Working to support our communities both directly and indirectly affected by fires, it’s more important than ever to stay local and buy local. What better way to help the whole community than a weekend away exploring your own backyard?
Whether you’re booking a week away or a weekend escape, this is the perfect chance to see our beautiful country, to do good and to feel good too. There’s new coastal hideaways to be discovered, and regional locations that have to be seen to be believed. All our hostels are open and ready for your visit, with locals waiting to greet you with a warm welcome and a whole lot of thanks. To make it easier to get travelling, we have a 3 Night Special Package which allows you to lock in a low set rate per night - starting at $23/night! - at all YHA Hostels in Australia. This is one of our best packages but hurry as it's on sale until 15 March only.
The Blue Mountains are open for business and there’s plenty to do! Hiking tracks have re-opened between Katoomba and Leura, including the stunning Valley of the Waters track, where waterfalls cascade into the valley beneath. Catch a gig at the local bar every Friday and Saturday night, or try your own luck at the open-mic night each Wednesday, there’s no shortage of creativity to be found. Stay for a weekend to discover what locals call 'mountain magic.'
It’s not quite yet ski season, but summer in the Snowies is something you’ve gotta see! Head to the summit of Australia’s highest point at Mount Kosciuszko and pack a picnic to spot platypus in the Thredbo River. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to bike your way along the ridgeline or looking for a getaway that lets you escape to crisp mountain air, head to Thredbo for a cold one and you’ll be feeling right at home in no time!
Head to the idyllic South Coast and let all your worries drift off down the Clyde River. With cabins and caravans available for the true coastal experience, add in a surf lesson to top it all off! There’s plenty of local cafes and restaurants for every type of foodie, including what is locally known as the best fish and chips shop right on the river’s edge. Slurp freshly shucked oysters by crystal clear waters, get away to Bateman’s Bay!
This cosy purpose-built hostel is located in the heart of the lower Blue Mountain National Park, with stunning panoramas across Sydney. Rally the crew together to book out this twelve-bed hostel, or book the hostel for exclusive use through our Rent-A-YHA program. Take time out to pause and find some peace in this secluded bushland escape, with a self-catered kitchen to cook up a storm! Discover all the charm of nearby Windsor and Faulconbridge, and you’ll feel miles from Sydney without needing to drive too far at all.
Adventurers and seekers of excitement and discovery, this one’s for you. Perched on the edge of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, dive with sharks and swim with sea lions (known affectionately as sea doggos,) or grab your surfboard in pursuit of the perfect wave. For you land lovers not as keen to dip your toes in the chilly waters of the Spencer Gulf, the rugged Lincoln National Park is filled with rare flora and fauna and the views are breathtaking.
Australia will bounce back from the effects of bushfires, and YHA is doing its bit with all funds raised from our YHA Australia Sustainable Hostels Fund until 29 February 2020 (Donations given during the booking process on yha.com.au) being forwarded to volunteer fire services to support long term recovery efforts across the country. Learn more about how your stay is supporting our firies, and play your part in creating a more sustainable future.