Explore Victoria with YHA

Temperate and green, Victoria's Great Ocean Road, lofty mountains, lush valleys, great wineries and historic towns are complimented by the bustling global metropolis of Melbourne – an international cultural heavyweight known for its art, music and food.

YHA accommodation in Victoria


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YHA Melbourne Central

Melbourne | Wurundjeri Country

Tucked between the downtown Melbourne highrises and with trams on its doorstep, this heritage-listed YHA is the perfect platform for exploring Australia's trendiest city.

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YHA Apollo Bay Eco

Apollo Bay | Gadubanud Country

Midway along the famous Great Ocean Road, relax by the wood fire heater, and enjoy ocean views from the rooftop at YHA Apollo Bay Eco.

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YHA Grampians Eco (Halls Gap)

Halls Gap | Djab Wurrung & Jardwardjali Country

YHA Grampians Eco is a stylish eco-certified property. Watch wild kangaroos relaxing on the lawn and explore the stunning Grampians National Park.

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YHA Phillip Island

Phillip Island | Bunurong Country

Award-winning YHA Phillip Island is your gateway to one of Australia’s most famous islands & offers comfy lounges, a gourmet-style kitchen area & a rooftop deck.

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YHA Port Fairy

Port Fairy | Gunditjmara Country

YHA Port Fairy is a heritage listed cottage situated at the end of the Great Ocean Road in Port Fairy. Relax by the open fireplace after a day of exploring.


Victoria: Trip inspiration & tips

  • Discovering the best of Gariwerd and YHA Grampians

    On a recent visit to the Gariwerd (the Grampians), globetrotting Nathan Sawaya and his mate Callum found out first hand what makes this stunning region of Victoria such a special place for a getaway.
  • The most beautiful places in Victoria

    Known for its rugged highlands, towering forests and dramatic coastlines, the Tasman Sea-straddling state of Victoria can be simply breathtaking at times. Here's our list of the most beautiful landscapes from across Victoria!
  • 10 Reasons to Visit Apollo Bay and the Grampians from Melbourne

    Nothing offsets a big city getaway like a whole lot of beaches, wildlife, nature and then more nature – so here's why you need to check out Apollo Bay and the Grampians!
  • 50 free things to do in Melbourne

    For all you backpacking bargain hunters out there, exploring wonderful Melbourne doesn't have to hurt the hip pocket. Here are 50 free things to see and do while you're in town.
  • Best mountain biking trails in Victoria

    With its abundance of mountainous terrain and stunning nature, Victoria is right up there with New South Wales as one of the leading destinations for mountain biking in Australia. Victorians sure have it good – this list only scratches the surface!
  • Why Apollo Bay is more than a Great Ocean Road pitstop

    Apollo Bay may be best known as a popular stop on the world-famous Great Ocean Road, but this idyllic coastal town offers plenty of reasons to extend your stay – or even make it the focus of your entire getaway.
  • First Nations food experiences in Victoria

    Indigenous Australians have thrived on bush tucker for more than 80,000 years and continue to share their knowledge and expertise with those wanting to know more. Victoria offers opportunities galore to get stuck into some incredible Aboriginal food experiences – here's some of the highlights!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • National parks near Aussie cities

    In Australia, you can have your big-city fix and a dose of nature, too. Beyond the city buzz, you’ll find a peaceful pocket of wilderness and wildlife just a short hop away at nearby national parks, from rainforests and waterfalls to wild beaches and coral reefs. You might even see a kangaroo or two! So pack some snacks and sunscreen and hit the trails at these must-see national parks near major Aussie cities.
  • 9 thrilling white water rafting spots in Australia

    Love the adrenaline rush that comes with staring down some roaring rapids? From fun day trips to epic, off-grid river odysseys, Australia has plenty of spots to get stuck into a froth-filled white water rafting adventure.
  • 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.
  • 7 free things to do on Phillip Island

    There's more the Phillip Island than just the famous penguin parade. If you don't want to break your budget, we've rounded up the top things to do on your next visit that won't cost you a penny.
  • 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.
  • 6 great mountains to hike in Australia

    Australia might not be home to the world’s highest peaks, but we sure have an incredible variety of mountains worth hiking. Here are just six spectacular summits to bag across the country and make it back to ground level in time for dinner.
  • 5 Best YHA Rooftops in Australia

    Home of yoga, movie nights, and accidental-on-purpose naps in the sunshine, YHA rooftops are the place to be. Here are 5 of the very best to tick off...
  • 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.
  • 7 reasons to visit the Grampians in winter

    Beat the crowds and get yourself to the Grampians for an amazing winter getaway. This breathtaking region of Victoria has adventure in store around every corner, and if you're brave enough to embrace the chill, there's plenty to love about visiting during the brisk cold season. Not convinced? Read on...
  • 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.
  • Victoria: Tours & experiences

  • Warrnambool Hot Springs

    Experience the goodness of natural geothermal waters on this self-guided journey in an open-air sanctuary of enhanced geothermal bathing experiences.
  • Yarra Valley Wine Tour From Melbourne

    This great value tour covers the best of the Yarra! Visit fantastic wineries (tastings included!), enjoy a delicious lunch, sample chocolates at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, and visit Yarra Valley Dairy to sample local cheese.
  • Aboriginal Heritage Walk, Melbourne Gardens

    Experience the culture and customs of the Kulin Nation with an Aboriginal guide on a 90 minute walking tour. Gain an understanding of the rich history, thriving culture and connection to plants.
  • Top things to do in Victoria

    1. See a free exhibition at Melbourne's Federation Square.
    2. Loop the city hot spots on the free City Circle tram or Melbourne Visitor Shuttle.
    3. Wander through Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market.
    4. Enjoy the Great Ocean Walk, a 104km trail from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles.
    5. Visit Wilsons Promontory - the most southern point of mainland Australia.
    6. Take a guided walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens.
    7. See Australia's largest colony of fur seals at The Nobbies and Seal Rocks.
    8. Visit Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.
    9. Stroll along Southbank from the MCG to Docklands.
    10. Bushwalk through the Grampians National Park.

    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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