YHA ACCOMMODATION GUIDE 2014
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N O I T A D O M M O C C A GUIDE 2014 YHA.COM.AU See inside for great hostels & discounts all around Australia LOW FARES Book Online and Save! Hostel Symbols Key Hostel grading YHA hostels meet standards to ensure that your stay is safe and comfortable. Refer to pages 10 and 13 for details. Driving directions Indicaciones para conducir Itinéraire Wilderness hostel Closest hostels A unique Australian bush experience. Refer to page 12 for information. Hospederías más cercanas Auberges les plus proches Number of beds Meals available Cantidad de camas Nombres de lits Comidas disponibles Repas $ Overnight charges Television Televisión Télévision Tarifas por noche Prix des chambres par nuit Payment details Swimming pool Piscina Piscine All prices are per person, unless stated otherwise AMEX American Expess EFTPOS MC MasterCard VA Visa About the hostel Barbecue Sobre la hospedrería Informations sur l’auberge Parrilla para asar al aire libre Barbecue Food store Bicycles Tienda de comestibles Magasin Bicicletas Bicyclettes Things to see and do Boat / canoe Cosas para ver y hacer Activités et tourisme Embarcación / canoa Bateau / canoë Nightlife Parking Vida noctura Vie nocturne Estacionamiento Stationnement Coach details Internet Internet Internet Datos sobre autobuses Informations sur le car Train details Datos sobre trenes Informations sur les trains Wheelchair access in some rooms Distance to airport Acceso completo para personas minusválidas en algunas habitaciones Accès pour handicapés pour certaines des chambres Distancia hasta el aeropuerto Distance de l’aéroport Ferry details Datos sobre transbordadors Informations sur les bacs VISIT OUR WEBSITE YHA.COM.AU SEE & EXPERIENCE AUSTRALIA WITH YHA JOURNEY TIMES IN HOURS ROUTE Sydney – Adelaide Sydney – Canberra Sydney – Melbourne inland Canberra – Melbourne Melbourne – Adelaide Melbourne – Broken Hill Adelaide – Alice Springs Adelaide – Perth Adelaide – Brisbane AIR GREYHOUND RAIL 1.40 24.00 26.00 0.35 3.15 4.17 1.10 14.30 13.00 0.55 9.30 9.15 1.05 9.30 10.15 1.50 19.00 12.45 2.00 20.00 21.10 3.00 35.00 38.00 2.15 33.30 36.45 ROUTE Darwin – Alice Springs Darwin – Kakadu Alice Springs – Ayers Rock Cairns – Brisbane Brisbane – Sydney Brisbane – Melbourne Melbourne – Hobart Melbourne – Devonport *Overnight stay in Sydney AIR GREYHOUND RAIL 1.50 19.00 23.00 – 4.30 – 0.45 6.00 – 2.05 25.00 25.00 1.15 17.00 16.00 1.55 25.00 26.55* 1.15 – – 1.05 10.00 by sea MAP REFERENCE LOCATION MAP REF. 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PAGE 1 NEW SOUTH WALES /ACT SOUTH AUSTRALIA Albury P14 30 Adelaide L14 101 Armidale R12 30 Flinders Ranges Batemans Bay Q14 31 –R awnsley Park Station YHA L12 102 Bellingen S12 31 –W irrabara Old Schoolhouse Blue Mountains YHA L13 103 – Katoomba Q13 33 Kangaroo Island L14 103 – Hawkesbury Heights Q13 36 Bundanoon Q14 36 Mt Lofty L14 104 Byron Bay Port Elliot / Fleurieu Peninsula L14 104 – Byron Bay YHA S11 37 Port Lincoln K14 107 – Cape Byron YHA S11 37 Canberra Q14 41 TASMANIA Coffs Harbour S12 42 Hunter Valley R13 42 Bridport P16 112 Lennox Head S11 43 Coles Bay Merimbula Q15 43 – Coles Bay Esplanade P17 113 Mount Warning / Murwillumbah S11 44 – Coles Bay Freycinet P17 113 Narooma Q14 44 Hobart Newcastle Beach R13 45 –M ontgomery’s Private Hotel Nimbin S11 45 Port Macquarie R13 47 & YHA P17 115 Port Stephens R13 47 Strahan N17 116 Sydney – Sydney Harbour YHA R13 51 VICTORIA – Sydney Central YHA R13 53 – Railway Square YHA R13 55 Apollo Bay M15 123 – Glebe Point YHA R13 56 Ballarat N15 123 – Bondi Beachouse YHA R13 58 Foster P15 124 – Sydney Beachouse YHA R13 59 Halls Gap /Grampians N15 125 – Cronulla Beach YHA R13 60 Melbourne – Pittwater YHA R13 60 – Melbourne Central YHA N15 127 Tamworth R12 62 Thredbo P14 62 – Melbourne Metro YHA N15 129 Wollongong R14 63 Mount Buller P15 130 Yamba S12 63 Port Fairy M15 131 Phillip Island N15 131 NORTHERN TERRITORY Sorrento N15 133 Alice Springs J9 68 Darwin H4 71 WESTERN AUSTRALIA Ayers Rock H9 72 Albany D14 138 Kings Canyon J9 75 Augusta /Cape Leeuwin C14 138 QUEENSLAND Broome E6 139 Bunbury C13 140 Airlie Beach /Whitsundays Q8 81 Brisbane S11 83 Denham / Shark Bay B10 140 Cairns P6 