Explore South Australia with YHA

Combining rugged landscapes with gourmet sensibilities, SA is one of the country's most underrated destinations. Experience the culture and flavours of Adelaide, wander world-class wine country, explore windswept coastlines or relax on the banks of the Murray River – there's so much to discover in South Australia.

YHA accommodation in South Australia



Browse SA by region...
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YHA Adelaide Central

Adelaide | Kaurna Country

Located in the heart of Adelaide, the chilled-out YHA Adelaide Central boasts spacious communal spaces & easy access to all the hotspots & events of South Australia's capital.

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YHA Port Elliot

Port Elliot | Ngarrindjeri Country

Located in a breezy, historic building and overlooking the calm waters of Horseshoe Bay on the Fleurieu Peninsula, YHA Port Elliot offers beautiful beach adjacent accommodation.


South Australia: Trip inspiration & tips

  • Why you should start your Australia trip in Adelaide

    Planning a trip to Australia? You’re probably already eyeing up Sydney or the Gold Coast… But wait! Not so fast... What if we told you there was a city in Australia that was more authentic, less expensive, packed with great things to do and all that without missing any of what makes those other places so great for international visitors? Well, there is, and its name is Adelaide.
  • Best mountain biking trails in South Australia

    In contrast to the prevalence of road cycling culture, mountain biking is a relatively niche pursuit in South Australia. Nevertheless, there's excellent off-tarmac experiences to be had on two wheels in the hills and valleys surrounding Adelaide and beyond.
  • 10 reasons to visit Port Elliot from Adelaide

    It’s the most charming, fun-filled beach town you’ve never heard of…and it’s just over an hour’s drive from big, bustling Adelaide. This is why you need to visit ASAP.
  • First Nations food experiences in South Australia

    South Australia is a wonder of meandering coastline, crimson desert, bountiful lakes and craggy ranges. Thanks to the diversity of the landscape, bush food is varied and plentiful, and if you’re travelling to South Australia, these are some indigenous food experiences you won’t want to miss!
  • 20 must-do backpacker experiences in Australia

    From wildlife to wilderness, Australia has no shortage of magnificent sights and epic experiences to discover. To help you make the most of your time Down Under we’ve rounded up 20 iconic things you have to tick off your Aussie bucket list.
  • The top arts and culture festivals in Australia

    Whether you want to laugh yourself silly, dance the night away, or indulge your passion for words, wine or creativity, we’ve rounded up the very best arts and culture festivals across the country.
  • The top 9 sporting events in Australia

    Whether you’re a cricket tragic, tennis superfan or just want to be a part of the action, Australia is one of the best places in the world to be a spectator.
  • Australia's best coastal walks

    If you’re a lover of long walks over dunes, along windswept cliffs or with the tide lapping at your ankles, you may have come to the right place. In this article, we've dug up some of the best coastal and beach walks across Australia.
  • 11 awesome canoeing and kayaking adventures in Australia

    Love doing your exploring with a paddle in hand? Us too. From sleepy canoe trips down wide, still rivers, to epic multi-day kayak trips to the country's wildest waterways, adventure's never far away when there's paddling involved. And the free upper body work out doesn't hurt either! Read on for a selection of the finest canoeing and kayaking adventures in Australia.
  • Weird and wonderful natural phenomena in Australia

    Meteorite craters, coral spawnings and eye-popping pink lakes — Australia hosts some of the planet’s most mind-blowing natural phenomena. Whether you’re a science enthusiast, a thrill seeker or you just love nature, add these awe-inspiring spectacles to your Aussie itinerary.
  • The top whale watching spots in Australia

    Winter in Australia means whale watching season. As these majestic mammals set off on their epic mid-year migration up and down Australia's coastlines, Tom Smith discovered the best places to spot them around the country.
  • South Australia: Tours & experiences

  • Barossa Valley Hop On Hop Off Wine Tour

    Departs from Adelaide. Travel around the Barossa Valley wine region with freedom on this hop on hop off tour to explore the region at your own pace. YHA TOP PICK!
  • Port Elliot Ratalang Ngarrindjeri Tour

    Port Elliot | Experience a 2-hour coastal walk around Ratalang Conservation Reserve in the Fleurieu Peninsula as your local Ngarrindjeri guide shares knowledge of bush foods and culture.
  • Yundi Nature Trail

    Port Elliot | Experience an unforgettable 2 1/2 cultural walk and talk as you journey through time looking at bush foods, medicines and the Warki way of life.
  • McLaren Vale Hop On Hop Off Tour

    Departs from Adelaide. Travel around the McLaren Vale wine region with freedom on this hop on hop off tour to explore the region at your own pace. YHA TOP PICK!
  • Kangaroo Island Full Day Tour

    See a snapshot of the epic Kangaroo Island on this small group tour. Perfect for the budget traveller who is short on time but big on adventure.
  • Top things to do in South Australia

    1. Explore Adelaide by bike.
    2. Hike the Heysen Trail or Waterfall Gully.
    3. Party through the festival season in Adelaide.
    4. Visit Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.
    5. Discover Adelaide and Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens.
    6. Try tastings at the National Wine Centre of Australia.
    7. See penguins at Granite Island Nature Park.
    8. Walk, run or cycle the River Torrens Linear Park Trail.
    9. Follow the mountain bike trails through the Wirrabara State Forest.

    YHA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to the elders, past and present, and the extended Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We recognise their custodianship of the land, sea, & water for over 60,000 years.

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