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YHA Australia

ACCOMMODATION GUIDE

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JOURNEY TIMES IN HOURS ROUTE

AIR GREYHOUND RAIL

ROUTE

AIR

Sydney – Adelaide Sydney – Canberra Sydney – Melbourne inland Canberra – Melbourne Melbourne – Adelaide Melbourne – Broken Hill Adelaide – Alice Springs Adelaide – Perth Adelaide – Brisbane

1.40 0.35 1.10 0.55 1.05 1.50 2.00 3.00 2.15

Darwin – Alice Springs Darwin – Kakadu Alice Springs – Ayers Rock Cairns – Brisbane Brisbane – Sydney Brisbane – Melbourne Melbourne – Hobart Melbourne – Devonport *Overnight stay in Sydney

1.50 – 0.45 2.05 1.15 1.55 1.05 1.25

24.00 3.15 14.30 9.30 9.30 19.00 20.00 35.00 33.30

26.00 4.17 13.00 9.15 10.15 12.45 21.10 38.00 36.45


GREYHOUND RAIL 19.00 23.00 4.30 – 6.00 – 25.00 25.00 17.00 16.00 25.00 26.55* – – 10.00 by sea


Hostel Symbols Key Hostel grading

Ferry details

YHA hostels meet standards to ensure that your stay is safe and comfortable. Refer to pages 16 and 18 for details.

Datos sobre transbordadors Informations sur les bacs

Closest hostels

Wilderness hostel A unique Australian bush experience. Refer to page 16 for information.

Hospederías más cercanas Auberges les plus proches

Meals available

Number of beds

Comidas disponibles Repas

Cantidad de camas Nombres de lits

Television

$

Overnight charges

Televisión Télévision

Tarifas por noche Prix des chambres par nuit

Swimming pool

Payment details All prices are per person, unless stated otherwise AMEX American Expess EFTPOS MC Mastercard VA Visa

ATM Cajero automático Guichet automatique

Piscina Piscine

Barbecue Parrilla para asar al aire libre Barbecue

About the hostel

Bicycles

Sobre la hospedrería Informations sur l’auberge

Bicicletas Bicyclettes

Food store

Boat / canoe

Tienda de comestibles Magasin

Things to see and do Cosas para ver y hacer Activités et tourisme

Nightlife Vida noctura Vie nocturne

Coach details Datos sobre autobuses Informations sur le car

Train details Datos sobre trenes Informations sur les trains

Distance to airport Distancia hasta el aeropuerto Distance de l’aéroport

Embarcación / canoa Bateau / canoë

Parking Estacionamiento Stationnement

Internet Internet Internet

Wheelchair access in some rooms Acceso completo para personas minusválidas en algunas habitaciones Accès pour handicapés pour certaines des chambres

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LOCATION

MAP REF. PAGE

NEW SOUTH WALES/ACT Albury Armidale Batemans Bay Bellingen Blue Mountains – Katoomba – Hawkesbury Heights Bundanoon Byron Bay – Byron Bay YHA – Cape Byron YHA Canberra Coffs Harbour Hunter Valley Lennox Head Merimbula Mount Warning/Murwillumbah Narooma Newcastle Beach Nimbin Port Macquarie Port Stephens Sydney – Sydney Harbour YHA – Sydney Central YHA – Railway Square YHA – Glebe Point YHA – Bondi Beachouse YHA – Sydney Beachouse YHA – Cronulla Beach YHA – Pittwater YHA Tamworth Terrigal Thredbo Wollongong Yamba

32 32 33 33

Q13 Q13 Q14

34 35 38

S11 S11 Q14 S12 R13 S11 Q15 S11 Q14 R13 S11 R13 R13

39 38 42 44 44 45 46 46 47 47 48 48 51

R13 R13 R13 R13 R13 R13 R13 R13 R12 R13 P14 R14 S12

59 61 63 64 64 65 66 66 67 67 68 69 69

J9 H4 H9 J9

74 77 78 78

Q8 S11 P6 P6 P5

84 87 88 90 90

S11 S11 S10 Q7 P6

92 92 94 96 95

S10 S10 P6 R9 R9 S11

98 98 99 99 100 100

QUEENSLAND Airlie Beach/Whitsundays Brisbane Cairns Cape Tribulation Cooktown Gold Coast – Coolangatta/Kirra Beach – Surfers Paradise Hervey Bay Magnetic Island Mission Beach Sunshine Coast – Maroochydore – Noosa Heads Port Douglas Rockhampton Rockhampton Region/Baralaba Stradbroke Island

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

P14 R12 Q14 S12

NORTHERN TERRITORY Alice Springs Darwin Ayers Rock Kings Canyon

LOCATION

Adelaide Flinders Ranges – Rawnsley Park Station YHA – Wirrabara Old Schoolhouse YHA Kangaroo Island Mt Lofty Port Elliot /Fleurieu Peninsula Port Kenny/Venus Bay Robe

L14

106

L12

107

L13 L14 L14 L14 K13 M15

108 108 110 112 112 113

P16

117

P17 P17 N17

117 118 118

P17

121

P17 N17

120 121

M15 N15 N15 N14 P15 N15 P15 N15

126 126 128 128 129 130 130 131

N15 N15 P15 P15 M15 N15 N15

135 137 138 138 139 140 140

MAP REFERENCE

Map Reference

TASMANIA Bridport Coles Bay – Coles Bay Esplanade – Coles Bay Freycinet Cradle Mountain Hobart – Adelphi Court YHA – Montgomery’s Private Hotel & YHA Strahan

VICTORIA Apollo Bay Ballarat Bendigo Echuca Foster Halls Gap/Grampians Lakes Entrance Lorne Melbourne – Melbourne Central YHA – Melbourne Metro YHA Mount Buller Phillip Island Port Fairy Queenscliff Sorrento

WESTERN AUSTRALIA Albany Augusta/Cape Leeuwin Broome Bunbury Denham/ Shark Bay Denmark Dunsborough Esperance Exmouth Kalbarri Kalgoorlie Kununurra Lancelin Margaret River Monkey Mia/Shark Bay Pemberton Perth – Perth City Walpole

D14 C14 E6 C13 B10 D14 C14 E13 B9 B11 E12 G5 C12 C14 B10 C14

144 144 145 145 146 146 147 148 148 149 149 150 150 151 152 152

C13 D14

154 157

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CONTENTS

YHA Australia

ACCOMMODATION 2012 GUIDE 

VALID FROM 1 OCTOBER 2011 TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2012

ABOUT YHA WELCOME TO YHA AUSTRALIA

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MEMBERSHIP

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BOOKINGS DOMESTIC TRAVEL IDEAS

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

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SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL

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HOSTEL STANDARDS & RATINGS

 YHA STANDARDS  CUSTOMER RATINGS & COMMENTS  YHA HOSTEL GRADING WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

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NATIONAL DISCOUNTS YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS

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HOSTEL LISTINGS WITH NEW INSIDER’S GUIDES NEW SOUTH WALES AND ACT

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NORTHERN TERRITORY

71 81

QUEENSLAND SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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TASMANIA

114

VICTORIA

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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EDITION 54 PUBLISHED BY YHA AUSTRALIA© All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be produced, 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. EDITOR ADVERTISING MANAGER ART DIRECTION / DESIGN MAPS

Ted Rose Karen Cooper Ingrid Urh Cartodraft Australia Pty Ltd All maps are subject to copyright

® YHA Australia, Hostelling International and the YHA and HI house and tree logos are registered trademarks of HI Australia Incorporated – PO Box A2462, Sydney South NSW 1235 Australia

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WELCOME  TO YHA AUSTRALIA YHA Australia is the largest budget accommodation network in the country, with hostels located in all major cities and regional destinations.

YOUR STAY

YOUR BED

YHA hostels are made for travellers, so the length of stay may be limited to 14 days, but can be extended at the hostel manager’s discretion. So everyone can enjoy their holiday, managers also have the right to ask guests to leave if there are problems with behaviour and noise.

For your comfort 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 pack your own towel.

BOOKING All YHA hostels can be booked via yha.com.au up to nine months in advance. We recommend that you book in advance to avoid disappointment as many hostels are fully booked during peak periods. See page 8 for more information on booking options.

CHECK IN As no two hostels are the same, we suggest you check the hostel’s reception opening hours in this guide, especially if you plan to arrive early in the morning or late at night. And remember, YHA members are entitled to at least 10% off accommodation around Australia – so make sure you present your YHA /HI card. You’ll need to provide photo ID, or if this is not available, sufficient alternative authentication of identity.

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YOUR KITCHEN YHA hostels have fully-equipped kitchens so you can cook and store food during your stay. They are a great place to meet other travellers while you share a meal and do the dishes.

SMOKING Please respect the non-smoking policies of hostels and only smoke in designated areas.

AGE LIMITS Guests aged 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian over the age of 21 and are required to stay in private rooms. Children under 2 stay for free. Some hostels cannot accommodate young children – please check with the hostel before making an online booking. If you are 17 you can stay 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. 17-year-old guests are required to pay the adult rate.


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• Stretch your legs Alice Springs ULURU in your spacious recliner seat • Chill out in Perth Adelaide Sydney the lounge* Melbourne • Make friends, have a snack or dinner in the licensed cafe/bar • Freshen up with on-board shower facilities*

Rail & YHA accommodation packages now available Book online & take advantage of special backpacker savings at www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/backpackers Terms and conditions apply. All Backpacker ReadyRail fares are based on Red Service Day/Nighter Seat Service and are available to members of recognised backpacker organisations for bookings made from 1 April 2011 for travel until 31 March 2012. All fares are also available in opposite direction. All fares include a fuel price surcharge. Prices are subject to change without notice, available for instant purchase. Non-refundable. *Shower and lounge facilities not available on The Overland, Melbourne <> Adelaide. An additional lounge access charge of $10 for 1-sector, $15 for 2-sector or $25 for 3-sector is required and payable onboard. Travel Agent License No.TTA164190. GSR17346/einstein

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MEMBERSHIP Thanks to YHA, travelling Australia and the world doesn’t have to break the budget. Benefits of being a YHA member include:

 At least 10% off the standard rate    

of accommodation at all YHA hostels around Australia Discounted member rates at more than 4000 hostels in over 90 countries More than 3000 discounts on goods and services around the world Subscription to Backpacker Essentials magazine and e-zine Discounted domestic and international travel, including travel insurance

Join YHA now & start saving!  Join YHA online at YHA.COM.AU or in person at any YHA Membership & Travel Centre or YHA hostel

MEMBERSHIP PRICES 26 and over Under 26

3 YEARS

2 YEARS

1 YEAR

$115 $80

$80 $55

$42 $32

Family and group memberships are also available. See yha.com.au / membership for more details.

YHA YOUTH AND STUDENT CARDS 1 YEAR PURCHASE $42

$42

YHA /ISIC – 12 years and over YHA /IYTC – 12-25 years The joint YHA/International Student Identity Card (ISIC) entitles fulltime students to all the benefits of YHA membership, combined with the 30,000 + discounts offered to ISIC cardholders around the world. The ISIC card is the only official internationally recognised proof of student status. Under 26ers are eligible for many of the same discounts with the purchase of a joint YHA /International Youth Travel Card (IYTC).

INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

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If you did not join your national YHA/Hostelling International Association before arriving in Australia, you can purchase membership online at yha.com.au, when you book accommodation at an Australian hostel, in person from any YHA Membership & Travel Centre or YHA hostel. International YHA/HI members get all the benefits of YHA membership, access to discounts and member rates at hostels all over Australia.

LIFE MEMBERSHIP Life membership is available to any Australian adult who has been a YHA member for two years and has stayed a minimum of ten nights in Australian hostels.

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BOOKINGS YHA Australia provides different options for you to book your accommodation:

Booking with YHA is easy!

CANCELLATION

Book online at yha.com.au and pay with your credit card or PayPal TM account. Contact the hostel directly by phone or email. If you are already at a YHA hostel, ask our friendly staff to book your next hostel for you.

Please notify the hostel immediately if you need to cancel your booking. If less than 48 hours notice is given, a cancellation fee equal to one nights accommodation will be charged. In order to receive a refund, notice must be received by the hostel by 6pm local time, two days prior to arrival. If you are booking online via yha.com.au please read the terms and conditions carefully, as some specials and discounted accommodation packages are non-refundable.

RENT-A-YHACLUSIVE USE EX

For an exclusive stay, Rent-a-YHA gives you the chance to rent a whole YHA hostel. Whether it’s a family reunion, special event or just a weekend getaway with friends, Rent-a-YHA offers unbeatable value as you pay for the whole hostel rather than for each bed. Rent-a-YHA is available in:

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NEW SOUTH WALES

QUEENSLAND

• Bundanoon YHA • Hawkesbury Heights YHA • Hunter Valley YHA • Merimbula YHA • Pittwater YHA • Port Stephens YHA • Thredbo YHA

• Rockhampton • Flinders Ranges Region /Outback QLD - Wirrabara -Myella Farmstay YHA Old Schoolhouse (Baralaba) YHA • Mt Lofty YHA VICTORIA • Port Elliot Beach House YHA • Grampians Eco YHA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA


AUSTRALIAN

TRAVEL TIPS

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Australia is a vast country with an amazing variety of places to see and people to meet. We want to make sure you are safe throughout your travels, so take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with these travel tips.

WHEN YOU TRAVEL

YOUR SAFETY

Before you leave on a trip or travel to another city, let one of your friends or family members know where you are going to stay.

Australia is generally a safe destination to visit, however, it is still important to take precautions when travelling away from home and monitor your personal safety and possessions. Always keep an eye on your backpack and use lockers provided in hostels to keep them safe.

WEATHER & CLIMATE The climate in Australia takes all extremes of weather. You can expect hot tropical weather in the northern parts of the continent, and cooler weather in the south, sometimes snow. The seasons in Australia are the opposite of the northern hemisphere, with winter from June to August and summer from December to February.

SUNSCREEN While you’re in Australia it’s important to cover up with a shirt and hat, and wear SPF30+ sunscreen daily. European sunscreens don’t offer enough protection from the Australian sun.

WATER SAFETY When swimming at any Australian beach, always swim between the red and yellow flags so that the lifesavers can see you, and never swim alone. If you need help from a lifesaver, signal for help by holding one arm up and waving. While you wait for the lifesaver float on your back and stay calm. When in northern Australia, never swim where crocodiles are known to inhabit. Box jellyfish also inhabit the waters in northern Australia during the months of October to April.

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HITCHHIKING It is strongly recommended not to hitchhike in Australia – it is unsafe and even illegal in some states.

BUSHWALKING OR HIKING If you are planning to bushwalk or hike while in Australia it’s important to research the distance and difficulty of the route before you leave. If you go alone, tell someone where you are going, when you expect to return and the route you will be taking. Remember to take a hat, lots of water, sunscreen, insect repellent, wet weather clothing, protective footwear and a topographic map. If you are bushwalking in areas without mobile phone coverage carry a personal locator beacon.

TRAVEL INSURANCE If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel! Although you may be healthy, accidents happen all the time. Without a comprehensive travel insurance policy, ambulances, time in hospital, loss of baggage and last-minute cancellations can cost thousands of dollars.

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL YHA Australia is a member of the Hostelling International Network. Your YHA membership is a passport to discounts at over 4000 HI hostels in more than 90 countries. Visit hihostels.com.au to find out more about youth hostels overseas. You can see what international discounts you are entitled to, find out about top travel destinations and even book your accommodation online before you leave Australia. , YORKSHIRE, UK GRINTON LODGE YHA

HIHOSTELS.COM.AU FOR MORE ABOUT HOSTELS OVERSEAS

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL DEALS YHA members get up to 5% off Eurail adult passes and 25% off travel insurance. YHA Travel can also arrange Intrepid, Contiki, Busabout, Top Deck, Cosmos and Trafalgar tours. Our experienced consultants have travelled extensively and are keen to help you create the adventure of a lifetime. For information about travelling overseas see yha.com.au / travel or visit your local YHA Membership & Travel Centre.

YHA TRAVEL

YHA Travel is a fully-licensed travel agent, specialising in budget indepedent travel. YHA Travel can help you with accommodation, flights, transport, tours and overseas travel tips for all the major and not-so-major destinations around the world. With over 100 YHA hostels all around Australia, our travel agents can provide you with a fun and simple way to travel around this vast country. The team can arrange great deals on adventure tours and packages, day tours, travel passes, accommodation, car rental, travel insurance and airfares. From weekend getaways to big ACCOMMODATIONâ&#x20AC;˘TRAVELâ&#x20AC;˘DISCOUNTS escapes, YHA Travel can organise everything for a great price.

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The Whitsunday Islands are one of the world’s most spectacular aquatic playgrounds

heart of the reef Airlie Beach QUEENSLAND

& encompass 74 tropical islands rising from pristine turquoise waters, hosting lots of incredible marine and wild life.

Whitehaven Beach Camira Sailing Adventure

Swimming, snorkelling, beautiful beaches and bays, a ‘stuff-yourself-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! $139*pp SAVE $36

Gre at barrier reef Advent ures

The Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the great wonders of the natural world. Cruise aboard ‘Seaflight’ to Queensland’s most innovative reef pontoon featuring a giant waterslide and underwater viewing chamber. Explore the underwater wonderland with diving, snorkelling, semi-sub or glass bottom boat rides. Includes morning / afternoon tea and an all you can eat buffet lunch. $139*pp SAVE $60

2 days 1 night B AREF O O T LA Z Y DA Z E

Start your holiday with a choice of either a Whitehaven Beach ‘Camira’ Sailing Adventure, or a Great Barrier Reef Adventures. Overnight at Long Island. When you dream of an Island experience this is what you dream of! Spend the day enjoying the facilities at Long Island Resort or find your own secluded bay and take in the great outdoors. Great snorkelling. Ferry/ bus departures back to Airlie available at a variety of times. You may just be tempted to stay another night! From $199*pp Dorm accommodation (Single/Twin available).

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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. There are several green YHA hostels in the Australian network, including hostels at APOLLO BAY, THE GRAMPIANS, PORT DOUGLAS, MELBOURNE and the BLUE MOUNTAINS. Did you know that every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9000 grams of carbon emissions? YHA’s Carbon Reduction Program assists with ecoprojects in hostels, particularly solar hot water systems. Research shows this to be the area where we can reduce emissions most significantly. It will also reduce energy costs so any cost savings will go back into the scheme to purchase or generate other renewable energy sources.

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!

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 Accommodation Guide is printed on paper created in a mill dedicated  to protecting the environment. The inks used are primarily vegetable-based,

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STANDARDS & RATINGS RAILWAY SQUARE YHA

All YHA hostels must meet a set of basic criteria to ensure that your stay is not only great fun, but comfortable and safe as well. Every hostel is inspected regularly, so we know 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, not the social scene they offer. In fact, some of our smaller, more remote hostels have the best reputation. You can be guaranteed that every YHA hostel in Australia:  Meets all state and local government regulations regarding fire, health and safety codes  Is clean, well-maintained and appealing  Provides a self-catering kitchen so you can cook up a storm  Offers 24-hour access, important for those late nights out on the town  Has an excellent ratio of showers and toilets to guest numbers Provides communal areas to relax  HOUSE YHA CH BEA OT ELLI T POR and meet other travellers

WILDERNESS HOSTELS Want to really get out there and into the Australian bush? Then head to one of our Wilderness hostels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; simple buildings offering basic facilities in idyllic surroundings across Australia.

OUR WILDERNESS HOSTELS:  Are located in or near a National Park or bushland environment  Have no resident staff and can only be booked through a YHA Membership & Travel Centre, from where you collect the key in advance

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WIRRABARA OLD SCHOOLHOUSE YHA

 May have only cold water for cooking  Have power for cooking and lighting  Provide basic cooking facilities  Have no more than 20 beds  Have separate sleeping areas for men and washing

and women


CUSTOMER RATINGS When you make a booking on yha.com.au youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a chance to rate your stay and comment on the hostel. You can also read comments from other travellers online before you book. Your rating will be published, whether you give us good or bad marks. A hostelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average rating is calculated from the most recent 50 submissions, to keep it as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

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YHA HOSTEL GRADING GRADE 2 Grade 2 hostels offer slightly more facilities and a higher level of comfort than Wilderness hostels but still provide a unique, Australian country experience. Grade 2 hostels offer:  A reception desk open from 8am -10am and between 5pm -10pm (may vary seasonally)  Separate bathrooms and sleeping areas for men and women  A communal lounge area  Simple laundry facilities  Power for lighting, cooking and refrigeration

GRADE 3 As you’d expect, Grade 3 hostels are one step up from Grade 2, – they have well equipped self-catering kitchens for a start, plus:  A reception desk open from at least 8am-10am and 5pm -10pm (may vary seasonally)  Comfortable, well-equipped dining area  Local tour information and booking facilities  Security options for guests’ valuables  Shop facilities and public telephone within 250 metres  A resident manager

GRADE 4 Grade 4 hostels offer plenty of facilities in a secure, relaxed environment. You guessed it – Grade 4’s offer everything of a Grade 3, plus:  A reception desk open all day  Some twin share /double room accommodation  Credit card and EFTPOS payment facilities  Full laundry facilities  Security storage for luggage  Public phone at hostel  And in some cases, parking is available

GRADE 5 These are the hostels dreams are made of. Great locations, modern facilities and heaps of areas to relax and chat with new friends. As well as everything of a Grade 4, these hugely popular YHAs offer:  A central city location within 200 metres of public transport  Common areas, lounge rooms and TV areas  Internet access, café and /or a bar on-site  Some bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms  Lockers able to take full-size backpacks in multi-share rooms

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 Except for Wilderness hostels, all YHA hostels can be booked online at yha.com.au


WHEELCHAIR ACCESS Book le accesssibin m o ro advance SYDNEY CENTRAL YHA

YHA Australia is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and this is reflected in our hostel procedures â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an increasing number of hostels are wheelchair accessible. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS SYMBOL To find hostels with wheelchair access, just look for this symbol, and always call ahead.

ABOUT WHEELCHAIR

ACCESS

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. YHAs come in all shapes and sizes, so wheelchair accessibility will vary. To make sure you have an enjoyable stay we recommend that you contact the hostel directly to discuss your specific requirements.

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CAIRNS CENTRAL YHA

 Wheelchair accessible rooms are subject to availability and we strongly recommend that you book these in advance

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N AT I O N A L D I S C O U N T S I N T R O D U CT I O N T R AV E L

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS

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As a member of YHA or Hostelling International you’ll save on tours and transport, eating out, retail, entertainment and activities, with more than 700 discounts around Australia. Check out our top ways to save on the following pages, or visit yha.com.au for a full list of discounts available.

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EUROPCAR

Special rates for YHA members at over 130 locations around Australia. Quote Contract ID: 47690481 when booking.

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HERTZ • One free day on weekend rentals (Quote PC# 151970) • One free day on rentals of seven consecutive days or more (Quote PC# 154184) • Best available rates for YHA members (Quote CDP# 1931326) Terms and conditions may apply.

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BUDGET RENT A CAR Discounted rates and free upgrades for YHA members. Quote D115474 when booking.

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Budget has over 190 locations Australia wide and a huge range of cars, 4WDs and mini-buses to suit your rental needs. • • • • • •

Exclusive YHA member discounted rates GPS units available Automatic cover by our 24 hour Roadside Assistance Electronic Tolling Program One way rentals Earn points

Exclusive YHA Discount co BCD D11 de: 5474

PLUS…get a FREE upgrade with Budget! Rent a Group X (Mini Car, manual) through to a Group E (Full Size Car, auto) for a minimum 2 consecutive days and receive a FREE single car class upgrade to a maximum Group P (Full Size Sports). Quote coupon UPNZ032 when you book.

Nearest location

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N AT I O N A L D I S C O U N T S

National Discounts – Travel / Services COUNTRYLINK Save 10% on CountryLink tickets. Valid for full-priced tickets on point-to-point travel only. Discount is not to be used in conjunction with any other discount card or travel voucher.

13 22 32 • www.countrylink.info

GREAT SOUTHERN RAIL

T R AV E L

T DISCOUN

Backpacker discount fares available for train travel FARES throughout Australia on The Ghan, Indian Pacific and The Overland. Save up to 60% on full inter-capital adult fares. www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/backpackers

GREYHOUND AUSTRALIA

SERVICES

10 % OFF

• 15% extra kilometres on Greyhound Kilometre Passes • 10% off express (point-to-point) tickets • 10% off Mini Traveller Passes

L SPECTEIA S RA

1300 473 946 • www.greyhound.com.au

QBE INSURANCE Book QBE travel insurance with YHA and receive a 25% YHA member discount. *Terms, conditions and limits may apply.

* 25 % OFF

Visit www.yha.com.au/insurance or your local YHA Travel Centre (details on page 160).

BRITBOUND Save 15% off the Britbound Starter Package. Includes UK bank account, National Insurance Number, UK SIM card, organised social events and much more. Must have the right to live and work in the UK. London-based package. Phone to book.

15 % OFF

0450 012 234 • www.britbound.co.uk

SEVEN SEAS WORLDWIDE YHA members receive free packing materials (up to $100 value) and 5% off shipping costs. Quote your YHA membership number when ordering.

ES FREE BOX E

& MOR

1300 216 698 • www.sevenseasworldwide.com

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PLEASE NOTE  Always take your membership card with you. Remember to mention that you are a YHA member if you contact a discount provider directly. For updated discounts, see yha.com.au, ask your hostel manager or speak to YHA Travel. For all YHA discounts: terms, conditions and exclusions may apply. Individual businesses may not offer a YHA discount on sale items.


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Longreach

Fraser Coast

The backpacker’s passport to New South Wales and Queensland!

Great Passes to choose from East Coast Discovery Pass Travel in one direction from the south to the north or vice versa on the CountryLink and Queensland Rail train and coach networks enjoy unlimited stopovers.

