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7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do In NSW!

There are so many fun and very familiar things to do in NSW – from climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to watching the sunset from Cape Byron lighthouse. But, alas, there’s loads of other, more unusual possibilities too!

How about sand boarding down the biggest dune in the Southern Hemisphere? Riding a camel along the beach? Or, hot air ballooning over a volcanic crater? Get prepared to throw out the old adventure playbook, it’s time for a rewrite! YHA has found ‘7 things you didn’t know you could do in NSW’.


Sand Board the biggest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere


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  • Also in good ol’ Port Stephens are the Stockton Sand Dunes, the biggest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Once you’re immersed, you’ll feel like you’re in the dessert. Even better, the best way to experience the glorious sand dunes is via sand board! After venturing all the way to the top, slide back down, head first and at epic speed.

Where to stay: Port Stephens YHA


Camel Ride along the Beach


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  • There are over one million Camels herding themselves around Australia (surprising we know!). Even better, you can ride one of those beauties with waves crashing at your feet. If you’re in Sydney, this wondourous adventure is less than three hours away in lovely Port Stephens.

Where to stay: Port Stephens YHA


Take a hot air balloon ride over a 23 million year old volcanic crater


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  • Book yourself in for a hot air ballon ride over the Byron Bay Hinterlands. During the one hour flight you'll experience a breathaking view of 'the green cauldron', as well as floating gently above a twenty three million year old, 40 kilometre wide and 1000 metre deep volcanic crater. Not to mention, upon landing you’re treated to a Champagne breakfast.

Where to stay: Byron Bay YHA or Cape Byron YHA


Scenic World Blue Mountains - a view you can’t get anywhere else!

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  • Less than two hours from Sydney the UNESCO World Heritage listed Blue Mountains, Scenic World offers epic panoramas of wilderness, waterfalls, escarpment and Jurassic-era rainforest. Only here can you marvel at the birds-eye views of the Three Sisters and Katoomba Falls on the Skyway and Cableway, then ride the world’s steepest railway down into the rainforest in the floor of the Jamison Valley.

Where to stay: Blue Mountains YHA


Enjoy Alpine Australia at Thredbo

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  • Who said you couldn’t have the ultimate winter experience in Australia? Thredbo is Australia’s best ski resort and premier year round destination. Open all year round, the possibilities are endless with skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, backcountry tours, yoga retreats and more! Click HERE for our ‘What’s on in Thredbo 2019 Calendar’ and plan your trip around the Thredbo snow-cials.

Where to stay: Thredbo YHA (obviously)


Floriade in Canberra

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  • Get yourself down to our nation’s capital and experience Floriade, Australia’s biggest celebration of spring. The iconic Canberra event, now in its 32nd year, will run from Saturday 14 September until Sunday 13 October 2019. Floriade showcases one million flowers in bloom throughout the gorgeous Commonwealth Park and better yet, entry is FREE!

Where to stay: Canberra City YHA


Escape the largest hedge maze in NSW

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  • Bago Maze is the largest hedge maze in NSW, spanning 10,000 square metres, just half an hour from Port Macquarie, this is the perfect place to go when you just wanna get lost! Mazes are pretty magical, having been subject of art, myths and magic for centuries… the hedge maze inside Bago Vineyards is no different! Throughout the course of the maze, you’ll need to find your way to the lookout towers, search for hidden items, magical instruments, bridges and boardwalks. Will you escape the maze?

Where to stay: Port Macquarie YHA


The big BANANA is an actual theme park, not just a piece of fruit

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  • PSA: the ‘Big Banana’ is more than a basic piece of fruit and a sick little photo opportunity! There’s actually a whole theme park dedicated to the icon – behold, The Big Banana Fun Park. Featuring waterslides, ice skating, mini golf and laser tag, not to mention, no trip is complete without a visit to the Candy Kitchen, Cheese Making Workshop, Opal Centre, or a choc coated banana from the café.

Where to stay: Coffs Harbour YHA


So, what are you waiting for? Get to NSW already!

    Port Stephens YHA
    From $31 per night
    Port Stephens YHA
    Gorgeous beaches, lush bushland, stunning bay and sea views and a great chill-out spot - that's Port Stephens and its award-winning YHA.
    Byron Bay - Byron Bay YHA
    From $30 per night
    Byron Bay - Byron Bay YHA
    Looking for the perfect hostel to relax? Byron Bay YHA is a tropical oasis - central to cafes, restaurants, local bars and Byron Beach.
    Byron Bay - Cape Byron YHA
    From $25.5 per night
    Byron Bay - Cape Byron YHA
    Bookings are available from September 30th. Cape Byron YHA travellers' hostel is the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day in the surf. Bike and boogie board hire is available.
    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.
    Thredbo YHA
    From $40 per night
    Thredbo YHA
    Located in the heart of the Mount Kosciuszko National Park. Hit the slopes in winter and hike up Mt Kosciuszko in summer. An award-winning hostel with stunning mountain views.
    Canberra City YHA
    From $35.5 per night
    Canberra City YHA
    Whether you're travelling solo or with family there are plenty of attractions to keep you busy in Canberra. Located just 5 minutes from the interstate bus terminal.
    Port Macquarie YHA - Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers
    From $28 per night
    Port Macquarie YHA - Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers
    Located halfway between Sydney & Byron Bay, Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers is more like a resort than a hostel.
    Coffs Harbour YHA
    From $26 per night
    Coffs Harbour YHA
    Mid way between Sydney and Brisbane, the purpose-built Coffs Harbour YHA hostel makes a great stopover for those travelling the east coast.
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