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New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory

From Sydney Harbour to the outback - no other state combines surf beaches, rainforest, rugged bushland, snow-capped mountains, big rivers and the colours of the outback like New South Wales.
NSW & ACT There are 29 hostels featuring NSW & ACT
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$28.50
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Hawkesbury Heights, NSW

Purpose-built YHA hostel accommodation with great city skyline views in a bush setting. Eco-friendly, with solar electricity.

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$27.50
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Katoomba, NSW

In the adventure capital of NSW, stay at this award-winning YHA hostel and enjoy the log fire and cosy warm rooms.

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$27
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Byron Bay, NSW

Byron Bay YHA Backpackers Hostel is right in the heat of town - just a short walk to the beach, cafes, shops and bars. Large comfortable common areas, swimming pool and BBQ make it the perfect spot to relax.

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$25
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Byron Bay, NSW

Cape Byron YHA has a relaxed backpacker atmosphere and great common areas around the pool. Purpose-built YHA hostel in the centre of town, just 200m to the beach and main bus stop.

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$30
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Murwillumbah, NSW

Murwillumbah YHA is a homely hostel with stunning views, riverside gardens, and quirky decor in a 1911 captain's cottage.

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$25
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Nimbin, NSW

Nimbin Rox YHA hostel is an island of tranquility nestled in lush tropical gardens amidst 25 acres of the magical Nimbin Valley. Enjoy amazing views of the nearby national parkland and keep a look out of friendly native wildlife.

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$27.50
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Yamba, NSW

Yamba YHA hostel resides on the NSW mid-north coast, making it a great stop off between Sydney and Brisbane. This seaside town has fantastic beaches and the most famous surf breaks.

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$33
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Canberra, ACT

Canberra City YHA is right in the heart of the nation's capital, 5 minutes from the interstate bus terminal.

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$31.50
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Lavington, NSW

Albury Motor Village YHA backpackers hostel is a quiet YHA where you can relax and unwind. Great location for a stopover between Sydney and Melbourne.

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$27
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Tamworth, NSW

The YHA hostel has a relaxing atmosphere in a quiet, friendly, clean and safe environment, located in the centre of this country town. The hostel provides backpackers with the best connection to Jackaroo and Jillaroo schools and farmstays.

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$27
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Bellingen, NSW

Bellingen YHA is one of Australia's most laidback backpacker hostels. It's a beautiful and homely YHA set amongst beautiful country!

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$25
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Coffs Harbour, NSW

Mid way between Sydney and Brisbane, the purpose-built Coffs Harbour YHA hostel makes a great stopover for backpackers travelling the east coast.

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$25
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Port Macquarie, NSW

Located halfway between Sydney & Byron Bay, Ozzie Pozzie backpackers is more like a resort than a hostel.

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$31.50
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Nulkaba, NSW

Escape the city and head to the heart of the wine country for your next group trip or family get-together.

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$34
per person
Newcastle, NSW

Opposite Newcastle Beach, and right in the centre of town, this friendly YHA is perfect for backpackers looking for affordable accommodation.

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$30
per person
Anna Bay, NSW

Gorgeous beaches, lush bushland, stunning bay and sea views and a great chill-out spot - that's Port Stephens and its award-winning YHA.

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$33
per person
Norfolk Island, NSW

Norfolk Island’s only backpackers! Come and visit our World Heritage island, explore the beautiful beaches and stunning forests. Norfolk Island is an adventure for backpackers of all ages!

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$32
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Thredbo, NSW

Thredbo YHA is situated in the heart of Snowy Mountains, a short walk from Thredbo Ski Resort. The award-winning hostel is a purpose built lodge with stunning mountain views.

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$25
per person
Batemans Bay, NSW

Batemans Bay is one of the most popular seaside towns on the NSW South Coast. The YHA hostel is situated in a camping/caravan park surrounded by trees and gardens and an easy stroll to town and beaches for backpackers.

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$31
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Wollongong, NSW

A friendly YHA hostel located right in the centre of Wollongong and great for backpackers. Close to the shops, cafes, restaurants, entertainment and beaches.

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$31
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Bundanoon, NSW

Take a step back in time with a visit to this YHA hostel located in a charming former Edwardian guesthouse. Spacious verandah to sit on and relax during the warmer months.

