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10 Best Hostel Views TEST

Champagne views on a beer budget? Here are the Top 10 YHAs with the best views of the Land Down Under.
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Stay Anywhere From $28/Night

Travelling for 10 days or more? Buy a YHA ePack and save!
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2017 Footy Season with YHA

Get excited everyone – the long wait through summer is over and footy is finally back!
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Ski Thredbo - Bookings Open Now

Don't miss out on a fun and budget snow holiday this ski season!
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6 reasons to visit the Grampians in winter

Think that the Grampians is only good to visit in warmer weather? Read on and you'll be inspired to visit in the depths of winter too!
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A night at the Civic

Inject a little otherworldly class into that class of yours and dazzle them with a day at the Newcastle Civic Theatre!
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Adelaide Film Festival - Indigenous List

From the sublime to the hilarious and sometimes outrageous, this year’s Adelaide Film Festival features a tantalising line up of indigenous films – check out our top picks
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Adelaide's Top Spring Happenings

As the weather warms, the days get longer and the flowers blossom, Adelaide's busy festival calendar is set to Spring into an action packed Spring season. Here's our top 8 picks to help you navigate the best of them.
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Australia’s top ten street art hostels

Banksy, eat your heart out – some of the country’s hottest street artists have added more than a splash of colour to 10 YHAs around Australia.
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BeauVine Food and Wine Festival

Visiting Perth in October? Make sure you hit the BeauVine Food and Wine Festival for food and drinks galore!
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Brisbane Festival 2017

Brisbane’s world-class arts festival will explode across the city this September with a sensational program of live music, theatre, dance, comedy, circus and more.
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Catch Waves and Zzz's

Where else but Australia would you even consider learning to surf! If you visited Australia and didn't attempt to catch a wave or two (and wiped out in the process), did you even make it Down Under? These YHAs'll have you riding waves and good vibes all week long!
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Celebrate Shinju Matsuri in Broome

One of the most unique festivals you'll ever see is coming to Broome this September...
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Darwin Festival

18 beautiful days and nights of magical art and culture await in the tropical northern city of Darwin - and you're invited.
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Darwin Market Magic

The Top End is known for it's jaw dropping scenery, incredible wildlife and markets - yes, markets.
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Darwin's Festival Frenzy

Darwin is not just warm air and crocodiles. Over the dry season (the North’s idyllic version of Winter), Darwin is set to become the cultural mecca of the tropics with a stellar line up of festivals that are equal parts wild, whacky and wonderful.
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Dinosaur Discovery: Lost Creatures of the Cretaceous

Perth has gone back 145 million years in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth, so prepare to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.
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Escape From Pompeii at the Maritime Museum

The Western Australian Maritime Museum goes back all the way to 79 AD with their latest exhibition Escape From Pompeii: The Untold Roman Rescue.
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Everyone's a Member in September!

Pocket that $15 membership fee, stay almost anywhere from $28/night and score epic discounts on everything from skydiving to sushi restaurants - not just Down Under, but Worldwide!
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Fancy a Farmers' Market?

Ditch the over-airconditioned aisles for a Farmers' Market, where you'll grab fresh, local, ethically-traded produce straight from the farmers and growers themselves. Excellent coffee, long-lasting, technicolour veggies, organic wine and not a hay bale in sight.
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Field of Light at Uluru

Don't miss the unique opportunity to experience the beautiful Field of Light with the stunning back drop of Uluru in the amazing Red Centre.
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Fun and games at the Royal Hobart Show

Bringing the best of the country to the city streets, the Royal Hobart Show will delight and entertain the entire family!
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Giddy Up For the Spring Racing Carnival

Gentlemen suit up and ladies get your frocks on for one of the biggest sporting events on the Victorian calendar. The Spring Racing Carnival is here and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.
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Go Green at Fremantle Prison YHA

Fremantle Prison YHA has teamed up with Conservation Volunteers Australia to give their guests a feel good, green experience at no cost!
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Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Glitter Strip prepares to host an enormous international celebration of sun, surf, and sport in April.
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Good Food and Wine Show 2017