Eden

Backtracker Pass

Mt Isa

Proserpine/Whitsundays

Longreach

Fraser Coast

Charleville

Eden

Queensland Rail or CountryLink Train Services CountryLink Coach Connections

Sydney to Melbourne or Brisbane Sydney to Cairns Melbourne to Cairns

$130 $369.45 $450.45

For more information or to purchase a pass, contact your local travel agent. Visit www.countrylink.info or phone 13 22 32 *Conditions apply. All pass prices are in Australian Dollars and are subject to change without notice.

Charleville

Fun flexible travel with unlimited adventures on the entire CountryLink network. 14 days $232 1 month $275 3 months $298 6 months $420


N AT I O N A L D I S C O U N T S

National Discounts – Services i-to-i TEACH ENGLISH OVERSEAS Purchase any TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course and receive 15% off. Visit www.onlinetefl.com and quote code YHA. Terms and conditions may apply.

15% OFF

1300 885 036 • www.onlinetefl.com

LATTITUDE GLOBAL VOLUNTEERING Lattitude provides that volunteering opportunity – the chance to go beyond your comfort zone and make a lasting difference.

50% OFF

50% off application fee for Lattitude placement.

www.lattitude.org.au

SERVICES

SERVICES

SKI JOBS FRANCE $25 off Ski Jobs France program. Includes job placement, assistance with visa applications and accommodation, discounted travel insurance and much more.

$ 25 OFF

www.skijobsfrance.com.au

TAXBACK Australian tax refunds for working holiday makers, backpackers and foreign students.

$ 10 OFF

YHA members receive $10 off when they apply for an Australian tax refund.

1800 674 014 • www.taxback.com/myYHA

TRANZFERS Save time and money with Tranzfers’ cheaper fees, great exchange rate and fast online service.

3TRAFNRSFEERES

Three free international transfers.

1300 300 424 • www.tranzfers.com.au

TRAVELEX Present your YHA card at a Travelex retail store and receive $0 commission on foreign currency exchange. Terms and conditions apply.

ION COMMISS

FREE

1800 440 039 • www.travelex.com.au

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PLEASE NOTE  Always take your membership card with you. Remember to mention that you are a YHA member if you contact a discount provider directly. For updated discounts, see yha.com.au, ask your hostel manager or speak to YHA Travel. For all YHA discounts: terms, conditions and exclusions may apply. Individual businesses may not offer a YHA discount on sale items.


Express Coach Services Daily Departures Sydney Melbourne Adelaide

Everyday low fares 1300 730 740 fireflyexpress.com.au


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National Discounts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Online Retail FOOTPRINT TRAVEL GUIDES

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25% off the Australian RRP. Quote YHAFOOTPRINT at checkout.

www.woodslaneonline.com.au

PHOTOPOSTCARDS.COM.AU 10% off all photopostcards. iPhone and Android app now available to create postcards straight from your phone!

www.photopostcards.com.au

QUICKFLIX

FREELS

RENTA

O N L I N E R E TA I L

Free movie rentals for one month on the ULTIMATE 3 DVDs at-a-time plan ($29.99 value).

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10% OFF

www.quickflix.com.au/yha

SOUVENIRS AUSTRALIA WAREHOUSE

10% OFF

10% off all online purchases. Quote YHA at checkout. Free worldwide shipping for orders over A$100.

www.souvenirsaustralia.com


KATHMANDU

UP TO

FF 20%RRO P

Free Kathmandu Summit Club membership, offering 20% off Kathmandu gear. Terms and conditions apply.

1800 333 484 • www.kathmandu.com.au

MOUNTAIN DESIGNS 10% off RRP on everything in store. Excludes sales stock and online purchases.

FF 10%RRO P

www.mountaindesigns.com

PADDY PALLIN Free Paddy Pallin Club membership, entitling you to 10% off outdoor and travel clothing and equipment for 12 months. Excludes sale items.

N AT I O N A L D I S C O U N T S

National Discounts – Retail

FF 10%RRO P

1800 805 398 • www.paddypallin.com.au

SNOWGUM

1800 811 312 • www.snowgum.com.au

FREE

HIP MEMBERS

R E TA I L

Free Snowgum Club membership ($11 value) which offers 10% rebate on all purchases, including gear on sale.

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NEW SOUTH WALES

YHA hostels in New South Wales

New South Wales 2 Albury-Wodonga 3 Armidale 4 Batemans Bay 5 Bellingen 6 Blue Mountains – Katoomba 7 Blue Mountains – Hawkesbury Heights 8 Bundanoon

9 Byron Bay – Byron Bay YHA – Cape Byron YHA 10 Coffs Harbour 11 Hunter Valley 12 Lennox Head 13 Merimbula 14 Mount Warning – Murwillumbah 15 Narooma 16 Newcastle 17 Nimbin

18 Port Macquarie 19 Port Stephens 20 Sydney – Sydney Harbour YHA – Sydney Central YHA – Railway Square YHA – Glebe Point YHA – Bondi Beachouse YHA – Cronulla Beach YHA – Sydney Beachouse YHA (Collaroy)

21 Sydney – Pittwater YHA 22 Tamworth 23 Terrigal 24 Thredbo 25 Wollongong 26 Yamba

N S W S TAT E M A P

Australian Capital Territory 1 Canberra

YHA TRAVEL CENTRE Sydney Central YHA 11 Rawson Place, Sydney NSW 2000 EMAIL travel@ yha.com.au PHONE 02 9218 9090 HOURS MON-FRI  9am-5pm SAT  10am-2pm

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE

YHATRAVEL.COM.AU TRAVEL AGENT LICENCE NUMBER 2TA002629

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From Sydney Harbour to the outback and subtropical rainforests – no other State combines surf beaches, rugged bushland, snow-capped mountains, rainforests, big rivers and the colours of the outback like New South Wales.

SYDNEY

With its harbour, beaches and great year-round weather, SYDNEY has seven YHAs to choose from. SYDNEY HARBOUR YHA, in the historic Rocks area, is close to the water, Sydney Opera House and harbour. Multi-awardwinning 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, a relaxed alternative amongst 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. TAINS THE BLUE MOUN

SHORT GETAWAYS PITTWATER YHA is nestled amidst Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on the city’s northern edge. 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, which is home to spectacular walks, abseiling, canyoning and caving. Vineyards and fancy food will tempt you two hours north of Sydney to the HUNTER VALLEY. IMAGES COURTESY PIERRE TOUSSAINT, TOURISM NSW (TOP) & SHUTTERSTOCK (LEFT)


MERIMBULA

SOUTH COAST

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA

With spectacular scenery and pristine beaches, the Princes Highway is a great alternative to travelling inland. Kickstart your south coast adventure in vibrant uni town WOLLONGONG, before trying tasty seafood, watersports and meeting the kangaroos at BATEMANS BAY. From here, it’s not far to the blue waters of NAROOMA and the nearby fairy penguins, seals and birdlife. MERIMBULA is a popular year-round diving and surf spot.

PACIFIC COAST TERRIGAL is a relaxed seaside town with beaches, bush and a beautiful lagoon. 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 and beaches. Horse ride on the beach, spot koalas, and quad bike on the dunes. Stop off in PORT MACQUARIE, discover the convict history, boutique wineries, river and ocean sports. Further up the coast your action-packed COFFS HARBOUR adventure awaits. Detour inland to BELLINGEN, for alternative cafés and crafts, moonlit canoeing and Dorrigo Rainforest.

CANBERRA

& SURROUNDS

CANBERRA, Australia’s capital city, boasts the largest number of free attractions in Australia. Go sightseeing, cycling, hot air ballooning and enjoy quirky pubs, restaurants and festivals. South of Canberra, THREDBO alpine village in the Snowy Mountains is your gateway to Australia’s highest peak. Hike Kosciuszko, mountain bike, and go rafting, or strap on the skis or snowboard in winter. Further south, on the Hume Highway, is the border city of ALBURY-WODONGA.

YAMBA offers the best of ocean and river activities, plus year-round 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.

COUNTRY DETOURS

Relax at NIMBIN, an alternative town with cosy cafés, markets and art galleries. If you’re feeling energetic, climb Mt Warning from the serene riverside town of MURWILLUMBAH.

ARMIDALE, halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, is known for its waterfalls, autumn colours and the nearby national parks.

IMAGES COURTESY OF SHUTTERSTOCK

Visit TAMWORTH, Australia’s country music capital, and stand next to the giant Golden Guitar, or take part in a jackaroo/jillaroo course.

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Albury/Wodonga Albury Motor Village YHA 372 Wagga Road (Hume Highway) Lavington 2641 EMAIL albury@ yha.com.au PHONE 02 6040 2999 MANAGERS Butlin family & Sophie Lebner RECEPTION 8am-8pm

“Friendly and helpful sta

ff.”

Elle, UK 2011

Must call before 8pm to arrange late check-in

MC VA EFTPOS A quiet YHA where you can unwind and meet other travellers in our guest centre, or socialise in the undercover BBQ area. 250 metres to the shopping centre Albury/Wodonga is situated beside the Murray River and is a convenient stopover between Sydney and Melbourne. Hume Weir is a paradise for swimming and water sports. Close to ski fields, Mt Buffalo and Falls Creek. Go wine-tasting or enjoy the museums and galleries. Walking distance to hotels. 5km to Central Albury nightlife. North Albury stop across the road from YHA. Serviced by Greyhound – must be pre-booked. 4.6 km to the station 6 km from the hostel Echuca is 215 km W Melbourne is 302 km SW

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE TWIN

$ 32

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Armidale Armidale YHA/Pembroke Tourist and Leisure Park 39 Waterfall Way, Armidale 2350 EMAIL armidale@ yha.com.au PHONE 02 6772 6470 FREECALL 1800 355 578 MANAGERS Chris & Sigrid Mitchell RECEPTION 7.30am-7.30pm

I can’t “A very enjoyable stay. !” thank the staff enough Carl, AUSTRALIA 2011

After hours check-in available by arrangement PRICES FROM

AMEX MC VA EFTPOS

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Well-equipped bunkhouse within a caravan park. Set in a semi-rural area on the road to New England National Park, uni and city centre. Recreation room, pool, kiosk, WiFi and on-site activities. 1 km to the nearest foodstore Armidale is the gateway to the spectacular Waterfall Way. Hike through rainforest to breathtaking lookouts, gorges and waterfalls. A free Heritage Tour of Armidale is available. YHA offers half-day tours for $65. 2 km to stop. Daily Sydney/Brisbane. Coffs Harbour Mon/Wed/Fri. 3 km to station. Daily Tamworth/Sydney. Limited pick-up from bus/train. 4 km to the airport. Daily flights to the coast, twice daily Sydney and Brisbane. Tamworth is 110 km S Bellingen is 150 km E

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE/TWIN CABINS

$ 29

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Batemans Bay YHA Shady Willows Caravan Park Corner Old Princes Highway and South Street, Batemans Bay 2536 EMAIL batemansbay@ yha.com.au PHONE 02 4472 4972 MANAGERS Francis McLaughlin & Brent Bruen RECEPTION 8am-9pm

– good “Awesome place to stay staff.” price, great fun, helpful Ashish, INDIA 2010

PRICES FROM

MC VA EFTPOS The YHA is situated in a camping/caravan park surrounded by trees and gardens. Large kitchen and outside deck, swimming pool, BBQ, laundry facilities, free tea and coffee.

40

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

$ 24

NEW SOUTH WALES

Batemans Bay

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

900 metres to the nearest foodstore

Walking distance to pubs and clubs 1 km to the stop. Services to/from Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra. 20 km to Moruya Airport Narooma is 69 km S Canberra is 152 km W Merimbula is 178 km S Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Bellingen YHA 2 Short Street, Bellingen 2454 EMAIL bellingen@ yha.com.au PHONE 02 6655 1116 MANAGERS Graham & Jo McIntyre RECEPTION MON-FRI 8am-8pm SAT-SUN 8-11am / 4-8pm

h… “Magic times @ Bello Hig ment.” t mo Enjoyed every chilled-ou

BELLINGEN

Bellingen

B AT E M A N S B AY

Pebbly Beach, national parks, Clyde River cruises, dolphin and whale watching, learn to surf, visit Mogo Zoo.

Katie, CANADA 2011

Late check-in available by prior arrangement

MC VA EFTPOS A beautiful, funky and friendly YHA. Relax in a hammock, chill on the balcony overlooking the river and gardens, play music or pool, meet Bella the cat or Nigel the water dragon and watch bats at sunset. 100 metres to the nearest foodstore Bello is a groovy alternative town with arts, craft and coffee shops and a monthly market. World Heritage rainforest tours, canoeing, mountain biking, waterfalls, free river tubing and more. Regular live music 15 km Urunga stop – Sydney/Brisbane services daily. 200 m to the local bus stop. Coffs Harbour services Mon-Fri. 15 km to Urunga Station. Services daily. 39 km to Coffs Harbour Airport Enquire at YHA to arrange pick-up. Coffs Harbour is 39 km NE Port Macquarie is 160 km SE

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$ 27

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Blue Mountains – Katoomba Blue Mountains YHA 207 Katoomba Street, Katoomba 2780 EMAIL bluemountains@ yha.com.au GROUPS bluemountains.groups @yha.com.au PHONE MANAGER RECEPTION

02 4782 1416 Ann Westgate 7am-10pm

Late arrivals accepted – contact us prior to your arrival for the security door code

MC VA EFTPOS

I’ve ever “One of the best hostels ndly.” frie stayed in. Staff were so Kara, GERMANY 2011

B LU E M O U N TA I N S – K ATO O M B A

GROUP WING – EXCLUSIVE USE: Rent the 50-bed Group Wing with separate kitchen, dining and lounge. From $1635 per night B&B Stay at this award-winning YHA in the adventure capital of NSW. Enjoy the historic building’s modern facilities and fun, friendly atmosphere. Situated in the heart of Katoomba amidst the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, there’s plenty of choice for action or relaxation. Save with YHA discounts on activities, tours and attractions from the hostel.

200

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$ 26.50

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

100 metres to the nearest foodstore Escape to the beautiful Blue Mountains, famous for its scenery and bushwalking. Explore this World Heritage area, packed with adventure and adrenaline activities. Experience the art deco ambience of the fully-restored YHA. Try abseiling, canyoning or mountain biking. Take a Jenolan Caves tour, go adventure caving or 4-wheel driving. Alternatively, just enjoy the cafés, antique shops and art galleries, or relax by the fireplace at the YHA. Live music in local venues (Wed-Sun), backpacker nights and night walks. Package tours such as Wildframe, OzTrek, Oz Experience and F J Tours stop overnight here. 650 metres to the station. Hourly trains to/from Sydney. Blue Mtns-Hawkesbury Heights is 40 km E Sydney is 120 km E Hunter Valley is 230 km NE

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Hawkesbury Heights YHA 836 Hawkesbury Road Hawkesbury Heights 2777 EMAIL hawkesburyheights @yha.com.au PHONE 02 4754 5621 MANAGERS Carolyn & John Beazley RECEPTION 7-10am / 5-9pm

RENT-A-YHA EXCLUSIVE USE FROM $285 PER NIGHT SUN-FRI $285 per night SAT $405 per night PRICES FROM

Call to arrange key collection from 840 Hawkesbury Road. Do not disturb after 10pm.

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MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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B LU E M O U N TA I N S

Purpose-built YHA with great views in a bush setting. Eco-friendly, solar electricity and hot water, wood fire. Wood or gas BBQ. 3 km to the nearest foodstore A great base to explore the Blue Mountains. Norman Lindsay Gallery, picnic areas and plenty of walks nearby. Restaurants/pubs at Springwood 3 km to the stop at Coromandel Ave (Pearceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Buses). Bus Mon-Fri during school terms to Roberts Pde from Springwood. 10 km to station. Book pick-up with YHA. If travelling west by car, turn left off the Great Western Highway via Springwood to Winmalee/Richmond. Blue Mountains-Katoomba is 40 km W Sydney is 80 km E

TWIN DOUBLE FAMILY

NEW SOUTH WALES

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Cuddle up to a Koala for FREE and hand-feed Kangaroos. Meet Tassie Devils, Reptiles, Cassowaries and more. Featherdale Wildlife Park is located in Doonside, midway between Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Open 9am-5pm every day.

PH 02 9622 1644

www.featherdale.com.au Werriberri Trail Rides offer rides to suit all ages and abilities, from beginners to experienced riders. Enjoy an active or relaxing ride on fit and willing horses.

PH 02 4787 9171

www.werriberritrailrides.com.au High n Wild offers abseiling, canyoning, rock climbing and bush survival courses. We cater for nervous beginners through to seasoned outdoor adventurers. Give us a call and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll organise an outdoor adventure for your level of fitness and ability.

PH 02 4782 6224

www.highandwild.com.au BOOK AT YHA TRAVEL Âť DETAILS ON PAGE 160 OR YHATRAVEL.COM.AU

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Ride a unique replica trolley all day to 29 great attractions in Katoomba and Leura. $25pp / $20 YHA /Concession Jenolan Caves Coach Tour departs Katoomba 9.45am daily.

PH 1800 801 577

www.trolleytours.com.au Scenic World is a stunning attraction, under two hours from Sydney. Ride the Scenic Railway or Cableway, or glide over the Jamison Valley in the Skyway, with great views of the Three Sisters and Katoomba Falls.

PH 02 4780 0200

www.scenicworld.com.au The Harp & Fiddle is the oldest Irish pub in Katoomba, and the ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy premium Irish beers like Guiness and Kilkenny, or a wide range of boutique ciders. The Carrington Hotel 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba

PH 02 4782 1111

www.thecarrington.com.au BOOK AT YHA TRAVEL Âť DETAILS ON PAGE 160 OR YHATRAVEL.COM.AU

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NEW SOUTH WALES B U N DA N O O N B Y R O N B AY

Bundanoon Bundanoon YHA 115 Railway Avenue, Bundanoon 2578 EMAIL bundanoon@yha.com.au PHONE 02 4883 6010 MANAGERS Alison Shaw & Glenn Robinson RECEPTION 8-10am / 5-8.30pm

ly “A magical place in a love setting. Gracious hosts.” David, AUSTRALIA 2011

Late check-in by prior arrangement. Reduced morning reception in quiet periods.

MC VA EFTPOS

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE: FRI/SAT $1980 – 2 nights, max 44 beds SUN-THURS $1870 – 2 nights, max 44 beds Edwardian guesthouse with log fire for winter and spacious verandah for summer. Ping pong, piano, large grounds with bike tracks and climbing wall. 600m to supermarket, 8.30am-7.30pm Bushwalking, glow worms, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, wineries and cafés. Bundanoon Hotel Local bus stop at YHA. Priors Scenic Express from Sydney Central Station to Bowral, then train or bus to Bundanoon. 1 km to station. Regular services from Sydney and Canberra daily. Airport train to Campbelltown, change for Bundanoon, 2.5 hours travel time. Wollongong is 85 km NE Sydney is 160 km N

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

$ 27.50 MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Byron Bay Cape Byron YHA Corner Byron & Middleton Streets Byron Bay 2481 EMAIL capebyron@yha.com.au PHONE 02 6685 8788 FREECALL 1800 652 627 MANAGER Bob Kay RECEPTION 6.45am-10pm

so close “Cool atmosphere and k.” to the beach. I’ll be bac Tom, NETHERLANDS 2011

Late arrivals – notify when booking PRICES FROM

MC VA EFTPOS

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Purpose-built hostel in the centre of town, just 100m to the beach. Relaxed atmosphere with common areas surrounding a large heated pool and BBQ area. Free use of bikes and boogie boards. Café, dive centre and separate TV/reading room. 100 metres to the nearest foodstore Sea kayaking with dolphins, learn to surf, snorkelling and scuba diving, trapeze, mountain biking, parachuting, rainforest and Nimbin tours, horse-riding, swimming. Pubs with live music, nightclubs 200 metres to stop. Phone for pick-up. 200 metres to the station 34 km to Ballina Airport 70 km to Coolangatta Airport Lennox Head is 17 km S Coolangatta is 70 km N Nimbin is 74 km W

132

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE ENSUITE

$ 27

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Byron Bay YHA 7 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay 2481 EMAIL byronbay@yha.com.au PHONE FREECALL MANAGER RECEPTION

02 6685 8853 1800 678 195 Paul Cason 8am-9pm

I’ve stayed “One of the best hostels g vibe.” in. Friendly staff, amazin Nicola, UK 2011

Late arrivals – call ahead for details

MC VA EFTPOS

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE ENSUITE

$ 27

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

B Y R O N B AY

Byron Bay YHA is located in the town centre, 400 m to the beach. Rooms have fans and large decks. Communal areas and kitchen overlook the heated pool. BBQ, TV lounge, internet café, WiFi, luggage storage, travel desk, bikes, surf and body boards. 50 metres to the nearest foodstore Kilometres of unspoiled beaches, walking tracks, surfing, kayaking with dolphins, snorkelling, whale watching. Pubs with live music, nightclubs 150 metres to the stop. Daily services from Sydney and Brisbane. 200 metres to the station. Daily XPT from Sydney and Brisbane. 34 km to Ballina Airport 70 km to Coolangatta Airport Lennox Head is 17 km S Murwillumbah is 53 km N Coolangatta is 70 km N

NEW SOUTH WALES

Byron Bay

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MUSIC FESTIVALS Music festivals bring all sorts of people together to have a good time. Here are just a few of our favourites…



toppicks • St Jerome’s Laneway Festival LATE FEB-MAR

• Falls Festival

• National Folk Festival

29 DEC -1 JAN

Lorne, VIC Marion Bay, TAS (held simultaneously)

APRIL

Canberra

• Melbourne Sydney / Melbourne International Jazz Adelaide / Brisbane • Big Day Out LATE JAN-FEB Festival Perth / Auckland Sydney / Melbourne LATE APR-MAY • Meredith Gold Coast / Adelaide Melbourne Music Festival Perth / Auckland DECEMBER

Meredith, Victoria

• Splendour in the Grass

• Parklife

• Country Music Festival

OCTOBER

Sydney / Melbourne Adelaide / Brisbane Perth

20-29 JAN 2012

Tamworth 2012 dates to be • announced in March. WOMADelaide 9-12 MAR 2012 New venue close Adelaide to Byron Bay, NSW

• Homebake DECEMBER

Sydney

IMAGE COURTESY OF WOMADELAIDE

INSIDER’S  CANBERRA GUIDE toptips See YHA.COM.AU for more YHA member discounts

• Flowers, fireworks, food and footy. Check out Canberra’s year-round calendar of events

Cockington Green Gardens 02 6230 2273 20% off general day admission prices

Cooma Cottage

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS THINGS TO DO Canberra Reptile Sanctuary 02 6253 8533 Two-for-one entry Adult tickets only

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02 6230 2273 Concession entry or $35 off National Trust (NSW) joining fee. Annual subscription still applies. Join online and quote promo code YHA to receive your discount.

Dawn Drifters 02 6285 4450 10% off hot air balloon flights

• Cycle or canoe around Lake Burley Griffin

• Visit the National Zoo & Aquarium • Splurge on a balloon flight including champagne breakfast • Expand your horizons at Questacon, Mount Stromlo Observatory or Tidbinbilla Space Complex

IMAGE COURTESY OF TOURISM AUSTRALIA


Visit the

Mint it makes cents

Discover

how coins are made, then strike a coin up close on our visitor press and take it home as a souvenir.

See

our robots in action from our elevated observation windows and watch ‘Titan’ dance when he’s not busy.

about the history of Australian coins, how the first coins arrived in Australia and how they used to be made.

School bookings Phone 02 6202 6999 or email group.bookings@ramint.gov.au Educational and fun stuff for the kids at www.ramint.gov.au/education Opening hours Mon to Fri 9.00 am – 4.00 pm Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 10.00 am – 4.00 pm (closed Christmas and Good Friday) Denison Street, Deakin ACT 2600

free Admission and parking Open 363 days of the year

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Canberra Canberra City YHA 7 Akuna Street, Canberra City ACT 2601 EMAIL canberracity@yha.com.au GROUPS canberracity.groups@yha.com.au PHONE MANAGER RECEPTION

02 6248 9155 Wim Hanse 24 hours

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM Canberra City YHA is right in the heart of the nation’s capital, a five minute walk from the interstate bus terminal. Facilities include an on-site café, indoor pool/spa/ sauna, internet, WiFi, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry, rooftop BBQ area, TV and games area, underground bar and parking nearby (fees apply). Weekly activities and BBQs in summer. Plus, the YHA is within easy walking distance to major attractions, shops, cafés, restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas and theatres.

nt service, “ Value for money, excellelocated.” ly tral Cen f. staf y friendl Clarity, AUSTRALIA 2011

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$ 28.50 MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

CA N B E R R A

250 metres to the nearest foodstore Centrally located, Canberra City YHA is the perfect base to explore Australia’s capital and its many free attractions. Visit the National Museum of Australia, National Gallery, Australian War Memorial, Parliament House and Questacon. Cycle, walk or picnic beside Lake Burley Griffin and enjoy the views from Telstra Tower or Mount Ainslie. Festivals include Floriade, the Multicultural Festival, Balloon Fiesta and International Film Festival. Home to four tertiary institutions, Canberra has a lively entertainment scene. The Australian National University regularly hosts a variety of bands, while nearby Garema Place and Northbourne Avenue are home to a number of pubs, clubs and cocktail bars. 800 metres to the Jolimont Centre (interstate coach terminal). Daily services from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. 6 km to the station. Daily services to Sydney. 7.5 km to Canberra Airport. Bus half-hourly from YHA – $9.50. Bundanoon is 158 km N Batemans Bay is 152 km E Thredbo is 220 km S

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• Get a dose of culture and history for free at Parliament House • See Australian art at the National Gallery

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS TOURS/ TRANSPORT Canberra Explorer Bus 0418 455 099 $10 off listed price

Transborder Express 02 6299 3722 20% off full fare on Alpinexpress services. July-August, Fri-Sun only.

