Sydney, Pittwater YHA

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  • Getting here by bus

    Direct buses from Manly Wharf (156) or from City (E86 - weekday afternoon service). Alternatively, L88 / L90 form city to Mona Vale, then change to the 156 to Church Point.

    Church Point Ferry Service timetable with bus connections.

    This hostel is only accessible by ferry/foot/bike

    Getting here by ferry: 

    From Church Point, catch a ferry/water taxi to Halls Wharf and the YHA is a 15-minute uphill walk. 

    Getting here on foot/mountain bike:

    Via West Head Road/Towlers Bay Track. We recommend to pack lightly, preferably using a backpack. 


    WE ARE WATER ACCESS – YOU CAN DRIVE TO CHURCH POINT BUT NOT TO THE HOSTEL DOOR. Computerised direction systems can be misleading. Please refer to this Information and map to Pittwater YHA . 

    Around the hostel

    Main attractions

    • Ku-Ring-Gai-Chase National Park
    • Barrenjoey Headland
    • Scotland Island
    • Upper Gledhill Falls
    • Pittwater Beaches
    • Hawkesbury River
    • Cowan Creek
    • Akuna Bay
    • Morning Bay

    Nearby facilities & attractions

    • Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises
    • West Head Lookout
    • Aboriginal Rock Carvings
    • Waterfalls & Picnic Areas
    • Twilight Sailing Tours
    • Bushwalking/Hiking Trails
    • Paddle Board Hire & Lessons
    • Windsurfing Hire & Lessons
    • Scenic Flights

    Find us...

    Address: Via ferry/water taxi from Church Point to Halls Wharf, then 15min walk uphill to hostel
    Pittwater, NSW 2105
    Phone: (+612) 9999-5748
    Hostel Manager: Sarah Polomka & Michael Doherty
    Payment: MasterCard, Visa

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  • Sydney, Pittwater YHA

    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. Attractions include bushwalks to lookouts and Aboriginal engravings, you can see native birds, wallabies, possums and goannas from the hostel.

    This backpacker hostel is perfect for those wishing to get out of Sydney without actually leaving Sydney. Escape for a week or just a weekend.

    IMPORTANT: Bring your food supplies as there are no shops in the national park. Please read the Pittwater YHA Information & Map for how to get to the hostel and other important information.  



    • Barbeque
    • Boat/Canoe
    • Wood Fire (combustion stove)
    • Wi-Fi
    • Musical Instruments to use including a Roland Piano, a guitar, and a ukulele. 


    • Beach
    • Bird Watching
    • Bushwalking/Hiking
    • Fishing
    • National Park
    • Sailing
    • Swimming
    • Wilderness


    96% customer rating, based on 325 Reviews
    • Pittwater YHA is truly magical! We had a great time exploring the forest, kayaking in the bays and hanging out at the hostel with other guests and the super friendly staff. Highly recommended!
      Sarah s August 2017
    • Very clean and organised, great lounge and outdoor areas
      Kate G September 2017
    • The best YHA I have ever stayed at! Sarah and Michael are really helpful and friendly! Great location for photography lovers. Wish I could have stayed longer!!
      Phoebe T September 2017
    • Magical place, magical experience. Thank you.
      James P June 2017
    • Perfect peaceful retreat, friendly and helpful warden, fun times!
      Lynn M May 2017
    • Beautiful spot and nice facilities.
      Kathleen B April 2017
    • Loved it. Will book a few more weekends this year
      Matthew B February 2017
    • Lovely place if you are looking for a peaceful hostel in the middle of the forest with a friendly welcoming staff.
      Guillaume T September 2017
    • A great place to stay!
      Edward G January 2017
    • World Class lication for those who aren't looking for a shopping mall party experience. Just too good an experience to explain... Thanks so much.
      Gary K January 2017

    Find us...

    Address: Via ferry/water taxi from Church Point to Halls Wharf, then 15min walk uphill to hostel
    Pittwater, NSW 2105
    Phone: (+612) 9999-5748
    Hostel Manager: Sarah Polomka & Michael Doherty
    Payment: MasterCard, Visa

    Opening times

    Hostel Open all year

    8am - 10am

    Arrivals from 12pm and after 8pm by prior arrangement only

    Check in from 12pm daily
    Check out by 10am daily

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    Things to do in Pittwater

    Kayak and picnic around the beautiful Morning Bay. Bushwalk to lookouts, aboriginal engraving sites, and waterfalls. See native animals in their natural setting. Try twilight sailing or just doing nothing! The bushland and the azure backdrop of Pittwater's bays have attracted YHA hostel users since World War II.

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    FREE things to do in Pittwater

    1. Bush walk to lookouts, aboriginal engraving sites and other bays of Pittwater
    2. Wildlife spotting: Wallabies often graze around the hostel; possums and bandicoots are out at night; birdlife is abundant; and goannas are amble across the terraces in warmer months.
    3. Sunrise walk – see the making sun from a sandstone rock shelf overlooking Pittwater and beyond to the Tasman Sea
    4. Full moon walk when timing coincides
    5. Mountain Bike the trails of the National Park (Yes, you can get here by mountain bike from West Head Road)
    6. Fishing – bring a fishing line and try for a king fish, a bream or a flathead