across the road. Includes major stores and supermarkets.
  • The Grand Hotel – 80m. Cheap meals and the Croc Bar.
  • Bus stop – 260m (out the front of Cairns Central Shopping Centre)
  • Central Plaza Doctors – 300m
  • Tokyo Dumpling – 600m. This place has awesome lunch and dinner specials, that include a main meal and three dumplings for under $15.
  • Woolworths, Abbott Street – 600m
  • Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome – 850m. Meet some Aussie wildlife while you zip line and navigate your way around a ropes course up to 13 metres high.
  • The Esplanade & Lagoon – 900m. Beautiful parklands built on reclaimed land and a free public swimming pool for everyone.
  • Reef Terminal – 1000m. The departure point for trips out to the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Cairns

 

Surrounding Attractions

  • Palm Cove – 30km north. A beautiful spot with a pristine beach, restaurants, and weekly markets.
  • Kuranda – 30km north west. The perfect place to spend a day visiting the local wildlife.
  • Walsh’s Pyramid – 30km south. One of the world’s largest natural pyramids – don’t forget to take plenty of water if you plan to do the over 900 metre climb to the top!
  • Port Douglas – 68km north. Another beautiful holiday destination. Make sure you try a serious sandwich made by chefs at The Little Larder.
  • Paronella Park – 105km south. A magical place with an inspiring story that is an absolute must see destination.

 

Kuranda Wildlife Experience

 

The Essentials

Cairns Central YHA is located at 20-26 McLeod Street in Cairns.  To contact YHA and make a booking, call 07 4051 0772, email cairnscentral@yha.com.au or visit their website here

 

Cairns

 

Cooktown

Town Profile : Cooktown

Cooktown

 

We were expecting to linger around Cooktown for two nights before heading to Cairns for work, but just as we were making plans, a fantastic opportunity presented itself.  The owner of a local farm needed some help for the week, and it was just the kind of experience we were looking for.  Now that we were locked in to stay in Cooktown for a week, we had a little more time to get to know the town and the locals.

 

Fast Facts

  • Cooktown is the northernmost town on the east coast of Australia
  • It sits at the mouth of the Endeavour River, named by Captain James Cook after his ship
  • There are two seasons – the wet during December to April, and the dry from May to November.
  • The region is very rich in biodiversity because it covers three major ecozones, and therefore is a place of interest for botanists.

 

History

The traditional owners call the region Gan gaar, which means place of the rock crystals because of all the quartz crystals.

 

In 1770, Captain James Cook arrived and moored the Endeavour at the mouth of the Endeavour River for shelter and repairs after running aground on the Great Barrier Reef.  As the repairs were underway, botanist Joseph Banks and naturalist Daniel Solander explored the area and collected over 200 species of plants for documentation, and they also learnt words from the local people, like ganguru (kangaroo).  There was an artist on board, Sydney Parkinson, who was the first British person to draw Aboriginal people from direct observation.

 

Cooktown

 

In 1872, gold was discovered on the Palmer River southwest of Cooktown and the site was populated by many diggers from all over the world.  Cooktown was selected as the port through which the gold was exported and supplies were imported.  Two years later, Cooktown’s population grew to approximately 4,000 people and it was established as a town.

 

These days, Cooktown’s population is less than 2,000.  It has reached the status of a tourist destination because of its relaxed atmosphere and proximity to Cape York, the Great Barrier Reef, Lakefield National Park and the rainforest.

 

Cooktown

 

Points of Interest

The James Cook Museum

Whether you’re interested in the landing of James Cook in 1770 or not, a stroll through this fantastic museum is a must.  See the original anchor of the Endeavour, learn about Cooktown’s Chinese history and local aboriginal culture, and discover the original use of the museum building.  Fascinating stuff…

 

Cooktown

 

Nature’s Powerhouse & Botanic Gardens

Essentially, Nature’s Powerhouse is Cooktown’s Visitor Information Centre.  Get a map, stroll through the neighbouring Botanic Gardens or have a toasted sanga and a coffee on the deck.