85 Denmark D14 141 Cape Tribulation P6 86 Dunsborough C14 141 Cooktown P5 87 Esperance E13 142 Gold Coast Exmouth B9 142 – Coolangatta/Kirra Beach S11 89 Kalgoorlie E12 144 – Surfers Paradise S11 89 Kalbarri B11 144 Hervey Bay S10 91 Magnetic Island Q7 91 Kununurra G5 145 Mission Beach P7 92 Lancelin C12 145 Sunshine Coast Margaret River C14 146 – Noosa Heads S10 92 Pemberton C14 146 Port Douglas P6 94 Perth Rockhampton R9 94 – Perth City C13 149 Rockhampton Region /Baralaba R9 95 Stradbroke Island S11 95 Walpole D14 150 Remove the guesswork Look for the T-QUAL Tick for quality tourism you can trust Planning the perfect Australian holiday just got a whole lot easier thanks to the T-QUAL Tick, Australia’s symbol of tourism quality. Whether you are looking for places to stay or things to do, the T-QUAL Tick helps you make more informed choices by identifying Australia’s quality tourism products. Remove the guesswork and look for the T-QUAL Tick before booking your next Aussie Holiday. YHA’s owned and affiliated hostels in Australia are T-QUAL accredited. For more information visit www.t-qual.com.au 3 CONTENTS WELCOME TO YHA AUSTRALIA MEMBERSHIP BOOKINGS STANDARDS & GRADINGS CUSTOMER RATINGS + WHEELCHAIR ACCESS ABOUT AUSTRALIA EVENTS HI HOSTELS + INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL About YHA 5 7 9 10/12 13 16/18 21-22 151 YHA MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS National discounts Hostel listings 156 NEW SOUTH WALES AND ACT NORTHERN TERRITORY QUEENSLAND SOUTH AUSTRALIA TASMANIA VICTORIA WESTERN AUSTRALIA 24 64 76 96 108 118 134 EDITION 56 PUBLISHED BY YHA AUSTRALIA © All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, recorded or stored in any retrieval system, in any form whatsoever, without the written permission of the copyright holder. While every effort has been made to ensure correct listing, information and price details, YHA Australia does not take responsibility for any errors. Some details may change during the validity of this publication. Valid from 1 October 2013 – 30 September 2014. EDITOR PUBLISHER ART DIRECTION/ DESIGN Ted Rose Kim Richards (Advertising enquiries 02 9908 8222) Daniel Morley and Jane Hamilton MAPS Cartodraft Australia Pty Ltd All maps are subject to copyright COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Josephine Ki YHA Accommodation Guide is published for YHA by Hardie Grant Media. hardiegrant.com.au YHA Australia, Hostelling International and the YHA and HI house and tree logos are registered ® trademarks of HI Australia Incorporated – GPO Box 5276, Sydney NSW 2001, Australia YHA.COM.AU Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park northern territory EXPERIENCE THE BEST OUTBACK ADVENTURES From iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australiaâ€™s vast Red Centre, to Darwin and World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park in the tropical Top End, the Northern Territory is the home of the best Australian adventures. 5 to YHA Australia. WELCOME You’ll need to provide photo ID, or if this is not available, sufficient alternative authentication of identity. Discover Australia with the hostel network that delivers quality, fun and affordable accommodation all around the country. Your stay YHA hostels are made for travellers, so our hostels include all the things that make you feel more at home, including friendly and local staff, fully equipped kitchens, clean rooms, comfortable beds, and spotless and spacious bathroom facilities. Bedtime Good times included All of our hostels have fun social areas, comfy lounge rooms, televisions, board games and more. Many of our hostels also include extra treats like swimming pools, social events, 24-hour reception and movie rooms. To make your stay easy, all YHAs provide linen, blankets and pillows free of charge (except for Wilderness Hostels). You can bring your own linen if you prefer, but sleeping bags are prohibited due to Australian health regulations. You will need to bring a towel. Age limits Booking Our staff are happy to book your next hostel. Also, you can book our hostels via yha.com.au up to nine months in advance. Because we are popular places to stay we recommend that you book in advance, as many hostels