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Adelaide Central YHA is close to city markets, museums, art galleries and all major city attractions. Tour, travel and hostel booking service available from YHA Travel. Adelaide Central YHA is the highest standard backpacker hostel in the city of Adelaide. There's also regular guest activities  including free pancakes, ping pong, pub night and a city walk - there's something for everyone.

The hostel is close to Adelaide's pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes. YHA discounts available on meals, entry fees and more. Ask the Adelaide Central YHA hostel staff for details.

At the hostel

$5 BBQ dinner

Our weekly Wednesday night BBQ dinner is a great way to meet people and SAVE money - only $5

Wednesday from 7pm
Guest lounge/dining room

$5 Hostel dinners

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we do a big cook up of flavours from around the world - great opportunity to make new friends and eat a cheap yummy dinner.

Mon-Wed-Fri 7pm
Dining room

Free bikes Adelaide

Adelaide is a beautiful bike friendly city with easy riding and loads of great trails along the river to the beach, the hills and loads of other great spots to explore.  Make the most of Free Bikes Adelaide - offering free bike hire for everyone thanks to the City of Adelaide.

Every day
Adelaide city

Free walking tours

Every Saturday morning, you can get to know the city like a local on Tony's Epic City Walking Tour

Saturdays @ 9.30am
From Adelaide Central YHA

Free pancakes

Our Free Pancakes are the best way to start your day of adventure in Adelaide - every morning in Winter.

Every morning from 8am
Guest kitchen

Ping pong competition

Ding Dong it's Ping Pong night. Good old fashioned free fun - with prizes to boot!

At the Ping Pong table

Pub night

Every Thursday night we head to the pub for cool live music, dancing, drinks and......Twister!

Meet at reception

Tours & activities related to this hostel

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2 Day Grampians and Great Ocean Road Wildlife Escape

Hike through the vastness of the Grampians before you drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road on this 2 day adventure from Adelaide to Melbourne.

Day One – Adelaide to Grampians National Park

This morning we head through the beautiful countryside of South Australia with views along Australia’s longest river – the Murray River. We stop along the way to discover old towns and discuss the history of local Aboriginal tribes. We arrive into Horsham which gives us a chance to stretch our legs, look at the town and grab lunch (own expense). It is then onto the beautiful Grampians National Park. A highlight of this beautiful area is Mackenzie Falls and the interesting rock formation The Balconies which is also known as the jaws of death. It is then time to enjoy one of the region’s best hikes, up to Boroka Lookout. The view from the top is breathtaking over the Wimmera Plains. We then head into Halls Gap, a beautiful little town in the heart of the Grampians.

Day Two - Great Ocean Road to Melbourne

This morning we travel back in time and start our day off with the fascinating volcanic formations at Tower Hill. On our way along the Great Ocean Road we start at Bay of Martyrs with its beautiful bay full of limestone Islands. Along the way we visit London Bridge which is a beautiful photo opportunity and has an interesting story. We continue on to Lock Ard Gorge which is a breathtaking part of the coastline and named after a tragic ship wreck. The main highlight of the Great Ocean road is the Twelve Apostles. Treat yourself to an optional helicopter flight over this beautiful area (additional cost, time and weather permitting).

Leaving the coast behind us we get a change of scenery and head to a beautiful and ancient cool temperate rainforest and see some of the tallest trees in the world. We then arrive at the Seaside town of Apollo Bay where we have a chance to explore the town or hit the beach. It is worth a stop at Kennett Riverfor its amazing local birdlife and Koala spotting. We then finish our journey in Melbourne in the early evening.

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Adelaide City to Beach Bike Tour

Experience Adelaide like a local by bike. Enjoy a relaxed and easy ride along the vibrant riverbank and the stunning Adelaide beach foreshore to Glenelg.