 

The gallery and museum are also worth checking out if you’re interested in flora and fauna.  The Charles Tanner Gallery is a great exhibit of local animals such as snakes, bats, lizards and butterflies.  The displays were both interesting and educational.  The Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery pays tribute to an artist and botanist.  While we were there, they were showing the ‘Botanical Endeavour’ – Sir Joseph Banks’ Florilegium Exhibition from 1770.

 

 

Grassy Hill

OMG – one of the best lookouts we have come across on our journey.  Stunning views of the surrounding mountains, the Endeavour River and Cooktown.  Amazing.

 

Finch Bay

Follow Finch Bay Road all the way to the end, past the Botanic Gardens, and you’ll arrive at Finch Bay.  It’s is a great little beach with an estuary.  We saw a big crab in the shallows and wished that we’d had a net with us to scoop him up!

 

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Black Mountain

About 25km south of Cooktown is Black Mountain National Park.  It is a massive pile of granite rocks that has developed over the last 260 million years.  Due to an unusual joining patter in the granite, fracturing and exposure to water has caused erosion and weathering of the boulders, but while the surface is just a mess of boulders, the solid granite core is underneath.  There are three animals that are completely unique to the park – the Black Mountain boulderfrog, skink and gecko – making Black Mountain one of the most restricted habitats in Australia.

 

The early settlers and local indigenous folks both have stories and rumours about quite a few people (often criminals) venturing into the caves among the giant black boulders and getting lost.  Whilst the people have never been seen again, the locals reckon you sometimes still hear them…

 

Cooktown

 

Food & Drink

Cooktown Hotel

This was the first pub we visited, and for a Saturday afternoon, it was fairly busy.  Then we remembered – AFL Grand Final weekend.  We sat outside in the beer garden and had a lovely lunch of pizza and parma before getting on with the rest of the day.

 

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Cooktown Café

More like cranky-pants café!  The owner of the store had a serious attitude problem, but the coffee was good, which is why people keep coming back.  We found out later that the owner had had a tiff with his partner the night before and was therefore in a particularly cranky-pants mood that day.

 

The Italian (aka De Wogs)

Opposite the road from the Top Pub is a popular Cooktown institution that dishes out mountains of risotto and pasta, tasty pizzas made with fresh ingredients, as well as Chinese food at a dearer than average price.  While Juz’s soggy but yummy parma lacked ham and chips, Dave’s capricciosa pizza was perfection, but to be perfectly honest, neither seemed to justify the price.

 

Cooktown

 

The Lions Den Hotel

About 30km south of Cooktown is an old pub called the Lions Den.  It’s named after a mine in the area, which got its name when a stowaway named Daniel was working at the mines and while standing at the entrance of one of the tunnels, the mine’s owner said, “Daniel in the Lions Den”.

 

The pub has plenty of character, with scribbles, business cards and stickers all over the walls, as well as old hats, thongs, license plates and stubbie holders.

 

Cooktown

 

Information & Accommodation

Nature’s Powerhouse is on Finch Bay Road and is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm.  Contact them for information about Cooktown by emailing info@naturespowerhouse.com.au

 

Pam’s Place YHA – on the corner of Boundary and Charlotte Street.  To make a reservation, call 4069 5166 or email cooktown@yha.com.au http://www.yha.com.au/Hostels/QLD/Cairns-and-Far-North-Queensland/Cooktown/

 

Archer Point

About 15km south of Cooktown is the turnoff for Archer Point.  Continue along the dirt road until you get to the end. It’s a great place to camp provided you don’t set up right on a headland.  The wind is strong and constant, but the views at sunset are breathtaking.

 

Cooktown

 

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.

 

Alice Springs YHA

 

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.

 

Alice Springs YHA

 

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.

 

Facilities

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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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.

 

FACILITIES

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.

 

 

THINGS NEARBY

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.

 

THE ESSENTIALS

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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Cable Beach

Town Profile : Broome

Located at the southernmost tip of the Kimberley about 18 degrees south of the equator, Broome was the first example we’ve seen of an Australian tropical town.  Palm trees and boabs line the streets, birds of prey circle the skies and everyone walks around like they’re on holiday.  The atmosphere is really laid back and after a while, you’ll learn about Broome time, which ticks at a much slower pace than Melbourne time.  Monsoon season between October and March can make some of the more remote areas around the town inaccessible due to rain, so if you plan to visit and want the best weather, make it between April and September.