are fully booked during busy periods. Length of stay may be limited to 14 days, but can be extended at the hostel manager’s discretion. Check-in As no two hostels are the same, check your destination hostel’s reception opening hours in the guide. If you plan to arrive early or late, let us know in advance so we can arrange things for your arrival. YHA welcomes solo travellers, groups and families of all ages. If you are 16 or under you will n need a parent/legal guardian aged over 21 to stay with you in a private room. If you are 17 you can stay n unaccompanied if you have a letter from your parent/legal guardian stating that they are aware you are staying at the hostel and that the hostel will not supervise your activities. Children under two stay for free n – lucky things. However, please check with the hostel before you arrive or make a booking, as a few of our hostels aren’t equipped for youngsters. /YHAhostels BOOK AT YHA TRAVEL & TOURS » DETAILS ON PAGE 160 OR YHA.COM.AU 7 YHA MEMBERSHIP FROM 12-MONTH SO MANY BENEFITS... $ 32 * Save on YHA and HI accommodation, travel, transport, tours, entertainment, services, retail and more. yha.com.au/membership No computer access? Visit your nearest YHA hostel to join *Advertised price based on 1 year membership for under 26 category Join now and start saving! WATCHING Join us for an unforgettable experience onboard Sydney’s premium whale watching ﬂeet. Departs daily from May to December with whales guaranteed or a free return cruise. WHALE whalewatchingsydney.net 02 9583 1199 whalewatchingsydney 15% OFF ON ONLINE BOOKINGS Flexible hop on & hop oﬀ 24hr ticket with 7 great stops See Manly, Darling Harbour and everything in between Best value ticket to experience ALL of Sydney Harbour sydneyharbourecohopper.com.au 02 9583 1199 manlyfastferry 9 BOOKINGS YHA Australia provides many easy ways for you to book accommodation. Book online at yha.com.au. Contact the hostel directly by phone or email. If you are already staying at a YHA hostel, ask our friendly staff to book your next stay for you. Cancellation conditions 1 nightâ€™s accommodation. Cancellations made more than 24 hours prior to arrival incur a 5% fee. n Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to arrival will be charged n If you booked online at yha.com.au, cancellation can be made on the n home page using your booking reference. If not, contact the hostel directly. GROUP ACCOMMODATION yhagroups.com.au Excursions & events YHA offers secure, clean, affordable and memorable environments for your group travel. Each year we love to play host to thousands of educational, cultural, sporting and social groups at YHA hostels around the country. Choose from a range of hostels, from the beach to the bush to the city. Your group can be any age and any size, from 10 to 100. YHA Group Membership Disclaimer Group membership costs $42 per year and is valid in Australia and around the world. For a complete list of terms and conditions visit our groups webpage. Many YHA hostels have excellent facilities for groups, including comfy common areas and self-catering kitchens. Many can also arrange catering for your group. The safety and security of your group is paramount to us. YHA staff members are fully trained in handling emergency situations. A range of accommodation options are available, from multi-share rooms to private rooms for group leaders. All offer excellent value for money. 10 STANDARDS & RATINGS All YHA hostels must meet a set of basic criteria to ensure that your stay is not only great fun but comfortable and safe wherever you stay in the network. Every hostel is inspected regularly, so we can stand behind our promise of providing a laid-back experience without compromising on safety, security and comfort. Our grading system rates our hostels according to their level of facilities. You can be guaranteed that every YHA hostel in Australia: Meets all state and local n government regulations regarding fire, health and safety codes Is clean, well-maintained and n appealing Provides a self-catering kitchen n so you can cook up a storm Has an excellent ratio of showers n and toilets to guest numbers Provides communal areas to n Offers 24-hour access – n relax and meet other