Starting from the heart of the city we cycle to the riverbank precinct and the vibrant festival centre and newly developed Adelaide Oval. We continue on the Linear Trail Bike Path. You would not believe we are still in the city as the scenery along the River Torrens is beautiful. Feel the sea breezes as we approach Henley Square to the beautiful Southern Ocean. This is the perfect place to take a break and re-energise with included morning tea at Cocolat. Henley Beach is one of the ‘go to’ beaches for locals and it is not hard to see why, take a stroll along the jetty and enjoy the view. 

We continue along the coastline on our dedicated cycle path enjoying the stunning views as we ride towards Glenelg arriving into Mosely Square. Glenelg is worth spending some time to explore. Take a swim in the beautiful beach you have just ridden past, shop, eat or just relax with an ice cream. There is no need to ride back, leave your bikes and catch the iconic Glenelg Tram back to the city at your leisure or catch the bus straight back.

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Adelaide Hills Hiking and Winery Tour

If you enjoy bush walking, food and wine then this is the tour for you. Enjoy a spectacular hike in Morialta Park, followed by a private tour of a local winery and barbeque lunch

This morning after departing Adelaide we start our adventure hiking along the walking trail of Morialta Conservation Park. Morialta is a spectacular area to explore. Look around as we will see spectacular scenery including breathtaking natural bushland, amazing rock faces, gorges and seasonal waterfalls cascading over sheer quartzite cliffs. Morialta is the best place in Adelaide where you can see Koalas in the wild. We may even get lucky and see the occasional Kangaroo or elusive Echidna. The creeks and rock pools in the gorge offer a perfect habitat for Frogs and small lizards. Don’t forget to look up as you may spot a Rainbow Lorikeet and the iconic laughing Kookaburra

As we approach the end of the trail we arrive at the award winning eco-certified Sinclair’s Gully Winery. We enjoy a private tour of this rustic winery and sample the handcrafted cool climate wine. After our memorable hike it is then time to sit down and relax over an Aussie barbeque. This is paired with native ingredients and spices, a perfect way to end our adventure.

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Kangaroo Island 1-day Highlights Tour

For those with limited time, this tour is for you. Experience all the main highlights of Kangaroo Island all in one day
It is an early morning start to make the most of our day as we head down to Cape Jervis, taking in the picturesque scenery along the way. We then board the ferry for a 45 minute crossing to Kangaroo Island.

Upon arrival we head to Seal Bay Conservation Park where you will get up close to nature as the wild Australian Sea Lions frolic and laze about on this stunning beach. After working up a hunger it is then off to Vivonne Bay Bistro for a delicious 2 course lunch followed by a visit to the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. This gives you a chance to see Koala’s lazing about in the trees.

We spend the afternoon at Flinders Chase National Park, which is renowned as a sanctuary for native Australian animals including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas. The tour will take us along the rugged coastline to Remarkable Rocks with a chance for some amazing photos. We then head further along the coast to Admirals Arch a spectacular rock archway which is a haven for playful New Zealand Fur Seals. It is then time to journey back to Adelaide taking in the scenery as we go.
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Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Tour

Experience Kangaroo Island in all its glory. Spectacular wilderness and wildlife. Plus amazing local food and wine, all expertly prepared in a breathtaking setting.
Day 1 – Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

This morning, start the day with a scenic drive to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. The 45 minute ferry ride takes you to Penneshaw, the gateway to Kangaroo Island and some of the best food and wine Australia has to offer. 

Your first destination gives a glimpse of life at Island Pure Sheep Dairy. Meet the “ladies” and learn about production of their fabulous cheeses, yogurts and other dairy products. Of course, there will be tastings and a spot of morning tea.

The next stop if the incredibly popular Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS), a boutique distillery specialising in handcrafted premium Australian spirits. Taste gins, vodkas and liqueurs which are made using Native Australian Botanicals and locally grown ingredients. You won’t want to leave, but your 2 course lunchawaits at Zone Restaurant. It is located on the Kingscote foreshore with stunning views overlooking the bay. There may be a chance to stretch your legs and work off some of lunch with free time in Kingscote

Then it's time to head to . Sample a selection from their great range of award-winning wines while taking in the magnificent views.