 

 

William Dampier was the first to visit the area in 1688 and Roebuck Bay on which Broome sits is named after his ship, the HMS Roebuck, but it wasn’t until 1883 that Broome was declared a town. The largest pearl shells in the world were discovered in Roebuck Bay, and this led to Broome’s establishment as a pearling town.  People from Japan, China, Malaysia, Europe and the Philippines arrived to seek out the ‘Pinctada maxima’ shells, and while pearling was super-profitable for the pearling master (or as we see it, the pimp), the divers had it tough and suffered from the bends, shark attacks, cyclones and drowning.

 

During the first decade of the twentieth century, Broome produced 80% of the world’s Mother of Pearl shells, but after the plastic button was invented and cultured pearls were introduced in the 1970s, they were only producing about 65% of the world’s stock.  Paspaley is the largest and oldest pearling company in Australia and the producer of the most beautiful pearls in the world, and it has an outlet in town.  Juz took it upon herself to try on some pearls; about $98,000 worth to be precise, and while we were there, we also learnt about how pearls are valued.  They need to be smooth, unblemished, round and shiny, and there are different types of pearls that are available (black, white, gold, champagne and baroque).  Baroque pearls are asymmetrical pearls that are made when the oyster tries to spit them out before they’re ready.  The pearl ends up developing an irregular shape instead of a smooth spherical shape.

 

 

If you’re lucky enough to be in Broome during August/September, this is when they hold the annual ‘Festival of the Pearl’ called Shinju Matsuri.  The town celebrates their history, the pearl harvest and their multicultural heritage, which includes all the Asian and European folk, as well as the local Aboriginal people.  We were really happy to have a chat with a few of the locals, including a lady who was brought up by the Sisters in Beagle Bay, a super happy guy carving a boab nut in Chinatown, and another guy who came and sat down with us in the park while he waited for his mates to hurry up.  They were all friendly, welcoming and happy to share their stories.

 

There are two movie outlets to cater for all sorts of weather – Sun Cinema, which is indoors, and Sun Pictures, the oldest operating outdoor cinema in the world!  You can also enjoy the Staircase to the Moon at certain times of the month, when the full moon reflects on the mud flats and creates the illusion of a staircase.

 

So, whether you enjoy picking up some noodles in Chinatown, trying on expensive pearls or lazing on the beach, Broome has something for you.

 

POINTS OF INTEREST

Chinatown

The original commercial centre of Broome, Chinatown demonstrates the multiculturalism of Broome.  While we were expecting more Chinese restaurants and tacky neon lights, we were satisfied with the Asian architecture on telephone booths and Johnny Chi Shady Lane, which mainly contained clothing outlets that sold colourful dresses, a café with a terrible soundtrack and lots of souvenirs.  A great place for kooky food items is Yuen Wing Grocery Store…

 

 

Town Beach

A great spot to spend the day!  There is a great little park with BBQ and picnic facilities, right near Pioneer Cemetery, and the beach is clean with safe waters and outdoor showers.  We had lunch here with our travel buddies, Mark and Alexis before they hopped on a long bus ride to Darwin.

 

Cable Beach

This beautiful beach that stretches for 22km is named after the underwater telegraph cable that links Australia to Indonesia.  It is one of the most famous beaches in the world and is a great place to go swimming, play beach cricket, and watch the sunset.  Be careful though – between November and April, box jellyfish and stingers like to hang about, and if you get stung by one of those, you’re gonna have a bad time.

 

 

If you go north of the rocks, you can get your kit off in the nudist section (yes – we did), which also happens to be the 4×4 section and the area that the camels are parked to advertise the tours.

 

 

 

We considered going on a camel ride, but after walking past a group on their pre-sunset tour, we decided against it.  The camels stunk and we figured that we could get a much better photo off the camel rather than on top of it.  We did appreciate that the camels had shit bags attached to their bums to stop poop from getting on the beach.

 

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Japanese Cemetery

There are over 900 Japanese divers buried in the Japanese cemetery, which shows just how dangerous the early pearling days were.  What makes the Japanese cemetery a beautiful place is the raw sandstone headstones that are inscribed with ornate Japanese text.