travellers important for those late nights on the town YHA Australia is proudly T-QUAL accredited, providing you with assurance that by selecting to stay in a YHA hostel you are getting the quality you deserve. See page 2 for further details about T-QUAL. HI-Q THE HI QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM HI-Q, Hostelling International’s Quality Management System, focuses on hostel management and operations. It takes ‘best practice’ from quality systems around the world and tailors them to the specific needs of hostels. HI-Q enables hostels to consistently improve and deliver high standards to ensure you have a great hostel experience. HI-Q is a long-term program that is now being implemented in HI hostels around the world. Only those hostels which successfully complete the program are certified and able to display the distinctive HI-Q logo – look out for the logo on hostels in this guide. GREAT VALUE Hop On, Hop Off East Coast Passes Save 10% or more with your YHA Member card! Full Fare YHA Member Sydney < > Cairns Brisbane < > Cairns Sydney < > Brisbane Byron Bay < > Cairns Melbourne < > Cairns $455 $369 $189 $389 $555 $405 $329 $169 $349 $495 AYS Upgrade to 6 months for only $30 VALID 90 D Greyhound Travel Centre Your Local YHA Hostel 1300 473 946 GREYHOUND.COM.AU T&C’s - Prices are subject to change at any time without notice. For full T&C’s visit greyhound.com.au. 12 YHA HOSTEL GRADING WILDERNESS Wilderness hostels located in or near a National Park or bushland environment. These hostels: n Have no resident staff and can only be booked through a hostel, from where you collect the key in advance n Might only have cold water for cooking and washing n Have power for cooking and lighting n Provide basic cooking facilities n Have no more than 20 beds GRADE 2 Grade 2 hostels include: n A reception desk open from 8am-10am and 5pm-10pm (may vary seasonally) n Separate bathrooms and sleeping areas for men and women n A communal lounge area n Simple laundry facilities n Power for lighting, cooking and refrigeration Grade 3 hostels include well-equipped self-catering kitchens and: n A reception desk open from at least 8am-10am and 5pm-10pm (may vary seasonally) n A comfortable, well-equipped dining area n Local tour information and booking facilities n Security options for guests’ valuables n Shop facilities and public telephone within 250 metres n A resident manager GRADE 3 GRADE 4 Grade 4 hostels offer everything of grade 3 plus: n 24-hour reception n Some double/twin room accommodation n Credit card and EFTPOS payment facilities n Full laundry facilities n Security storage for luggage n Public phone at hostel n Parking (available in some cases) GRADE 5 Grade 5 hostels offer everything of grade 4 plus: n A central city location within 200 metres of public transport n Common areas, lounge rooms and TV areas n Internet access, café and/or a bar on-site n Some bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms n Lockers to take full-size backpacks in multi-share rooms 13 CUSTOMER RATINGS When you make a booking at YHA you have an opportunity to rate your stay and leave comments and tips for the hostel staff and for other travellers. Your rating will be published whether you give us good or bad marks. Each hostel’s average rating is calculated from the most recent 50 submissions to keep it as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Rate your stay and read other travellers reviews at yha.com.au. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS YHA is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and this is reflected in our hostel procedures – an increasing number of hostels are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair access means that guests in wheelchairs are able to access the properties without assistance, and will also be able to enter most of the common areas including the dining room and kitchen. YHA hostels come in all shapes and sizes, so wheelchair access will vary. To make sure you have an enjoyable stay we recommend that you contact the hostel directly to discuss your specific requirements. To find hostels with wheelchair access, just look for this symbol, and always call ahead. RENT-A-YHA HAVE THE YHA TO