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$35
per person
Sydney, NSW

Our heritage-listed building, opposite Central Station, in the hub of the backpacker precinct, offers backpacker accommodation at its finest.

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$38
per person
The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

Stay at Sydney's only backpacker hostel in the city's historic harbourside precinct - The Rocks - and enjoy stunning views.

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$33
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Sydney, NSW

Sydney's most laid back hostel, Railway Square YHA adjoins Central Station and offers railway carriage rooms in the heart of the city.

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$27
per person
Bondi Beach, NSW

Bondi Beachouse YHA is located right near Australia's famous Bondi Beach and is a backpacker favourite.

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$28
per person
Collaroy, NSW

Sydney's northern beaches YHA hostel is a high quality traveller's resort only 50 metres from one of Sydney's best surf beaches.

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$32
per person
Cronulla, NSW

Sydney's southern beaches backpacker YHA has a friendly atmosphere and is excellent for backpackers considering working in Australia.

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$28.50
per person
Glebe, NSW

Glebe YHA is a relaxed hostel located in Sydney's bohemian leafy inner city area. A great hostel for the working holiday maker or for those wanting to take their time in Sydney.

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$30
per person
Pittwater, NSW

Pittwater YHA hostel is nestled on the hillside of Morning Bay in Ku-ring-gai National Park. This hostel is an easy escape from the busy city life of Sydney and ideal for groups.

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Top 10 Things to do in NSW & ACT
  1. Discover Aussie surf culture in Byron Bay, Australia's most easterly point.
  2. Marvel at the Blue Mountains' iconic Three Sisters and ancient Jurassic monument.
  3. Sandboard the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere at Port Stephens.
  4. Walk to the top of Australia Mt Kosciusko, from alpine adventure hub in the Snowy Mountains, Thredbo.
  5. Share unspoiled beaches with friendly kangaroos on the South Coast.
  6. Indulge in Hunter Valley wineries and gourmet food in the country's oldest wine region.
  7. Get a taste of the country at Tamworth's music festival and jackaroo/jilaroo schools.
  8. Learn to surf with the professionals on Newcastle's famous surf breaks.
  9. Relax in alternative Belligen and Nimbin to see which one wins 'cruisiest town in Oz'
  10. Visit the world's only koala hospital in Port Macquarie for free
Tours & Activities There are 15 Tour Packages featuring NSW & ACT
  • $105
    per person
    The Three Sisters at Echo Point in Katoomba, Blue Mountains

    1 Day Blue Mountains Scenic Tour

    Sydney & Blue Mountains, NSW
    If you are in Sydney and short on time this tour will suit! Visit the Blue Mountains, hand feed kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park and come back to Sydney in style on a River Cruise!
  • $295
    per person
    Surf Camp - Surfing Success

    2 day Learn to Surf Weekend

    NSW
    Sun, Surf and Party! Feel the adrenalin of catching your first wave and knowing that you've really arrived in Australia, travelling to a beautiful location south of Sydney with no crowds. Save $50.
  • $165
    per person
    Wentworth Falls walk

    Blue Mountains Overnight Adventure

    NSW
    Spend 2 days experiencing the natural wonder of the Australian bush in the famous Blue Mountains, only 1.5 hours from Sydney. *** EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL YHA PRICE ***
  • $150
    per person
    Three Sisters

    Blue Mountains Overnight Escape

    Sydney, NSW
    Combine our popular Scenic 1 day tour with an overnight stay at the YHA in Katoomba. You can chill out the second day and explore more walking tracks, add a Jenolan Caves tour or be adventurous and go abseiling on the following day!
  • $278
    per person
    BridgeClimb

    BridgeClimb

    Sydney, NSW
    Climb one of the world's most famous bridges - the Sydney Harbour Bridge! Experience the amazing 360 degree views of this Harbour City as you complete your BridgeClimb.
  • $199
    per person
    Parliament House

    Canberra Overnight Tour

    Canberra, NSW
    Canberra is more than just Australia's capital city, with world class museums and galleries galore, this trip covers all the highlights.
  • $909
    per person
    Whitsunday Island White Haven Beach

    East Coast Highlights

    Sydney & Cairns, NSW
    Travel the most popular coast and visit the 3 must-do attractions - Fraser Island, Whitsunday Sailing and Magnetic Island. Save even more by adding a 10 or 15 night YHA accommodation pack to use anywhere en-route!
  • $398
    per person
    Greyhound

