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5 Budget Friendly Family Holiday Destinations

Taking your family on a well-deserved holiday does not have to be expensive. We found the 5 best family getaway destinations for you and your loved ones that won’t break your wallet!

1. Hunter Valley

Discover the Hunter Valley by Hot Air Balloon

Hunter Valley is a beauty no doubt. Famous for its wine culture to keep the grown-ups happy, the Hunter Valley is perfect natural getaway for little ones too. If you can’t find a babysitter to look after the kids while you go tasting, don’t worry! There’s plenty of family friendly activities around cool-climate country:

  • The Chocolate and Fudge Factory
  • The Hunter Valley Gardens Village
  • Hunter Valley Zoo, and
  • Hunter Valley Horse Riding

Our purpose-built family rooms at Hunter Valley YHA are a short drive away from the centre of town, and have plenty of space on the property for younger ones to explore. Simply show up, and let our friendly staff look after you while you explore the region.

2. Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour YHA rooftop

The views over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House are priceless but they don’t have to be costly! Explore the beauty of Sydney and spoil your family, staying at Sydney Harbour YHA, close by to many great family attractions:

  • Luna Park Amusement Park
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
  • The Australian Museum
  • ….. and of course, too many incredible beaches to count!

If you’ve got any student or concession cards for you and the family, check with our reception staff to see what great discounts you can score on events and attractions across the city. Pick up an Opal Travel Card to catch the famous Sydney to Manly ferry, just a short walk from the hostel, for a truly unforgettable family holiday.

3. Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains 3 Sisters

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and turn a day trip into a blissful weekender in the Blue Mountains. The area is famous for its mind-blowing scenery, bushwalking adventures, canoeing, cave tours and an incredible creative scene. Our family rooms at our award-winning Blue Mountains YHA are kitted out from murals to fairy lights, you’ll have the mountains right on your doorstep, ready to be explored!

4. Grampians National Park

Grampians National Park

Just three hours away from Melbourne lies the Grampians National Park, home to the picturesque MacKenzie Falls, caves of Indigenous rock art, 160km of walking trails, and Halls Gap – a tiny village of 600 people. Known for its flourishing food and wine scene, there’s also abundant wildlife all around the hostel, including our hostel chickens! The kids can help managers of our eco-certified Grampians Eco YHA, Kellie and Gary, forage for eggs in the morning, or head down to the Grampians National Park to spot kangaroos and kookaburras.

5. Airlie Beach

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Find out where Finding Nemo was inspired in the warm waters of Tropical North Queensland. Airlie Beach YHA is located in the centre of Airlie Beach, close by to the swimming lagoon, restaurants and cafes. Its highly affordable family rooms are comfy and air-conditioned and the hostel makes a great basecamp for expeditions with the kids via ferry to the Whitsunday Islands - one of Australias most stunning beach destinations. Activities include sailing, jet-skiing, snorkelling and tons more!  

Wherever your family is headed, we’ve got safe and comfortable accommodation with all you need to turn the family holiday into great memories.

    Hunter Valley YHA
    From $34 per night
    Hunter Valley YHA
    Escape to the Hunter Valley, the heart of NSW's wine industry. Close to Pokolbin, this YHA is the perfect place to bicycle between the vineyards.
    Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks
    From $32 per night
    Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks
    The only hostel in Sydney that has views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Sydney Harbour YHA is the best place to stay in Sydney for the New Years Eve fireworks!
    Blue Mountains - Katoomba YHA
    From $25 per night
    Blue Mountains - Katoomba YHA
    Only a 90 min train trip to Katoomba from Sydney. While you're here check out the Blue Mountains National Park, Scenic World and Jenolan Caves.
    Halls Gap - Grampians Eco YHA
    From $33 per night
    Halls Gap - Grampians Eco YHA
    Grampians Eco YHA is a stylish eco-certified hostel. Watch wild kangaroos relaxing on the lawn and explore the stunning Grampians National Park.
    Airlie Beach YHA, Whitsundays
    From $25 per night
    Airlie Beach YHA, Whitsundays
    Airlie Beach YHA hostel is located in the centre of Airlie Beach close to the swimming lagoon, restaurants, cafes and Airlie's thriving nightlife. All rooms are air-conditioned.
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