 

 

Courthouse Markets

We got up nice and early on Saturday morning to check out the Courthouse Markets, which were just down the street from the Kimberley Klub YHA. The markets run from 8am-1pm every Saturday and are the largest art and craft markets in the Kimberley.

 

Stalls surround the courthouse, selling pearls, semi-precious stones, tie-dye t-shirts, hippie clothes, summer dresses, jewellery, exotic food and soap while musicians were dotted around with their hats out.  One kid really stood out – long blonde hair covered his face as he smashed out wicked riffs on his electric guitar.  He was totally grunge and had a sign out that said “Need money for a haircut” – what a cool kid.

 

Gantheaume Point

The weather was precarious when we got to Gunatheaume Point (which Juz called Guantanamo Point because she couldn’t pronounce ‘gan-thoom’ point).  We walked past the kooky lighthouse to see the dinosaur footprints, but unfortunately, the tide wasn’t low enough.  It has to be at VERY LOW tide (1.3m or lower) before you can see the real footprints, so the concrete mould at the lookout would have to suffice.

 

We did climb down the cliffs to check out Anastasia’s Pool, which was built by the former lighthouse keeper for his arthritic wife, who found relief in the warm salty water.

 

 

FOOD & DRINK

Matso’s Brewery

The first place on our list of places to go to was the Matso’s Brewery.  This award-winning full mash hand-crafted brewery created the Smokey Bishop, a dark larger that was awarded Australia’s best dark larger during the 2006 Australasian Beer Awards. If dark ale isn’t your thing, there are fruity beers, hoppy beers, refreshing light beers and ciders, so there is something for everyone.  Matso’s Brewery is open 7 days a week from 7am until late, and they also offer tours on Wednesday and Fridays. http://www.matsos.com.au/

 

 

We spent the afternoon in the awesome beer garden drinking and chatting with our new mate Billows, who works for the local radio station.  The beer garden has a small stage for live acts, as well as the Curry Hut, which is run by an Indian chef that makes his own authentic North Indian curries.

 

  • Hit the Toad Lager – 3.5% yeasty and fruity with a hint of lime and minimal hops.  Very refreshing!  The beer was named to support the Stop the Toad Foundation, which works to raise awareness about the cane toad invasion across the WA/NT border.
  • Monsoonal Blonde – 4.7% a cloudy wheat beer with a fruity, floral taste and no bitterness. Very easy to drink.
  • Pearlers Pale Ale – 4.5% rich and heavy, full malt beer that is smooth and hoppy.
  • Smokey Bishop – 4.9% full bodied, dark, caramel and toffee flavours, deliciously smokey.
  • Mango – 4.5% sweet enough to be a dessert beer, it was fruity and tropical, very smooth with a hint of hops.
  • Chilli – 4.5% not for the faint hearted.  Juz’s lips were burning as soon as they touched the foam!  A great chilli flavour in a light, refreshing brew.
  • Chango – 4.5% Juz’s favourite! half chilli beer, half mango beer.  The sweetness of the mango was great to diffuse some of the chilli burn.  A beautifully tropical beer.
  • Lychee – 4.0% smells very much like lychee but the first taste is like a light, refreshing beer with a fruity aftertaste.
  • Ginger Beer – 3.5% not as sweet as expected.  Herbaceous and smooth without any ginger spice.
  • Mango Lime Cider – 4.0% a clear, light green cider with lots of fruits flavours and a smooth, buttery finish.

 

We headed to the Broome RSL after Matso’s Brewery and on the way out, we spied a raised up, 4WD HQ station wagon.  Dave creamed his pants…

AWESOME!

 

Broome RSL

The first thing we noticed was the yellow lights, which were probably installed to deter the insects.  The Broome RSL is a friendly, welcoming place full of happy locals having a great time with other happy locals.  We were there on a Friday night and took advantage of the $10 meat pack offer.  The meat pack contains two sausages, a chop and steak that you cook yourself on the BBQ. The RSL provides salads and veggies to accompany the meat you’ve cooked up.  What a great feed!

