2017 Footy season with YHA

Get excited everyone – the long wait through summer is over and footy is finally back!


Summer is over and so is the cricket, which means the most wonderful time of the year is here. From Melbourne to Perth and everywhere else in between, footy fanatics have been holding out for the first game of the season since the final second of the fairy tale that was the 2016 AFL Grand Final.

There are so many questions that AFL fans have been pondering in the off season. Can the Bulldogs win back to back premierships for their captain Bob Murphy? Will GWS make it all the way to the Grand Final this year? How will Essendon’s top players perform after a year away from the game? Who will finish the bottom of the ladder?

The answers to these questions and so many more will be answered by watching, attending, living and breathing the great game of AFL for the next six months.


Not to be outdone by the Western Bulldogs’ fairy tale premiership in the AFL, the Cronulla Sharks provided the NRL with its very own Cindarella story by winning their first ever title last October after half a century of trying.

NRL fans are desperate to see how the Sharkies will back up in 2017, and who will challenge their crown. Will it be JT and his Cowboys charging back to the top, or maybe their Queensland cousins, the Broncos? Can the Roosters and Rabbitohs return to the winner’s circle or perhaps the up-and-coming Raiders and Panthers will start mixing it with the big boys? Or we might see a bolter come out of nowhere?

Win, lose, or draw, 2017 is shaping up as another bumper season of NRL . . . and you can follow your team around the country with YHA!

Catch all the action with YHA 

Travelling interstate or from a regional area for a game? Make sure you stay at one of our 80-plus YHAs around the country so you can enjoy your footy experience to the fullest, knowing you’re not forking out a fortune for accommodation so you have more money left over for a beer and pie at the ground.

If you’re visiting Australia between March and September, attending a game of footy is a quintessential Aussie experience – plus, it’s a cheap and easy item to tick off your travel bucket list. Games of AFL and NRL are held all over the country, so no matter what state you’re in, you’re sure to be close to the action!

Melbourne Central YHA and Melbourne Metro YHA also organise regular trips to AFL matches in Melbourne, so check with the staff to see if they’re going to a game during your stay.

See a full list of every game at the official websites of the AFL and the NRL – and wherever the game’s being played, there’s always a YHA hostel nearby.


Stay at Melbourne Central YHA and Melbourne Metro YHA


Stay at one of our five YHA hostels in Sydney


Stay at Brisbane City YHA


Stay at Adelaide Central YHA


Stay at Perth City YHA or Fremantle Prison YHA


Stay at Canberra City YHA


Stay at Hobart Central YHA

Gold Coast 

Stay at Surfers Paradise YHA or Coolangatta YHA


Stay at Newcastle Beach YHA


Stay at Townsville Rambutan YHA


Stay at Darwin YHA – Melaleuca on Mitchell

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