Half Price Flights & Great Stays

The Aussie government has announced a slew of slashed-price flights available on interstate routes from April to June this year. What does that mean? It means you'll be able to fly half price to some of the very best destinations in the country!

We've put together a list below of all the places you'll be able to go at a 50% discount once the scheme kicks in, plus info on the best YHA to stay at to continue the savings. This is a massive opportunity to have a holiday on the government's dime, so get planning, book a trip and get in the air!

YHA advises checking current government COVID restrictions before making holiday plans - available here.



Queensland's Gold Coast is one of the Southern Hemisphere's most sought-after holiday spots, and its iconic skyline is instantly recognisable to people all over the world. Coolangatta YHA is just 500 metres from Gold Coast airport and puts you within touching distance of the beachside city's stunning coastline!

Stay: Coolangatta YHA

Experience: Beaches, themeparks, hinterland, and all kinds of nightlife

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Cairns - QLD

A true tropical paradise, Cairns is the gateway to the gorgeous Far North region of QLD. Cairns Central YHA was the first of its kind in the muggy metropolis and is among the most popular places to stay - not surprising considering how close to the action it is!

Stay: Cairns Central YHA

Experience: The Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage Rainforests and all the adrenaline activities you can imagine!

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Whitsundays - QLD

A candidate for the most beautiful place in Australia (and Planet Earth), the Whitsunday Islands are a must-see for anyone visiting QLD. Accommodation can get pretty steep, though, so a stay at nearby Airlie Beach with easy ferry access to the archipelago lets you avoid all the paying the tourist premium!

Stay: Airlie Beach YHA

Experience: Idyllic islands, sailing, snorkelling and scuba, relaxation, and hiking through stunning rainforest

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Sunshine Coast - QLD

Queensland's Sunshine Coast consists of over 200km of gorgeous beaches and bustling tourist hotspots. The town of Noosa is perhaps the most famous in the region, and Noosa Heads YHA offers a lovely place to stay without taking out a second mortgage...

Stay: Noosa Heads YHA

Experience: Beautiful beaches, stunning hinterland, gorgeous rivers, and of course- food and brews

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Alice Springs - NT

Every Australian has an obligation to visit the Red Centre at some point in their life, and with flight costs being the most prohibitive cost, now is the PERFECT time to get out there. Alice Springs will be your basecamp to explore the desert from, and Alice Springs YHA has you covered!

Stay: Alice Springs YHA

Experience: Desert landscapes, colourful outback characters, adventure and aboriginal culture.

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Hobart, Launceston, Devonport & Burnie - TAS

Tasmania is arguably Australia's the most picturesque state, with Insta-worthy nature to be found in every corner of the island. Thankfully, it's fairly small, and visitors can hire a car and do a lap in as little as a week. Hobart, the capital, is an essential stop-off and Hobart Central YHA is the best value in town!

Stay: Hobart Central YHA

Experience: Weird and wonderful art, untammed wilderness, and crazy good food (and drink) 

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Broome - WA

With its bright red sand and turquoise water, there's few places in Australia that can rival the raw, earthy beauty of Broome. Flights to the remote north-west town can get pretty expensive in normal circumstances, though, so half-price flights are a godsend! Broome YHA's doors are open if you need somewhere to rest your weary head...

Stay: Broome YHA

Experience: Stunning beaches meeting outback Australia


Avalon - VIC

With its handy location just outside Melbourne, discounted flights to Avalon mean easy access to Australia's arts and culture capital! Once there, Melbourne Metro YHA is super-affordable and located right next to the CBD, leaving you free to explore the city at your leisure. 

Stay: Melbourne Metro YHA

Experience: Art and culture, amazing food, wineries and villages 

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Kangaroo Island - SA

Kangaroo Island, just across the water from Adelaide, is a windswept rock in the Southern Ocean with some fascinating natural features and heaps of wildlife. Once you've had your fill of wind and spray, a quick ferry over to Adelaide Central YHA to check out the city of churches makes perfect sense!

Stay: Adelaide Central YHA

Experience: Epic wildlife, rugged coastline and wilderness, delish local produce

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While we've got you here, find out about other local tourism schemes available in each state here.

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    Coolangatta YHA - Kirra Beach, Gold Coast
    Coolangatta YHA - Kirra Beach, Gold Coast
    Coolangatta YHA hostel is located just 500 meters from the Gold Coast Airport. You can check in & be on the beach within 30 minutes of landing.
    Cairns Central YHA
    Cairns Central YHA
    With the Great Barrier Reef on your door step, this centrally located property is the perfect base to explore Tropical North Queensland, offering a tranquil outdoor pool area, communal kitchen, large common areas and air conditioned rooms.
    Airlie Beach YHA, Whitsundays
    Airlie Beach YHA, Whitsundays
    Airlie Beach YHA hostel is located in the centre of Airlie Beach close to the swimming lagoon, restaurants, cafes and Airlie's thriving nightlife. All rooms are air-conditioned.
    Noosa Heads YHA
    Noosa Heads YHA
    This authentic 1880s National Trust and Heritage Listed backpacker hostel is set in the heart of Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast.
    Alice Springs YHA
    Alice Springs YHA
    Alice Springs YHA traveller hostel is built within the grounds of an historic outdoor cinema. Make sure you book your accommodation with us, for nightly movies under the stars!
    Broome YHA
    Broome YHA
    Comfortable, stylish hostel in the centre of Broome with pool, garden bar and tropical surrounds.
    Melbourne Metro YHA
    Melbourne Metro YHA
    Only a short free tram ride to the CBD and close to the University of Melbourne and Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne Metro YHA has everything you need for a great stay in cultural Melbourne.
    Adelaide Central YHA
    Adelaide Central YHA
    Located right in the centre of the city, Adelaide Central YHA is only a 7-minute walk to Adelaide Central Market and a short bus ride to Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Zoo.

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