    Greyhound Pass Sydney-Cairns

    Sydney & Cairns, NSW
    Travel the East Coast with this popular Greyhound hop on hop off, 90 day bus pass from Sydney to Cairns or Cairns to Sydney. Save 5% with this exclusive YHA price. BUY NOW TRAVEL LATER!
  • $119
    per person
    Hunter Valley wine

    Hunter Valley Day Trip

    Sydney & Hunter Valley, NSW
    Discover Australia's leading wine area, the Hunter Valley. Full day tour including lunch at Hope Estate. Visit two premier wineries plus tastings at boutique wineries.
  • $185
    per person
    Hunter Valley

    Hunter Valley Overnight Experience

    Hunter Valley, NSW
    Visit Australia's oldest wine producing area, the Hunter Valley. Taste world class wine and talk to family winemakers who have been producing Australian wine for generations.
  • $35
    per person
    Sydney Explorer Bus

    Open Top Sightseeing Bus

    Sydney, NSW
    Hop On-Hop Off Sydney and Bondi Tour. 34 stops with commentary. 2 tours for the price of 1!
  • $70
    per person
    Sydney Attractions Pass

    Sydney Attractions Pass

    Sydney, NSW
    SAVE with this value combo ticket. Giving you entry to any 3 of the top 5 Sydney attractions for an amazingly cheap $70!
  • $45
    per person
    Taronga Zoo

    Taronga Zoo Special

    Sydney, NSW
    Taronga Zoo is home to almost 4,000 animals including many Australian native animals. This special gives you entry to the zoo plus a return ferry ride from Circular Quay for the same cost as regular entry to the zoo.
  • $249
    per person
    Snow-boarding in Australia's Snowy Mountains

    Weekend Snow Adventure

    Sydney, NSW
    Escape the city for a weekend down at the snow and discover the beautiful Snowy Mountains of Australia with this great value package.
  • $60
    per person
    Ocean Dreaming

    Whale Watching Sydney

    Sydney, NSW
    It's whale watching time in Sydney! This best value 2.5 hour cruise will give you the opportunity to see these magnificent gentle giants on their annual migration.
Travel Stories There are 18 Travel Stories related to NSW & ACT
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    Visitors be warned: Sydney is not cheap! To help you save some dollarydoos, here are 101 free things to see and do while you're in town.
  • 48 Hours in Sydney

    Jennifer Ennion dodges the tourist traps and unveils some hidden gems in the Harbour City.
  • Bush or Beach

    Mid-year breaks can recharge and reinvigorate. Deborah Dickson-Smith looks at two of the best in New South Wales.
  • Canberra

    If you haven't been to Australia's capital city, there is a big reason why it's time to reconsider.
  • Class A.C.T

    Canberra is famous for many things - but here are some quirky things you didn't know about the city.
  • Extreme to Serene - Wollongong

    Find out how New South Wales's third largest city is keeping adventure seekers busy from 14,000ft to sea-level.
  • Iconic Aussie Trips

    On the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Byron Bay, start your trip with a crocodile pie.
  • Introducing New South Wales

    In New South Wales you can learn to surf, ski, party and play.
  • Legendary Pacific Coast

    Discover the best surf, breaks and beaches taking the back roads on NSW's Mid-North Coast.
  • Newcastle Pride

    From pristine beaches to hipster bars, it only took Kirra Loh a few trips around the globe to discover her hometown, Newcastle.
  • See Sydney Beyond the Wharf

    Find out how to get a ferry good view of the harbour city without breaking the bank.
  • Skateboarding NSW

    Have skateboard, will travel. Harry Patchett with some tips for seeing a different view of the NSW coast.
  • Sydney Like A Local

    Mary-Louise Limbrey shares insider tips on Sydney's favourite spots.
  • Sydney Rocks!

    The Rocks used to have a reputation as a slum, frequented by sailors and crooks.
  • Sydney’s Rocks District on the Cheap

    Sydney has plenty to do on the cheap.
  • The Alternative North Coast

    Funky country towns, secret swimming holes and a good dose of “Bohemia”: Serena Renner embarks on a summer road trip from Sydney to Byron Bay.
  • The Legendary Triangle

    Discover water, wine and wildlife on NSW’s Legendary Pacific Coast.
  • Top tips for Thredbo on a budget

    Thredbo tempts - and now you can take on the slopes without breaking the bank.