Treat yo self with your tax return

It’s the most exciting time of the year. Spring? Nup. Footy finals? Not quite. Sophie Monk as the new Bachelorette? That is making us giddy with anticipation, but no. We’re talking tax time.

Okay, fine, tax season might not be so thrilling unless you work for H&R Block and the very mention of the words ‘group certificate’ makes you weak at the knees. But, hey, submitting your tax return means most of us end up with a little extra cash in our pockets around this time of year – so why not treat yourself to something a little fancy courtesy of the taxman?

YHA can stretch your tax refund even further by offering 20% off private and multi-share rooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Fremantle, and Hobart – just enter the promo code CITIES20 when you book a stay between 2 September and 25 December 2017 on yha.com.au (check the website for availability). 

Check out where you can splash your extra cash with 20% off some of our hottest city hostels!

Climb the Sydney Harbour bridge

Have you really seen Sydney if you haven’t taken in the view from the top of its most famous icon? Book a BridgeClimb to ascend 134m above sea level and enjoy jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Harbour City from smack bang in the middle of the glittering harbour. 

Enter the promo code CITIES20 when you book your stay at Sydney Central YHA 

Dine in style at two of the world’s best restaurants in Melbourne

Two Australian eateries were named in the World’s Best Restaurants Top 50 this year – and they’re both within striking distance of Melbourne Central YHA. What better way to blow your tax return than the $275 tasting menu at Attica in Ripponlea or the $240 menu at Brae, 90 minutes’ drive from the city. 

Enter the promo code CITIES20 when you book your stay at Melbourne Central YHA

Go on a craft brewery crawl through Perth

Nothing says ‘fiscal responsibility’ quite like investing your tax refund in a few glasses of amber nectar. There’s the multi-million-dollar Northbridge Brewing Company in the middle of Perth’s nightlife precinct, The Old Brewery on the banks of the Swan River, the award-winning Feral Brewing Co in the Swan Valley, and you can’t miss Little Creatures in Fremantle. 

Enter the promo code CITIES20 when you book your stay at Perth City YHA

Cruise around Moreton Island

Just 25km off Brisbane lies Moreton Island, a paradise of golden beaches and freshwater lakes tempting you over from the mainland. Spend the day snorkelling shipwrecks, tobogganing sand dunes, feeding dolphins, and exploring the Cape Moreton Lighthouse, boasting 360-degree views of the Queensland coast. 

Enter the promo code CITIES20 when you book your stay at Brisbane City YHA

Go wine-tasting in the Barossa Valley

Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the Barossa is home to more than 150 wineries and over 80 cellar doors that are far more deserving recipients of your hard-earned than the taxman. Fill your boots with world-class Shiraz, Riesling, Semillon, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the finest wine-making regions on the planet. 

Enter the promo code CITIES20 when you book your stay at Adelaide Central YHA

Eat your way through Bruny Island

When foodies dream of heaven, it looks a lot like Bruny Island. Sure, there’s towering cliffs, windswept beaches, pristine national parks, yadda yadda yadda – but what really lures visitors on a day trip from Hobart is more cheese, chocolate, oysters, berries, ice cream, pâté, chutney, whisky, and beer than big Matt Preston could poke a cravat at.

Enter the promo code CITIES20 when you book your stay at Hobart Central YHA 

Unwind at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs

If tax time hasn’t been kind on your stress levels, expunge the ATO from your memory at the Peninsula Hot Springs, 90 minutes from Melbourne. There won’t be a payment summary within cooee of this relaxing maze of spas, saunas, bathhouses, caves, plunge pools, and thermal mineral waters.

Enter the promo code CITIES20 when you book your stay at Melbourne Central YHA 

Spot quokkas on Rottnest Island

Money can’t buy the joy that comes with taking a selfie with a quokka . . . but your tax refund can purchase the ferry ticket from the charming port city of Fremantle to Rottnest Island and a day’s bike hire so you can explore this oasis of white-sand beaches, turquoise water, and furry new friends. 

Enter the promo code CITIES20 when you book your stay at Fremantle Prison YHA 

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