THINGS TO DO National Zoo & Aquarium 02 6287 8400 15% off general admission

EATING OUT Wagamama 02 6248 7955 10% off the total bill

 See YHA.COM.AU for more YHA member discounts IMAGES L- R COURTESY OF TOURISM AUSTRALIA / SHUTTERSTOCK

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Coffs Harbour Coffs Harbour YHA Backpackers Resort 51 Collingwood St, Coffs Harbour 2450 EMAIL coffsharbour@yha.com.au PHONE 02 6652 6462 MANAGER Graeme Diffey RECEPTION 8am-10pm

have “By far the best hostel we stayed at in Australia.” Debbie, UK 2011

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS YHA located close to the jetty and beach. Spacious rooms, dining and common rooms, TV, internet, BBQ, pool area. Surfboards, body boards and bikes available. 100 metres to the nearest foodstore Coffs Harbour is the action capital of the north coast with diving, surfing, rafting, kayaking, 4WD tours, whale watching, horse-riding, parasailing, jet skiing, rock climbing and go-karting. Pubs, clubs and restaurants 2 km to the stop. Services to/from Sydney/Brisbane/Tamworth. 500 metres to the station. Services to/from Sydney/Brisbane. 3 km to the airport Free pick-ups from terminals available. Bellingen is 39 km W Yamba is 140 km N

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$ 25

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Hunter Valley Hunter Valley YHA 100 Wine Country Drive, Nulkaba 2325 EMAIL huntervalley@yha.com.au PHONE 02 4991 3278 MANAGER Nigel Worton RECEPTION 8am-12pm / 5-8pm

roundings, “Lovely staff, beautiful sur ney.” amazing value for mo Suzie, AUSTRALIA 2011

After hours check-in by prior arrangement

MC VA EFTPOS

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE: FRI/SAT $1450 per night SUN-THURS $1100 per night

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A YHA in the heart of wine country which operates its own wine tours. Pool, BBQ, wood-fired pizza oven. Walk to the local pub with meals and nightlife. 400 metres to foodstore and pub Enjoy horse riding, pilot a plane, visit the local zoo, breweries, Hunter Valley Gardens. Bushwalking, cycling, skydiving, ballooning. Nightlife at local pub, 2km to Cessnock Daily departures Sydney/Newcastle/ Maitland. Call for pick-up at Cessnock. Transport, bed and wine tour packages available from Sydney. 30 km to Maitland Station 30 km to Newcastle Airport Newcastle is 55 km E Port Stephens is 80 km NE

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$ 27

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Lennox Head Beachouse YHA 3 Ross Street, Lennox Head 2478 EMAIL lennoxhead@yha.com.au PHONE 02 6687 7636 MANAGERS Graeme & Anna Dicker RECEPTION 6am-10pm

us hosts, “A fabulous stay. Genero mend.” om great location. Highly rec Jo, SCOTLAND 2011

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$ 30

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

L E N N OX H E A D

A small family-run, purpose-built YHA, 100 metres from Seven Mile Beach and Tea Tree Lake Ainsworth. Use of boogie boards, paddle skis, bicycles, golf clubs, tennis racquets and fishing gear. Learn to windsurf. Natural therapies clinic on-site. 700 metres to the nearest foodstore Experience the village atmosphere and enjoy water sports along some of the best beaches on the east coast. Soft surfboards for hire. Explore Seven Mile Beach or have coffee or dinner in our friendly village. Pub, with live music on Fri/Sat/Sun 800 metres to bus stop. Greyhound and Premier stop on request. Local bus from Byron Bay. Coaches met in Ballina (Greyhound) and Lennox Head (Premier) 600 metres to CountryLink bus 12 km to Ballina Airport. Shuttle from Ballina Airport $15. Byron Bay is 17 km N Yamba is 113 km S

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HUNTER VALLEY YHA WINE TOURS  Departs from Hunter Valley YHA at 11am > returns at 5pm  Free wine & cheese tasting  A grape day out!

$45 PER PERSON

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 YHA accommodation  Return transfers from Sydney  Wine tour with wine & cheese tasting  Aussie BBQ or wood-fired pizza dinner

$165 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS FROM $185 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT FROM

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Merimbula Merimbula YHA – Wandarrah Lodge 8 Marine Parade, Merimbula 2548 EMAIL merimbula@yha.com.au PHONE 02 6495 3503 MANAGERS Wayne & Betty Tuckfield RECEPTION 8-11am / 4-7pm

“Location, location, location – couldn’t be better!” Lenard & Michelle, CANADA 2011

Reduced reception hours during winter. Out of hours check-in by prior arrangement. PRICES FROM

MC VA EFTPOS

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE: $1950 for two nights Great location, a minute to the beach. Walk to pubs/bar, cinema. Feed lorikeets, meet possums, swim in tranquil waters with kangaroos nearby. Enjoy a BBQ, play table tennis or pool. Off-street parking. 50 metres to the nearest foodstore Halfway between Sydney and Melbourne. Kayaking, dolphins, whale watching (SeptNov), jazz, kite surfing and whale festivals. 400 metres to the stop. CountryLink from Canb PH: 132 232 V/Line from Melb PH: 136 196 Premier from Syd/Melb PH: 133 410 2 km to the airport. Rex air services from Sydney and Melbourne. Narooma is 110 km N Batemans Bay is 178 km N

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$ 26

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Mt Warning/ Murwillumbah Murwillumbah YHA 1 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah 2484 EMAIL murwillumbah@yha.com.au PHONE 02 6672 3763 MOBILE 0409 221 385 MANAGER Tassie Duff RECEPTION 8am-10pm

with “Voted best hostel in Oz tions!” tula under 25 beds – congra Jane, AUSTRALIA 2011

Hostel not suitable for under-ten year olds

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MC VA EFTPOS This homely hostel is great value and boasts stunning views, riverside gardens, peaceful swimming and quirky decor in a 1911 building. Great for conversation, not parties. Free ice-cream served at 9pm every night.

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$ 29

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500 metres to the nearest foodstore Visit Mt Warning, rainforest, waterfalls, national parks. Canoe tranquil creeks, enoy cycling, view stunning scenery and local art. 350-700 metres to buses. Daily services to/from Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 30 km to Coolangatta Airport. Daily flights from Sydney. Coolangatta-Gold Coast is 30 km NE Byron Bay is 50 km S Nimbin is 51 km SW

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Narooma YHA 243 Princes Highway, Narooma 2546 EMAIL narooma@yha.com.au PHONE 02 4476 3287 MANAGERS Karli & Darren RECEPTION 8am-10pm

homely “Very relaxing, friendly, atmosphere. Loved it!” Martina, AUSTRALIA 2011

Reduced reception hours during winter. Late check-in by prior arrangement.

MC VA EFTPOS

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$ 23

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Newcastle Beach YHA 30 Pacific Street (corner King Street) Newcastle 2300 EMAIL newcastle@yha.com.au PHONE 02 4925 3544 MANAGER Damian Parkhouse RECEPTION 7am-10.30pm

– easily “Don’t just pass through more.” or worth a couple of days

N E WCA S T L E

Newcastle Beach

NAROOMA

Located on the beautiful South Coast of NSW, Narooma YHA is extremely relaxed and comfortable, with all rooms featuring ensuites. Enjoy dinner on the deck, or a BBQ and beer in the garden. Courtesy van, free DVDs, parking and bike hire. 250 metres to supermarket – open late Surf, kayak, bushwalk, dive, fish or golf. Montague Island seals, whale watching, stingrays in the inlet, visit historic Tilba Tilba village. Clubs, pubs, bands, restaurants, cinema all within walking distance. Live music at Tilba Pub on Sunday afternoons. Premier Coaches Sydney-Melbourne. Pick up/drop off at YHA on request. Murray’s – Canberra. V-Line – Melb. 42 km to Moruya Airport Batemans Bay is 69 km N Merimbula is 110 km S

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LONELY PLANET GUIDE 2011

After hours check-in by prior arrangement

MC VA EFTPOS Opposite Newcastle Beach, this heritage building features open fires and a ballroom with chandeliers. Internet, WiFi, Skype, pool table, BBQ, DVDs, surfboards, free bodyboards. Weekly pizza night. Free pub meals and activities weekly. 150 metres to the nearest foodstore One of Lonely Planet’s 2011 Top 10 Cities in the World, Newcastle has some of Australia’s best surf beaches, cafés, pubs and nightlife. Daily vineyard tours, dolphin and whale watching, dune bike safaris, free native animal reserve, hang-gliding. Bars, nightclubs, cafés, restaurants 150 metres to the stop 150 metres to the station. Hourly $8 service Sydney. Northern NSW service. 15 km to Williamtown Airport Port Stephens is 60 km NE Hunter Valley is 55 km NW

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$ 30

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Nimbin Nimbin Rox YHA 74 Thorburn Street, Nimbin 2480 EMAIL nimbinrox@yha.com.au PHONE 02 6689 0022 MANAGER Liam Brehme RECEPTION 8.30am-1.30pm / 3.30-9pm

majestic. “Relaxing, beautiful and y spots.” ida Truly one of Oz’s best hol Kate, UK 2010

After hours check-in by prior arrangement

MC VA EFTPOS Nimbin Rox YHA is an island of tranquillity in lush tropical gardens amidst 25 acres in the Nimbin Valley. Awesome views of World Heritage parks, misty mountains, and abundant native wildlife.

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$ 25

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Hostel shop, 1 km to nearest foodstore Relax around our tropical pool or sway in a hammock under the giant fig tree. Discover wildlife and rainforests on a walk through nearby national parks.

P O R T M AC Q U A R I E

NIMBIN

Weekly BBQ and games nights. Live music at hostel, local pubs and venues. 1 km to stop. Nimbin Shuttle Bus Co. and The Happy Coach from/to Byron Bay. Wallers Bus Co. to Lismore and Murwillumbah daily. Murwillumbah is 51km N Byron Bay is 74 km E Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Port Macquarie Port Macquarie YHA 40 Church Street, Port Macquarie 2444 EMAIL portmacquarie@yha.com.au PHONE 02 6583 5512 FREECALL 1800 880 008 MANAGER Krystal McDaniel RECEPTION 8.30am-3pm / 4-9pm

picked “Staff were great – they tour.” a us up and even gave us Shona, USA 2011

Late arrivals – please notify when booking

MC VA EFTPOS This cosy, clean YHA has a friendly atmosphere and is located only 200 metres from the beach. Nightly activities, free use of body boards, fishing rods, DVDs, cable TV and BBQ.

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$ 25

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200 metres to the nearest foodstore Beaches, coastal walks, Koala Hospital, camel rides, dolphin/whale watching, kayaking, surfing, rainforest, breweries and vineyards. Pubs, nightclubs, cafés and restaurants 800 metres to the stop. Daily service to/from Sydney and Brisbane. 20 km to Wauchope Station. CountryLink bus to Port Macquarie. 5 km to the airport

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Bellingen is 160 km N Coffs Harbour is 170 km NE Port Stephens is 245 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


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Port Stephens Port Stephens YHA – Samurai Beach Bungalows Frost Road, Anna Bay 2316 EMAIL portstephens_samurai @yha.com.au PHONE 02 4982 1921 MANAGERS Mark & Sandy Munday RECEPTION 8.30am-9.30pm

staff and “Great location, friendly must-do!” –a wonderful surroundings Andreas, SWITZERLAND 2011

Reduced reception hours during winter. Out of hours check-in by prior arrangement.

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RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE: From $ 850 per night

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$ 29

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

PORT STEPHENS

A YHA with a difference, on three acres of rainforest gardens. Four bungalows surround a saltwater pool. Wireless internet, BBQ, pool table, bikes, sandboards, campfire. 2.5 km to the supermarket Dolphin/whale watching, 4WD, quad biking, sand dunes, national park, wineries, wildlife. Kayak, surf, dive, horse ride or parasail. Local bus stop next to YHA. Port Stephens coaches from Sydney. Greyhound to Newcastle. Local bus from Newcastle/Nelson Bay. 65 km to Newcastle Station 30 km to Newcastle Airport Newcastle is 60 km S Hunter Valley is 80 km W

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SYDNEY SURROUNDS

PORT STEPHENS INSIDER’S GUIDE  toptips • Swim, snorkel or kayak in the harbour – twice as big as Sydney’s! • Learn to dive or surf

ORT YHA MEMBER TOURS/ TRANSP Water Sea Kayaking DISCOUNTS Blue 0405 033 518 $5 off all tours

THINGS TO DO Let’s Go Adventures 02 4981 4331 10% off Discover Scuba, guided dives, snorkelling tours and equipment rental

 See YHA.COM.AU for more YHA member discounts

Imagine Cruises 02 4984 9000 15% off all cruises Direct bookings only

Port Stephens Parasailing 02 4982 2808 10% off any parasailing experience

Port Stephens 4WD Tours 02 4984 4760 Concession rates on all scheduled tours

• Spot dolphins and whales (in season) • Go parasailing • Explore the giant dunes by quad bike, camel or 4WD • Hire a free boogie board or sandboard from the YHA • Walk up Tomaree Headland for views along the coast • Head through the koala corridor on horseback

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THINGS TO DO Futureworld Eco-Technology Centre 02 4274 2939 10% off entry price

Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk 02 4885 1010 10% off admission to the walk. Must show YHA card.

Skydive the Beach 1300 663 634 $30 off DVD and photo package. Free Sydney pick-up and return. YHA or direct bookings only. One per person. Not available with other offers. Quote YHAAG11 and bring this listing.

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Wild Horizons 02 4883 6509 10% off any Wild Horizons cycling tour

Ye Olde Bicycle Shoppe & Café 02 4883 6043 Free coffee or tea with each bike hire

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YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS THINGS TO DO High n Wild 02 4782 6224 $10 off full day trips $ 5 off half-day trips

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Australian School of Mountaineering 02 4782 2014 $20 off abseiling, canyoning and rock climbing trips

Blue Mountains Adventure Company 02 4782 1271 $15 off all full day tours

Blue Mountains Trolley Tours / Blue Mountains Bus Co. 02 4782 7999 $5 off Blue Mountains all-day trolley tours 10% off Jenolan Caves tour packages

Tread Lightly Eco Tours 02 4788 1229 10% discount

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• Hunt for the perfect • Catch the multi-event souvenir at Paddy’s Sydney Festival or The Rocks Markets • Enjoy 360˚ views • Shop for local from Sydney Tower • To meet the locals, designer or one-off head to King Street, vintage treasures Newtown, for the on Oxford Street in best choice of food, Paddington and King live music, and bars Street, Newtown • Party at Scubar, or hit the nightlife in Kings Cross and Oxford Street

• See the parade and party all night at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS THINGS TO DO Allsail Yachting 02 9979 6266 20% off sailing courses and charters on Pittwater (northern Sydney). Not available with other offers.

ANZ Stadium 02 8765 2300 20% off ANZ Stadium ‘Explore’ Tour

Australian Museum 02 9320 6000 20% discount. Not valid with any other offer.

Australian National Maritime Museum 02 9298 3777 20% off vessels and special exhibitions

Bass and Flinders Cruises 02 9583 1199 20% off whale watching Discovery Cruise

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Bike Buffs Sydney Bike Tours 0414 960 332 10% off all tours

Chinese Garden 02 9240 8888 25% off adult entry

Featherdale Wildlife Park 02 9622 1644 15% off entry for YHA members

Historic Houses Trust 02 8239 2288 YHA members receive concession rate Ticket Through Time (only $15). Get unlimited access to all Historic Houses Trust museums for three months.

LG IMAX Theatre Sydney 02 9281 3300 20% off the full-price of child/adult tickets. Not valid on discounted tickets, concession and family tickets.

Let’s Go Surfing 02 9365 1800 $10 off a two-hour group surf lesson

National Trust of Australia (NSW) 02 9258 0123 Concession entry or $35 off National Trust (NSW) joining fee. Annual subscription still applies. Join online and quote promo code YHA to receive your discount.

Palm Beach Hawkesbury River Cruises 0414 466 635 Concession prices

Powerhouse Museum 02 9217 0111 20% discount on general admission

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Sydney Opera House 02 9250 7250 20% off ‘The Sydney Opera House Tour’ adult tickets

Oz Jet Boating 02 9808 3700 25% off adult jet boat rides. Bookings essential. Subject to availability.

Quay Cruises – Taronga Zoo Express 02 8270 5188 Concession prices on Taronga Zoo Express

Thunder Jet 02 9299 0199 25% off Thunder Jet rides

Matilda Cruises 02 8270 5188 Concession prices on Sydney Express ferries and Hop On, Hop Off Harbour Express tours.

Captain Cook Cruises 02 9206 1111 Concession prices on all Sydney Harbour sightseeing & dining cruises, and whale watching cruises (May-Nov)

Jet Cruiser 02 9808 3700 25% off adult jet boat rides. Bookings essential. Subject to availability.

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Convict Sydney exhibition, Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Photography Š Penelope Clay

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SY D N E Y Y H A s

YHA hostels in Sydney As well as four city hostels – SYDNEY HARBOUR YHA, SYDNEY CENTRAL YHA, RAILWAY SQUARE YHA and GLEBE POINT YHA – there are four YHAs located in picturesque areas of Sydney.

South  East

Only a train ride from the city centre, CRONULLA BEACH YHA offers a host of activities in a relaxing environment.

 Located within walking distance from Sydney’s most famous

North 

beach is BONDI BEACHOUSE YHA.

To Sydney’s north, SYDNEY BEACHOUSE YHA in Collaroy is just metres away from the beach. PITTWATER YHA is set in idyllic surrounds accessible by water and on foot.

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Sydney Harbour YHA 110 Cumberland Street, The Rocks Sydney 2000 EMAIL sydneyharbour@yha.com.au GROUPS sydharbourgroups@yha.com.au PHONE MANAGER RECEPTION

02 8272 0900 Ross Lardner 24 hours

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM

Lis, NEW ZEALAND 2011 IMAGE COURTESY OF ETHANROHLOFF.COM

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$ 41

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

SY D N E Y

The only budget accommodation in Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct, this YHA boasts amazing views of Sydney Harbour. Built above archaeological remnants of colonial Sydney, the YHA combines state-ofthe-art facilities with a heritage experience. As well as spacious communal areas, large kitchen, internet, on-site grocery store, coffee bar and rooftop terrace, all rooms have ensuites and air-conditioning. Daily activities and tour desk; discount parking available at Wilson’s Clocktower Carpark. On-site grocery store Walking distance to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, museums, the Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbour and Sydney Observatory. Close to BridgeClimb, Rocks Markets, jet boating or harbour cruises. Catch a ferry to Manly from Circular Quay. Take a walking tour of the Rocks precinct or get scared witless on a Ghost Tour! Check out the numerous historic pubs within The Rocks. Experience some culture at the Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Dendy Cinemas or live music at The Basement. Eat at Sydney’s best restaurants or party at nearby nightclubs. 2.6 km to coach terminal. 250 metres to 431-433 Sydney buses stop. 600 metres to Circular Quay railway station and ferry services 12.6 km to airport. Take shuttle bus to YHA or train to Circular Quay. Sydney-Central is 2.6 km S Sydney-Railway Square is 2.75 km S

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INSIDER’S GUIDE toptips • Eat yourself stupid at the Sydney Crave Food Festival • Treat your eyes to the light and sound festival – Vivid • Enjoy the Harbour by cruise, kayak or jet boat

SYDNEY



• Indulge your inner • Enjoy fresh air and great views on a child at Luna Park stroll from Luna Park • Explore the historic to Wooloomooloo. alleys of The Rocks The walk takes in the Harbour Bridge, • Ride a ferry to Manly flora and fruit bats or Taronga Zoo of the Botanic Gardens and iconic views.

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS TOURS/ TRANSPORT Bonza Bike Tours 02 9247 8800 $5 off hourly, half-day and full-day hire. $90 for 3-day bike hire. $105 for 7-day bike hire.

Bounce Walking Tours 1300 665 365 20% off all tours

Church Point Ferry Service 0433 038 408 12% off return tickets (transport to Pittwater YHA)

EcoTreasures 0415 121 648 10% off tours: - Manly Walk & Talk Tour (available summer only) - Sydney Coastal Experience Tour - Cultural Heritage Awareness Tour - Coastal Eco Walk

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Surf Camp Australia 02 9262 1757 $50 off ‘The Experience‘ 4-day surf camp. $50 off ‘The Weekender’ 2-day surf camp.

Royal Coast Walks 0424 546 921 10% off selected tours

The Rocks Ghost Tours 02 9241 1283 $6 off adult tickets

THINGS TO DO Luna Park Sydney 02 9922 6644 20% off regular price of an Unlimited Rides Pass. Must show valid YHA card at ticket booth. Not valid with any other offer. Conditions apply.

Sydney Attractions Group 02 8251 7800 20% off single entry to: - Sydney Aquarium - Sydney Wildlife World - Sydney Tower + OzTrek - Oceanworld Manly Not available with family, group or concession tickets, or any other offers.

Taronga Zoo 02 9969 2777 15% off general admission. Not valid with any other offer or transport pass, including Zoo Pass.

The Rocks Walking Tours 02 9247 6678 15% off full price ticket

 See YHA.COM.AU for more YHA member discounts IMAGES COURTESY OF TOURISM AUSTRALIA (TOP) & SHUTTERSTOCK (ABOVE)


Sydney Central YHA 11 Rawson Place (opp. Central Station) Cnr Pitt St and Rawson Pl, Sydney 2000 EMAIL sydcentral@yha.com.au GROUPS sydcentralgroups@yha.com.au PHONE MANAGER RECEPTION

02 9218 9000 Jon Hutchinson 24 hours

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM

Chang, CHINA 2011

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SY D N E Y

‘Best Backpacker Accommodation in Australia’ Hall of Fame 2010 Stay in style at Sydney’s premier hostel. Our heritage-listed building, opposite Central Station in the hub of the backpacker precinct, offers backpacker accommodation at its finest. Heated pool, sauna, outdoor rooftop area with awesome city views. We have it all: two fully-equipped kitchens, spacious dining and lounge areas, in-house cinema, pool table, games, TV rooms, fast internet, parking, 24-hour reception, YHA Travel desk, licensed café, mini supermarket and our very own bar – Scubar. Activities include wii olympics, events, pancake breakfasts, pizza and noodle nights and our legendary Aussie BBQs. On-site café, mini supermarket next door Short walk to Darling Harbour, Chinatown, shops, pubs, cafés and clubs. Close to major attractions like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Rocks area and Sydney Tower. Check out Scubar, Sydney Central YHA’s own bar located in the basement. Pool comps, theme nights and the biggest backpacker night in Sydney – crab racing on Monday nights. Walk to cinemas and theatres. Cheap eats and cool bars in nearby Surry Hills. 50 metres to the coach terminal 50 metres to Central Station, opposite YHA 10 km to airport. Shuttle bus to YHA or airport train to Central Station. Sydney-Railway Square is 150 metres S Sydney-Glebe is 2.5 km W Sydney-Harbour is 2.6 km N

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Railway Square YHA 8-10 Lee Street, Sydney 2000 (corner Upper Carriage Lane) EMAIL railway@yha.com.au PHONE 02 9281 9666 MANAGER Dean Grasselli RECEPTION 24 hours No parking available at YHA – drop-off area only

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM Stay in the epicentre at Central Railway Station, the heart of Sydney’s backpacker district. Located in an historic 1904 building, the former ‘Inwards Parcel Shed’, some rooms are in converted railway carriages! Contemporary urban design, spa pool, internet café, 24-hour access, tour desk, indoor and outdoor communal areas and self-catering kitchen. Entertainment and activities for guests.

hostel “Perfect location, great d.” with everything you nee James, AUSTRALIA 2011

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$ 32

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50 metres to the nearest foodstore

SY D N E Y

Walking distance to most of Sydney’s major attractions. Visit the Australian Museum, Powerhouse Museum and Museum of Sydney. Get up close with sharks at Sydney Aquarium. Saunter down to the historic Rocks district and on to the Opera House. Climb the bridge and catch a ferry – see the sunset from Watson’s Bay. Shop and café hop in the trendy city suburb of Surry Hills, just behind Central Railway Station. Be seen at Scubar, Maloney’s, The Civic and Foresters Hotel. Stroll to Chinatown – soak up the atmosphere of the night markets (Fridays in summer). Try tapas in the Spanish Quarter (corner of George and Liverpool Streets). Sip cocktails by the water at Cockle Bay (Cargo Bar and Bungalow 8). 150 metres to the coach terminal 50 metres to the station. Follow Railway Square signs to the YHA. 10 km to the airport. Take airport shuttle to Railway Square or train from the airport direct to Central Railway Station. Use Devonshire Street exit from the station and walk through pedestrian tunnel. Sydney-Central is 150 metres N Sydney-Glebe is 2 km W Sydney-Harbour is 2.75 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Sydney – Glebe Glebe Point YHA 262-264 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 2037 EMAIL glebe@yha.com.au PHONE 02 9692 8418 MANAGER Craig Tester RECEPTION 8am-10pm OCT-MAR 8am-12pm / 4-8pm APR- SEPT

emely “Small, friendly hostel. Extr the noise!” close to the city, without Darren, AUSTRALIA 2011

MC VA EFTPOS The bohemian Sydney alternative. Friendly and helpful staff. Large rooftop, hammocks, BBQ area. Fast internet, WiFi, cable TV, games, jobs board, tour desk. Hand basins in all rooms. Great for working holiday. 50 metres to the nearest foodstore Café culture, international restaurants, bookshops and Saturday markets. Walk to the city, Darling Harbour, universities. Pubs, bars, restaurants, live music, trivia, comedy, poker, crab racing and more 2.5 km to terminal. Buses 431/433 depart from George Street and Railway Square. Bus 431 stops at door. 2.5 km to Central. 431 bus to door, or light rail to Jubilee Park Station. 16 km. Shuttle bus to YHA or train to Central then bus. Sydney-Railway Square is 2 km E Sydney-Central is 2.5 km E

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Sydney – Bondi Beach Bondi Beachouse YHA Corner Fletcher and Dellview Streets Bondi Beach 2026 EMAIL bondi@yha.com.au PHONE 02 9365 2088 MANAGER Kati Farthing RECEPTION 8am-midnight

views, friendly “Beachtastic! Amazing the city.” staff, easy transport to Meaghan, HOLLAND 2011

MC VA EFTPOS Art deco era property located at Australia’s most famous beach. Friendly staff, free body boards and snorkelling gear, plus surfboards available. Internet café, movie room, BBQ, rooftop balcony with views, weekly activities. Limited parking.