 

Before we entered the Broome RSL, we met a great lady outside walking her three tiny dogs.  She was an aboriginal woman of the Stolen Generation who grew up in Beagle Bay with the St John of God Sisters.  She told us about her dogs and her upbringing before inviting us back to her house for more chats.  We told her that we’d love to come over after a few drinks at the RSL but unfortunately, the more drinks we had, the fuzzier the directions to her house became.  After wandering around in the dark for about 20 minutes, we admitted defeat and went back to the hostel.

 

 

Divers Tavern

A short walk from Cable Beach will bring you to the Divers Tavern, a nice place for a meal and a drink, until they turn up the volume on the footy so you have to yell at your friends just to have a conversation.  We went here with Alexis and Mark after a few hours north of the rocks at Cable Beach.

 

They have a few meal specials, including a $20 schnitz and chips that we couldn’t overlook.  We ordered a serving with mushroom sauce and within 10 minutes, it was presented in all its deep-fried glory.  The chips were fairly average and the sauce was basically gravy with mushrooms, but the chicken schnitzel was crispy and hot.  Juz sampled the quesadillas and they were actually delicious and great value at $4 a serve.

 

The Roey

Popular with the locals, the Roebuck Hotel is a cool place to catch up with mates for a drink in the Asian-style beer garden, adorned with red lanterns hanging off the ceiling.  Dave’s cousin Tony met his wife here back in the day – they were both shitfaced and it was love at first sight.

 

We met Tom and Bella here to catch up and have something small to eat.  We shared two sides because we weren’t super hungry – the chips were delicious and well seasoned and the onion rings were crisp and tasty but not the best.  Later on, Billows turned up and we were happier and with our mouths open!

 

 

INFORMATION & ACCOMMODATION

The Broome Visitor Centre is located on Broome Road, right in the town centre.  Their phone number is08 9192 2222.

Kimberley Klub YHA 62 Frederick Street, 08 9192 3233.  Check out our post on the Kimberley Klub YHA.

 

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.

 

FACILITIES

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.

 

 

THINGS NEARBY

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.

 

 

THE ESSENTIALS

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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Turquoise Bay - Cape Range National Park

Top 9 Towns along the Coral Coast

The Coral Coast of Western Australia spans all the way from Cervantes in the south to Exmouth in the north and covers about 1,100km of coastline.  Within the area is Kalbarri National Park, World Heritage areas Shark Bay Marine Park and Ningaloo Marine Park, as well as beautiful sandy beaches, rugged limestone cliffs and bizzare rock formations.

 

Lancelin does fall a bit short of being part of the Coral Coast, but for the purpose of this post, we will dub this great little town an honorary member…

 

Lancelin – 127km north of Perth

This relaxed coastal town is known as the WA base for wind and kite surfers.  Water sports are the main thing to do around here, unless you like 4WDing or dirt bike riding.  Head north out of town to find some wicked sand dunes to drive or ride over.

 

The town boasts a few cafés, as well as a bakery, surf shop, pharmacy, pizza shop and supermarket.  There are a few pubs in town, including the Endeavour Tavern, which has a kick-ass beer garden.  If you’re looking for some accommodation in the area, check out the Lancelin Lodge YHA.

 

 

Cervantes – 147km north of Perth

This town was established in 1962 as a cray fishing town and got its name from the American whaling ship that was wrecked off the coast in 1844.  It’s another coastal town that offers a variety of water activies, but it’s also super close to the Pinnacles.

 

One of the main attractions in town is the Lobster Shack, a family owned seafood processing operation where you can tour the factory, have a seafood lunch or buy some fresh lobster.  Just out of town is Lake Thetis, a lake that is home to stromatolites and thrombolites and is twice as salty as the ocean.

 

Dongara-Denison – 350km north of Perth

These two sister towns are separated by the Irwin River and boast great fishing, great beaches and the historic Priory Hotel, which was constructed in 1881 as a hotel before being converted into a school that was run by the Domical Sisters for 70 years.

After we checked out Fisherman’s Lookout and the Obelisk in Denison, we drove across the river into Dongara.  Big Moreton Bay Fig trees line the streets, and everyone was really friendly, including the chick who owns the Stomp Music shop.

 

 

Geraldton – 415km north of Perth

Geraldton is a city, not a town, but it’s a fantastic place to visit.  Also known as the Sun City, it has everything from supermarkets, theatres and an aquatic centre, to pubs, restaurants and cafes. Plus, it’s a short drive from Greenough’s leaning trees and Greenough Wildlife & Bird Park.  Check out our post on Geraldton.

