Studying in the South? 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 Victoria, South Australia or good ol’ Tassie. Drum roll, please!

Sydney

Sydney

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.

East Coast

East Coast

Let’s be real, Australia’s East Coast is probably the reason you wanted to travel here – sea, salt and sand every day, tonnes of high-octane activities like surf lessons, skydiving, bungee jumping, boat trips, snorkelling or even scuba diving – and some pretty crazy nightlife, too. Sounds good to us!

The East Coast spans New South Wales and Queensland, from Sydney to Byron Bay to Brisbane to Cairns and all that’s in between - and we’ve got hostels in pretty much every location you’ll want to visit. Have a read of our comprehensive East Coast guide here, and make sure to leave enough time to truly experience the magic!

 Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

You’ve had enough friends travel Australia to know the 12 Apostles when you see them, but the wild and windy Great Ocean Road - 244 kilometre stretch of the South Coast - offers so many other Instagrammable stops along the way! Wind your way along the very bottom coast of the country and be awed by natural rock formations, stunning sunsets and sunrises and totally secluded beaches.

You’ll need more than a day to explore the route, and you’ve got two options. Carve out two days to take our Great Ocean Road tour, or self-drive and spend the night at either end with Apollo Bay Eco YHA and Port Fairy YHA – both as gorgeous and charming as each other, and 20% off for you!

 Quokka

Perth, Fremantle and Rottnest Island

Imagine a furry little animal that looks like a cat, a wombat and a baby kangaroo all at once; who live happily on their own island with no predators so they’re super friendly and curious. Sounds delightful, yes? Well – you needn’t just imagine; because they’re called quokkas and they exclusively live on Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. And, we can get you there for a day trip of a lifetime (check it out here!).

These little angels aren’t the only reason you should head West. Perth is a buzzing city full of nightlife, food, unique experiences and of course the recently renovated Perth City YHA – plus, you can pop along to Fremantle Prison YHA and spend the night in a real life prison. If you dare. Don’t forget the West Coast while staying down South – it’s an experience few travellers explore but one well worth the extra kilometres!

Uluru

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Uluru

The red centre is our cultural, indigenous heartland; and truly must be experienced to be understood. Whether you’re road tripping from Adelaide or flying in from any capital city, you’ll be astounded by the hundreds of kilometres of deep, red dirt – this is the Australia you’ve really gotta see.

If you time your trip right, you can join thousands of gorgeous Priscilla, Queen of the Desert fans in their celebration of the film’s 20th birthday at the Queens in the Desert Festival, or be dazzled by hundreds of football fields’-worth of twinkling lights decorating the iconic Uluru in the Field of Light  exhibition.

Whether coming for an event or not, you’ll be immersed in a fascinating, ancient history of people and place; and you’ll be bloody glad you came. Bonus, Alice Springs YHA is built in an old cinema, and screens outdoor movies each and every night. Forget Netflix and chill when you’re in the Northern Territory!

Don't forget your 20% discount on beds around Australia! Head here for a complete list of participating hostels, and happy travels! 

Nearby Hostels

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    From $31 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 $35 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.
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    From $34 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.
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    From $28 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.
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    From $26 per night
    Sydney Bondi Beachouse YHA
    Live the dream! Stay Bondi Beachouse YHA backpacker hostel and learn to surf at Sydney's famous Bondi Beach.
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    From $33 per night
    Apollo Bay Eco YHA
    Midway along the famous Great Ocean Road, relax by the wood fire heater, and enjoy ocean views from the rooftop at Apollo Bay Eco YHA.
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    From $27 per night
    Port Fairy YHA
    Port Fairy YHA is a heritage listed cottage situated in charming and historic Port Fairy at the end of the Great Ocean Road. Relax by the open fireplace after a day of exploring a piece of Victoria's history.
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    From $25 per night
    Perth City YHA
    Perth accommodation in the centre of the CBD. Perth City YHA is central to The Perth Mint, Art Gallery of Western Australia and Perth Zoo
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    From $20 per night
    Fremantle Prison YHA
    Fancy a historic and unique stay? Fremantle Prison YHA backpackers hostel has what you are after! With the option to stay in the prison itself or the colonial cottages you're in for a comfy stay.
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    From $26.5 per night
    Alice Springs YHA
    Alice Springs YHA backpacker 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!
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