Listen up Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane - good food and good wine is coming your way.
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Head for the (Adelaide) Hills

If you love bush walks, wildlife, wine, food, markets, pubs, friendly locals and incredible views, you're going to be smitten with the Adelaide Hills.
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How to turn 20 days of leave into 49 days of holidays

Fancy a getaway . . . or five? Make the most of your annual leave in 2017 by strategically planning your days off.
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It's Footy Season at Adelaide Oval

The beautiful Adelaide Oval is the most central AFL Football Stadium in Australia and it has fast become a favourite of football fans in Adelaide and around the country.
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Just got to Melbourne? Now what...

The country's culture capital is as beautiful as she is exciting, and you're sure to find your own favorites here. We've listed the top things to as soon as you arrive in Melbourne, so you're covered until you figure out the city's rhythm!
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Kings Park Festival

Holy wildflowers! Over 25,000 plants have been produced for the Kings Park Festival, a celebration of beautiful wildflowers indigenous to the region, plant life and Western Australian culture.
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Know Where You're Sleeping This Falls?

One of our favourite music festivals, Falls Festival, touches downs in not one, but two locations where there’s a YHA.
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Learning Comes Alive at Museums Victoria

No matter what your students are studying, there’s an educational program to give them a unique learning experience at Museums Victoria.
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Visit Legoland Discovery Centre these school holidays

These school holidays, pop the kids in the car and head to Chadstone and visit Legoland Discovery Centre for an experience like no other!
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Magic of the Mid-North Coast

Some real magic lies between Sydney Bustle and Byron Bay Bliss. Slow down, save some cash, smell the salty air and relaxed atmospheres, and explore somewhere a little different than what you see on your Facebook feed.
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Markets of Melbourne

Who doesn't love perusing a good market or two?!
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Melbourne's Footy Finals Fever

Hands down, the best time of the year in Melbourne is here. It’s AFL finals time.
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New in 2017! Great British Hostels

The UK’s first ‘National Landscape Discovery Centre’, dog-friendly hostels, glamping in safari tents, and a hostel of Olympic proportions . . . YHA England and Wales are pumping the pounds into their network of 160-plus hostels across Britain this year.
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Oz Asia Festival Takes Over Adelaide

The finest theatre, dance, music, film, talks and visual art that Asia has to offer, taking over Adelaide for 16 big beautiful Spring days and nights at the annual Oz Asia Festival.
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Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

The MacDonnell Ranges in Alice Springs light up this September as the outback gets a taste of Vivid Sydney with an Indigenous flavour.
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Party with the quokkas at Rottofest

Every year, Rottnest Island’s annual comedy and music festival rocks the land of the quokka and puts on the liveliest show you could imagine.
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Peak pow for shoulder season rates!

September has brought the best snowfall Thredbo has seen since 2000, plus Shoulder Season rates for stays at the award-winning Thredbo YHA, located at the foot of the mountain! Snow bunnies, rejoice!
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Perth Royal Show

Running for 170 years (so they know how to put on a good time), the Perth Royal Show is back again for one week only and is bringing the best of the region with it.
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Petals and Pyrotechnics - Floriade '17

Flowery greetings, petals! Welcome Springtime surrounded by kindred green-thumbs and twinkling, exploding twilight installations at 2017's Floriade.
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Return of the Pterodactyl

17 minutes from Canberra City YHA and 165 million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the planet and students were a whole lot better behaved.
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Royal Adelaide Show Time

September is Show Time in Adelaide! We're talking rollercoasters and showbags, animals and cakes, big kids and children over two full weekends and every day in between.
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Say hey to Sydney!