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Mini supermarket next door to hostel Learn to surf, snorkel, bodyboard or hang out on famous Bondi Beach. Do the Sydney Coast Walk, explore Bondi Markets, visit Coogee Beach and Watsons Bay. Daily events on activities board. Close to pubs, bars; hostel activities Bus 381: Bondi Junction <> Fletcher Street Bus 380/333: Circular Quay <> Bondi Road 3 km to Bondi Junction Station 25 minutes to the airport. Call on arrival for transport options. Sydney-Central is 10 km W Sydney-Railway Square is 10 km W

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Sydney Beachouse YHA 4 Collaroy Street, Collaroy Beach 2097 EMAIL collaroy@yha.com.au PHONE 02 9981 1177 MANAGER James Dakin RECEPTION 8am-8pm SUMMER 8.30am-7pm WINTER Late check-in available – notify when booking

MC VA EFTPOS Only 50 metres from Collaroy Beach in the heart of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. This hostel offers free surfboards, snorkelling gear, sports equipment plus bike hire. Relax in the onsite café, TV lounge with cable TV, internet café, or by the swimming pool and BBQ. 24-hour security access and free car park. Continental breakfast included. 25 metres to the nearest foodstore

great staff. “ Immaculate hostel and t your Oz star to ce pla fect per The it!” adventure … and finish Ian, UK 2011

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For pubs and clubs Collaroy is close to the action-packed nightlife in Manly, or just a short walk to the local pub. If you fancy something quieter, catch a movie at the cinema next door before grabbing a bite to eat at the many restaurants Collaroy has to offer. We put on dinners and nighttime activities throughout the week too!

SY D N E Y

Minutes drive to 21 of the best surfing beaches in Sydney. Nearby Narrabeen Lake offers water sports such as kayaking and sailing. Local walkways around the national parks and along the beach offer spectacular coastal views.

50 metres to the stop. Catch the L90 or L88 bus from Railway Square or Wynyard Stations. 30 km to Sydney Airport. Direct shuttle bus service from Sydney Airport to Collaroy. Call or email to arrange a shuttle pick-up from the airport or city. Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly then catch bus 151/155/156 to Collaroy. Sydney-Pittwater is 10 km N Sydney-Harbour is 21 km S Sydney-Central is 23.6 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Sydney – Cronulla Beach Cronulla Beach YHA Level 1, 40-42 Kingsway, Cronulla 2230 EMAIL cronulla@yha.com.au PHONE 02 9527 7772 MANAGER Michael Keogh RECEPTION 8.30am-10pm

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“Great location, beaut hos fun times! ”

Amy & Andy, ENGLAND 2011

MC VA EFTPOS Sydney’s southern beachside YHA. 24-hour security access, lockers/safes and wardrobes in dorms. TV/DVD/VCR and bar fridge in private rooms. Kitchen, TV lounge. Pool table, videos, games, body boards. Jobs available.

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50 metres to the nearest foodstore Learn to surf or dive, walk to shops, cafés and bars. Ferry to Royal National Park and explore aboriginal carvings, secluded beaches and waterfalls. Restaurants, pubs, clubs, nightclubs

SY D N E Y

SY D N E Y

30 km to the terminal. At Central Station transfer to train. Take Illawarra line from City to Cronulla, 500 metres to terminal. 15 km to airport. Take train, change at Wolli Creek to Cronulla. Sydney-Central is 30 km N Sydney-Glebe is 30 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Sydney – Pittwater Pittwater YHA via Halls Wharf, Morning Bay 2105 EMAIL pittwater@yha.com.au PHONE 02 9999 5748 MANAGERS Michael Doherty & Sarah Polomka RECEPTION 8-11am / 5-8pm $8 per adult surcharge if staying Sat night only.

lic location, “Lovely hostel in an idyl hosts.” ful help and y ndl very frie Catherine, AUSTRALIA 2010

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RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE: FRI/SAT $1700 for two nights SUN-THURS $750 per night

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$ 27

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Beautiful YHA overlooking Pittwater and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Tranquil retreat from the city. Ferry ride to Church Point Bushwalking, Aboriginal engravings, wildlife. Paddle, sail, swim, scenic ferry ride. 1 hour bus trip from city to Church Point, then ferry and 15 min uphill walk. No car access. Direct buses from Manly Wharf (156) and Central (E86 – peak hour, pre-purchase ticket). Or L88/L90 from Central, then change to 156 at Mona Vale (155 evening). Ferry/water taxi from Church Point to Halls Wharf. Arrivals after dark bring a torch. Follow reflective signs to YHA. Sydney-Collaroy is 10 km SE Sydney is 30 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Tamworth YHA 169 Marius Street, Tamworth 2340 EMAIL tamworth@yha.com.au PHONE 02 6761 2600 MANAGER Carol Hobden RECEPTION 8am-12.30pm / 4-9.30pm

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“Good location and valu for money.”

Julie, ENGLAND 2010

Night bell for after-hours entry

MC VA The YHA has a relaxing atmosphere in a quiet, friendly, clean and safe environment, located in the centre of town. The YHA provides the best connection to Jackaroo and Jillaroo schools and farmstays.

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MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

100 metres to the nearest foodstore Country Music Festival, Kamilaroi Walking Track, Golden Guitar, nightlife, Marsupial Park, Jackaroo and Jillaroo schools, farmstays, various horse events and rodeos. An abundance of nightlife from Wednesday to Saturday.

100 metres to the station 8 km to the airport Armidale is 110 km N Bellingen is 265 km NE Port Macquarie is 274 km SE

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

T E R R I GA L

Terrigal Terrigal Beach YHA 9 Ocean View Drive, Terrigal 2260 EMAIL terrigal@yha.com.au PHONE 02 4384 1919 MANAGER Matthew Castle RECEPTION 8-10am / 5-10pm

tion,

“Great place, great loca great people.”

Sam, AUSTRALIA 2010

AMEX DC MC VA Terrigal is the jewel of the Central Coast. The YHA has a quiet, relaxed atmosphere, and is located metres from unspoilt beaches, a freshwater lagoon, shops and cafés. BBQ and courtyard, lounge, kitchen, TV, internet.

TA M WO R T H

1 km to the stop. Greyhound to/from Sydney and Brisbane.

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500 metres to the nearest foodstore Dive the HMAS Adelaide wreck. Surfing, kayaking, dolphin/whale watching, horse riding, wine tours, bushwalking, treetop adventure park, national parks, Erina Fair. Close to Terrigal Hotel, clubs, restaurants 20 metres to Busways route 68 stop to/from Gosford. 1.1 km to route 67 stop. 12 km to Gosford Station 100 km to Sydney Airport 25 mins from Palm Beach to Ettalong, then bus from Ettalong to Gosford. Newcastle is 78 km N Sydney-Northern Beaches is 88 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Thredbo Thredbo YHA 8 Jack Adams Pathway, Thredbo 2625 EMAIL thredbo@yha.com.au PHONE 02 6457 6376 MANAGER Nadia Fadel RECEPTION 7-10am / 4.30-9pm JUN-SEPT 8-10am / 3-8pm OCT- MAY

staff “Great facilities, friendly .” and a wonderful view Patricia, AUSTRALIA 2011

MC VA EFTPOS

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE: $ 1180 per night (not in ski season) Purpose-built lodge in the heart of Thredbo Village. Cosy atmosphere with fireplace and great views. 500 metres to the nearest foodstore Walk to the top of Mt Kosciuszko. Ski, snowboard, horse ride, swim, golf and more! Pubs, cafés and restaurants 400 metres to the stop. Murray’s, Greyhound, Alpinexpress (winter). Call YHA for summer options. 2.5 hour drive from Canberra Airport No parking at YHA – drop-off only. Car access via Buckwong Place. Foot access via Jack Adams Pathway or via the Alpine Way car park. Merimbula is 180 km E Canberra is 220 km N

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$ 28.50* MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

* PRICES CHANGE OVER SKI SEASON (JUN-OCT)

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Wollongong YHA Keiraview Accommodation 75-79 Keira Street, Wollongong 2500 EMAIL wollongong@yha.com.au PHONE 02 4229 1132 MANAGER Mary Sparks RECEPTION 8am-8pm

“Location is perfect and

price is right.” Kati, USA 2010

Late check-in by prior arrangement

MC VA EFTPOS

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$ 30.50 MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

100 metres to coach terminal 1 km to Wollongong Station 80 km to Sydney Airport Sydney-Central is 80 km N Bundanoon is 85 km SW Batemans Bay is 198 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

YA M B A

Yamba Yamba YHA 26 Coldstream Street, Yamba 2464 EMAIL yamba@yha.com.au PHONE 02 6646 3997 MANAGERS Shane, Justin & Steve Henwood RECEPTION 8am-9pm

WO L LO N G O N G

Friendly YHA in the CBD, near shops, cafés, restaurants, entertainment and beaches. Modern facilities, twin rooms with ensuites. Internet, snack machine, TV lounge, BBQ, courtyard. Security parking. Drivers enter Keira Street from Campbell Street. 50 metres to the nearest foodstore Rainforest, botanic gardens, Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk, Nan Tien Buddhist temple, Science Centre, Jamberoo Recreation Park, skydiving, museums, galleries and beaches. Clubs, nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, cafés, Entertainment and Arts Centres.

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Wollongong

… “Most awesome place! 1.” No wonder it’s rated No.

Late check-in by prior arrangement

Erik, HOLLAND 2011

MC VA EFTPOS Yamba YHA is located at one of Oz’s top surf spots. Walk to beaches, pubs, clubs. Enjoy BBQs, pool, rooftop deck, TV room, café bar. Surf with the managers, and don’t miss Shane’s famous $10 tour.

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$ 27

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Block Bar & Café on-site, 8am-11.30pm Surfboards, body boards, bikes for hire. Uncrowded beaches, cliff jumping, whale watching, river cruises, ocean or river kayaking, year-round festivals. Live bands, karaoke and entertainment at our on-site bar, local pubs and clubs. 50 metres to Greyhound stop. Pioneer to Maclean. Free Maclean pick-up/ drop-off by arrangement. 40 km to South Grafton. Bus to Yamba. 50 km to South Grafton Airport Lennox Head is 117 km N Coffs Harbour is 140 km S

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YHA hostels in the Northern Territory

N T S TAT E M A P

YHA TRAVEL & MEMBERSHIP CENTRES Darwin TOUR DESK ONLY

Alice Springs TOUR DESK ONLY

97 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800 EMAIL darwin@ yha.com.au PHONE 08 8981 5385 HOURS DAILY  6am-10pm

Cnr Parsons Street and Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs NT 0870 EMAIL alicesprings@ yha.com.au PHONE 08 8952 8855 HOURS DAILY  5.30am-8.30pm

TRAVEL AGENT LICENCE NUMBER LTA148

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NORTHERN TERRITORY From the crocodile-infested rivers of the far north to the brilliant skies and silence of the Red Centre, the ancient cultures of Australia’s indigenous people and modern cities – the Northern Territory will enlighten your Australian experience with its magic. Visiting the Territory is a must!

AUSTRALIA’S TOP END The Top End is home to natural attractions such as Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park. DARWIN, capital of the Territory, is a place to soak up the relaxed and friendly tropical lifestyle and enjoy the many attractions the city has to offer. Wine and dine in the superb restaurants and eateries, or enjoy the pubs, nightclubs and electric atmosphere of the popular Mitchell Street district.

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK World Heritage-listed KAKADU NATIONAL PARK is the adventurer’s dream getaway. Kakadu is most easily accessed from Darwin and boasts some great Aboriginal history and rock art, awesome waterfalls and billabongs, and inspiring scenery. For avid nature lovers, another place to visit is Yellow Water Billabong. This pristine environment supports a truly amazing variety of plants, birds, crocodiles and other fauna. You may even see a sea eagle dive from the sky to catch a fish! IMAGES COURTESY OF SHUTTERSTOCK (TOP) & TOURISM NT


For Northern Territory travel packages see yha.com.au

LITCHFIELD

NATIONAL PARK

Less than two hours drive south of Darwin is Litchfield National Park. Expect to see cascading waterfalls, swim in crystal clear rockholes and encounter wildlife. Litchfield is the perfect place for those short on time with a guaranteed great day out.

DARWIN  ALICE SPRINGS The Northern Territory’s Stuart Highway reaches from the capital, Darwin, through the tropical region of gorges, waterfalls, wetlands and escarpments, to the Red Centre and south to Adelaide in South Australia. 300 km south of Darwin is Katherine, and famous Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. 500 km further south is Tennant Creek, Australia’s last goldrush town. Situated in the middle of the Barkly Tablelands, Tennant Creek is 114 km from the amazing balancing rocks of the Devil’s Marbles.

ARNHEM LAND

EXPERIENCE

The eastern half of the Top End is the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve – a vast, virtually untouched area with great scenery, few people and Aboriginal culture at its best. Permits are needed to travel onto this land. There are no ‘highways’, so it is best to join one of the safaris that take you into an area and show you the wonder that is Arnhem Land. IMAGES COURTESY OF TOURISM NT

At the other end of the highway is ALICE SPRINGS. The town, and heritage-classed Alice Springs YHA, are your starting point if you want to discover all that the Red Centre and ‘The Alice’ has to offer.

THE RED CENTRE A visit to the Northern Territory is not complete without a visit to Uluru (AYERS ROCK), Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and the spectacular KINGS CANYON. The Northern Territory will leave you with visions of a land full of culture, history and scenery that will blow you away!

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Alice Springs Alice Springs YHA Cnr Parsons Street and Leichhardt Terrace Alice Springs 0870 EMAIL alicesprings@yha.com.au PHONE 08 8952 8855 MANAGER Roger Wileman RECEPTION 5.30am-8.30pm After hours arrivals ring during office hours for check-in details

rs. Very “Great place for travelle osphere.” helpful staff and great atm Tony, AUSTRALIA 2011

MC VA EFTPOS This unique and friendly hostel is located within an historic picture theatre in the centre of town. Close to shops, cafés and pubs, it features an outdoor recreation area with pool, air conditioning, BBQ, bikes, internet, movie nights and activities program. Tour and travel packages are available from the tour desk.

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ALICE SPRINGS

500 metres to the nearest foodstore Alice Springs is the capital of Australia’s ‘Red Centre’ and the stepping off point for Simpson’s Gap, Standley Chasm, Glen Helen and Ormiston Gorges (West MacDonnell Ranges). Visit the Desert Park, School of the Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service. Alice Springs is the perfect stopover before exploring Uluru (Ayers Rock). Enjoy dinner, bands and the atmosphere in a local pub or dine under the stars. All long distance and tour coaches drop off and pick up nearby. 2 km to the station. Regular ‘Ghan’ services available. Shuttle to hostel door $9pp. 15 km to the airport. Airport shuttle: $14 pp to YHA / $19pp from YHA. Ayers Rock is 450 km SW Darwin is 1500 km N

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Cruise the best of the Top End with our experienced guides in a purpose built 4WD and fall asleep each night under the stars.

www.adventuretours.com.au 1800 808 288


INSIDER’S GUIDE 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

toptips • Watch the sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Be awed by Kakadu National Park • Hike Kings Canyon or Kata Tjuta

• Catch the quirky Beer Can Regatta or Camel Cup • Try Aussie tucker at Mindil Markets • Have a desert experience at Alice Springs Desert Park

• Discover Aboriginal culture on tour • Eyeball a croc on a cruise • Wander Darwin’s historic walking trails

• Explore the outback by 4WD, camel or quad bike

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS TOURS/ TRANSPORT Kakadu Dreams 08 8981 3266 $10 off two and threeday Kakadu tours $5 off Litchfield day tour

Outback Quad Adventures 08 8953 0697 $5 off any tour. Direct bookings only

Territory Discoveries 13 31 01 5% off all products booked direct

Wayoutback Desert Safaris 08 8952 4324 $50 off full-price two, three and five-day tours

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THINGS TO DO Alice Springs Desert Park 08 8951 8788 20% off entry. Not available on tours or with any other offer.

Alice Springs Helicopters

Ayers Rock Scenic Flights 08 8956 2345 10% off flights booked direct

Ballooning Downunder

08 8952 9800 10% off flights booked direct

08 8952 8816 10% off ballooning tours in Alice Springs

Alice Springs Reptile Centre

Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise

08 8952 8900 15% off individual adult entry

08 8978 9077 $5 off Crocodile Express Cruises & Coach Combo. Ex Darwin.

Willis’s Walkabouts

Araluen Cultural Precinct

08 8985 2134 5% discount. Up to 20% off advance purchases.

08 8951 1120 20% off adult Precinct Pass for YHA members

Uluru Camel Tours 08 8950 3030 10% off all Anangu Waai tours booked direct

 See YHA.COM.AU for more YHA member discounts IMAGES COURTESY OF TOURISM NT (TOP / ABOVE RIGHT) & SHUTTERSTOCK (ABOVE LEFT)


Darwin YHA 97 Mitchell Street, Darwin 0800 EMAIL darwin@yha.com.au PHONE 08 8981 5385 RECEPTION 6am-10pm Please call or email for late check-in

MC VA EFTPOS Located in the heart of the NT’s tropical capital, Darwin YHA is the friendly, quieter option on Mitchell Street’s backpacker strip. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning. Fast internet, outdoor pool and BBQ area. The hostel can help you book tours and travel to the Top End’s Tiwi Islands, Nitmiluk, Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve.

+ fabulous “Extremely friendly staff win YHA!” location = awesome Dar Jiecong, AUSTRALIA 2011

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Darwin

$ 23.50 MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

250 metres to the nearest foodstore

DA R W I N

Darwin is the gateway to the stunning World Heritage Kakadu National Park, the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and Tiwi Islands. The city enjoys a warm tropical climate all year. Dry season (May-November) is a cooler time of year and great for activities like bushwalking, cycling and diving. Evenings in the tropics are great for nightlife, movies under the stars and spectacular sunsets at the famous Mindil Markets. There is plenty to do after dark. Darwin YHA is within easy walking distance of the city’s entertainment and nightlife hub with bars, pubs, nightclubs, cinemas and restaurants to keep you busy until the early hours. 500 metres to the bus stop. Greyhound coaches. 25 km to the station. The Ghan train from/to Alice Springs and Adelaide. 15 km to the airport Alice Springs is 1500 km S IMAGE COURTESY TOURISM NT

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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NORTHERN TERRITORY U LU R U / AY E R S R O C K K I N G S CA N YO N

Uluru / Ayers Rock Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge* Ayers Rock Resort, via Yulara Drive Ayers Rock 0872 EMAIL travel@voyages.com.au BOOKINGS 1300 134 044 PHONE 08 8957 7605 MANAGER Ben Pratt RECEPTION 24 hours MC VA EFTPOS * Enjoy an exclusive YHA members discount at this property, which YHA recommends but is not part of the affiliated network.

The lodge has air conditioning, a pool, restaurant, kiosk, internet, laundry facilities, foreign currency exchange and car rental company on site. Free resort shuttle. 1 km to the nearest foodstore Uluru (Ayers Rock) is 20 km and Kata Tjuta (Olgas) is 53 km from the resort. Experience the Liru, Mala and Kuniya Walks guided by National Park rangers. Book tours at our tour desk. Live entertainment. Don’t miss the Outback Pioneer BBQ and bar! Interstate buses drop at reception Complimentary airport shuttle Kings Canyon is 305 km NE Alice Springs is 450 km NE

Ayers Rock. “Very nice place next to live music.” Friendly, with pool and

Daniela, ITALY 2011

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE/TWIN DOUBLE/TWIN ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$ 34.20 MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

OZABOUT & EPACKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Kings Canyon Kings Canyon Holiday Park* Luritja Road, Watarrka NP Kings Canyon 0872 EMAIL tradesales@dncinc.com BOOKINGS 1300 233 432 PHONE 08 8956 7442 RECEPTION 6.30am-9.30pm

facilities, “ Fantastic rooms, good and shop.” great area with pool, bar Urs, SWITZERLAND 2011

MC VA EFTPOS * Enjoy an exclusive YHA members discount at this property, which YHA recommends but is not part of the affiliated network.

Backpacker lodge with access to resort facilities including pool, bar and café. Other facilities include TV, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning, heating, wardrobes or lockers, communal kitchen (utensils for hire), BBQ, tennis court and sunset viewing platform.

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN

$ 31.50

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN OZABOUT & EPACKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

Self-guided Kings Canyon walk, witness the sunset, enjoy the resort gardens, play tennis, enjoy birdwatching – all complimentary. Guided walks, desert dining, camel rides and helicopter tours. Nightly entertainment (seasonal). Bus stop at front door Ayers Rock is 305 km SW Alice Springs is 484 km E

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There are so many photographs of Uluru, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve probably seen it adorn every brochure of Australia. Its sheer red face that appears to glow in the sunrise and sunset is a marvel that you need to see for yourself. It creates a sense of wonder that needs to be experienced. Come and encounter Uluru and the spectacular outback landscape that surrounds it. Delve into the cultural significance of Uluru and discover for yourself why this icon is the spiritual heart of Australia. The Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge has air conditioning, pool, restaurant, kiosk, internet, laundry facilities, foreign currency exchange and a car rental company on site. Free resort shuttle available.

Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge MULTI-SHARE 20 BED DORM

$

38

*

per person per night

Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge MULTI-SHARE 4 BED DORM

$

45

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per person per night

Visit www.yha.com.au/ayersrock Call 1300 134 044 or Resort 08 8957 7888 Email travel@voyages.com.au * Enjoy an exclusive YHA members discount at this unique property, which YHA recommends but is not part of the affiliated network. Rates are valid until 31 March 2012.


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5 Day Learn to Dive Courses Courses start 6 days a week

For information and bookings contact your nearest YHA Travel Centre or phone 1800 353 213 prodivecairns.com

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1 2 3 4 5 6

Baralaba Brisbane City Cairns Cape Tribulation Cooktown Fraser Coast – Hervey Bay 7 Gold Coast – Coolangatta – Surfers Paradise 8 Magnetic Island

9 Mission Beach Sunshine Coast 10 Maroochydore 11 Noosa Heads 12 Port Douglas 13 Rockhampton 14 Stradbroke Island 15 Whitsundays – Airlie Beach

QUEENSLAND

YHA hostels in Queensland

Q L D S TAT E M A P

YHA TRAVEL & MEMBERSHIP CENTRE Brisbane City YHA 392 Upper Roma Street, Brisbane QLD 4000 EMAIL brisbanecity@ yha.com.au membership@ yha.com.au PHONE 07 3236 1004 HOURS MON-FRI  6.30am-11pm

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World famous reef, a cosmopolitan capital, rainforests, perfect beaches, accessible outback and endless sunshine… From Coolangatta to Cooktown, where else would you rather be than Queensland?

COSMOPOLITAN

CAPITAL

Most people visit BRISBANE for its relaxed, outdoor life-style in a sub-tropical climate. Alfresco dining, live music, markets and shopping is what a Brisbanite’s life is all about.

THE PARTY COAST GREAT A major transport hub for the Gold Coast region, COOLANGATTA is home to world-class surf breaks and a laid-back lifestyle. Head north to SURFERS PARADISE, a party paradise with 20 kilometres of beaches and bars. For a more relaxed time, take a day tour to hinterland wineries and rainforests. Explore the waterways and National Parkland on the Sunshine Coast. MAROOCHYDORE has a relaxed beachside vibe and is a short drive to unique weekend markets and the inspiring Glass House Mountains. NOOSA is the ultimate in surfie chic, with a trendy shopping precinct and dining for every budget. IMAGES COURTESY OF TOURISM QUEENSLAND

BARRIER REEF

World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef is home to the world’s largest coral reef system, and thrives with marine life. The Whitsundays are 74 islands on the Reef – the ultimate playground for sailing, snorkelling and diving. The islands are best explored on sailing trips which depart from AIRLIE BEACH and usually include a visit to the soft white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach, supposedly Australia’s most photographed beach. In the tropical north, CAIRNS and PORT DOUGLAS are backpacker hubs. Join a day cruise to snorkel or dive the reef, stay overnight on a dive boat or earn your PADI certification.


OFF THE BEATEN TRACK 100 kilometres or so from Cairns is CAPE TRIBULATION, where reef meets rainforest. Cape Tribulation beach is a must-see spot, surrounded by ancient rainforest near the World Heritage Listed Daintree. Venture further north beyond the Daintree to COOKTOWN, steeped in Aboriginal culture and European history and where the road is less travelled. Take time to explore the beaches, bushland and to try some fresh seafood. South of Cairns is MISSION BEACH, a relaxed seaside town overlooking the Great Barrier Reef. Get your adrenalin pumping with a whitewater rafting adventure on the Tully River, and keep an eye out for cassowaries!

TOP 1P TH0INGS

CHEA TO DO IN QLD

• Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef • Swim in the pristine freshwater lakes on Fraser Island • Walk through Mossman Gorge or the Daintree rainforest • Spot for migrating whales, dolphins and manta rays from Gorge Walk, Stradbroke Island • Learn to surf on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts • Window shop at chic boutiques on Noosa’s Hastings Street • Unwind around the campfire and see an outback sunset at Baralaba • Toboggan the sand hills on Fraser and Moreton Islands • Hang out with the colourful locals at the Eumundi markets on the Sunshine Coast • Watch the rodeo at Rockhampton, Central Queensland’s beef capital

ISLAND ESCAPES Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, is located just off the coast of HERVEY BAY in Queensland’s south. Famous for its beaches, rainforest and freshwater lakes (and the local dingoes), the island must be explored by 4WD. Catch a ferry from Townsville to MAGNETIC ISLAND, or ‘Maggie’ as it’s known by the locals. This island is another of Queensland’s World Heritage Listed sites. Cuddle a koala, ride a horse or hire a mini moke – you won’t have trouble passing time. East of Brisbane is STRADBROKE ISLAND. Go sand boarding, or in season (July-Nov) see if you can spot some migrating humpback whales.