At the next destination, Island Beehive, you will hear a lot about the local Ligurian Bee and its importance to the Island’s honey industry. Learn about the extraction process and get a chance to taste the amazing honey produced here. 

Travel to the western end of the Island to the spectacular Flinders Chase National Park. A highlight is the Remarkable Rocks and what better way to enjoy it then watching sunset with a glass of sparkling wine in hand. Wander around these impressive rock formations, which are like a natural sculpture gallery. 

After a full day of activities, it's time to head to your accommodation for the night at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat where you will enjoy a 2 course dinner before retiring for the night. 

Day 2 – Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

After a delicious breakfast enjoy the scenery on the way to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Admirals Arch. Watch the fierce ocean swells at this spectacular natural arch and see the playful Long Nose Fur Seals that are usually playing in the waves or having a sleep on the rocks. You'll then have another visit to the Remarkable Rocks where you can take contrasting day time photos of the stunning granite boulders and sea views. 

After all of that fresh air, you will visit Kelly Hill Conservation Park and its maze of surprising caves. Explore sinkholes, caverns and ornate calcite formations, with a National Parks Ranger showing us the way. After climbing through the caves and working up an appetite, it's time for a 2 course Lunch at the Marron Café at Andermel. Marron is a tasty freshwater crayfish, so this will be a special lunch! 

Once your belly is full, you'll move on to the Raptor Domain to witness the remarkable Birds of Preydemonstration. Marvel as a variety of birds show off their flight and hunting skills. 

Time permitting, there will be a stop at Pennington Bay for a photo opportunity of this stunning bay before heading to Sunset Food and Wine for dinner. It is spectacular taking in the sea views as you relax with a wine and sample the local produce. 

After dinner, it's back to the ferry and onto a coach transfer to Adelaide.

While it is our intention to follow the itinerary as described, on occasion it may be necessary and desirable to make changes due to weather conditions and other factors.
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Melbourne To Darwin 14 Day Overland Tour

Take an incredible overland journey from Melbourne to Darwin on this EPIC 14 day road trip. Visit the Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Kings Canyon, Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Katherine Gorge

Take an incredible overland journey from Melbourne to Darwin on this EPIC 14 day road trip. Visit the Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Kings Canyon, Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Katherine Gorge. 


Spend 2 nights at Melbourne Metro YHA

Day 1 (Friday) - Admire the spectacular scenery as you wind your way along the Great Ocean Road coast. After a lunch stop in a charming seaside town, you will get a chance to stretch your legs on a walk through an ancient rainforest. Arrive at the 12 Apostles at sunset and be awestruck by the mighty limestone stacks. (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2 (Saturday) - After an early breakfast you will make your way back to the 12 Apostles to see them in the morning light, before the crowds arrive. You will make your way to the Grampians National Park in the afternoon to enjoy some hiking before visiting the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3  (Sunday) - Further explore the Grampians National Park; visit MacKenzie Falls and the Balconies Lookout. Travel onto Adelaide through the hills and arrive at approximately 7pm. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Check into Adelaide Central YHA for 2 nights.

Day 4 (Monday)- Explore the Barossa Valley and enjoy tasting some of the best food and wine in Australia. This tour blends historical wineries, wonderful regional food and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy a second night at Adelaide YHA. (Lunch)

Day 5 (Tuesday) - Start your journey up the centre of the country. Enter the Southern Flinders Ranges and enjoy a hike up Dutchman’s Stern for stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and surrounding plains. Marvel at the beauty of the Milky Way as you sleep under the starts in a swag. (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 (Wednesday) - The highlight for some is visiting Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage, where you can meet the rescued kangaroos and baby joeys! Visit the underground mining town of Coober Pedy; a landscape similar to Mars and home to 80% of the world’s opal. Take a tour of an opal mine and check out some of the town’s unique underground attractions. Tonight you sleep like the locals– underground. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 (Thursday)  - Travel north onto Uluru. On arrival you will set up camp then check out your first Uluru sunset. Nothing really prepares you for the beauty of the glowing rock! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 (Friday) - Enjoy a walk around the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and learn about the Aboriginal people at the Cultural Centre. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9 (Saturday) - At Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), hike the majestic Valley of the Winds with its incredible ancient rock formations.(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 10 (Sunday) - Experience the fantastic views of Kings Canyon on this 3 hour hike. Feel dwarfed by the huge sandstone walls and the immense canyon floor. Continue onto Alice Springs and arrive at approximately 6:30pm.(Breakfast, Lunch)