YOURSELVES Exclusive use group accommodation for get togethers, holidays & excursions WHAT IS RENT-A-YHA? Rent-a-YHA gives your family, friends or group the opportunity to rent a whole building for a short break, whether itâ€™s a family reunion, special event, or just an excuse to getaway with a group of friends. located for a group getaway. See hostel details in this guide for information and contact details. SOUTH AUSTRALIA n Flinders Ranges Wirrabara Old Schoolhouse YHA n Mt Lofty Cottage YHA n Port Elliot Beach House YHA VICTORIA n Apollo Bay Eco YHA n Grampians Eco YHA n Sorrento YHA NEW SOUTH WALES n Bundanoon YHA n Hawkesbury Heights YHA n Hunter Valley YHA n Merimbula YHA n Pittwater YHA n Port Stephens YHA n Thredbo YHA RENT-A-YHA HOSTELS EXCLUSIVE USE FACILITIES The accommodation is safe, clean and comfortable. Rooms sleep between 2-10 people. Most YHAs provide linen, have a BBQ, fully-equipped kitchens and common rooms. All your group needs to bring is a towel, food and themselves. A LOCATION FOR EVERY OCCASION From the beach to the bush the YHAs are perfectly To book email or call the hostels directly or visit yha.com.au/groups SO freakin’ AWESOME Heart of the reef aIrLIe BeaCH Queensland ThE WhiTSundAy iSlAndS Whitehaven Beach camira Sailing adventure are one of the world’s most spectacular aquatic playgrounds & encompass 74 tropical islands rising from pristine turquoise waters, hosting lots of incredible marine and wild life. Swimming, snorkelling, beautiful beaches and bays, a ‘stuffyourself-stupid’ BBQ lunch with unlimited drinks plus exhilarating sailing aboard ‘Camira’ one of the world’s fastest sailing catamarans – an awesome day out on the water! great Barrier reef adventureS The Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the great wonders of the natural world. Cruise aboard our reef vessel to Reefworld pontoon complete with underwater viewing chamber. Explore the underwater wonderland with diving, snorkelling, semi-sub and marine expert presentation. Includes morning and afternoon tea and an all you can eat buffet lunch. tropical iSland packageS from 2-6 dayS Start your holiday with a choice of either a Whitehaven Beach ‘Camira Sailing Adventure’, or a Great Barrier Reef Adventure. When you dream of a tropical Island experience this is what you dream of! Spend the days enjoying the facilities at the Island’s Resort or find your own secluded bay and take in the outdoors. You may just be tempted to stay more nights! All day cruises and packages depart daily from Airlie Beach. For info & bookings see your travel centre or contact us: FREECALL 1800 293 7663 AAO4112 firstname.lastname@example.org Backpacker prices only available on presentation of a valid YHA card awesomeoz.com BOOK AT YHA TRAVEL & TOURS » DETAILS ON PAGE 160 OR YHA.COM.AU leave blank 10mm 16 SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL YHA.COM.AU /SUSTAINABILITY YHA Australia is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and raising awareness of the benefits of low-impact travel. Every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9 kilograms of carbon emissions. YHA’s Sustainable Hostel Fund assists with ecoprojects in hostels to reduce emissions and energy use. Any savings go back into the scheme to purchase or generate other renewable energy sources. There are several green YHA hostels in the Australian network, including hostels at Alice Springs, Apollo Bay, The Grampians, Port Douglas, Melbourne and the Blue Mountains. WHAT YOU CAN DO Save energy Always turn off the lights, airconditioning or heating when you leave your room, and don’t leave things charging all night. Switch off appliances when you’re finished, and wash clothes in cold water. If you’re cold, put on warm clothes. If it’s hot, open the window. Water conservation Water conservation is extremely important in a drought-stricken country like Australia, and we ask you to take care with our scarce resource. Take shorter showers and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or washing dishes. Rubbish One of the easiest things you can do to help the environment is say no to plastic bags. Purchase a YHA Enviro bag at reception, if available, to use when shopping. Use biodegradable soaps and