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Surf, Stay and Play

Australia. Where else would you consider learning to surf?! We’ve found a few of the best YHA properties to catch some waves and get 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. 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!

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 super affordable surf lessons with 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 at one of SA's surf spots? The coastline near the beautiful town of Port Elliot features world class surf breaks and access to some of the best surf schools in the country. 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!

  • Sydney's northern beaches are arguably some of the best in Australia and, literally across the road, you can't get much closer to the waves than Collaroy Beachouse YHA. They even have surfboards to hire for FREE. So grab a mate, check the swell and hit the surf!
  • 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 your options for a hectic surf-filled weekend. Get amongst it this summer.

    Byron Bay - Byron Bay YHA
    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.
    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
    Sydney Collaroy Beachouse YHA
    From $26 per night
    Sydney Collaroy Beachouse YHA
    Sydney's northern beaches YHA hostel is a high quality traveller's resort only 50 metres from one of Sydney's best surf beaches.
    Port Macquarie YHA - Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers
    From $28 per night
    Port Macquarie YHA - Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers
    Located halfway between Sydney & Byron Bay, Ozzie Pozzie Backpackers is more like a resort than a hostel.
    Newcastle Beach YHA
    From $30 per night
    Newcastle Beach YHA
    Opposite Newcastle Beach, and right in the centre of town, this friendly YHA is perfect for travellers looking for affordable accommodation.
    Coffs Harbour YHA
    From $26 per night
    Coffs Harbour YHA
    Mid way between Sydney and Brisbane, the purpose-built Coffs Harbour YHA hostel makes a great stopover for those travelling the east coast.
    1770 YHA
    From $22 per night
    1770 YHA
    1770 is a clean and inviting hostel with a variety of room types, all co-living rooms have their own en-suite and are air-conditioned. The Agnes Water Beach is only a short 200 meter walk through an environmental park.
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