ACCESSIBLE

OUTBACK

Where the reef meets the outback is the city of ROCKHAMPTON, Queensland’s beef capital and the gateway to cattle country.

Grab a steak and visit the saleyards before venturing to BARALABA for the ultimate farmstay experience. Kick up some dust and lend a hand to running this working cattle farm.

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Airlie Beach Airlie Beach YHA 394 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach 4802 EMAIL airliebeach@yha.com.au PHONE 07 4946 6312 MANAGER Carmen Arnold RECEPTION 7am-8.30pm

f were very “Location is great and staf rmation.” helpful with tours and info

Late arrivals please ring for instructions

Kathy, USA 2011

MC VA EFTPOS Airlie Beach YHA is located in the heart of Airlie Beach, close to the lagoon, cafés, restaurants and nightlife. The YHA has multi-share, twin and double rooms with balconies and air conditioning. Pool, tour desk, kitchen, laundry, dining and TV room.

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

$ 23

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

20 metres to the nearest foodstore

A I R L I E B E AC H

Airlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Sail, take a day trip to the reef, snorkel, take a scenic flight, visit Whitehaven Beach. Book at reception. Bars/bistros, restaurants, nightclubs 300 metres to the stop 25 km to Proserpine Station. Catch the free connecting bus. 36 km to Proserpine Airport. Catch connecting bus or taxi. Magnetic Island is 295 km N Rockhampton is 538 km S Mission Beach is 555 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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QUEENSLAND

Brisbane City Map

BRISBANE CITY MAP

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BRISBANE ’S R E ID S IN  & SURROUNDS E ID GU

toptips • Cuddle a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

• Take a day tour to Moreton Island and sandboard down the dunes at speeds up to 40km/h • Visit Fortitude Valley for an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, music and nightclubs

• Visit South Bank for art exhibitions at GoMA, restaurants, shows at the QLD Performing Arts Complex, or take a relaxing stroll along the Brisbane River • Catch a Brisbane Broncos Rugby League game at Suncorp Stadium

• Shop at Queen Street Mall and find great cafés and lunch spots

07 5538 4748 25% off total food bill. Not valid public holidays or with any other offer.

07 3488 9777 10% off ferry travel

Jump the Beach – Brisbane

Crown Currency Exchange

1300 788 555 Free skydive T-shirt (value $25) Free $10 lunch voucher

07 3415 3444 10% off food and drinks

Globe Trekker Adventure Gear 07 3221 4476 10% discount. Excludes sale items.

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Green Triangle Tours 1800 503 475 Free cap when you book two or more tours

Fishes Café

• On a day trip to Stradbroke Island, go diving or snorkelling with giant manta rays

GOLD COAST

Big Red Cat

07 3720 1977 Discounted rates for YHA members

• Visit the iconic XXXX Brewery and sample Australia’s best beers

Montezuma’s Surfers Paradise

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS BRISBANE

• Experience wildlife and rainforests on a day trip to O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Parks

Pancakes In Paradise Surfers & Coolangatta 07 5592 0330 / 5536 8077 25% off total food bill. Not valid public holidays or with any other offer.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 07 5592 0040 Student price for YHA members

Out the Back

Tempt Gourmet Pizza

07 4655 1679 Free Outback Survival Pack with all extended tours (value over $200)

07 5571 0710 10% discount

Stradbroke Flyer

07 5599 2748 25% off total food bill. Not valid public holidays or with any other offer.

07 3821 3821 Student rates for YHA members

The Aztec Broadbeach & Coolangatta

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QUEENSLAND

Brisbane Brisbane City YHA 392 Upper Roma Street, Brisbane 4000 EMAIL brisbanecity@yha.com.au PHONE 07 3236 1004 RECEPTION 6.30am-11pm Late arrivals please ring for instructions

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM The YHA is Brisbane’s newest hostel, with state-of-the-art facilities. Modern multishare, twin, double and family rooms, and rooftop pool overlooking Brisbane’s CBD and river, WiFi internet, indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, kitchen, laundry, TV/games rooms and travel desk. Limited secure car parks available – phone ahead to reserve, charges apply. 200 metres to the nearest foodstore

Nadja, GERMANY 2011

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$ 27.50 MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Licensed restaurant /café on-site. Visit some of Brisbane’s many dining and entertainment precincts – the Valley, Caxton Street, West End and South Bank are just a few of the popular options.

BRISBANE

Brisbane is a vibrant city, renowned for its outdoor lifestyle. Take a ferry ride along the river, enjoy the city views from Mt Coot-tha lookout, climb the Story Bridge or visit the South Bank Parklands and swim in the beach lagoon. Take a trip to Stradbroke or Moreton Islands, Gold Coast theme parks or a tour to the rainforest hinterland.

Definitely “This hostel is amazing… ret it.” stay here – you won’t reg

600 metres to the Brisbane Transit Centre serviced by all major coach companies 600 metres to Roma Street Station in the Brisbane Transit Centre 17 km to the international/domestic airport. Take the shuttle bus directly to the hostel, or catch the Airtrain to Roma Street Station then walk 600 metres to the YHA. Stradbroke Island is 25 km SE Surfers Paradise is 65 km S Maroochydore is 120 km N

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Cairns Cairns Central YHA 20-26 McLeod Street, Cairns 4870 EMAIL cairnscentral@yha.com.au PHONE 07 4051 0772 MANAGER Kate Fox RECEPTION 6.30am-11pm Please advise reception if arriving after 11pm

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM This YHA is centrally located opposite the Cairns Central Shopping Centre and has a large internal courtyard with landscaped gardens, swimming pool, two spas and outdoor games area. Multi-share, double, twin and family rooms available, all with keyless entry, air-conditioning and many with ensuites. Facilities include kitchen, laundry, indoor and outdoor dining area, internet café, TV room with large-screen TV, secure luggage storage and YHA Travel office at reception.

the best YHAs “Cairns YHA is among Australia.” I have stayed at in Sarunya, THAILAND 2011

235

PRICES FROM MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE / FAMILY ENSUITE ROOMS MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

$ 23

CA I R N S

50 metres to the nearest foodstore Cairns is the perfect base to explore the real North Queensland. Here you will find World Heritage Listed rainforests fringing the Great Barrier Reef, with the outback just around the corner. Let us organise your scuba-diving course, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, wildlife tours, Skyrail and Kuranda train tour, or venture to the Atherton Tablelands and Cooktown. For those seeking party action, there are plenty of options within walking distance. Cairns Night Markets are on every night 5-11pm. 900 metres to the terminal. All major coach services arrive and depart Cairns. 50 metres to the station 8 km to the airport. Airport shuttle meets flights and will pick-up/drop-off direct to the YHA’s door. Taxis offer 24 hour service across the road from the YHA Port Douglas is 65 km N Cape Tribulation is 125 km N Mission Beach is 140 km S

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Cape Tribulation Cape Trib Beach House YHA 7 Rykers Road, Cape Tribulation 4873 EMAIL capetribulation@yha.com.au PHONE 07 4098 0030 where the rain“Magical location. Truly We’ll be back.” MANAGER Dean & Julie Reedy forest meets the reef. RECEPTION 7.30am-7pm Sophie & Jessica, GERMANY 2011 MC VA EFTPOS Cape Trib Beach House YHA is nestled deep within the 110 million year old Daintree Rainforest on seven acres of beachfront. The unique accommodation features a large salt-water swimming pool with deck for sunbathing, rainforest bar and bistro, communal kitchen, internet café, pool table, games, free parking and tour desk.

132

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE /TWIN FAMILY ENSUITE ROOMS

PRICES FROM

$ 23

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

C O O K TOW N

CA P E T R I B U L AT I O N

3 km to the nearest foodstore Experience the best of the Daintree Rainforest – take a scenic Daintree River cruise, visit the Alexandra Range Lookout, enjoy a walk along the 400 million year old Marrdja Boardwalk, take a guided horse ride or go jungle surfing! On-site restaurant and bar Bus transfers from Cairns/Port Douglas 145 km to railway station 20 km to Daintree airstrip Cooktown is 70 km N Port Douglas is 85 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Cooktown Pam’s Place YHA 9 Boundary Street, Cooktown 4895 EMAIL cooktown@yha.com.au PHONE 07 4069 5166 MANAGER Scott Orchard RECEPTION 7am-8pm

“Very relaxing and casual Great Aussie town.”

place.

Tina & Brett, UK 2011

MC VA EFTPOS Pam’s Place YHA has a relaxed atmosphere, tropical gardens, salt-water pool, games room, bar, and spacious dining/kitchen facilities. All rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fans and bar fridge. Ensuited rooms have a TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

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DOUBLE / TWIN WITH SHARED FACILITIES DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$ 25

PP/PN DBLE / TWIN

300 metres to the nearest foodstore Cooktown is steeped in history. Hike to secluded beaches and mountains, or throw a line in at the wharf and catch yourself a fish. Spot a croc, learn about indigenous Australians by taking an Aboriginal tour. Local pubs, clubs and restaurants Daily coach services available from Cairns Central YHA 8 km to the airport. Hinterland Aviation daily from Cairns. Catch a shuttle bus to the hostel. Cape Tribulation is 70 km S Port Douglas is 180 km S Cairns is 320 km S

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QUEENSLAND

INSIDER’S GUIDE & TRCAOPIRICNALS

 NORTH

toptips

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS THINGS TO DO Balloon Hot Air Port Douglas 1800 444 568 $21.50 off per person

TOURS/ TRANSPORT Foaming Fury

Cairns Tropical Zoo

07 4031 3460 Free CD on Barron

07 4055 3669 10% off adult admission

Reef Magic Cruises

Jump the Beach Mission Beach 1800 444 568 Free gift pack (valued up to $25)

07 4031 1598 Free introductory scuba dive ($99 value) OR Free guided snorkel tour ($35 value)

Skydive Cairns

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

1800 444 568 Free gift pack (valued up to $25)

07 4042 9900 10% off Tjapukai by Day & Tjapukai by Night tours

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• Whitewater raft down the famous Tully River • Skydive over the Great Barrier Reef from Mission Beach • Do a bungy jump in the tropical rainforest near Cairns • Snorkel amongst fish at Cape Tribulation • Take an indigenous tour from Cooktown • Check out Kuranda via the amazing Scenic Rail and Skyrail 91


QUEENSLAND

Coolangatta/ Kirra Beach Coolangatta/Kirra Beach YHA 230 Coolangatta Road, Bilinga 4225 EMAIL coolangatta@yha.com.au PHONE 07 5536 7644 MANAGER Warren (Woza) Nicholas RECEPTION 7.30am-9.30pm

“Love this place… e.” It’s like a little piece of hom Karen & Gisele, CANADA 2011

Check-in from 11am. Please advise reception if you will be arriving after 9.30pm.

AMEX MC VA EFTPOS Free breakfast, tea, coffee, town and surf shuttle. Bike and surfboard hire. Internet and WiFi. Games room, swimming pool. 24-hour access. 24-hour buses opposite YHA.

82

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$ 25

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

G O L D C OA S T

G O L D C OA S T

50 metres to the nearest foodstore Two of Australia’s best beaches, Kirra and Snapper Rocks Superbank, are nearby. Relax by the pool, have a surf lesson, snorkel with turtles, scuba dive, tandem skydive or visit World Heritage Listed national parks. 4 km to bus terminal. Four courtesy pick-ups per day from Coolangatta. Phone to book. 500 metres to the airport Surfers Paradise is 20 km N Murwillumbah is 30 km SW Byron Bay is 70 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Surfers Paradise/ Main Beach Surfers Paradise YHA at Main Beach Mariner’s Cove, 22A/70 Seaworld Drive Main Beach 4217 EMAIL surfersparadise@yha.com.au PHONE 07 5571 1776 MANAGER Heath Pickering RECEPTION 8am-9pm

my trip along “The best hostel during st.” the east coa Mauricio, COLOMBIA 2011

Please call if you will be arriving after 9pm

MC VA EFTPOS

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Located at Mariner’s Cove overlooking the marina, this YHA offers the perfect base to explore Surfers Paradise. Activities include theme parks, surf lessons, rainforest tours. 100 metres to convenience store Jump on the thrill rides at the theme parks, ride a wave in paradise or check out the beachfront markets. Party paradise – join an organised pub crawl, enjoy a drink at the marina or meet fellow travellers at the hostel’s activities. 4 km to Surfers Paradise Transit Centre. Courtesy pick-ups – book in advance. 15 km to Helensvale Station. Take the No. 715 bus to within 20 m of the YHA. 20 km to Coolangatta Airport Coolangatta is 20 km S Brisbane is 65 km N

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE / FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$ 26

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


QUEENSLAND

Hervey Bay Colonial Village YHA 820 Boat Harbour Drive, Hervey Bay 4655 EMAIL herveybay@yha.com.au PHONE 07 4125 1844 FREECALL 1800 818 280 MANAGER John Watson RECEPTION 7am-8pm

so far, “Best hostel I’ve been tohere!” and I’ve been everyw Nina, NORWAY 2011

MC VA EFTPOS The YHA offers all the facilities and services of a resort in a relaxing environment. Surrounded by tropical gardens, this hostel has received multiple tourism awards. First class accommodation, pool and spa, bistro, bar, internet lounge, tour booking service and free parking.

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE ROOMS

$ 20

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

800 metres to the nearest foodstore

H E R V E Y B AY

Hervey Bay is the closest mainland point to the best locations on Fraser Island. Whale watching (July-Nov), skydiving and beaches. On-site bar and eatery, nightlife in town 7 km to the terminal 30 km to the station. Local bus from door. 3 km to the airport Noosa is 190 km S Maroochydore is 225 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

FRASER ISLAND Fun and adventure on Fraser Island for 18-35 year olds. No tent, no sleeping bag, no cooking, no driving, no hidden charges, no worries! Go guided, go safe! 2 and 3 day all-inclusive guided tours ex Hervey Bay and Brisbane from $135 pp* per day for a 3 day/2 night tour including national park fees. Free pick-up/ drop-off from Colonial VillageYHA.

 1800 372 737

* Conditions apply

www.cooldingotour.com

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Treehouse YHA Frizelle Road (off Bingil Bay Road) Bingil Bay, Mission Beach 4852 EMAIL missionbeach@yha.com.au PHONE 07 4068 7137 MANAGER Harry Mendel RECEPTION 7.30am-7.30pm

, relaxing in “First class place to stayce to unwind.” pla fect per st, fore the rain Kevin, UK 2010

QUEENSLAND

Mission Beach

Late arrivals – please phone ahead

MC VA EFTPOS

PRICES FROM MULTI-SHARE

56

DOUBLE / TWIN

$ 25

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

M I S S I O N B E AC H

The Treehouse is unique. This spacious, island-style, pole-framed timber building is set in rainforest. It has lofty ceilings and a sundeck overlooking the stunning pool area. Sun lounges, hammocks on shaded verandahs, a library, CD player with iPod connection, international newspapers, board games, NO TV! 1.5 km to the nearest foodstore. Courtesy bus runs four times daily. Mission Beach offers activities including white water rafting on the Tully River, outer reef cruises, reef fishing, skydiving landing on the beach, and World Heritage rainforest walks. 10 km to the stop. Courtesy bus meets all coaches between 9am-6.50pm. 25 km to Tully Railway Station. Catch Greyhound bus to Mission Beach. Cairns is 140 km N Magnetic Island is 250 km S

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Magnetic Island Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA 40 Horseshoe Bay Road Magnetic Island 4819 EMAIL magneticisland@yha.com.au activities. I would PHONE 07 4778 5577 “Beautiful resort, lots of to stay here!” just ia tral Aus to MANAGER Theresa Spence return Janet, UK 2011 RECEPTION 7am-7pm MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM On-site wildlife sanctuary with three tours daily – hold a koala and crocodile, and enjoy a champagne breakfast with the koalas. Advanced Eco-Tourism Accreditation. All the facilities of an island resort.

120

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DOUBLE ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$ 25

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

M AG N E T I C I S L A N D

400 metres to the nearest foodstore

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Explore walking trails leading to 23 secluded beaches, snorkel on fringing reefs. Mini moke and bike rental available at reception. Jet ski tours and beach activities from Horseshoe Bay. Go horse riding or take a trip to the outer reef. Fun nightly activities, including coconut bowling, trivia and bingo. Greyhound stop at Townsville Ferry Terminal Catch connecting taxi from Townsville Train Station to Ferry Terminal 17 services daily from Townsville Ferry Terminal. Local bus will drop-off at YHA. Airlie Beach is 295 km S Mission Beach is 250 km N

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QUEENSLAND

Maroochydore Maroochydore YHA Backpackers 24 Schirrman Drive, Maroochydore 4558 EMAIL maroochydore@yha.com.au PHONE 07 5443 3151 FREECALL 1800 302 855 MANAGER Justin O’Byrne RECEPTION 8am-1pm / 2-7pm

I have ever “Great stay ! Best hostel stayed with !” Brett, USA 2011

Late arrivals welcome by prior arrangement

S U N S H I N E C OA S T

S U N S H I N E C OA S T

MC VA EFTPOS Set in tropical surroundings on the Maroochydore River, this activity-based YHA boasts a great atmosphere, with a swimming pool surrounded by hammocks. Awesome breakfast included, free use of kayaks/fishing rods, surfboards/bikes for hire. Free BBQ on Wednesday nights. 300 metres to the nearest foodstore Maroochydore is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast with buses daily to Australia Zoo and Underwater World. Tours to the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Eumundi Markets and Fraser Island.

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

$ 20

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

1.5 km to the stop. Courtesy pick-up during office hours, ring on arrival. 30 km to Landsborough Station. Catch bus to Sunshine Plaza. 5 km to airport. Taxi from $18. Noosa is 35 km N Brisbane is 100 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Noosa Heads Halse Lodge Guesthouse YHA 2 Halse Lane, Noosa Heads 4567 EMAIL noosaheads@yha.com.au PHONE 07 5447 3377 FREECALL 1800 242 567 Bookings only MANAGER Drew Pearson RECEPTION 7am-8pm

restaurant, “Beautiful hostel, great to the surf!” cool bar – and so close Hella & Line, GERMANY 2011

Late arrivals accepted. Prearranged credit card bookings. 48-hour cancellation policy. PRICES FROM

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM MULTI-SHARE

This authentic 1880’s National Trust and Heritage Listed guesthouse is set on two acres of lawn and rainforest in the heart of Noosa Heads. Licensed restaurant and bar on-site. Security lockers. Free surfboards, bodyboards, table tennis, pool table. 100 metres to the nearest foodstore 100 metres to swimming and surf beaches, Hastings Street, shops, cafés, nightclubs, bars. Bus to Australia Zoo daily. Trips to Fraser Island, surf lessons, sky diving, Everglades, Noosa National Park.

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DOUBLE / TWIN

$ 25

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

1.5 km to the stop. Courtesy pick-up during office hours, ring on arrival. 34 km to Nambour Station 28 km to Maroochydore Airport 140 km to Brisbane Airport

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Maroochydore is 35 km S Hervey Bay is 190 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Port O’Call Lodge YHA Port Street, Port Douglas 4877 EMAIL portdouglas@yha.com.au PHONE 07 4099 5422 FREECALL 1800 892 800 MANAGERS Gillian & Stephen Dennis RECEPTION 7.30am-7.30pm

at facilities “Beautiful YHA, with gre f.” and friendly staf Sue, CANADA 2011

QUEENSLAND

Port Douglas

Late arrivals welcome

MC VA EFTPOS Resort-style accommodation, 4 Green Star eco-lodge with solar and wind energy. Close to town, marina and 4 Mile Beach. Air-conditioned rooms, most with ensuite facilities, kitchen, laundry, internet, tropical pool, bar, bistro and tour desk.

PRICES FROM

120

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE ROOMS

$ 26

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Foodstore on-site

Bar and bistro on-site, nightclubs nearby Courtesy bus from Cairns CBD six days a week (minimum two night stay). 60 km to Cairns Airport. Courtesy pick-up six days a week, conditions apply. Cairns is 60 km S Cape Tribulation is 60 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Rockhampton YHA 60 MacFarlane Street North Rockhampton 4701 EMAIL rockhampton@yha.com.au PHONE 07 4927 5288 FREECALL 1800 617 194 MANAGER Auzen Mercader RECEPTION 7am-9pm

coming YHA.”

“A friendly and very wel

Carole, UK 2011

Late arrivals welcome by prior arrangement. Courtesy bus service 6.15am-7.45pm. Oz Bus pick-up/drop-off by arrangement.

MC VA EFTPOS Rockhampton YHA is located a short walk from the Fitzroy River and CBD. The hostel has multi-share and double/twin rooms, some with ensuites. Facilities include pool, kitchen, laundry, dining and TV room, tour booking service and internet. 1 km to the nearest foodstore Rockhampton is the gateway to Great Keppel Island and the ideal base for an Australian outback experience. Ask us about farm stays, cave tours or visits to the gem fields and crocodile farm.

R O C K H A M P TO N

Rockhampton

PORT DOUGLAS

Relax on 4 Mile Beach, sail to an island, dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, 4WD, Sunday markets, the Rainforest Habitat, Mossman Gorge, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation or Cooktown.

62

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE CABINS FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$ 19.50 MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

2.5 km to the Greyhound terminal 4 km to the station 6 km to the airport Baralaba is 125 km SW Hervey Bay is 410 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Rockhampton Region/ Outback QLD Myella Farmstay YHA (Baralaba) 1591 Baralaba Rannes Road Kokotungo, Baralaba 4702 EMAIL baralaba@yha.com.au PHONE 07 4998 1290 MANAGER Lyn Eather RECEPTION 8.30am-4.30pm

delicious, “It was a fantastic, great,r farm!” wonderful time at you Bobby & Timo, GERMANY 2011

PRICES FROM

15% surcharge applies on public holidays

AMEX MC VA EFTPOS

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE:

42

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

STRADBROKE ISLAND

ROCKHAMPTON REGION

Phone for Rent-a-YHA pricing

$ 42

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Enjoy life on a real outback cattle farm. Horse-riding, motorbikes, milk a cow, feed calves and chickens, crack whips, lasso, 4WD tours, red dust, sunsets. Boil the billy on our open fire. Kangaroos guaranteed! This family-friendly YHA offers you an experience of a lifetime. 125 km to the nearest foodstore Rockhampton is 125 km NE. Pick-up from Rockhampton available – must be booked in advance, please phone. Rockhampton is 125 km NE Hervey Bay is 435 km S Airlie Beach is 570 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Stradbroke Island Manta Lodge YHA & Scuba Centre 1 Eastcoast Road, Point Lookout 4183 EMAIL stradbrokeisland@yha.com.au PHONE 07 3409 8888 MANAGER Adrian Chong RECEPTION 8am-5pm

fab condition. “Great hostel. Clean, inful staff!” Friendly and help Angela, UK 2011

Night manager available until 10pm

MC VA EFTPOS Beachfront accommodation with a relaxed atmosphere. On-site PADI dive centre, outdoor BBQ and dining area, full kitchen, laundry, internet, TV/games/common room. 30 metres to the nearest foodstore Amazing year-round snorkelling and diving. See whales (Jun-Oct), manta rays (Nov-Apr), dolphins, turtles and more. Enjoy surfing, sandboarding, kayaking, scenic gorge walks. Live band Saturday nights at the pub, with pool competitions and BBQs. On foot – Take train to Cleveland. Hop on the free bus from the train station to water taxi. Catch water taxi over to the island. Hop on the island bus from Dunwich to the YHA in Point Lookout.

PRICES FROM MULTI-SHARE

62

DOUBLE / TWIN

$ 28.50* MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

From Cleveland, catch car ferry to island. Drive to Point Lookout and take second left.

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Brisbane is 25 km NW Surfers Paradise is 70 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


S A S TAT E M A P

1 Adelaide 2 Flinders Ranges – Rawnsley Park Station 3 Flinders Ranges – Wirrabara 4 Kangaroo Island 5 Mt Lofty 6 Port Elliot 7 Robe 8 Venus Bay/Port Kenny

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

YHA hostels in South Australia

YHA TRAVEL & MEMBERSHIP CENTRE Adelaide 135 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000 EMAIL travel@ yhasa.org.au PHONE 08 8414 3000 HOURS MON-FRI  9am-6pm SAT  10am-1pm NOV-APR ONLY

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Visit South Australia, known throughout the world for its rich wine regions, many miles of sandy white beaches, internationally-renowned events and festivals, and the gateway to the outback.

ADELAIDE

With a population of 1.6 million people, ADELAIDE boasts a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a Mediterranean climate. The city takes delight in an abundance of festivals and events, bursting with creativity featuring various arts, music and culinary festivals throughout the year. Womadelaide and the Fringe festivals are two of many not to be missed! Inviting sandy white beaches on one side, and the rolling green Adelaide Hills on the other, Adelaide is an easy city to navigate. Lush green parklands and city squares, sport enthused and epicurean culture to be discovered. Taste the fresh produce at the Central Markets and Chinatown, take in the galleries and museums, bike along the River Torrens to Glenelg Beach or see the Giant Pandas at the zoo.

