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Surf, Stay and Play

Australia. Where else would you consider learning to surf?! We’ve found four of the best YHA properties to catch some waves and be vibin' like a typical surfer all week long!

Stay close to the beach and hit the waves whenever the mood strikes, or learn to surf at one of our favourite surf schools, with the legends at Surf Camp Australia offering 50% off their September schools when you use promo code '50wow' at checkout. If you've been meaning to up your surfing skills for a while, get to it - you'll be calling everyone "dude" or "bro" in no time!

Bondi Beachouse YHA

Bondi Beach Surf Lesson

You couldn’t find a more Instagrammable activity than a Bondi Beach surf lesson. We offer a two-hour surf experience perfect for beginners wanting to kick-start their surfing journey. BETTER YET... if you’re feelin' like you need a little more than two hours, save some dollars with a discounted three-lesson 'beginner’s package' to improve upon your newfound skills.  

Where to stay: Bondi Beachouse YHA

Byron Bay YHA and Cape Byron YHA

Byron Bay Surf Lessons

One couldn’t find a more perfect surf town than Byron Bay and if the surf wasn’t enough of a reason, keep in mind the location is home to the Hemsworth brothers! With its ever-looming hipster spirit, breathtaking beaches and laid-back residents; this is nature's perfect classroom. Boasting $60 3.5 hour surf lessons in packs of one, two and three (all equipment provided) you won't break the bank when you catch some waves.

Where to stay: Byron Bay YHA 

Port Elliot YHA

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If you're itching to catch some South Australian waves, what better way to learn than with SA's most awarded surf school?! With this Learn to Surf package based in the beautiful town of Port Elliot, you'll be learning with the best surf coaches on top of line equipment - and a two hour lesson will cost you just $55. It really doesn't get much better than that!

Where to stay: Port Elliot YHA

Wanna swell-chase off the beaten track? Here are some more of our fave surf spots right by our YHA properties!

  • Surf the waves and stay at Port Macquarie YHA.  Halfway between Sydney and Byron Bay, Port Macquarie YHA is more like a resort than a backpacker hostel. Guests can relax in the poolside cabana, swim, or take a hammock nap under the palm trees. HINT: remember to befriend Cheeky, the resident parrot, in between your beach sessions.

  • Newcastle Beach YHA will capture your heart – with pizza nights, barbeque nights and free surfboard hire… you’ll be well fed, well equipped and ready to master the art of surfing! With hourly services from Sydney, you’ll step off the train and into a beachside wonderland whose relaxed atmosphere you just won’t want to leave.

  • Pop on over to Coffs Harbour YHA and spend some time kicking back at one of the many beaches Coffs has to offer! No need to pack all your heavy surf gear - just head down to reception and take the waves on a free boogieboard or surfboard!
  • Tick surfing off your travel bucket list at one of Australia's most iconic beaches - 1770 Agnes Water. Located on the untouched surf coastline north of Fraser Island and south of the Whitsundays, this hidden gem is the perfect place to catch a wave or jump on a bike and explore the surrounds. Luckily, 1770 YHA is also just down the road. BINGO!

Surf's up and so are ya options for a hectic surf-filled weekend. Get amongst it this summer.

Our mates at Surf Camp Australia are offering a whopping 50% off their September camps, where you'll get the skills you need to take on the waves in no time at all. Select your 2, 3, 5 or 7 day camp and use promo code '50wow' to get half prices lessons, meals, accomm and more... surf's up!

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