Studying in the Mid-North coast? Here's your travel bucket list.

Sure, you enrolled to study hard and learn lots; but we all need a break (or three!) at times. Australia is a damn huge country and we know time and money is hard to come by, so we’ve narrowed it down to five places you’ve gotta see during your time in Northern NSW or Southern QLD. Drum roll, please!


Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Ah, Sydney. Home to a big bridge, a bigger foodie scene, hundreds of little streets to find yourself lost in and thousands of things to do (Seriously. You’ll never be bored. Here’s 101 free things to do when you get here). 

You’ve got a choice between Bondi Beachouse YHA which overlooks iconic Tamarama Beach, alternative Glebe Point YHA for all you coffee and market lovers, centre of the city with Sydney Central YHA, sleeping in a train carriage at Railway Square YHA or lap up the best view of the harbour at Sydney Harbour YHA.

Fancy climbing the Harbour Bridge, learning to surf on Bondi Beach or checking out the Aquarium and Madame Tussades in Darling Harbour? We can book them all, plus more! Have a look-see here.

Don’t forget the stunning, small-town charm and transformative air of the Blue Mountains while you’re down there! 2 hours out of Sydney lies Katoomba, the home of the NSW National Park and Blue Mountains YHA. Bushwalks, canyoning, abseiling and caving is a’plenty, plus one of the 10 best pizzerias in Australia!

Great Barrier Reef

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef

All the way at the tippy-top of the country lies Cairns, the tropical wonderland that leads you to our beautiful Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest coral reef system. Sadly, global warming is causing the destruction of this stunning reef, so you’d better get in to see it this time ‘round while it’s as breathtaking as ever. We’ve got the very best tours for you, too! 

If scuba diving, snorkelling and boat-tripping on the Reef isn’t enough for you, we can book you bungee jumping, overnight boat trips and all that’s in between! Have a look at all the activities Tropical North Queensland offers, and get ready for a trip of a lifetime! Of course, you’ll stay at Cairns Central YHA for some rest, relaxation and rejuvenation between all your adventuring!

Magnetic Island YHA

Magnetic Island

Queensland is one of the special states where you can actually snuggle koalas rather than looking from afar, but Magnetic Island YHA goes one better. Our Magnetic Island Koala Experience sees you enjoying a champagne breakfast amongst the wildlife before holding koalas and other reptiles – one of the best cuddles of your life, we promise!

The tour also includes a day of snorkelling on coral reefs, feeding local rock wallabies and relaxing on the stunning Horseshoe Bay – but really we’re just here for the koala snuggles and that’s totally understandable. Have a look at the tour here  and thank us later!

Nimbin YHA

Byron Bay and Nimbin

Nestled just under the Queensland border lies Byron Bay, the hippy town that has to be visited to be understood. A relatively small town with gorgeous beaches, bare feet, more bars than you could ever dream of visiting and a passion for surfing, yoga and good times.

We’ve luckily got two hostels smack-bang in the middle of the city for you to choose from, the newly renovated Byron Bay YHA or the true backpacker Cape Byron YHA, both of which will feel like your home away from home.

Order an hour long shuttle bus and sneak a night away to the fairy paradise of Nimbin Rox YHA. You can camp under the stars in a lush yurt and wonder why you’d ever want to sleep indoors. Pro tip: brave the early wake up and greet sunrise – the valley becomes coated in a technicolour fog that’ll have you wondering if it was all a dream.

Kakadu National Park


Image credit: Tourism NT

Sure, beaches and bars are sweet and all – but how does a tropical wonderland filled with waterfalls, natural rock formations, jumping crocodile cruises and the best Asian-fusion food you’ve ever devoured sound? Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory and is honestly one not to be missed!

With a nightlife so crazy you’d swear you were on the East Coast, a war history so intriguing you’d swear you were in Europe and natural waterfalls and landmarks so breathtaking you’d think you were dreaming; Darwin is one for anyone’s list. Plus, Darwin YHA has a rooftop bar, two pools and offers you 20% off. Done.

Have a look at the Litchfield and Kakadu National Park tours we can book for you, because; trust us – you’re going to want to see them. 

Don't forget about your 20% discount on beds around Australia! Have a look here for a list of all the participating hostels, and happy travels! 


Nearby Hostels

    Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell thumbnail
    From $27 per night
    Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell
    We've moved to 52 Mitchell St. Darwin YHA – Melaleuca on Mitchell is located in the heart of the action and has all the facilities to keep you cool. Drink at the bar, laze by the two pools or chill out under the waterfall spa.
    Cairns Central YHA thumbnail
    From $20 per night
    Cairns Central YHA
    Cairns Central YHA is located in the heart of town, only a block from the train station and surrounded by cafes, restaurants and pubs. Comfortable common areas, lush swimming pool and social BBQ area make it the perfect spot to relax.
    Magnetic Island YHA thumbnail
    From $29 per night
    Magnetic Island YHA
    This award-winning YHA hostel has all the facilities of an island resort. Set on beautiful Magnetic Island, this backpackers hostel includes open air bar, onsite wildlife sanctuary and hammocks surrounding the pool.
    Byron Bay - Cape Byron YHA thumbnail
    From $25.5 per night
    Byron Bay - Cape Byron YHA
    Cape Byron YHA backpackers hostel is the perfect place to kick back and relax after a day in the surf. Bike and boogie board hire is available.
    Byron Bay - Byron Bay YHA thumbnail
    From $30 per night
    Byron Bay - Byron Bay YHA
    Looking for the perfect hostel to relax? Byron Bay YHA is a tropical oasis - central to cafes, restaurants, local bars and Byron Beach.
    Nimbin Rox YHA thumbnail
    From $26 per night
    Nimbin Rox YHA
    Have you ever wanted glamp in a tent? Well you'll enjoy the unique accommodations at Nimbin Rox YHA backpackers hostel. Situated in the lush sub-tropics of the magical Nimbin Valley.
    Sydney Central YHA thumbnail
    From $31.35 per night
    Sydney Central YHA
    Our heritage-listed building, opposite Central Station, is ideally positioned near the Sydney Airport Train line, Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Powerhouse Museum.
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    From $38.95 per night
    Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks
    The only hostel in Sydney that has views of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Sydney Harbour YHA is the best place to stay in Sydney for the New Years Eve fireworks and the Vivid light festival.
    Sydney Railway Square YHA thumbnail
    From $32 per night
    Sydney Railway Square YHA
    The hostel that literally has its own platform at Sydney Central Railway Station. You won't have an excuse for missing your bus, train or plane, with direct access to the Sydney Airport Train line and bus terminals at your doorstep.
    Sydney Glebe Point YHA thumbnail
    From $26.5 per night
    Sydney Glebe Point YHA
    Glebe Point YHA backpacker hostel offers a relaxed inner city location, just a short tram ride to Sydney CBD. Explore Glebe markets, cafes and restaurants.
    Sydney Bondi Beachouse YHA thumbnail
    From $26 per night
    Sydney Bondi Beachouse YHA
    Live the dream! Stay at Bondi Beachouse YHA backpacker hostel and learn to surf at Sydney's famous Bondi Beach.
    Blue Mountains - Katoomba YHA thumbnail
    From $25 per night
    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.
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