ADELAIDE HILLS

& BAROSSA VALLEY Just one hour’s drive from the city to the Barossa Valley and some of the country’s best offerings of gourmet wining and dining – an absolute must to visit if not for the scenery alone. Visit world-class vineyards such as Penfolds and Jacob’s Creek, as well as an amazing variety of quality local produce and art galleries. More wineries are dotted through the Adelaide Hills, alongside market gardens and orchards. Bike MOUNT LOFTY and hike the Heysen; take in the panoramic views of the city from the summit and visit the German town of Hahndorf. Cleland Wildlife Park is a great spot to hold a koala and the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, close to Mylor Conservation Park, is a unique way to experience the Australian bush and wildlife. IMAGES COURTESY OF TOURISM AUSTRALIA (TOP) & SATC (AT LEFT )


FLEURIEU PENINSULA / KANGAROO ISLAND Just south of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula has much to explore. Not to be missed, world- PORT ELLIOT BEACH HOUSE YHA renowned McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek regions, with an abundance of wine and produce tastings on offer at cellar doors around every corner. Head further on to PORT ELLIOT for the beautiful coastline and beaches, ideal surfing, fishing, relaxing, seasonal whale watching and plenty of wildlife. Bike along the coast or walk through the bush, see native Aboriginal plants at Basham’s Beach Park or taste the local produce at one of the fine restaurants in this charming village. A ferry from Cape Jervis will take you to KANGAROO ISLAND, known as ‘Australia’s Galapagos’, having been voted fifth-best island in the world. Surrounding emerald green waters are home to the Leafy Sea Dragon, South Australia’s marine emblem, whilst the island itself affords a unique selection of Australian wildlife – not only kangaroos. The island is a sanctuary to the pure strain Ligurian bees, so there is fantastic honey to try, and also indigenous fruits, jams, eucalyptus oils and sheep milk cheeses. The island is much larger than expected and impressive to explore; soaring cliffs, eucalypt forests, Flinders Chase National Park, Seal Bay and the famous Remarkable Rocks.

FLINDERS RANGES

& OUTBACK South Australia’s largest mountain range is a dramatic landscape with impressive geographical formations. Discover ancient gorges, sheltered oasis creek beds, spectacular rocky outcrops and the towering gum trees of the FLINDERS RANGES.

LIMESTONE COAST Breathtaking limestone cliffs, pristine beaches and gorgeous coastal towns, the Limestone Coast was created over millions of years by the force of the ocean. The south east is popular for water sports, the Naracoorte Caves, Mount Gambier’s blue lake and the Coonawarra wine region. Stop at the historic seaside port town of ROBE and mingle with artists, fishermen and farmers. Surf, kayak, and relax at Long Beach, visit the wineries and try the local seafood. FLINDERS RANGES IMAGE ABOVE COURTESY OF SATC

This vast and ancient land of startling colours and amazing wildlife features the naturally grand amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound, and many hiking trails to follow for awe-inspiring views.

EYRE PENINSULA Want an escape? With 2000 kms of breathtaking coastline, the Eyre Peninsula is ideal for memorable sea adventures. Swim with seals, dolphins and, for the brave, try a shark dive! Visit PORT KENNY / VENUS BAY for rugged rock formations, the famous Great Australian Bight, rolling hills, limestone caves, arid desert, and spot migrating whales.

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ADELAIDE

Adelaide for free 

• Free bike hire – ride along the Torrens River to the beach • Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

• Adelaide and Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

• Follow the coastal • Browse Adelaide walking trail along Central Markets and Marino Conservation sample the fine local Park produce • Adelaide Art Gallery • Hike Mount Lofty

• Haigh’s Chocolate Factory Tour

• Check out the local markets, Gilles Street Market or Sunday Farmers Market

• South Australian Migration Museum

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS TOURS/ TRANSPORT Firefly Coaches 1300 730 740 Concession fare on all services for YHA members

Nullarbor Traveller Book at YHA Travel Adelaide 08 8414 3000 Up to $45 off tours

Surf and Sun Book at YHA Travel Adelaide 08 8414 3000 $20 off Kangaroo Is. Tour $10 off Learn to Surf Tour

THINGS TO DO City Gym & Fitness Centre 08 8212 4866 $10 casual visit ($5 off ) or $80 1-month membership (saving $100 start-up fee)

Cleland Wildlife Park 08 8339 2444 20% off general admission

Escapegoat

ENTERTAINMENT Earth Station Festival www.earthstationfestival. com.au Concession price adult tickets

Rhino Room

08 8414 3000 $5 off ‘Lofty Descents’ or ‘Hills, Vines & Wines’ mountain-biking tours

08 8227 1611 Half-price entry to Thursday Comedy nights, plus $5 beer all night (excluding Fringe Festival)

Gorge Wildlife Park

Wallis Cinemas

Temptation Dolphin Swims

08 8389 2206 20% off full-priced admission

www.wallis.com.au Student price tickets for YHA members

Book at YHA Travel Adelaide 08 8414 3000 $5 off Dolphin Swim & Watch Cruises

Ice Arena Skating Rink

WOMADelaide Festival

08 8352 7977 Two-for-one entry. Hire not included.

www.womadelaide.com.au Student price tickets for YHA members

Taste the Barossa Book at YHA Travel Adelaide 08 8414 3000 $5 off day tour

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 See YHA.COM.AU for more YHA member discounts IMAGES COURTESY OF SATC


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide City Map

ADELAIDE CITY MAP

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Adelaide Adelaide Central YHA 135 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000 EMAIL adlcentral@yhasa.org.au PHONE 08 8414 3010 FREECALL 1800 222 942 MANAGER Anna Cornelisse RECEPTION 24 hours MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM Prime location, award winning and perfectly facilitated, Adelaide Central YHA has airconditioning/heating, modern lounge, kitchen, dining, fast internet/WiFi, reading room, backpack-sized lockers, luggage storage, on-site YHA Travel, two TV rooms, DVD library, free linen, free tea and coffee, awesome activities and friendly atmosphere. Best place to stay, with the best pancakes for breakfast, free every day in winter.

ADELAIDE

500 metres to the supermarket. Shop at hostel reception.

and “Excellent hostel, clean, by far a great vibe. The best yet – recommended!” Adam, USA 2011

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE ENSUITE FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$ 27

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Explore the Adelaide Central markets and Chinatown, museums, art galleries, cafés, shops and all major city attractions. Take a tram ride to seaside Glenelg or a bus to view the stunning Adelaide Hills. For surfing and whale watching, ask for packages to stay at Port Elliot Beach House YHA. A short walk to Adelaide’s coolest and best night spots, dance clubs, live music, galleries, restaurants and cafés. Enjoy local beers and wines with music from jazz to live bands and dance. 100 metres to the terminal 2 km to Keswick Station. Take the Skylink. 5 km to the airport. Catch the Jet Bus, every 15 minutes to Currie Street, for a short walk to the YHA (see map). Port Elliot is 85 km SE Kangaroo Island is 110 km S Robe is 339 km SE

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Flinders Ranges Rawnsley Park Station YHA Wilpena Road, Wilpena 5434 EMAIL rawnsley@yhasa.org.au PHONE 08 8648 0008 MANAGERS Tony & Julie Smith RECEPTION 8am-6pm

with lots “The location is fantastic, r by…” nea of great walking tracks Chaanah, AUSTRALIA 2010

AMEX DC MC VA EFTPOS

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CABINS: SINGLE DOUBLE/TWIN FAMILY SOME ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$ 48

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

FLINDERS RANGES

Rawnsley Park Station is a multi-awardwinning property adjoining Flinders Ranges National Park and overlooking Wilpena Pound. The YHA offers the experience of a working sheep station combined with top-class tourism activities. Situated at the base of Rawnsley Bluff, the YHA looks out onto the vivid colours of the Flinders Ranges. Foodstore onsite Seven marked walking trails, ranging from half an hour to five hours return (Rawnsley Bluff), wind through the station, revealing wildlife, birdlife and native plants. Activities include scenic flights over Wilpena Pound, 4WD tours to Flinders Ranges National Park, guided walks, sheep shearing and wool display. Bus service – Angorichina Connections from Port Augusta to Rawnsley Park. Car hire available from Port Augusta Adelaide is 415 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

INSIDER’S ADELAIDE  E ID U G Must see& do 

• Visit the famous Barossa Valley wine region

• Eat a pie-floater – you’ve got to try it! • Take the tram to the popular Glenelg beach

• Go surfing – southern Fleurieu Peninsula or Middleton are great for beginners

• WOMADelaide and Fringe festivals • Mountain bike through the Mount Lofty Ranges • Swim with dolphins off the suburban beaches • See the panda bears at Adelaide Zoo

IMAGES COURTESY OF SATC (ABOVE LEFT) & ATC (TOP RIGHT)

• Beer connoisseurs enjoy the Coopers Brewery tour • Bushwalk the hills and hold a koala at Cleland Conservation Park • Best backpacker bars – Grace Emily and the Duke of York hotels • Take a paddleboat, Venetian gondola, or the Popeye boat along the River Torrens 107


SOUTH AUSTRALIA FLINDERS RANGES K A N GA R O O I S L A N D

Flinders Ranges Wirrabara Old Schoolhouse YHA Wirrabara Forest EMAIL travel@yhasa.org.au PHONE 08 8414 3000 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL through the YHA South Australia Travel office: MON-FRI 9am-6pm SAT 10am-1pm Nov-Apr only

MC VA EFTPOS

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE: MON-THURS $126 per night per group FRI-SUN $153 per night per group $30 surcharge per night – long weekends and public holidays $50 cash refundable key deposit

EXCLUSIVE USE FROM $126 PER NIGHT Due to bush fire safety requirements, minimum group booking of two people. Guests must have transport and access to mobile phone and/or radio to monitor weather conditions.

GROUP PRICES FROM

20

MULTI-SHARE

$ 126 PER NIGHT

A beautifully renovated cottage built in 1880, the Wirrabara YHA is a piece of Australian rural history. Kitchen/dining facilities include microwave, electric stove, oven and refrigerator. Perfect for families, groups and nature lovers. Guests must bring their own linen and drinking water. 10 km to the nearest foodstore Take your bike, ride the Mawson Trail. No bus service available Rawnsley Park Station 250 km N Adelaide is 250 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Kangaroo Island Kangaroo Island YHA 33 Middle Terrace, Penneshaw 5222 EMAIL kangarooisland@ yhasa.org.au PHONE 08 8553 1344 MANAGER Helen Richardson RECEPTION 9am-12pm / 5.30-7.30pm

, wrens every“Penguins were aroundplace to stay.” where and just a great Stephen, AUSTRALIA 2011

After hours arrivals by prior arrangement

MC VA EFTPOS Kangaroo Island offers an abundance of wildlife, amazing scenery and adventure. The newly refurbished YHA, which overlooks beautiful Hog Bay, is a great base from which to explore the island, and is just 100 metres from the beach and ferry. Relax in the hammock with sea views. 200 metres to the nearest foodstore Tours to Seal Bay, Flinders Chase, Little Sahara Sand Dunes, beaches, wildlife park. See penguins, koalas, wallabies, seals, kangaroos, echidnas and sea lions.

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MULTI-SHARE TWIN DBLE ENSUITE GROUP ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$ 27

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

110 km from Adelaide to terminal at Cape Jervis. Twice daily coach service from Adelaide connects with ferry. Book at YHA Travel. No public transport on KI. 10am shuttle to Kingscote, 5.30pm return. 60 km to Kingscote Airport

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Port Elliot is 86 km E Adelaide is 127 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


d n a l s I o o r Kanga r u o T e r u t Adven 2 days/1 night

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*Prices valid to 31st March 2012. Price based on multi-share style accommodation at Vivonne Bay Lodge. ABN 69 007 122 367 Lic. No. TTA 64062.


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Mt Lofty Mt Lofty Cottage YHA Cleland Conservation Park EMAIL travel@yhasa.org.au PHONE 08 8414 3000 PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL through the YHA South Australia Travel office: MON-FRI 9am-6pm SAT 10am-1pm Nov-Apr only

MC VA EFTPOS

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE: MON-THURS $99 per night per group FRI-SUN $126 per night per group $30 surcharge per night – long weekends and public holidays $50 cash refundable key deposit An attractive stone cottage built in 1880, just 20 minutes from the city. Facilities include electric stove, microwave, fridge and DVD facility. Walking distance to Cleland Wildlife Park, the cottage is ideal for families and nature lovers. Guests must bring linen and drinking water. 2 km to the nearest foodstore Excellent walking trails with spectacular views of city lights at night. 400 metres from famous Mt Lofty summit lookout. No bus service available Mylor is 15 km S Adelaide is 20 km E

EXCLUSIVE USE FROM $99 PER NIGHT Due to bush fire safety requirements, minimum group booking of two people. Guests must have transport and access to mobile phone and/or radio to monitor weather conditions.

GROUP PRICES FROM

10

MULTI-SHARE TWIN

$ 99 PER NIGHT

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adventures Beyond

Kangaroo Island Tours

MULTI AWARD-WINNING SMALL GROUP WILDLIFE ADVENTURES

Sand Boarding  Optional Quad Bike Tour  Campfire  Guided Seal Bay Tour  Nocturnal Wildlife Walk  Kayaking (Summer)  Snorkelling 

(Summer)

Freecall:

1800 454 454 www.adventuresbeyond.com.au


SOUTH AUSTRALIA P O R T E L L I OT PORT KENNY

Port Elliot/ Fleurieu Peninsula Port Elliot Beach House YHA 13 The Strand, Port Elliot 5212 EMAIL portelliot@yhasa.org.au PHONE 08 8554 1885 RECEPTION 8.30am-12.30pm / 5-8.30pm

tel, stunning “Beautifully restored hos facilities.” location and fantastic Barbara, AUSTRALIA 2011

After hours arrivals by prior arrangement

MC VA EFTPOS

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE AVAILABLE Price on application The ultimate in boutique budget accommodation, this hostel boasts amazing views to be enjoyed in every season. A variety of rooms, from shared dorms, double, family rooms and a beautiful suite to cater to all budgets; also available for exclusive use. 400 metres to the nearest foodstore Across the road from stunning beaches – swimming, kayaking, beachwalking, whale watching (seasonal), bike riding. Nearby towns, Victor Harbor, Goolwa, Middleton. Try sky diving, ballooning. Visit the nearby McLaren Vale wine region. Great pubs and restaurants nearby. Short drive or taxi ride to Victor Harbor nightlife. 400 metres to the bus stop. Premier Stateliner buses daily from Adelaide. Kangaroo Island is 86 km W Adelaide is 90 km N Robe is 323 km SE

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$ 25

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Port Kenny / Venus Bay Coodlie Park YHA Coodlie Park, Port Kenny 5671 EMAIL portkenny@yhasa.org.au PHONE 08 8687 0411 MANAGER Craig Haslam RECEPTION 8am-8pm

amazing “Wonderful facilities on the area.” in countryside. Lots to see David, AUSTRALIA 2009

MC VA EFTPOS Coodlie Park is a unique 3000 acre property and an ideal base for your Eyre Peninsula experience. Private beach access and bushwalking. See wildlife on our night spotlighting tour. BBQ and camp fire. Your hosts can help plan your itinerary.

PRICES FROM

23

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE

$ 25

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

25km to the nearest foodstore Talia Caves, Mount Camel Beach, Venus Bay and Lake Newland are nearby. Gawler Ranges are just 120km away. Scenic flights, swim with sea lions and dolphins. Explore cliff tops and feel the energy of the Great Southern Ocean. Spotlighting tour, camp oven cooking, Billion Stars 4WD camping tours and sharing experiences by the camp fire. 10% off all guided tours. Nullarbor Traveller picks up from Adelaide or Perth 220 km to Port Lincoln Airport

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Flinders Ranges is 400 km Adelaide is 700 km

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Lakeside Manor YHA 22 Main Road, Robe 5276 EMAIL robe@yhasa.org.au PHONE 08 8768 1995 FREECALL 1800 155 350 MANAGERS Ellouise Moody & Hayden Jones RECEPTION 8 -11am / 4-8pm

st impressive “Without a doubt the mo Australia.” hostel I’ve stayed in in Robert, ENGLAND 2011

Phone for arrival outside of listed hours. Minimum stay three nights Easter, Christmas. Minimum stay two nights New Year’s Eve.

PRICES FROM

MC VA EFTPOS

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$ 29

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

BACKPACKER INTERVIEW



ROBE

A restored 1880’s mansion that provides an unforgettable experience, with modern conveniences. Organic café and wine bar, beautiful garden setting and crackling open fires in winter. This heritage listed manor is an easy walk to Robe town centre. 600 metres to the nearest foodstore Discover some of the biggest 4WD trails, best surf and stunning bush walks South Australia has to offer. Enjoy sparkling beaches, wild cliff tops and tranquil lakes or laze on Long Beach and indulge in the local wine, seafood and regional produce. Enjoy a drink at the Manor’s wine bar, or check out the local English-styled pub. 600 metres to Premier Stateliner bus stop 130 km to Mt Gambier Port Elliot is 323 km NW Adelaide is 350 km NW

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Robe

TINE

NAME TINE AGE 30 COUNTRY GERMANY

 Why did you come to Australia?

Because I love it. I love the people and the landscape.

 Where have you travelled?

The North, East and South Coasts. I’m going to Tasmania as well.

 What’s your favourite Aussie experience?

“Remarkable!”

Everything was good. Ayers Rock was amazing, and Kangaroo Island.

 Where did you see your first kangaroo?

Maybe Darwin.

 Describe Australia in three words…

‘Remarkable‘ – only need one word!

 Where is your favourite YHA, and why?

Port Elliot. Really cute old house, it’s like sitting back home.

 Name one thing about Australia that

most people don’t know…

Vegemite tastes salty!

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TA S M A N I A TA S S TAT E M A P

YHA hostels in Tasmania

1 Bridport 2 Coles Bay – Esplanade – Freycinet 3 Cradle Mountain 4 Hobart – Adelphi Court – Montgomery’s 5 Strahan

YHA TRAVEL & MEMBERSHIP CENTRE Hobart TOUR DESK ONLY

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE

9 Argyle Street, Hobart TAS 7000

YHATRAVEL.COM.AU

EMAIL

yhatas@ yhatas.org.au

PHONE

03 6234 1359

HOURS

MON-FRI  9am-5pm

LIMITED TRAVEL SERVICES

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TASMANIA

It might look small on the map, but there’s a lot to see and do in Tasmania. It is the ideal island holiday destination, and with only a short ferry or plane ride across Bass Strait you can allow yourself plenty of time to explore the beauty of this island state. SALA MANCA MARKET, HOBART

HOBART & THE SOUTH Majestic Mount Wellington towers over HOBART, Tasmania’s capital, and offers fantastic views of the city. On Saturday mornings, Salamanca Market is a major drawcard for locals and tourists alike. Relax in Tasmania’s premier gardens, the Royal Botanical Gardens, or take time to explore Hobart’s historic waterfront and surrounds. To the south lies the Huon Valley, a region of waterways and wilderness, apple blossom and the popular Huon Trail which takes in history, heritage, crafts, wine and food. About 70 minutes from Hobart is Port Arthur historic site, perhaps Australia’s most famous convict settlement. Joining one of the ghost tours, held nightly, is a must. Mount Field National Park is a great place to spend a day, only an hour’s drive from Hobart. Walk to Russell Falls, and witness the spectacular cascading stream of white water amongst the swamp gums, some of the world’s tallest trees.

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NORTH EAST

& THE SUNCOAST

White sandy beaches line Tasmania’s Suncoast. The east coast offers the most temperate climate in Tasmania – relax and enjoy sun, surf and sand. COLES BAY on the rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations for those wanting to get away from it all. Discover picturesque Wineglass Bay, one of the world’s acclaimed beaches with its well-formed walking track through stunning granite outcrops. The fishing port of St Helens has a relaxed atmosphere and picturesque places to unwind. Then travel north to BRIDPORT, another seaside village where you can explore the river by canoe or visit the nearby lavender farm.

THE NORTH WEST Deloraine is a charming town situated on the appropriately named Meander River, and is classified by the National Trust as a site of historical significance. Head further north to Devonport, the sea gateway into Tasmania. There are excellent cycling tracks along the foreshore between the city and Don River. CRADLE MOUNTAIN LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the state. Spend a day or a week hiking through the soaring mountains, deep gorges, lakes, tarns and wide open moor lands. STRAHAN is a quaint fishing village situated in a sheltered part of Tasmania’s wild west coast and home to one of the most beautiful rivers, the Gordon, renowned for its mirror-like reflections. Cruise on the river, or spend a day kayaking or sand boarding. IMAGES ( ABOVE LEFT AND RIGHT) COURTESY OF TOURISM TAS


Bridport Seaside Lodge Backpackers YHA 47 Main Street, Bridport 7262 EMAIL bridportseasidelodge @hotmail.com PHONE 03 6356 1585 MANAGER Murray Saunders RECEPTION 8am-8pm

rooms have “Clean, affordable, the – stay here!” tion loca at Gre . ters hea Sarah, UK 2011

Arrivals after 8pm by prior arrangement. Weekly discounts available.

MC VA

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Iluka Backpackers YHA Esplanade, Coles Bay 7215 EMAIL info@ilukaholidaycentre. com.au PHONE 03 6257 0115 MANAGERS Sharon Johnstone & John McDonnell RECEPTION 8am-6pm

to nature and “If you want to get back is the place!” sit by a wood stove, this Lucy & Heath, AUSTRALIA 2011

Late arrivals accepted – call for instructions

MC VA EFTPOS Situated in the Coles Bay township, 1 km from the Freycinet National Park, the YHA is over the road from Muirs Beach. On-site facilities include tavern/bistro and bakery. There is also a playground for children.

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C O L E S B AY – E S P L A N A D E

Coles Bay-Esplanade

BRIDPORT

Bridport is a seaside village on the shores of Anderson’s Bay, on Tasmania’s sunny north coast. The hostel is located opposite the river estuary, close to the hotel, beach, bakery, cheap eats, internet café and shops. 400 metres to the nearest foodstore Explore the river by canoe, try oystering, take the coastal walk, fish off the beach or in a boat. Short drive to lavender farm, wineries, sand dunes, mountain walks and waterfalls. Barnbougle Links golf course. Pubs, restaurants, moonlight beach walks Sainty’s NE Coaches from Launceston connect at Scottsdale with Stan’s Coaches to Bridport twice daily (Monday-Friday). Return Bridport to Launceston on Saturday. 95 km to Launceston Airport Launceston is 80 km SW Coles Bay is 240 km SE

TA S M A N I A

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Freycinet National Park is one of the east coast’s most popular destinations with secluded beaches, spectacular scenery, red granite mountains and clear blue water. With so much on offer you can undertake some of the many and varied activities. Bushwalking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, oyster farm tours, photography, scenic flights and boat charters. Bicheno Coach Service meets Redline Coaches or TassieLink Coaches from Hobart or Launceston. Coles Bay-Freycinet is 7 km S Bridport is 240 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Coles Bay-Freycinet Coles Bay YHA Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay 7215 EMAIL yhatas@yhatas.org.au PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL through the YHA Tasmania office: PHONE

03 6234 1359

RECEPTION

Phone YHA TAS for keyholder

Hostel can only be booked per room from 15 December-15 February and over Easter. Bookings by ballot system. Call YHA Tasmania before mid-Sept to register. Some dates may remain unfilled after the ballot, so contact YHA Tasmania after mid-Sept to confirm vacancies. Easter bookings register by mid-January.

nderful

“Beautiful setting and wo sunsets.”

Julie, USA 2011

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C O L E S B AY – FREYCINET

MC VA EFTPOS Coles Bay YHA, overlooking a secluded beach in Freycinet National Park, is a special two-unit holiday YHA with basic facilities – fridge and stove, cold shower and pit toilet. No running hot water. 7 km to the nearest foodstore Nearby is the start of the walking track to Wineglass Bay. Ideal for swimming, bushwalking, fishing and photography. Oyster farm tours, sea kayaking and boat charters. 7 km to the stop. Bicheno Coach Service will drop off at walking tracks car park (1km from hostel) on request. Coles Bay-Esplanade is 7 km N Bridport is 240 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Parks Cradle Mountain Backpackers YHA Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain 7306 EMAIL cradle@discoveryparks. com.au PHONE 03 6492 1289 MANAGERS Claire & Mark Walsh RECEPTION 8am-6pm

g. The bunk“This place was amazin fortable…” house is so cute! Very com Rolf, UK 2011

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Cradle Mountain Backpackers YHA provides cosy wilderness facilities with opportunities to meet other travellers and enjoy some of the world’s most amazing scenery. Stone and wood camp kitchens, BBQ, dining area, log fire, internet. Borrow games, books, magazines, get supplies in the on-site shop. Foodstore at the YHA Visit Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park and World Heritage Area. Information available from the local Visitors’ Centre. Star gazing, reading, open log fire, night walks to spot nocturnal wildlife 500 metres to the stop 165km to Launceston Airport

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


HOBART ’S R E ID S IN  & SURROUNDS E ID GU

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• Take in great views of Hobart from the top of Mt Wellington

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS

THINGS TO DO National Trust of Australia – Runnymede

TOURS/ TRANSPORT

03 6278 1269 50% off admission price

Adventure Island Tours

03 6251 2310 10% off admission, including guided tour and harbour cruise

03 6244 7080 10% off tour price

Jump Tours 0422 130 630 5% off five-day tours

Par Avion Airlines 03 6248 5390 10% off scenic flights and day tours

Roaring 40’s Ocean Kayaking 03 6267 5000 10% off full and half-day tours booked direct

Tasmania’s Own Redline Coaches 1300 360 000 20% off all main coach route services

Tassielink Regional Coach Service 1300 300 520 20% off adult fares on Tassielink route services

Under Down Under 1800 064 726 / 03 6274 1880 $5-$30 off selected tours

Port Arthur Historic Site

Tasmanian Devil Jet 03 6261 3460 $5 off per person

RETAIL Passion8 03 6231 0882 10% off full-price items

EATING OUT Dome Café Elizabeth Mall 03 6231 1008 Sandy Bay 03 6224 5972 10% off total bill

La Porchetta Salamanca Pl 03 6224 4848 Elizabeth St 03 6231 6777 10% off total bill (Sun-Thurs only)

Taj Palace 03 6234 4624 10% off total bill, dine in or takeaway

 See YHA.COM.AU for more YHA member discounts SALAMANCA MARKETS IMAGE COURTESY OF TOURISM TAS

• Take a stroll to Battery Point and drop in to Jackman & McRoss Bakery for some sweet treats • Visit the Salamanca Markets – food stalls, local produce, art and vintage treasures • Use your YHA member discount and take a day trip to Port Arthur. Go on a ghost tour – so scary it will make your toes curl! • Take a tour of the Cascade brewery • Check out the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart. Tasmania’s ‘adult Disneyland’ is full of thoughtprovoking art from around the world. • Meet Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, wombats and koalas at Bonorong Park Wildlife Centre, on the northern edge of Hobart and open each day. 119


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Hobart Montgomery’s Private Hotel & YHA 9 Argyle Street, Hobart 7000 EMAIL montys@yhatas.org.au PHONE 03 6231 2660 RECEPTION 8am-10pm MC VA EFTPOS Hobart’s most luxurious YHA and private hotel is located 100 metres from Hobart GPO and a block away from Constitution Dock on Hobart’s waterfront. The YHA has communal cooking facilities, a common room with TV, reception and tour desk.

and great “Good value for money good location! Friendly staff and facilities.” Collette, AUSTRALIA 2011

HOBART

500 metres to the nearest foodstore Hobart is Australia’s second-oldest city, with a wealth of scenery. From the historic homes of Battery Point to the panoramic view from Mount Wellington there is plenty on offer. Salamanca Market, the Botanical Gardens, Derwent River cruises and Australia’s oldest brewery, Cascade, are all recommended. Catch the Hobart Summer Festival and Taste of Tasmania starting 27 December. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery across the road from the hostel, and Montgomery’s Hotel next door for excellent budget-priced meals.