2 nights at Alice Springs YHA

Day 11 (Monday) - Free day in Alice Springs

Day 12 (Tuesday) – It's time to head into the Tropics! 80% of the Northern Territory lays north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Next on the tour is the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. The day ends at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where you will camp in tents and swags for the night. (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 13 (Wednesday) – Visit the iconic Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by. Later in the day you can take a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees and near where you camp overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 14 (Thursday) – An early start with a short drive to the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (not available all year due to seasonal conditions) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost). In the afternoon, relax and watch the changing landscape as you travel onto Darwin and arrive in the early evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)

2 nights at Darwin YHA – Melaleuca on Mitchell


What you need to bring: Sleeping bag, water bottle, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, warm and cool clothing, flashlight, toiletries, rain jacket, camera, swimwear, towel, insect repellent, spending money and a sense of adventure!

Note: We recommend selecting a start date on a Friday, which allows for the best combination of tour options. If you would like more than 2 nights at Melbourne Metro YHA, add this request in the comments when booking and we will confirm availability and costs with you.

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Mount Lofty Hike and Cleland Wildlife Tour

Hike with the locals. Trek to the summit of the Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Hike, Adelaide’s most popular Hiking trail. Finish up with local wildlife at Cleland Wildlife Park

This morning we depart early to hit the popular Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty trail. After arrival we receive an orientation of the trail including points of interest. There are many places to stop along the way and you can take the hike at your own pace stopping at the places that interest you. 

It is a challenging hike to the summit. Just under 4km the trail rises 400 meters, meandering up and down around the mountain ridge. The scenery is beautiful through the Stringybark forest with ferns cascading over the trail in places. The trail climbs past waterfalls, along streams and gully ridges. Save some of your energy as the last 1 km is the steepest part. It will be worth it as you reach the top and be rewarded with an amazing view of Adelaide and beyond. 

Just down from the Summit is another beautiful bush track leading to the Cleland Wildlife Park. Re-energise at the Cleland Café on arrival (own expense) before exploring the 35 hectare park on the self-discovery trails. Walk among the free roaming animals in their natural environment. Stop to feed the kangaroos and wallabies. Be sure to visit Australia’s cutest inhabitants with the Koala ‘close up’ experience. It is an amazing experience seeing Australian animals, up close and in their natural environment. After our nature experience it is time to head back in the city to rest up. 

Day tour is comprised of 2 half day tours. If you would like to book Mount Lofty or Cleland Wildlife Park separately please contact us.

FREE things to do in Adelaide

  1. Head to the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, its' 19 parks now cover 45% of the city area. The magnificent Botanic Gardens is a little jewel of Victorian horticulture.
  2. Housed in an ornate French chateau-style building on North Terrace, the South Australian Museum is one of the most-visited cultural institutions in Australia. The wonderfully intimate space is home to the world’s largest collections of Aboriginal artefacts, with over 3,000 items on display.
  3. Run, don't walk to the Central Market, South Australia is known as the driest state in the driest continent and yet manages to produce a rich bounty of produce – from farm fresh fruit and vegetables to hormone-free meats, artisan cheeses, smoked meats and some of the world’s best seafood.
  4. For a joyful Adelaide experience peddle down to the coast for the day using the city’s free bicycle hire scheme, Bicycle SA (BIKESA). Linear Park stretches all the way from the Adelaide Hills to the beach.

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