Life, death, taxes, and travel expenses: unavoidable. Luckily, there's tonnes of free stuff to do up and down the East Coast, and we made a list to prove it. We're good like that.
Get golfed in Thredbo
Beer in hand, a sun-bathed evening, a coupl’a pals and a nail-biting game of Disc Golf. This one is bound to get more competitive than Monopoly, kids. Rent your kit from Thredbo YHA reception and play nicely.
Sangria and songs in Canberra
I’m sure we had you at sangria, but we’ll continue talking anyway. Head up to the banging Canberra City YHA rooftop on Monday nights for free flowing dranks and vibes, then you’ll all make your merry way to The Pheonix Bar for some live music.
Two feet and a heartbeat in the Blue Mountains
From above, the Mountains look like they have thousands of little veins stitching them together, but in actual fact each and every winding road is a bushwalk waiting to be taken. By you. Chat to Blue Mountains YHA staff about the best self-guided walk for you, and hit the road.
The Great YHA Picnic in the Park in Sydney
On Tuesday evenings throughout Summer you’ll find a happy go-lucky group of pals sunning, drinking, munching and laughing themselves through the hours in the Botanical Gardens. These folk are from Railway Square YHA, Sydney Central YHA and Sydney Harbour YHA, and’ll be heading to World Bar for the after-party once the sun sets and the snacks are done.
Get sandy in Port Stephens
The sand dunes of the Worimi Conservation Area are yours for the taking! Make sure to stay ‘til late for the most incredible sunset of your life, then retreat 'home' - Port Stephens YHA. You’ll be finding sand in places you never knew existed.
Big ba-na-na, ooh-na na na na
Coffs Harbour YHA load their crew into the van every Tuesday and Friday to experience one of Australia’s cultural phenomenons: The Big Banana. We can’t really explain this country’s fascination for big things, but maybe you could once you’ve gone?
Hang ten (or more) in Yamba
At Yamba YHA, the surf is always there, and it’s always free. Immerse yourself in one of Australia’s most famous surf breaks at Angourie Beach and score bragging rights for the next few years (at least!).
Get a new perspective in Byron
Toddle on up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse with the Cape Byron YHA crew on Tuesdays and Fridays. The banter and the view from the top’ll make you forget all about the cardio you just endured.
Vin et fromage in Brisbane
We don’t see nothin’ wrong with a little wine and cheese. Take to the poolside tooftop, watch over the twinkling city and partake in some vino and snacks every Wednesday at Brisbane City YHA.
Sun salutations in 1770
Did ya know that 1770 is famous for it’s wonderful sunsets, and is in fact one of only four places on the East Coast that you can watch the sunrise and set over the ocean? And that you can stay there?! Thanks 1770 YHA.
Chasing waterholes in Airlie Beach
The Cedar Creek Falls are a short ten minute drive from Airlie Beach YHA, and offer spectacular views of the falls and a great fresh water swimming hole. Lush.