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$ 26

Hobart has an abundance of nightlife. Most activities occur later in the week. Check local newspapers for a guide to entertainment. Karaoke Fri/Sat night at Montgomery’s Hotel. Restaurants, clubs and bars nearby. 100 metres to local Metro bus stop. Tasmania’s Own Redline Coaches and TassieLink services daily. 18 km to the airport. Shuttle service departs 10-15 minutes after each domestic arrival. Hobart-Adelphi Court is 2.5 km N Coles Bay-Esplanade is 186 km NE

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Adelphi Court YHA 17 Stoke Street, New Town 7008 EMAIL adelphi@ yhatas.org.au PHONE 03 6228 4829 RECEPTION 1 DEC-15 MAR

7.30-10.30am / 4-9pm

parking “Great location … good ront.” and bus direct to waterf

TA S M A N I A

Hobart

Michael, USA 2011

16 MAR-30 APR

8-10am / 4-7pm Arrivals after hours by prior arrangement

MC VA EFTPOS

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$ 24

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

STRAHAN

Strahan Strahan Backpackers YHA 43 Harvey Street, Strahan 7468 EMAIL info@strahanbackpackers. com.au PHONE 03 6471 7255 MANAGERS Deb & Rob Patrick RECEPTION 8am-8pm

HOBART

Hostel open 1/12/11 to 30/4/12. Group bookings accepted all year. Adelphi Court provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of Hobart’s main attractions and restaurant precinct. The YHA has a large games/common room, courtyard with BBQ and tour booking desk. Breakfast and group catering and off-street parking are available. 1km to the nearest foodstore Check local papers for entertainment guide Metro service routes 25-42/100/ 105-128 depart Stop E Metro City Bus Terminus outside GPO in Elizabeth Street, alight bus stop 10. Tasmania’s Own Redline Coaches and TassieLink services daily. 18 km to the airport. Shuttle departs 10-15 minutes after domestic arrivals. Hobart-Montgomery’s is 2.5 km S Coles Bay-Esplanade is 186 km NE

age-like “A lovely hostel! Cosy cott nice staff.” houses, comfy beds and Camilla, AUSTRALIA 2011

MC VA This rustic hostel is set in bushland, near a creek where platypus live. Close to the town centre, transport, shops, tours, Macquarie Harbour activities. There are huts, dorms and double rooms. BBQ and outdoor dining areas, kitchen, common room and a tranquil atmosphere. 500 metres to the nearest foodstore Enjoy art and craft galleries, shopping and restaurants. Cruise the Gordon River, take a scenic flight, go kayaking, explore Ocean Beach, take a jet boat ride or sand board Henty Sand Dunes. See Tasmania’s longest-running play: ‘The Ship That Never Was’, enjoy drinks at the pub or try to spot the platypus family in the creek. TassieLink Coaches drop off outside the hostel 320 km to Hobart or Launceston Cradle Mountain is 151 km NW Hobart is 300 km S

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$ 25

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INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA Australia’s original inhabitants occupy a unique place in our history, with over 50,000 years on this continent. Their culture, traditions, beliefs and stories are intertwined with our modern society. While travelling Australia you’ll find the influence of Aboriginal culture in every corner, from the big cities to the vast outback.

A FEW MUST DOs

ULURU  Visit sites and spiritual centres with local Aboriginal guides who will tell you about the Dreaming, and demonstrate bush skills. KAKADU  Keep your eyes open for ancient rock engravings and paintings dating back more than 40,000 years.

BLUE MOUNTAINS  Just minutes from the YHA you can try bark and body painting, bush tucker and bathing in billabongs on walkabout in this World Heritage wilderness. THE GRAMPIANS  Visit Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre and experience local Aboriginal culture.

DID YOU KNOW?

ADELAIDE  The Museum of South Australia has the world’s largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural objects. Free museum entry. BURRUP PENINSULA, WA  This Aboriginal sacred place is one of the best places to see ancient indigenous art. It contains the largest concentration of rock art in the world.

COOKTOWN  Hear stories of the area’s sacred places and traditions as you visit the mangroves and pristine rainforest of World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park.

CAIRNS  Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture and take part in interactive activities as you learn about indigenous culture.

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The Aboriginal flag was designed by Indigenous elder Harold Thomas in 1971. The black panel symbolises the Aboriginal people, the yellow circle represents the sun and the constant renewal of life. Red depicts the earth, and also represents the ochre which is used in ceremonies.

Ask YHA TRAVEL about indigenous tours and cultural experiences IMAGES COURTESY OF TOURISM AUSTRALIA

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VICTORIA

YHA hostels in Victoria

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Halls Gap/Grampians Lakes Entrance Lorne Melbourne – Melbourne Central – Melbourne Metro

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Mount Buller Phillip Island Port Fairy Queenscliff Sorrento

V I C S TAT E M A P

1 Apollo Bay 2 Albury/Wodonga (see NSW listings) 3 Ballarat 4 Bendigo 5 Echuca 6 Foster

YHA TRAVEL & MEMBERSHIP CENTRE Melbourne City Level 1, 377 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000 EMAIL travelvic@ yha.com.au PHONE 03 9670 9611 HOURS MON-FRI  9.30am-5.30pm

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VICTORIA Victoria has it all – rugged mountain ranges, famous surf breaks, rolling countryside for Sunday drives, skyscrapers towering over a city that is home to so many exciting events. Explore the endless sights and experiences of this compact, easy-to-navigate state.

BAYSIDE

Escape the city to discover penguins, dolphins, seals, wineries and surf on Melbourne’s doorstep. Enjoy the world-famous beaches in PHILLIP ISLAND, SORRENTO and QUEENSCLIFF – all only a short drive from Melbourne. Or you can jump on a ferry across the bay between Queenscliff to Sorrento.

MELBOURNE

A cosmopolitan city of diverse backgrounds, MELBOURNE is more than just the home of ‘Neighbours’.

GOLD REGION

It’s an eclectic haven for fashion addicts, culture vultures and the sport obsessed. Melbourne is chock-full of trendy restaurants, cafés, live music, art galleries, museums and laneways to rival any European city.

Take a step back in time in BENDIGO and BALLARAT and try your luck gold panning at Sovereign Hill. Explore the remnants of early settlement, and discover how the search for gold shaped Victoria’s history.

Meanwhile, sports fans shouldn’t miss world-famous events like the Formula One Grand Prix, Australian Tennis Open, the Melbourne Cup, Australian Rules Football, and a game of international cricket at the MCG.

BALLOONING IMAGE ABOVE RIGHT COURTESY OF GLOBAL BALLOONING


GREAT OCEAN ROAD & GRAMPIANS

Begin your Great Ocean Road journey in LORNE, near the pounding surf of world-famous Bells Beach. Cruise along the coastline to the seaside town of APOLLO BAY at the foot of the Otway Ranges. Be inspired by the majestic Twelve Apostles enroute to the beautiful and historic fishing village of PORT FAIRY. Travel inland to take a break in the peaceful town of HALLS GAP, enjoy some excellent hiking, world-class rock climbing and breathtaking views in the Grampians National Park.

SKI ESCAPES Hit the slopes of MT BULLER this winter for some action-packed adventure. Only three hours drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller is the most accessible alpine resort in Australia.

MELBOURNE SIGHTSEEING FREE

• Get around – Free City Circle Trams and Melbourne Tourist Shuttle • Ride around town on Melbourne’s bike trails • Stroll the banks of the Yarra River from Docklands to the MCG • Window shopping in Melbourne’s secret laneways • Angels and gargoyles at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Albert Street • St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Swanston Street • Extravagant mosaic floors in the Block and Royal Arcades • General admission to National Gallery of Victoria, International on St Kilda Road and the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square • Queen Victoria Market • Hang out on St Kilda Beach, art and craft market on Sundays

MURRAY REGION On your drive to Sydney, take a detour to ECHUCA or stop off in ALBURY to enjoy fishing, swimming, canoeing and waterskiing on the mighty Murray River. Cruise the river on an old-time paddle-steamer or tour the region’s superb wineries.

LAKES & COAST Take the coast road to Sydney and stop in FOSTER, gateway to Wilsons Promontory, the largest coastal wilderness area in Victoria. Further along the coast, at the end of the Ninety Mile Beach, LAKES ENTRANCE is a relaxing haven for fishing, sailing and swimming.

• Funky and alternative Brunswick Street, Fitzroy • Southbank cafés, shops and Crown Casino Complex • Picnic in the Royal Botanical, Carlton or Fitzroy Gardens

UNDER $20

WITH YHA MEMBER DISCOUNT • Moonlight Cinema, Royal Botanical Gardens (Dec-Mar) • Melbourne Golden Mile Guided Walk • Aussie comedy at the Last Laugh Comedy Club or Comics Lounge • Captain Cook’s Cottage • Yarra River Sightseeing Cruise • MCG tours • Melbourne Museum • Old Melbourne Gaol • Eureka Skydeck 88 • IMAX Melbourne

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Apollo Bay Eco Beach YHA 5 Pascoe Street, Apollo Bay 3233 EMAIL apollobay@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5237 7899 MANAGERS Gilbert & Gay Brooks RECEPTION 8-10am / 5-9.30pm

best “Quite simply – one of the in.” ed hostels I have ever stay

Richard, UK 2011

MC VA EFTPOS An architect-designed passive solar hostel combining functionality, comfort and that certain ‘WOW’ factor. You must experience it! Free tea and coffee for guests. 100 metres to the nearest foodstore

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Visit Cape Otway lighthouse, rain forests, deserted beaches and waterfalls. Activities include surfing, snorkelling, horse riding, kayaking to the seal colony, Otway Fly Treetop Walk and the Great Ocean Walk.

B A L L A R AT

A P O L LO B AY

Easy walking distance to local pubs – enjoy nightlife with a beach-side feel! 200 metres to the stop. Daily V-Line buses from Melbourne to Apollo Bay. Call V-Line – 13 61 96. Tours operate from Melbourne or Apollo Bay most days. Call YHA Travel – 03 9670 9611. Lorne is 44 km NE Melbourne is 186 km NE Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Ballarat Sovereign Hill Lodge YHA Magpie Street, Ballarat 3350 EMAIL ballarat@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5337 1159 MANAGER Neil Robbins RECEPTION 7am-10pm

’re in Ballarat “ The place to stay if you Hill.” to visit Sovereign Ryosuke, JAPAN 2010

MC VA EFTPOS The Sovereign Hill Lodge YHA is located next to Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum, which is a re-creation of a 1850’s township. This hostel has great backpacker facilities, including barbecue area and television/ common room.

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$ 35

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2.5 km to the nearest foodstore Experience Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum. Pan for gold and see a working display of the gold mining era. At night, experience ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, an exciting sound and light spectacular. Ballarat is a bustling city with many cafés, galleries, museums, antique and craft shops, and other attractions. 3 km to the stop 3 km to the station Melbourne is 110 km E Queenscliff is 117 km SE

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


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VICTORIA

Bendigo The Fleece Inn Bendigo YHA 139 Charleston Road, Bendigo 3350 EMAIL bendigo@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5443 3086 MANAGERS Bryce & Kelly Edwards RECEPTION MON-SAT 8-10am / 4-8pm SUN 5-8pm

nt location, “ Value for money, excelle ment.” friendly and safe environ Damian, AUSTRALIA 2011

MC VA EFTPOS A completely refurbished historic hotel, just a short stroll from Lake Weeroona and historic central Bendigo. 24-hour communal kitchen, shared lounges with TV/DVD, wood fire, secure off-street parking. Relax in the courtyard and large undercover area with barbecue, table tennis, TV and arcade games.

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200m

250 metres to the nearest foodstore Walk down Pall Mall, explore the region’s wineries, visit the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Golden Dragon Museum and Chinese Gardens, ride a vintage tram.

E C H U CA

BENDIGO

Nightclubs, pubs and live music, plus restaurants, cafés and wine bars. 2 km to the station. Daily train and bus services to/from Melbourne. 140 km to Melbourne Airport Ballarat is 120 km S Echuca is 104 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Echuca Echuca Gardens YHA 103 Mitchell Street, Echuca 3564 EMAIL echuca@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5480 6522 MOBILE 0419 881 054 MANAGER Kym Kelly RECEPTION 7-8.30am / 5-10pm

utiful gardens “Fascinating wagons, bea nature.” – close to history and Kamma & Torben, DENMARK 2009

MC VA EFTPOS A choice of self-contained ensuite gypsy wagons (2 persons), self-contained apartment (3-4 persons) or shared facilities in a restored workers’ cottage (1-10 persons).

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200 metres to the nearest foodstore Swim, canoe, fish, ski or relax. World’s largest collection of paddle steamers. Cruise the river or explore the Barmah Forest, the ‘Kakadu of the South’, by boat. Fauna reserve, wineries and more. Cinema, clubs, pubs 700 metres to the stop. Daily train and bus services to/from Melbourne. 200 km to Melbourne Airport Bendigo is 90 km SW Albury is 215 km E

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VICTORIA

Foster Prom Coast Backpackers YHA 40 Station Road, Foster 3960 EMAIL foster@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5682 2171 MOBILE 0427 875 735 MANAGERS Mohya & John Davies RECEPTION Phone until 9pm

Wilson’s Prom. “Great starting point for life experience!” National Park. Great wild Jan, GERMANY 2011

Late arrivals please call for instructions. Free phone at YHA to managers’ mobile. PRICES FROM

MC VA EFTPOS Centrally located in Foster – gateway to Wilsons Promontory National Park and South Gippsland beaches. Great Southern Rail Trail goes to Foster (50 km walking and cycling track). Free laundry facilities available. Transport to Wilsons Prom at $20 per person with prior notice.

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$ 25

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100 metres to the shopping centre Explore Wilsons Promontory National Park. Go bushwalking, hiking, or visit Foster craft markets. Take in Foster North lookout or windsurf Shallow Inlet. Enjoy a game of snooker at the pub

Phillip Island is 100 km W Lakes Entrance is 200 km E

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

FO S T E R

150 metres to V-Line terminal. Daily buses depart from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. V-Line 13 61 96 / www.viclink.com.au

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Halls Gap/Grampians Grampians Eco YHA Corner Grampians and Buckler Roads Halls Gap 3381 EMAIL grampians@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5356 4544 GROUPS 03 9326 7910 MANAGERS Jason & AJ Bunn RECEPTION 8-10am / 5-10pm

in between “A perfect lodge to rest entures.” hikes and other adv Rosamund, AUSTRALIA 2011

MC VA EFTPOS

LAKES ENTRANCE

H A L L S GA P

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE OFF-PEAK SEASON – 2 MAY-23 SEPT $1200 first night / $950 subsequent nights PEAK SEASON – 24 SEPT-1 MAY $1800 first night / $1450 subsequent nights A stylish, comfortable eco-hostel with solar electricity and many energy and water conservation features. Be as active as you like or relax by the wood fire with a book. 1 km to the nearest foodstore Visit The Balconies, Hollow Mountain, Boronia Peak and many waterfalls. Activities include abseiling, rockclimbing, mountain bike and horse riding, kayaking. Call YHA Travel 03 9670 9611 for bus info. Daily V-Line train from Melbourne to Ararat connects with local bus. Call V-Line on 13 61 96. Ballarat is 147 km E Apollo Bay is 258 km SE

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Lakes Entrance Riviera Backpackers YHA 669-671 Esplanade, Lakes Entrance 3909 EMAIL lakesentrance@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5155 2444 MANAGERS Samantha Huinck & Rikki McKenna RECEPTION 8am-10pm OCT-APR 8.30am-9.30pm MAY-SEPT

“A good, restful holiday. Well-equipped kitchen.”

Noel, UK 2011

Late arrivals please phone for instructions PRICES FROM

MC VA EFTPOS

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Lakes Entrance is situated on the Ninety Mile Beach, at the entrance to the 500 sq km lake/river system. The YHA is adjacent to the lake, 1 km from the centre of town. Large common room, spacious bedrooms, parking. Bike, fishing rod and fishing sea kayak hire available. 400 metres to the nearest foodstore Walk, swim, fish Ninety Mile Beach and lakes. Visit the winery and Buchan Caves, cruise the lakes, scenic flights. Enjoy the restaurants, cinema and activities. Premier and Sapphire Coast buses stop at the YHA bus stop. Please note, if using the bus service you must book accommodation prior to arrival. V-Line train Melbourne to Bairnsdale, then bus to Lakes Entrance. Foster is 200 km SW Phillip Island is 285 km W

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VICTORIA

Lorne Great Ocean Road Backpackers YHA 10 Erskine Avenue, Lorne 3232 EMAIL lorne@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5289 1809 MANAGERS Kim & Paki Henry RECEPTION 9am-8pm

“A perfect place, we’ll be

back!”

Dom & Aurelic, FRANCE 2011

MC VA EFTPOS Situated right on the edge of the picturesque seaside town. Great bush setting beside the river in Lorne, with birds and wildlife right at your door. Free laundry facilities. Free tea and coffee.

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$ 30

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100 metres to the nearest foodstore Rainforest walks through the Great Otway National Park including Teddy’s Lookout and Erskine Falls. Horse riding, fishing, surfing and golf. Enjoy great shops, mini golf and restaurants. Live bands and Mexican night at Cuda Bar 200 metres to the bus stop.

130 km to Melbourne Airport Apollo Bay is 45 km SW Queenscliff is 91 km NE

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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• Meet the locals and munch on meat pies at an AFL footy game at the MCG • Enjoy the best nightlife on Chapel Street, or for an alternative night out • For the best climbs head to Fitzroy and views take a trip • Drive the Great to the Grampians Ocean Road for an National Park inspiring road trip • Taste Victoria’s local beer, VB – it’s not for everyone! • If you enjoy a glass of vino or two, ask your YHA Travel staff to book you on their favourite day trip to the Yarra wine region

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RETAIL

Fraus Crepes & Chocolat 03 9328 8999 Two-for-one classic hot chocolate

Live Fast Lifestyle Café 03 5356 4400 Two-for-one coffee and free wifi (coffee of equal or lesser value). Must show YHA card. Not valid with any other offer. Limit of one offer per person.

ENTERTAINMENT Chill On Ice Lounge 03 5356 4400 $5 off Deluxe Entry. Includes the hire of snow gear, cocktail and a shot served in an ICE glass.

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Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant 03 9347 3344 20% off full-price B Reserve tickets, Tues-Thurs. Excluding Dec.

Gary Bohmer Pharmacy 03 9328 1960 10% discount. Excludes prescriptions and sale purchases.

IMAX Melbourne

Melbourne City Dental Services

03 9663 5454 20% off full-price adult tickets

03 9662 2638 25% off for general dental

Last Laugh at the Comedy Club

Something Aussie

03 9663 5454 $10 comedy club tickets (normally $28)

03 9329 8622 15% discount. Excludes store specials.

The Comics Lounge

Spendless Bargain Wheels Car Rentals

03 9650 1977 Free double passes, Mon-Thurs

03 9329 8622 10% discount and free upgrade (if applicable)

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VICTORIA

Melbourne Melbourne Central YHA 562 Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000 EMAIL melbcentral@yha.com.au PHONE 03 9621 2523 MANAGER Bronwyn Adams RECEPTION 24 hours Check-in from 1pm, check-out at 10am

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM

urne it is my first “Every time I visit Melbo money, convenience,

choice – value for With magnificent city views from the recommend it!” rooftop area, Melbourne Central has facilities, location. I highly the WOW factor! Facilities include travel Lai, HONG KONG 2011 information, compact guest kitchens, laundry and lounges on three floors with flat-screen TVs, plus high-speed internet lounges and WiFi throughout the hostel. Enjoy the PRICES FROM security of electronic door locks and CCTV MULTI-SHARE throughout. DOUBLE / TWIN 500 metres to the nearest foodstore

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You really are in the heart of the action, so make the most of it! Walk to Melbourne’s premier attractions – the Etihad Stadium, Docklands, Federation Square, Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck, ACMI, Crown Casino, Chinatown and the National Gallery of Victoria; or catch the tram to Melbourne Zoo. The free City Circle tram and Melbourne Tourist Shuttle stop at the hostel door – catch a ride to the Shrine of Remembrance, MCG or Rod Laver Arena. Melbourne’s events calendar includes the Australian Open tennis, AFL footy, Formula One Grand Prix, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Spring Racing Carnival, Fashion Week and more… The city boasts over 1,000 pubs, bars and nightclubs – that’s 1,001 with the opening of the fabulous backpackers bar right under Melbourne Central YHA. 1 km to Southern Cross Station Coach and Skybus Terminal 500 metres to Southern Cross Station Train Terminal 28 km to Melbourne Airport. Skybus operates 24 hours from Southern Cross Station and picks up at the hostel. Melbourne Metro is 2.5 km N Apollo Bay is 186 km SW

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• Portsea, Sorrento, Rye back beaches

• Jan Juc Beach, Torquay

YHA MEMBER DISCOUNTS

• Wilson’s Promontory, Sandy Point

• Cat Bay, Phillip Island

• Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff

• Smiths Beach, Phillip Island

• 90 Mile Beach, Lakes Entrance

• Woolamai, Phillip Island

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TOURS/ TRANSPORT Autopia Tours 03 9391 0261 Free Eureka Skydeck Edge Experience with any Great Ocean Road tour

Global Ballooning 03 9428 5703 15% off retail rates for Melbourne and Yarra Valley flights

Melbourne River Cruises

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03 8610 2600 Two-for-one sightseeing or ferry cruises

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Polperro Dolphin Swims

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03 5988 8437 Pay for three, the fourth person swims free

Polly Woodside – Melbourne’s Tall Ship

Yarra Valley Winery Tours 03 5962 3870 15% off daily tour, Mon-Thurs

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Melbourne Zoo

03 9656 9800 20% off admission

Werribee Open Range Zoo www.zoo.org.au 10% off full adult entry

Skydive the Beach Melbourne 03 9656 9800 $30 off DVD and photo package. YHA or direct bookings only. One per person. Not available with other offers. Quote YHAAG11 and bring this listing.

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Melbourne – North Melbourne Melbourne Metro YHA 78 Howard Street, North Melbourne 3051 EMAIL melbmetro@yha.com.au PHONE 03 9329 8599 MANAGERS Marjon Burgess & Christian Wolford RECEPTION 24 hours Check-in from 1pm, check-out at 10am. Discounted weekly rates for multi-share accommodation from 1 May to 31 October.

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM

s, comfortable “Nice staff, clean facilitie city skyline. rooms. Great view of theMelbourne!” The best place to stay in Ben, AUSTRALIA 2011

Friendly atmosphere in a quiet suburban street on the fringe of the CBD. Café, travel and tour information available. Bicycle hire. 24-hour kitchen and laundry, plus luggage lockers. Rooftop barbecue area with 360º views of the city. Secure parking (subject to availability). Internet lounge, WiFi hotspot, IDD phones, ATM and CCTV security.

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$ 27

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

300 metres to the nearest foodstore

Try out the great ‘eat streets’ of Melbourne – dine in style or on the cheap. Many bars, pubs and nightclubs in the city and inner city suburbs. Large variety of music venues.

MELBOURNE

A 10-minute walk to the city centre and close to major attractions including the Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Zoo. Attractions include ACMI, Eureka Skydeck, Parliament House, Old Treasury Building, Arts Centre, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Aquarium, cruises on the Yarra River. Many events throughout the year.

1.4 km to coach terminal and train station. From Southern Cross (Spencer Street) Station go 400 metres east along Bourke Street to William Street and catch tram 55 heading north. Get off at stop 11, walk 200 metres west on Queensberry Street, turn right into Howard Street. 26 km from Melbourne Airport. Approx. $50-55 to hostel in taxi, $16 for Skybus to city (24 hours) including transfer to/from hostel during daytime (check with driver). Queenscliff is 100 km SW Phillip Island is 142 km SE

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Mount Buller YHA Lodge The Avenue, Mount Buller 3723 EMAIL mountbuller@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5777 6181 MANAGERS Greg Smith & Heather Anderson RECEPTION 8-10am / 5-10pm Two night minimum stay Fri/Sat nights. Discount rates for extended bookings midweek.

over seven “I have stayed here for t. You can years and loved every visi ski straight to the door.” Danielle, AUSTRALIA 2011

PHILLIP ISLAND

MOUNT BULLER

MC VA EFTPOS Hostel open ski season June-October Bookings for 2012 open: • 1 April for YHA/HI members • 1 May for non-members Open for some events during summer. Call for details. Group bookings over summer available by arrangement. This YHA is in a great location – ski to the door! Self-catering kitchen, drying room, lockable ski/snowboard storage. Chairlift 50 metres from the YHA. Central heating. Linen and duvets supplied.