laundry powders. Take your rubbish with you, and if you’re a smoker, always bin your butts. TOURISM AUSTRALIA Respect our animals and keep at a safe distance at all times. A lot of Australia’s wildlife is at risk of extinction and all native animals are protected by law. This publication is printed using a wide range of environmentally friendly material to minimise its carbon footprint. BUDGET Drives your dollar further Great discounts for YHA members Rent a Mini car through to a Full Size car with Budget Australia for 2+ days and get a FREE* upgrade. Simply include coupon UPNZ032 when you book. Plusâ€Śreceive exclusive YHA member discounted rates! Include BCD D115474 when you book. Call 13 27 27 or visit www.budget.com.au *Upgrade valid for Group X to Group A, Group A to Group B, Group B to Group C, Group C to Group D, Group D to Group E and Group E to Group P only. Subject to availability at the time of rental. Valid until 20 December 2015. Conditions apply. Contact Budget for full details. CT9639 18 INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA With more than 50,000 years of culture, traditions and beliefs, Australia’s original inhabitants offer a rich cultural experience found nowhere else on earth. Uluru/Ayers Rock, Northern Territory Visit sites and spiritual centres with local Aboriginal guides who will tell you about the historical and cultural significance of the area’s landmarks. Kakadu, Northern Territory While enjoying the wildlife, see ancient rock engravings and paintings dating back more than 40,000 years. The Blue Mountains, New South Wales Just minutes from the Katoomba YHA you can try bark and body painting, bush tucker and bathe in billabongs with Aboriginal guides in this World Heritage wilderness. The Grampians, Victoria Visit Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre and experience local Aboriginal culture. Adelaide, South Australia The Museum of South Australia has the world’s largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural artefacts. Free entry. A few must dos Burrup Peninsula, Western Australia This Aboriginal sacred site contains the largest concentration of rock art in the world. Cairns, Queensland Immerse yourself in a unique cultural experience at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns. Did you know? n In Australia, there are more Ask your YHA hostel about Indigenous tours and cultural experiences TOURISM AUSTRALIA than 250 language groups and over 700 dialects spoken by Aboriginal people. n The world’s oldest known rock art, dating to around 43,000 years ago, can be found in the Olary region of South Australia. n The colours of the Aboriginal flag are symbolic: the black represents the Aboriginal people; the yellow, the sun and the renewal of life; and, the red, the earth and ochre, which is used in ceremonies. FREE Summit Club Membership for YHA members Summit Club members save on all full priced gear Kathmandu branded gear* all other gear* kathmandu.com.au *See in-store or online for Terms and conditions 21 NATIONAL EVENTS From festivals to parties, sport events and even a camel race, Australia offers a vibrant and unique calendar of events. Northern Territory New South Wales/ Australian Capital Territory Mindil Beach Markets Sydney Festival January, Sydney Sydney Mardi Gras February - March, Sydney Canberra Festival March, Canberra 19th Sydney Biennale 21 March - 9 June, Sydney Byron Bay Bluesfest 17-21 April, Byron Bay Ironman Australia 4 May, Port Macquarie Vivid Sydney May - June, Sydney Sydney International Film Festival June, Sydney Blue Mountains Winter Magic Mid June, Katoomba Thredbo Ski Season June - October, Thredbo Canberra Floriade September - October, Canberra Splendour in the Grass July, Byron Bay Good Food Month October, Sydney SHUTTER STOCK April - October, Darwin Finke Desert Race June, Alice Springs Darwin Beer Can Regatta July, Darwin Camel Cup July, Alice Springs Darwin Festival August, Darwin Henley-on-Todd Regatta August, Alice Springs Alice Desert Festival September, Alice Springs Queensland Quicksilver Pro and Roxy Pro March, Gold Coast Surfers Paradise Festival April, Gold Coast Port Douglas Carnivale May, Port Douglas Noosa Food and Wine Festival May, Sunshine Coast