- YHA Locations
Well friends, there's plenty to shriek and scream for in Sydney!
Sydney is home to the oldest pub in the country - The Hero of Waterloo in the historical area of The Rocks. Built by convicts in 1842, it’s rumoured that drunkards would be slipped a “mickey”, and then dropped through a secret trapdoor in the cellar where they would be taken to ships and forced into years of slavery.
It gets creepier... in 1849, the Hero was the site of the gruesome murder of former landlady Anne Kirkman. Since then, staff have received multiple reports of encounters with Anne’s restless spirit…many of whom looked in the mirror in the ladies’ toilets and saw a woman behind them, watching. It’s a great place to pop in for a drink, some pub grub and live music.
You heard it first here folks, the annual Hallowscream event at Luna Park is on for 2020, with limited numbers. Book ASAP for a night of absolutely terror and plenty of thrills and spills.
The sunshine state is getting awfully dark over the scary season...
Well! The annual event looks a little different, but South Australians have banded together for a city wide socially distanced trick-or-treat event, with plenty more happening!
We’ve saved the best for last! YHA’s history dates back to 1939, so we’ve been around a while…and so have the previous inhabitants of the buildings we’ve taken over in the last 80 years. Newcastle Beach YHA once provided accommodation for nurses during World War I.
YHA took over the property in 1998, but the nurses haven’t disappeared entirely. Staff have received report of a female ghost wearing a nurse’s uniform in Room 10, the old matron’s quarters. Apparently, she appears at 2am to make sure the pesky backpackers have gone to bed on time – sometimes accompanied by a pet cat! So if you’re lucky enough to be assigned Room 10, better be on your best behaviour or you may get a telling off from the matron!