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Families, what will you travel for?

We’ve found some of the perfect excuses for you to pack up the ‘mini travellers’ and take off! These suggestions are bound to make the next fam trip unforgettable, wowing everyone (even the kidults of the pack)!

Travel for the twinkly lights in NSW

Christmas is just around the corner and returning for its eleventh impressive year, is the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Light Spectacular! Featuring over 2 million (yes, I said 2 million) incredible light displays as well as food, rides, a ferris wheel, carousel, swing chair and super slide. This is definitely a must see for anyone wanting to kick off the holiday season with a bang. Purchase tickets online now, the event starts on November 2.

Where to stay: Hunter Valley YHA - 7 mins drive away

Travel for the real-life Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory in VIC

The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is an experience unlike anything you’ve done before, with over 190 different varieties of handmade chocolate on display. Trump Charlie's plain old golden ticket with an edible, chocolate, entry ticket and complimentary samples upon arrival! Even better – stay at Phillip Island YHA and get 20% off admission into ‘Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate’ Tour. Are you drooling? We are!

Where to stay: Phillip Island YHA - 2 mins drive away

Travel for the in-sea aquarium in SA

Head on over to Port Elliot and check out the Granite Island in-sea aquarium, offering more marine diversity than the Great Barrier Reef! Take the kids for a swim with the tuna (or perhaps feed the tuna if swimming isn’t your thing) and suss out all of Nemo’s friends through the glass-sided underwater viewing area.

At YHA we can make the offer even sweeter – because right now we have a ‘Swim with the Tuna’ tour available… you know you want to!

Where to stay: Port Elliot YHA

Travel for a Colonial Stay and Rottnest Play in WA

Enjoy what’s sure to be a memorable stay at the beautifully updated former Fremantle Women’s Prison warder’s cottages, fully equipped and ideal for families. 

No trip to Fremantle is ever complete without a visit to Rottnest Island! Take a ferry to the beautiful island, hire bikes to explore the surrounds, take a fam selfie with Quokkas (guaranteed to be your new favourite animal) and stay right near a world heritage prison – a wildcard trip indeed.  

Where to stay: Fremantle Colonial Cottages, managed by Fremantle Prison YHA

Have the place to yourselves?

Did we mention that all of the accommodation options in this article are RENT A YHA approved? Perhaps come back next time with even more of the fam bam and spend the whole week adventuring even further! Jump over to YHA Groups for more information and to book with us.

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    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.
    Phillip Island YHA
    From $29 per night
    Phillip Island YHA
    Award-winning Phillip Island YHA is your gateway to one of Australia’s most famous islands. This hostel offers comfortable lounges, a gourmet-style kitchen area and a rooftop deck.
    Port Elliot YHA
    From $30 per night
    Port Elliot YHA
    Great Port Elliot Beach Accommodation! Port Elliot Beach House YHA, on South Australia's spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula, is in a breezy, historic building
    Fremantle Prison YHA
    From $20 per night
    Fremantle Prison YHA
    Fancy a historic and unique stay? Fremantle Prison YHA backpackers hostel has what you are after - if you’re feeling brave, sleep in an actual prison cell!
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