5 best YHA rooftops in Australia
YHA Sydney Harbour
The rooftop of YHA Sydney Harbour alone is enough to make most people's Sydney dreams come true! Picture good vibes with new best friends, with a cold drink in hand and sunset spilling onto the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as a backdrop. By day, soak up the sun and laze around in a hammock or deckchair for some serenity in the heart of the city, or watch the twinkle of the Harbour lights as day fades into evening. The atmosphere on this unique rooftop must be experienced to be believed. Also – just quietly – during Vivid Sydney and New Year’s Eve, there’s genuinely no better place to be in the entire city.
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YHA Apollo Bay Eco
With its clever sustainability-first design and the Great Ocean Road passing right by its front door, YHA Apollo Bay Eco is a special spot to spend a night or three. But things get even more appealing when you take into account its tree-fringed rooftop, which features views of the water (keep an eye out for whales in winter) and resident koalas clambering in the branches nearby.
Wake up at dawn to catch a sunrise, or wait for the sun to climb a bit and have a meal in the sunshine. If you're planning a trip to this verdant vector of Victoria, this ECO-certified gem and its superb little rooftop are not to be missed.
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YHA Brisbane City
Sorry (not sorry), but the view from the rooftop of YHA Brisbane City may be one of the best in Brissy. With the city's striking skyline and Brisbane River on full show, you couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for awesome photos of your lovely self on holiday. But thinking beyond the 'gram – the rooftop's enormous pool and plenty of deckchairs make it a perfect spot to work on your tan and spend some quality time with yourself or your besties.
By night, the rooftop is transformed into the place to be to meet and mingle as it attracts most of the property's guests to hang out with a drink in hand. So head on up and grab a cocktail or two!
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YHA Melbourne Central
Lucky you, you’re in Melbourne – one of the coolest cities in Australia where the shopping is to die for, and the café and bar scene is even better! When you stay at YHA Melbourne Central, you’ll immediately get a feel for just how brilliant this city is as you check out its impressive skyline from the rooftop.
Enjoy some chill drinks or a BBQ as the sun goes down, lounge around on the comfy chairs and get to know some of your fellow travellers before you hit the town for the night. By day, the rooftop is an excellent spot to get some peace, quiet and sunshine right in the heart of the perennially bustling city.
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YHA Sydney Central
Part rooftop, part gazebo, the upmost floor of YHA Sydney Central features a nifty plunge pool, an array of loungey indoor and outdoor seating and a unique view that makes downtown Sydney look like a scale model. There's nothing better than escaping the bustle of street level and popping out in (relative) tranquility of a terrace some 10-floors above.
Whether you're going for a cheeky dip on sweltering summer's day, or settling in for some quiet time with a podcast and a cup of tea, this inner-city eagle's nest is hands-down the best hang-out spot in the entire property. Head to Level 8, and up the stairs to access it!
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