This city is sure to be a favorite, once you get your head around it. First things first, slap on your thongs and follow our Sydney to-do list!
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School Camp Experiences on Phillip Island

Perfect for the ultimate outdoor educational experience, Phillip Island is bursting at the seams for things for your students to do.
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Sculpture by the Sea 2017

Break out the more-than-$5-a-bottle bubbly and prepare to Gram some childhood throwbacks – Sculpture by the Sea turns 21 this year!
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Shakespeare Pop Up Globe

Experience Shakespeare’s work performed in the space for which it was written when the Shakespeare Pop Up Globe literally pops up next to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.
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Southern MTB

Albany is hosting one of the biggest extreme sports competitions of the year, so jump on your bike and don't miss out!
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Southern Ocean Adventures

Get on, in or close to the Ocean whilst staying at these awesome YHA hostels, guaranteed to inspire you to hit the coast and make the most of our amazing beaches and experiences
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SWELL Sculpture Festival

This September Currumbin Beach on the Gold Coast will become home to a spectacular outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring inspiring and interactive works from artists across the globe.
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Sydney feeling stuffy?

City break (n): a short domestic holiday which one takes to clear their mind, relax their body, immerse themselves in their relatively-local surroundings and get off their bloody couch for the weekend.
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Sydney is Open 2017

Remember when you were a kid and used to dream about being locked in a Westfield or Luna Park afterhours, left to run wild? Well, kids, dreams come true – but the entire city of Sydney is your playground!
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Sydney weekly rates 2017

Save some serious coin so you have more to spend on seven sensational days in Sydney.
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Sydney's cracking calendar

Vivid might have finished but there are still loads of other great events lighting up the Harbour City for the rest of 2017.
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Take A Break To The City!

No matter where you are in Australia, YHA has some great city break accommodation deals - to suit any reason for a getaway!
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TARNANTHI - Indigenous Art Spectacular

The 2017 Tarnanthi Festival in Adelaide is set to be the biggest celebration of contemporary art from Australia’s oldest living culture. Not to be missed.
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Tastings on Hastings 2017

NSW North Coast – start working up an appetite! Tastings on Hastings is back for its 15th delicious year, and we very literally couldn’t be more excited. Or peckish.
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The 2017 Royal Melbourne Show is coming!

Food, animals, rides, wood chopping displays AND show bags - the Royal Melbourne Show really does have it all!
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Top 10 Awesome Adelaide Markets

Market lovers will be overjoyed with this pick of the best of Adelaide's awesome markets. From the freshest fruit and veg to the hippest young designers, the quirkiest vintage and everything in between.
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Top 5 Day Trips From Brisbane

Looking for a change of scenery? We’ve picked our top 5 destinations right on Brisbane’s doorstep.
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Top 5 Day Trips From Cairns

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Wet Tropics we’ve picked our top 5 hot spots just a short drive (or ferry) from one of our favourite tropical cities.
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Top 7 Free Things to do on Phillip Island

Who likes free things? We do!
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Top five Aussie experiences

You haven't really seen Australia unless you have ticked all of these unique experiences off the list. What are you waiting for?
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Treat yo self with your tax return

It’s the most exciting time of the year. Spring? Nup. Footy finals? Not quite. Sophie Monk as the new Bachelorette? That is making us giddy with anticipation, but no. We’re talking tax time.
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Waltzing Matildas v Brazen Brazilians

Head to Newcastle to witness the battle of the Waltzing Matildas and the Brazen Brazilians!
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What's on at GOMA in 2018

Brisbane's Galllery of Modern Art has something for everyone with some fantastic new exhibitions lined up for next year. Check them out!
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Why I rented a whole YHA

Indulge in the tales of the fine folk who've rented their very own YHA, and be inspired for your next shindig! Au revoir, Airbnb! Sayonara, Stayz!
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Win ferry tickets and accommodation for Rottnest Island Carnivale

Rottnest Island Carnivale is an unmissable event full of frivolity and festivities and we want to make sure you get there!
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Winter Art, Music and Mayhem

Winter in Adelaide is bursting with events that will have you dancing in the streets, drinking whisky to the blues, learning more about the local wines and swimming in art.
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