Famous for its harbour, beaches and great city events, Sydney offers eight YHAs to choose from. Sydney Harbour YHA, in the historic Rocks area, is close to the water, Opera House and harbour. Multi-award winning Sydney Central YHA and Railway Square YHA are in the heart of the city right next to the city’s transport hub – Central Station. Enjoy the vibrant village life at Glebe Point YHA, amoung the inner-city suburb’s trendy café’s and pubs. If you want to visit Sydney’s beaches, choose from Sydney Beachhouse YHA at Collaroy on the Northern Beaches and Bondi Beachhouse YHA in the east.
Kickstart your south coast adventure in the vibrant uni town of Wollongong, before discovering the seafood, water sports and kangaroos of Batemans Bay.
Canberra, Australia’s capital city, boasts the country’s largest number of free attractions, plus loads of entertainment and festivals. South of Canberra, Thredbo alpine village, in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, is your gateway to Australia’s highest peak. Hike Mt Kosciuszko in summer or ski in winter.
On Sydney’s northern edge, Pittwater YHA is nestled amid Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. For a complete getaway, check out the eco-YHA at Hawkesbury Heights, or visit Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, home to spectacular walks, abseiling, canyoning and caving. Vineyards and fancy food will tempt you to the Hunter Valley YHA.
Historic Newcastle is famous for its stunning surf beaches and growing backpacker scene. Get back to nature at Port Stephens, an area of endless bays, beaches and giant sand dunes.
Stop off in Port Macquarie for a surf, camel ride and visit to the Koala Hospital. Further up the coast your action-packed Coffs Harbour adventure awaits. Detour inland to Bellingen, for cafes and crafts, moonlit canoeing and Dorringo Rainforest.
Yamba offers the best of ocean and river activities, plus year-round festivals. Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point, is known for its beaches and laid-back lifestyle.
Relax at Nimbin, an alternative town with quirky shops and markets. Climb Mt Warning from the serene riverside town of Murwillumbah. Or take a country detour to Tamworth, Australia's country music capital.