 

Kalbarri – 589km north of Perth

This little town sits right on the mouth of the Murchison River and is surrounded by the Kalbarri National Park.  Explore the coastal gorges and rock formations just south of town or drive inland to check out Nature’s Window and deep river gorges.

 

There are two pubs and two supermarkets in town, as well as a really cheap café called Angie’s Café, but if you prefer to catch your own dinner, head to Chinaman Rock with your rod.  There are heaps of accommodation options, from expensive resorts to caravan parks.  Kalbarri Backpackers YHA is a brilliant choice if you’re looking for something relaxed and social and within walking distance to everything.

 

 

Denham – 834km north of Perth

The hub of Shark Bay, this little town is the home to Australia’s westernmost pub, The Shark Bay Hotel.  It is also a short drive to Ocean Park, Monkey Mia and Francois Peron National Park, and further down the coast is Shell Beach and the stromatolites of Hamelin Pool.

 

If you’re a keen 4WDer and fisherman, head to Steep Point.  Once you’ve conquered the sand dunes, see the ranger about a camp spot before dropping a line into the turquoise coloured bay.

 

 

Carnarvon – 905km north of Perth

We thought Carnarvon would be much busier but it’s totally chilled out.  It has a thriving tropical fruit industry and the town is surrounded by plantations that produce papaya, bananas and mangoes.  We also scored some cheap vegetables before doing a spot of tasting at Bumbak’s Preserves & Ice creams Outlet.

 

 

The OTC Dish is a massive landmark that can be seen from town.  It was opened in 1966 as a communications satellite dish and was closed after helping to locate Halley’s Comet in 1987.  It also participated in the Space Race and helped put man on the moon in 1969, and was also the sender of Australia first satellite TV broadcast.

 

Coral Bay – 1132km north of Perth

People were constantly recommending this location and when we got there, we realised why.  Coral Bay is such a beautiful place.  The town survives purely on tourism and is made up of a supermarket, bottle shop and a few caravan parks.

 

Juz went snorkelling by the reef, which is only a few meters from the shore, but other activities include quad biking and fishing.

 

 

Exmouth – 1260km north of Perth

We expected a little more from Exmouth – the layout of the town was a little strange and it felt like more of an inland town than a coastal town.  It was named after the Exmouth Gulf, which was surveyed by Captain Phillip Parker King in 1818.  The surrounding coastline is quite treacherous and is responsible for the Wreck of the Mildura in 1907, and its rusty skeleton can be seen from the beach.  Two lighthouses have been erected to make the coastline a little safer – the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and the Point Cloates Lighthouse.

 

 

The area was the location of a secret base during World War II and was code named Operation Potshot, which is why the pub in town is called the Potshot Hotel.  We couldn’t afford to pay $30 for a chicken parma at the pub so we feasted on souvlakia from Planet Burgers before crashing at the Excape Backpackers YHA next door.  In the morning, we drove over the cape to the western side of the peninsula and visited the Jurabi Turtle Centre.  We learnt about the different turtles that live in the surrounding waters and the need to minimise the impact of humans on turtles coming to the area to nest.

 

Further along is Cape Range National Park, which is part of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage area. The park covers over 50,000 hectares and is made up of white beaches, limestone ranges and rocky gorges.  We would have loved to go snorkelling over the reef but Juz was way too hungover from the previous evening so we went for a hike in Mandu Mandu Gorge instead.

 

 

BIG4 Holiday Parks on the Coral Coast

Dongara Denison Beach Holiday Park, Dongara

Sunset Beach Holiday Park, Geraldton

BIG4 Plantation Caravan Park, Carnarvon

Exmouth Cape Holiday Park, Exmouth 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

FACILITIES

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.

 

THINGS NEARBY

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 ESSENTIALS

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!

 

Bay Lodge YHA

 

Facilities

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!

 

Shark Bay Hotel

 

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.

 

Facilities

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

Websitehttp://www.kalbarribackpackers.com/

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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.

 

 

FACILITIES

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.

 

 

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

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.

 

 

FACILITIES

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.

 

 

THINGS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE

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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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.

 

Facilities

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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