You haven't really seen Australia unless you have ticked all of these unique experiences off the list. What are you waiting for?
Magnetic Island YHA in tropical North Queensland has all the facilities of an island resort, and it's also the only resort in Australia with resident koalas and other Aussie wildlife on-site in a boutique wildlife park. During your stay you can hold a koala or a crocodile, or join a tour of the sanctuary. The perfect chance for plenty of Instagrammable moments with Australia's cutest creatures!
Victoria's Phillip Island isn't just one of the best surf spots in the country, it's also home to the Phillip Island Nature Park, where hundreds of little penguins come ashore each evening, attracting visitors from all over the world. Take a waddle on the wild side and see these adorable penguins returning home at sunset to one of the largest penguin colonies in Australia, before enjoying your own night-time retreat at Phillip Island YHA.
Gorgeous beaches, lush bushland, and a sand-boarding hotspot are just two and a half hours away from Sydney, in beautiful Port Stephens. The Stockton Sand Dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands guarantee an action-packed adventure with sand-boarding and quad biking options. After a day on the dunes, Port Stephens YHA accommodates guests in rustic bungalows surrounded by jungle gardens – a truly laid-back and welcoming atmosphere.
Port Lincoln on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula is an adventure paradise – you can go shark cage diving, swim with tuna, or surf in the rough sea. However, swimming with sea lions is definitely the top pick, as the experience of getting close and personal with these puppy-like creatures is truly unique and unforgettable. You can also go shark cage diving, but if that sounds a little too scary, you can just take a selfie with the replica shark and cage at Port Lincoln YHA . . . no one will notice the difference!
From the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia's vast Red Centre, to Darwin and World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park in the tropical Top End, you can't miss the Northern Territory for the true outback experience. Alice Springs YHA is the perfect first stop in the NT, where staff can help you book tours and connect you with Darwin YHA as well. And after an action-packed day in the desert, you can relax at Alice Springs YHA’s outdoor movie theatre and enjoy the show under the stars.