Cairns Blues Festival May, Cairns Paddle out for Whales June, Hervey Bay Mareeba Rodeo & Festival June, North Queensland Whitsunday Fantasea Reef Festival August, Whitsundays Sculpture by the Sea, October - November, Bondi Jazz in the Vines October, Hunter Valley 22 Cairns Festival August, Cairns Brisbane Festival September, Brisbane Armor All Gold Coast 600 October, Gold Coast Woodford Folk Festival December, Sunshine Coast Victoria Apollo Bay Community Markets Every Saturday, Apollo Bay Australian Open Tennis 13-26 January, Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix March, Melbourne ChillOut Festival March, Labour Day weekend, 7-10 March 2014, Daylesford Melbourne International Comedy Festival 26 March - 20 April, Melbourne Ski Season June - August, Mount Buller Melbourne International Film Festival July - August, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup September-Melbourne Cup is November Vodafone Boxing Day Test Cricket 26-30 December, Melbourne South Australia Santos Tour Down Under January, Adelaide & regional Tunarama Festival 24-27 January, Port Lincoln Adelaide Fringe Festival February - March, Adelaide Womadelaide March, Adelaide Whale migration May - October, Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival June, McLaren Vale Adelaide Cabaret Festival June, Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival June, Adelaide South Australian Living Artists Festival August, all SA OzAsia Festival September, Adelaide Feast Festival November, Adelaide Western Australia Lancelin Ocean Classic (wind surfing) January, Lancelin Fremantle Sardine Festival Mid-January, Fremantle Australia Day Fireworks 26 January, Perth Perth International Arts Festival February to March, Perth Avon Descent March, Avon Valley Sculpture by the Sea March, Cottesloe Perth Margaret River Wine Festival April, Margaret River Ord Valley Muster May, Kununurra Perth Royal Show September - October, Perth Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Wildflower Festival September - October, Perth Tasmania Salamanca Market Weekly, Hobart Sydney Hobart Yacht Race December - January, Hobart & Sydney The Taste Festival 28 December – 3 January, Hobart Falls Festival 29 December - 1 January, Marion Bay Bicheno Food and Wine Festival November, Bicheno Muesum of Old and New Art Summer, ‘Mofo’ and Winter, ‘Dark Mofo’, Hobart * D PH H OTO .Y PACKAGE AA L E AV E Y O U R W O R L D B E H I N D Book now: 1300 663 634 www.skydive.com.au Stay connected: f tY • SYDNEY - WOLLONGONG • CENTRAL COAST • HUNTER VALLEY • BYRON BAY • MELBOURNE • YARRA VALLEY • • GREAT OCEAN ROAD • YORK • PERTH • BOOK AT YHA TRAVEL & TOURS » DETAILS ON PAGE 160 OR YHA.COM.AU G A N 14 .D VD AG CK AND P OTO PA H E. 0 3 $ off YH AA G14. DVD AND PH O OT *Terms and conditions: valid at any location, one voucher per person, not available with any other discount or offer, valid on DVD and Photo Packages only, expires 31/12/2014. YHAAG14. PA CK AG E. YHAAG14. ✄ D DV New South WALES Cities, surf, mountains, adventure... From Sydney Harbour to the outback – no other state combines surf beaches, rainforests, rugged bushland, snow-capped mountains, big rivers and the colours of the outback like New South Wales. Sydney 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, among the inner-city suburb’s trendy cafés and pubs. If you want to visit Sydney’s beaches, choose from Sydney Beachouse YHA at Collaroy on the Northern Beaches, Bondi Beachouse YHA in the east and Cronulla Beach YHA in Sydney’s south. Short Getaways On the city’s northern edge, Pittwater YHA is nestled amid Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Two hours south, Bundanoon YHA has all the adventure activities of the Southern Highlands on its doorstep. 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. The Blue Mountains All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations. 