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8 states, 8 unique experiences

From swimming with whale sharks to admiring the Southern Lights or venturing through canyons, magical forest and crocs land... There's no place like Australia!

As our friend Einstein has said once 'the only source of knowledge is experience' and you'll be glad to hear that Australia has tons of experiences, and many very special ones! We have concocted a little list of the most unique experiences by state.

Tasmania: Southern Lights

Tasmania is the perfect location to see Aurora Australis, otherwise known as the Southern Lights, and the good news is that they can be seen all year round. However, don’t expect to see stunning purple, green and blue hues – they can only be seen through a camera set on long exposure. The naked eye will see a white flickering light in the sky, so grab your camera and tripod and go aurora hunting. 


 Photo credit: Tourism Australia and Graham Freeman.

Western Australia: Swim with whale Sharks

Swimming with gentle whale sharks is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity that you shouldn’t miss while in Exmouth. Don’t be afraid of swimming with these big blue creatures, they won’t hurt a fly – only plankton and small fish. Plus, think of the look on your mum’s face when you tell her you went swimming with sharks! 

Exmouth_Ningaloo Reef_credit Tourism Australia_snorkelling

 Photo credit: Tourism Australia 

Victoria: Walk through the California Redwoods

Walk through the California Redwoods in Great Otway National Park, just off the Great Ocean Road. Think towering trees that just let the sunshine peek through, a small pond surrounded by lush, green ferns and opportunities galore for epic photos for the ‘gram that’ll make your mates jealous. This spot is pretty well known, but magically always empty when you visit.

California Redwoods

South Australia: Swim with dolphins

There aren’t too many better places to tick dolphin-dipping off your bucket list than Adelaide. With plenty of pods just off the South Australian coast, there's no need to chase them and utmost respect is given to these most fascinating creatures. You can book this experience here.

Swimming with dolphins

New South Wales: Blue Mountains canyoning

Looking for some adrenaline? Don't just trek the Blue Mountains, climb, abseil, jump, swim and venture through the canyons with High n Wild. Formed over millions of years, Blue Mountains canyons are a unique natural wonder. If that's slightly too adventurous, you can simply visit the Jenolan Caves and admire this underground wonderland.

Canyoning in the Blue Mountains_High n Wild
Photo credit: High n Wild

Northern Territory: The cage of death

Not for the faint of heart, experience the thrill of sharing the very environment of a 5m + Saltwater Crocodile, you know, the most dangerous animal in Australia. Crocosaurus Cove offers an experience that you aren't likely to forget, ever... but if you aren't quite ready yet, start by paying a visit to the world's largest display of Australian reptiles and get 20% off when you stay with YHA.

cage of Death_ crocosaurus cove

Queensland: Get lost in an abandoned Spanish castle

Get lost in an abandoned Spanish Castle Step inside the remains of Paronella Park, a castle built in tropical rainforest during the 1930s by Spaniard José Paronella. Nestled amongst heritage gardens and lush greenery you will feel like you’ve been transported to another world as you wander through the unique architecture covered in moss, with a very Spanish feel. If you are travelling between Mission Beach and Cairns make sure you add this insta-worthy gem to your must see list!

Paronella Park
Photo credit: TEQ

Australian Capital Territory: Connect with the wildlife and aboriginal culture at Tidbinbilla Nature reserve

Pack up your lunch and take a short drive from Canberra to this iconic reserve where you will meet native wildlife in their natural environment. We are talking koalas, platypus. kangaroos, possums, reptiles, echidnas. emus... and the list goes on! Tidbinbilla is also the oldest aboriginal site within the ACT, that's your chance to find out more about Aboriginal culture.

Tidbinbilla nature reserve

    Hobart Central YHA
    Hobart Central YHA
    Hobart YHA is the perfect base for all of Hobart's galleries and museums including MONA. Located only a block from the city's waterfront.
    Exmouth YHA
    Exmouth YHA
    Situated in the heart of Exmouth, located on the grounds of the Potshot Hotel Resort, Exmouth YHA is the perfect place to plan your Ningaloo Reef experience.
    Apollo Bay Eco YHA
    Apollo Bay Eco YHA
    Midway along the famous Great Ocean Road, relax by the wood fire heater, and enjoy ocean views from the rooftop at Apollo Bay Eco YHA.
    Blue Mountains - Katoomba YHA
    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.
    Mission Beach YHA - Scottys
    Mission Beach YHA - Scottys
    Located centrally to 14km’s of golden sands, Mission Beach YHA is the adventure capital for those looking to explore, challenge themselves and unwind in the beautiful, lush, tropical setting of Mission Beach.
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YHA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We acknowledge and pay our respects to Elders past, present, emerging and the extended Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community.