25 SYDNEY harbour bridge & sydney Opera House South Coast Kickstart your south coast adventure in the vibrant uni town of Wollongong, before discovering the seafood, water sports and kangaroos of Batemans Bay. From here, it’s not far to the unspoiled beaches and marine life of Narooma and holiday favourite Merimbula. CANBERRA FESTIVAL Canberra & surrounds 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 Snowy Mountains, is your gateway to Australia’s highest peak. Hike Mt Kosciuszko in summer or ski in winter. Further south, you’ll find the riverside border city of Albury. Pacific Coast 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 cafés and crafts, moonlit canoeing and Dorrigo Rainforest. Yamba offers the best of ocean and river activities, plus yearround festivals. Lennox Head is a wonderful place to relax on the beach or try sailing on Lake Ainsworth. Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point, is known for its beaches and laid-back lifestyle. DAN BRECKWOLD, SHUTTERSTOCK, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TOURISM Relax at Nimbin, an alternative town with quirky shops and markets. Or, climb Mt Warning from the serene riverside town of Murwillumbah. Country detours Visit Tamworth, Australia’s country music capital and take part in a jackaroo/ jillaroo course. Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, Armidale is known for its waterfalls, autumn colours and national parks. 25 All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations. top tips NEW SOUTH WALES TOP 10 jenolan caves THINGS TO DO 1 Discover Aussie surf culture in Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point Marvel at the Blue Mountains’ iconic Three Sisters and ancient Jurassic rainforest YHA Member Discounts Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout 0408 443 822 $10 off cash payments ANZ Stadium 02 8765 2300 20% off Explore Tour Australian School of Mountaineering 02 4782 2014 $20 off abseiling, canyoning and rock climbing trips Bellingen Canoe Adventures 02 6655 9955 30% off guided tours every Thursday Captain Cook Cruises 02 9206 1111 Concession prices on Sydney Harbour cruises including Taronga Zoo Express, Whale Watching, Venture Cruise Dolphin Marine Magic 02 6659 1900 10% off in-water activities with seals and dolphins Featherdale Wildlife Park 02 9622 1644 15% off entry High ‘n’ Wild 02 4782 6224 $10 off full day trips & $5 off half day trips Hunter Valley Bike Hire 02 4991 3278 20% off bike hire Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk 02 4885 1010 25% off general entry plus a free coffee Jenolan Caves 02 6359 3911 10% off Wonders of the Underworld Tours and Plughole Adventure Mogo Zoo 02 4474 4930 10% off normal admission price new south wales 27 3 Sandboard the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere at Port Stephens Walk to the top of Australia, Mt Kosciuszko, from alpine adventure hub Thredbo jenolan caves, Legendary Pacific Coast, Tourism Australia 5 port stephens Share unspoiled beaches with friendly kangaroos on the South Coast Indulge in Hunter Valley wines, beers and gourmet food in the country’s oldest wine region Learn to surf with the professionals on Newcastle’s famous surf breaks 9 7 Get a taste of the country at Tamworth’s music festival and jackaroo/ jillaroo schools Relax in alternative Bellingen and Nimbin to see which one wins ‘cruisiest town in Oz’ Visit the world’s only koala hospital in Port Macquarie for free Moonshadow Cruises 02 4984 9388 Concession prices on all scheduled cruises National Trust (NSW) 02 9258 0123 Concession entry to all NSW properties *Conditions apply Skydive the Beach Book at YHA Travel & Tours $30 off Rockstar DVD & Photo Package Sundive Byron Bay 02 685 7755 10% off all dive and snorkel tours Surfing Byron Bay 02 6685 7099 10% off 2-hour surf lesson, or 2 people for $40 each *Conditions apply Surf Camp Australia 02 9262 1757 $50 off all Surf Camps and Adventures Thredbo Summer Pass 10% off Kosciuszko Thredbo Summer activity passes Port Macquarie Camel Safaris 0437 672 080 $25 beach camel rides Port Stephens 4WD Tours 02 4984 4760 Concession prices on all scheduled tours Rose Bay Aquatic Hire 0416 123 339 $20 for 2-hour Sydney Harbour kayak hire Monday to Friday Thunder Jet 02 9299 0199 Adults at kids prices Treetop Adventure Park Newcastle, Sydney, Wyong 20% off entry Monday to Friday *Conditions apply See yha.com.au for more discounts Accredited Visitor Information Centres there... t i just s t ' n do ... will take you th ere! get... 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