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE

$ 66

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

100 metres to the nearest foodstore Victoria’s best downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding mountain. Cinema and sports centre open to all. 100 metres to the bus depot. Mt Buller – V-Line bus connects with Mansfield Mt Buller Buslines (winter). Melbourne is 238 km SW

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Phillip Island Amaroo Park YHA 97 Church Street, Cowes 3922 EMAIL phillipisland@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5952 2548 MANAGERS Lisa & Darrell MacPherson RECEPTION 8am-5pm OFFICE 5pm-10pm HOUSE

do in the area, “What luxury! Loads to pool.” or just relax by the Julie, AUSTRALIA 2011

Late arrivals please phone for instructions

MC VA EFTPOS Large lounge, dining room, self-catering kitchen, licensed bar open weekends and special events. Two-minute walk to town, four-minute walk to beach, walking distance to wildlife parks.

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$ 33

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

500 metres to the nearest foodstore Shuttle bus picks up at hostel daily for Penguin Parade. Bushwalking, wildlife, Seal Rocks, Nobbies Sealife Centre, safe swimming beaches, surf lessons and bike rental available. Local restaurants, Penguin Parade, pubs Daily V-Line bus from Southern Cross (Spencer Street) Station to Cowes Daily ferry via Frankston Railway Station to Cowes Foster is 90 km E Sorrento is 139 km W

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Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Port Fairy YHA 8 Cox Street, Port Fairy 3284 EMAIL portfairy@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5568 2468 MANAGERS Alison & Kadir Zehir RECEPTION 8-10am / 5-10pm SUMMER 8-10am / 4-9pm WINTER

hostel, “Wonderful stay, lovely great atmosphere!”

VICTORIA

Port Fairy

David, AUSTRALIA 2011

Please phone if arriving outside office hours

MC VA EFTPOS

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$ 23

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

P O R T FA I R Y

Centrally located, heritage listed hostel. Friendly, homely feel, close to beaches, wharf and shops. Heated rooms and open fire in winter. Pool table, games room, free boogie boards. Great kitchen and barbecue courtyard. 150 metres to foodstore Great food and pubs, surf lessons, horse riding on the beach. Explore the historic town and port. Wildlife at Tower Hill and Shearwater bird colony (summer) on Griffiths Island, whales (winter) and seals. 200 metres to the bus stop. Port Fairy to Warrnambool/Apollo Bay/ Mt Gambier/Halls Gap/Melbourne. Phone hostel for timetables. 28 km to the station. Train from Warrnambool to Melbourne Halls Gap/Grampians is 132 km N Apollo Bay is 150 km SE Robe is 350 km NW

The Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform with the world’s only EDGE EXPERIENCE

15% NT *DISCOU RY OFF ENT

Present your YHA Card at the Eureka Skydeck Ticket Counter for a 15% Discount Off Entry* Open 10am until 10pm Daily (last entry 9.30 pm) Riverside Quay Southbank Melbourne Australia www.eurekaskydeck.com.au 03 9693 8888 This discount is not valid with any other offer. This discount is not valid for the EDGE experience. Discount valid for Adult, Concession & Child passes only.

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Queenscliff The Queenscliff Inn YHA 59 Hesse Street, Queenscliff 3225 EMAIL queenscliff@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5258 4600 MANAGERS Jana & Scott Adams RECEPTION 8-10am / 5-10pm Advance bookings recommended

excellent “Fantastic old building, f. 10/10!” staf t lian bril e, her osp atm Trudie, AUSTRALIA 2011

MC VA EFTPOS A friendly guest house with luxurious open fires, warm hospitality and a fully-licensed restaurant. Located in the town centre, only 1.5 hours from Melbourne.

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PRICES FROM

$ 31.50

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Nearest foodstore is next door

S O R R E N TO

QUEENSCLIFF

Queenscliff is surrounded by bay and ocean beaches. Antiques, art and craft galleries, bookshops, markets, marine activities, surfing, boat charter, wineries, cafés, restaurants. Festivals: Music (November), Writers (March), Seafood (April). Bus from Geelong Station. See mcharrys.com.au for details. Train from Southern Cross Station to Geelong Station. For a train/bus timetable phone 13 61 96. Passenger/car ferry to/from Sorrento. Terminal 10 minutes walk from hostel. Sorrento is 15 km E Lorne is 70 km SW

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Sorrento Sorrento Beach House YHA 3 Miranda Street, Sorrento 3943 EMAIL sorrento@yha.com.au PHONE 03 5984 4323 MOBILE 0400 065 033 MANAGER Evonne Yanez RECEPTION 8-10am / 5-10pm

“Had a great stay ! lovely.” Facilities and staff were Lauren, AUSTRALIA 2011

Please phone if checking-in after 9pm

MC VA EFTPOS Great location, close to shops, restaurants, pubs, bookshops, galleries, surf beach and national park. Self-catering kitchen, TV room, deck, BBQ. Ideal for small groups. 100 metres to the nearest foodstore The perfect escape from the city. Dolphin and seal adventures, golf, surf, horse ride, visit Point Nepean National Park, wineries, stroll to Sorrento village. Cinema, pubs and great nightlife

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PRICES FROM

$ 25

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

No.788 bus Frankston Station to Sorrento Train from Melbourne to Frankston Ferry 1.3 km from hostel. Passenger/car ferry regularly to/from Queenscliff and Great Ocean Road. Passenger ferry from Cowes. Shuttle bus airport to/from Frankston Queenscliff is 15 km W Melbourne is 95 km N

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA From the azure bays of Esperance to the red gorges of Kununurra. From the desert to the reef, cities to outback towns. Whether you want to hike through old forest, dive with dolphins, whales and sharks, 4-wheel drive over sand dunes or get off the beaten track, Western Australia has something for every traveller.

WESTERN CAPITAL PERTH and surrounds offer a bounty of historical, natural and unusual attractions. Stroll through Kings Park or visit Northbridge, with its funky cafés, clubs and pubs. North of the city you can surf or chill out on Scarborough Beach. To the south of the city is Fremantle. ‘Freo’ is famous for its café strip, markets, harbour and historical sites. Take a day trip to Rottnest Island, popular for its nocturnal marsupial, the quokka. Keep an eye out for whales, dolphins and sea lions from the island’s beaches. Perth Hills is your starting point for the Bibbulmun Track, and is popular with kangaroos and other native fauna and flora.

THE WILD WEST Ironically, it’s the Great Eastern Highway from Perth that takes you to KALGOORLIE. Try your luck panning for gold, visit a mine site or play bush two-up and experience the real Wild West! LAKE BALLARD, KALGOORLIE

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THE RED NORTH LANCELIN is a great base for visiting Yanchep National Park, New Norcia and the Pinnacles. If that is too tame for you then try challenging nature on a surf or sand board. Further north, KALBARRI is home to the Murchison Gorges. See the Natural Bridge, Eagle Gorge, Nature’s Window, the Z-bend and the Loop Gorge. SHARK BAY is home to the famous MONKEY MIA dolphins, stingrays, turtles and dugong. Explore the stromatolites and the shell beach. EMMA GORGE, EL QUESTRO STATION NEAR KUNUNURRA

Heading further north, scuba dive, snorkel or cruise the Ningaloo Reef off EXMOUTH. Swim with whale sharks, walk the miles of white beaches or explore Cape Range National Park.

BROOME is the trendy pearling town of the north. Gateway to the Kimberley region, it is renowned for sunsets on Cable Beach, camel riding, tropical Chinatown, dinosaur footprints on Gantheaume Point and nature phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon. At the top of Western Australia is KUNUNURRA. The Bungle Bungles, Hidden Valley National Park and Lake Argyle make this a nature lover’s paradise. Visit spectacular gorges, waterfalls and caves or kick back in a tropical garden.

THE LUSH SOUTH Head down the cost road to BUNBURY, the south-west’s dolphin capital. Snorkel with these friendly creatures, laze on the beach or watch the world go by on a city centre terrace. DUNSBOROUGH is the perfect place to dive the Swan Wreck, swim the crystal clear waters or go fishing. Nearby is the MARGARET RIVER region, home to some of the best wineries, art galleries and surf breaks in the state. On the south-western tip of Western Australia is AUGUSTA, where the Indian and Southern oceans meet. Enjoy the views from the historical lighthouse, canoe the Blackwood River, visit Jewel Cave or feed stingrays at Hamelin Bay. The charming timber town, PEMBERTON, is surrounded by giant Karri trees. Walk the trails in the five National Parks or climb the 61 metre tall Gloucester Tree. Pemberton offers a mix of wineries, art galleries and nature-based activities. The famous Valley of the Giants, the Tree Top Walk and the Giant Tingle Trees are experiences not to be missed when visiting WALPOLE. Also visit Walpole Nornalup National Park for panoramic coastal views. DENMARK is a thriving artist town, surrounded by lush forest and serious surf beaches. Best known for its amazing coastline and natural features, ALBANY offers many activities, including hang gliding, abseiling and scuba diving. The Gap, Blow Holes and Natural Bridge are must-sees. The town of ESPERANCE boasts pristine white squeaky beaches, striking blue waters and an abundance of wildlife. Take the time to explore Cape Le Grand, cruise the islands of the Recherche Archipelago and see the Pink Lake. IMAGES COURTESY OF TOURISM WA

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA ALBANY A U G U S TA / CA P E L E E U W I N

Albany Albany’s Bayview Backpackers YHA 49 Duke Street, Albany 6330 EMAIL albany@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9842 3388 FREECALL 1800 308 680 MANAGERS Stefanie Ball & Dinah Roecker RECEPTION 8-10.30am / 3-8 pm SUMMER 8-10.30am / 5-7pm WINTER

atmosphere. “Homely hostel, friendly relax.” to ce pla fect per …The Richard, UK 2011

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Late check-in by prior arrangement only

MC VA EFTPOS An award-winning hostel with water views, located in the historic part of town. Big fully-equipped kitchen, dining room with cosy log fire, bike hire, 24hr internet, BBQ, heaps of parking, laid-back atmosphere. 300 metres to the nearest foodstore Explore The Gap, Natural Bridge, blow holes and windfarm. Visit our seven national parks and climb the highest peak, Buff Knoll. Surf, swim or catch a fish at Mutton Bird Island. Watch the whales from June to September. Restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs close by 400 metres to the bus station. TransWA bus service available daily. Regular services to/from all nearby towns. 12 km to the airport Denmark is 56 km W Walpole is 117 km W

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

$ 24

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Augusta/Cape Leeuwin Baywatch Manor Augusta YHA 9 Heppingstone View, Augusta 6290 (Rear of 90 Blackwood Avenue) EMAIL augusta@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9758 1290 MANAGERS Johnny & Georgina Reape RECEPTION 8.30-11am / 3-8 pm

“No.1 YHA WA hostel in

2010.”

yha.com.au CUSTOMER RATINGS 2010

Late check-in by prior arrangement only

MC VA Superb budget accommodation with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy the spectacular views of the ocean and river from the balcony. BBQ and garden area, free use of bikes. Cosy log fire in winter.

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY ENSUITE ROOMS MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

$ 25

300 metres to the nearest foodstore Watch the sunset ‘where two oceans meet’. Explore amazing caves, swim at pristine beaches, interact with stingrays at Hamelin Bay, taste wine at local vineyards, climb mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse, whale watching (June-August). Local pub 150 metres to bus stop. Daily TransWA bus and Southwest Coachline services. Margaret River is 43 km N Dunsborough is 98 km N Pemberton is 120 km E

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Kimberley Klub YHA 62 Frederick Street, Broome 6725 EMAIL broome@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9192 3233 FREECALL 1800 004 345 MANAGER Trish Lamrock RECEPTION 24 hours

ly located “Great location, central here.” with a good atmosp Glyn, ENGLAND 2011

MC VA EFTPOS Licensed poolside bar/café, tour desk, 24-hour internet access, large TV and games room with Fox Sport on three huge screens. Modern guest kitchen and laundry. Courtyard surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Suspended African thatch gazebo, hammocks, sand volleyball. Free shuttle to the beach. Free luggage storage.

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PRICES FROM

$ 19

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Broome

500 metres to the nearest foodstore Make this your base for exploring the amazing Kimberley region. Shuttle available to Broome’s major attraction, ‘The Staircase to the Moon’. Theme nights, bingo, pool activities, annual Race Day events. Free shuttle to local nightclub 500 metres to the airport Kununurra is 1050 km NE Exmouth is 1200 km SW

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

BUNBURY

Bunbury Dolphin Retreat YHA 14 Wellington Street, Bunbury 6230 EMAIL bunbury@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9792 4690 MANAGERS Ian & Sarah Upton RECEPTION 8-10am / 4-9pm

clean rooms, “Fun events every week,at location!” friendly staff and gre Han Hae Baek, KOREA 2011

Check-in outside office hours by arrangement. 10% public holiday surcharge applies.

MC VA EFTPOS You’ll feel at home at the friendly Dolphin Retreat YHA. Centrally located, walk to the city and beaches. Fully-equipped kitchen, games room, 24-hour high-speed internet, Skype and travel information. Free use of boogie boards, bicycles, pool table and BBQ. Free linen, tea and coffee and offstreet parking.

BROOME

200 metres to the stop

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PRICES FROM

$ 23

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

300 metres to the nearest foodstore Bunbury, known as Dolphin City, is famous for its friendly dolphins, and has excellent shopping, restaurants, cafés, nightlife, tours, festivals, great beaches and cycle/ walking paths. 300 metres to TransWA stop 15 km to Bunbury train station Dunsborough is 80 km S Perth is 170 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA D E N H A M / S H A R K B AY DENMARK

Denham/Shark Bay Bay Lodge YHA 113 Knight Terrace, Denham 6537 EMAIL denham@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9948 1278 MANAGER Kirsty Sheward-Gittins RECEPTION 7.30am-10pm

. Friendly staff, “Most chilled YHA in WA the beach.” on t righ s, litie faci great Paul, UK 2011

Check-in outside office hours by arrangement. Higher charges apply during school holidays and 1 July to 30 October.

PRICES FROM

MC VA EFTPOS Bay Lodge YHA is situated right on the beachfront. Numerous water activities just 20 metres from your door. BBQ area and pool. All units are self-contained and airconditioned, with toilet, shower, kitchen and TV. 24-hour internet café. Free shuttle to Monkey Mia.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE

$ 27

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

80 metres to the nearest foodstore As well as the world-famous dolphins at Monkey Mia, the Shark Bay region is home to the dugong. Also of interest are 4WD trips and sightseeing by both air and sea. Monkey Mia is 24 km (free shuttle bus). Snorkelling, fishing, beachcombing. Fish BBQs. Pearl farm experience $5. 7 km to the airport Monkey Mia is 24 km W Exmouth is 630 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Denmark Blue Wren Travellers Rest YHA 17 Price Street, Denmark 6333 EMAIL denmark@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9848 3300 MANAGER Graham Mason RECEPTION 8-10am / 4-8pm

e I come “I’m here again! Every tim here I get so excited.” Kimika & Hisai, JAPAN 2011

This YHA will be closed during low season: June-August 2012. Please refer to nearby YHAs for alternate accommodation.

PRICES FROM

MC VA EFTPOS A home away from home in our cosy, friendly hostel. The Blue Wren has quality rooms and facilities and is located in the heart of Denmark, the unspoilt jewel in the crown of the southern coastal area. A stroll to the beautiful Denmark River.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

$ 24

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

200 metres to the nearest foodstore If you love spectacular coastline, huge forests and fantastic beaches, this is the area for you! Take a walk along the trails, cycle to the beach, learn to surf or play golf. Explore the Valley of the Giants and the Tree Top Walk. Denmark has an active arts community and many festivals and other events during the year. Check out the gigs at the local pubs 200 metres to the bus stop

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Albany is 50 km E Walpole is 60 km W

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Dunsborough Dunsborough Beachouse YHA 201-205 Geographe Bay Road Quindalup 6281 EMAIL dunsborough@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9755 3107 MANAGER Andrew Ingle RECEPTION 8.30-11am / 3.30-8pm

the beach. “Great location right on ng back.” … I will definitely be goi Jenny, AUSTRALIA 2011

Check-in outside office hours by arrangement. Higher prices apply on public holidays. PRICES FROM

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$ 28

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

DUNSBOROUGH

Location, location, location! Beautiful secluded beachfront location. Perfect base for exploring the wine, cuisine and nature of Margaret River wine region. 2 kms to the nearest foodstore Whale watching (Aug to Dec), surfing, surf school, kayaks, parachuting, caves, wineries, diving on the HMAS Swan. Pubs, winebars, restaurants, live music 200 metres from the YHA. Southwest Coachlines run a regular service directly to/from Perth Airport. Car rental available from the hostel. Rail to Bunbury 7 days a week. Connecting bus to Dunsborough. Pick-up/drop-off on request. Margaret River is 55 km S Bunbury is 65 km NE Pemberton is 159 km SE

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

BACKPACKER MICHAEL INTERVIEW  25 NAME MICHAEL AGE Y AN RM GE COUNTRY

 Why did you come to Australia?

Holiday

 Where have you travelled?

Cairns to Airlie Beach (so far…)

 What’s your favourite Aussie experience?

Whitsunday Islands, most beautiful place I’ve seen so far.

 Where did you see your first kangaroo?

On television!

 Describe Australia in three words…

‘Beau-ti-ful!’

 If you had just one day in Australia,

where would you go? – Sydney

 Where is your favourite YHA, and why?

Airlie Beach YHA, cosy and partyloving at the same time.

 What is your favourite Australian food?

“Beau-ti-ful!”

Fish ‘n‘ Chips, classic!

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Esperance Blue Waters Lodge YHA 299 Goldfields Road, Esperance 6450 EMAIL esperance@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9071 1040 MANAGER Stuart Gleeson RECEPTION 8-10am / 4-9pm

, with “This hostel is really nice ch.” bea a beautiful view of the Catherine, UK 2011

Call the YHA for free pick-up. Bookings recommended during summer and school holidays. Group catering available.

MC VA EFTPOS A 15-minute walk to town, the YHA is located just 20 metres from the seafront and has magnificent panoramic views of Esperance Bay. BBQ area and lovely native garden.

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$ 25

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EXMOUTH

ESPERANCE

500 metres to the nearest foodstore The biggest attractions are the miles of pristine white, sandy beaches and the abundance of wildlife on the 138 islands that make up the Esperance Archipelago. See whales (July to Oct), dolphins, seals, sea lions, water birds. 2 km to the stop. Regular coach service. Phone ahead for free pick-up. 20 km to the airport Kalgoorlie is 400 km N Albany is 489 km SW Perth is 720 km NW

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Exmouth Excape Backpackers YHA Murat Road, Exmouth 6707 EMAIL exmouth@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9949 1200 MANAGER Kym James RECEPTION 7am-9pm

ms clean and “My stay was great, roolovely people.” quiet, and met heaps of Erin, SCOTLAND 2010

Check-in outside office hours by arrangement. $20 refundable key deposit payable.

AMEX DC JCB MC VA EFTPOS Located in the grounds of the Potshot Hotel, with all resort facilities available to YHA guests. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Friday nights you can enjoy local DJs in our late-night bar.

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$ 27

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1 km to supermarkets and shops See the sights of Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park. Swim with whale sharks and manta rays, go whale watching or take a day trip to the Murion Islands. Visit Yardie Creek Gorge and go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Turquoise Bay. Live entertainment monthly at the Potshot Hotel 1 km to Greyhound terminal located at Exmouth Visitors’ Centre 38 km to Learmonth Airport. Shuttle bus available from YHA for $25

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Denham/Monkey Mia is 700 km S Broome is 1200 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Kalbarri Backpackers YHA 51 Mortimer Street, Kalbarri 6536 EMAIL kalbarri@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9937 1430 MANAGER Joe Goodwin RECEPTION 8am-1pm / 3-8pm

very friendly “A fabulous hostel and a return visit.” staff. Definitely booking Sarah & Laura, ENGLAND 2011

Check-in outside office hours by arrangement. Weekly rates available.

MC VA EFTPOS Friendly and relaxed atmosphere, centrally located to town and only minutes from the river and beach. Information desk and tour booking, internet, guest telephone, laundry, pool, boogie boards, snorkel gear, fishing tackle, bikes available for hire.

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$ 26

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Kalbarri

400 metres to the nearest foodstore

Walking distance to fabulous restaurants TransWA arrivals and departures. Greyhound travels NorthWest Coastal Hwy. Call the YHA to arrange alternative transport to Kalbarri. Denham is 375 km N Monkey Mia is 390 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Golddust Backpackers YHA 192 Hay Sreet, Kalgoorlie 6430 EMAIL kalgoorlie@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9091 3737 MANAGER Marie Hepworth RECEPTION 8am-8pm

at mix of “Very friendly, with a gre ionalities.” nat people of all ages and Valerie, ENGLAND 2010

Booked late arrivals contact hostel to arrange pick-up prior to arrival

MC VA EFTPOS A purpose-built hostel located 10 minutes walk from the town centre. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere, clean and spacious. Lots of help in finding work. Air-conditioned, pool for summer, wood fire for winter. 500 metres to the nearest foodstore See the sights of this goldmining town. Marvel at the architecture, museums and art. Experience a brothel tour, visit the massive Super Pit, go from goldpanning to underground and try surfing WA’s only wave pool.

K A LG O O R L I E

Kalgoorlie

KALBARRI

Kalbarri is known for its pristine beaches, challenging surf and great fishing. Best of all, trekking down the Murchison Gorges. Check out Z Bend Gorge, The Loop and Nature’s Window. Scenic flights and wildflowers. See our tour booking desk for activities for all ages and fitness levels.

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$ 21

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Multitude of restaurants, bars, hotels 500 metres to Perth Goldfields Express 1 km to TransWA/Indian Pacific station 4 km to the airport – Qantas/Skywest. Courtesy pick-up from terminals/airport. Esperance is 400 km S Perth is 600 km W

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA KUNUNURRA LANCELIN

Kununurra Kimberley Croc YHA 120 Konkerberry Drive, Kununurra 6743 EMAIL kununurra@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9168 2702 LOCAL CALL 1300 136 702 MANAGER Lisa Spackman RECEPTION 7am-6pm

tels I’ve “One of the cleanest hos a mile.” stayed in. Staff go the extr Mark, GERMANY 2011

Check-in outside office hours by arrangement. Higher rates apply June/July/August – bookings essential during this period.

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MC VA EFTPOS Kimberley Croc YHA offers clean, friendly accommodation in a tropical setting, with a swimming pool, kitchen, laundry and internet facilities. Tours can be arranged by hostel staff. Centrally located in the heart of Kununurra. 50 metres to the nearest foodstore Walking distance to Hidden Valley National Park. Drop-off to Kelly’s Knob lookout for sunset. Bungle Bungle tours, scenic flights, fishing, cruises and more available through our tour desk.

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$ 25

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Tavern 50 metres, live bands in season 600 metres to the stop. Please book your courtesy bus pick-up. 4 km to the airport. Nominal pick-up fee. Darwin is 800 km NE Broome is 1080 km W

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Lancelin Lancelin Lodge YHA 10 Hopkins Street, Lancelin 6044 EMAIL lancelin@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9655 2020 MANAGERS Trish Ryding & Karin Scheiwiller RECEPTION 9am-1pm / 4-8.30pm

y, “Great staff, very friendl awesome location.” Jessie, AUSTRALIA 2011

Bookings essential Nov-Feb and public holidays

MC VA Lancelin Lodge is 1.5 hours drive north of Perth. Close to town and surf beaches. Relaxed atmosphere, free use of bikes and other activity equipment. Winter log fire, pool and friendly dog and cat.

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$ 27

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300 metres to the nearest foodstore Lancelin is a small and friendly fishing village with a snow white beach, huge sand dunes and one of the world’s best windsurfing/kite surfing locations (OctApril). Surf and sandboard all year. Windsurf/surf hire available in town. Greyhound bus to hostel front door on Mon/Wed/Fri 90 km to Clarkson Railway Station 130 km to Perth Airport Perth is 130 km S Kalbarri is 500 km N Kalgoorlie is 680 km E

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Margaret River Margaret River Lodge YHA 220 Railway Terrace, Margaret River 6285 EMAIL margaretriver@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9757 9532 MANAGER Jules Ashton RECEPTION 8.30-11am / 2-8pm

hotel “Margaret River YHA has prices!” get standard quality at bud Jack, SINGAPORE 2011

Late arrivals by prior arrangement only

MC VA EFTPOS (2% credit card surcharge ) This YHA is set on 2.5 acres of gardens with a BBQ, licensed bar and swimming pool, large kitchen and internet. Relax in the lounge with pool and arcade games, table tennis table and a snack kiosk. Ride the Margaret River work/beach bus to vineyard work and beaches.

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$ 28

500 metres to the nearest foodstore

M A R GA R E T R I V E R

Margaret River is Western Australia’s best known wine region. Visit the wineries, breweries, chocolate and cheese factories. World-famous surf breaks. Enjoy abseiling, canoeing, climbing, horse riding. Live music at the Tavern. Karaoke and open mike nights. Nightly meal specials. Australian Poker League on Tuesdays. 1.5 km to the stop. Daily bus service. Augusta is 43 km S Dunsborough is 55 km N

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

MEET A YHA MANAGER NAME CARMEN ES /AUSTRALIA COUNTRY PHILIPPIN

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 Why did you come to Australia?

I was kidnapped ☺

 Where have you travelled?

Perth, Wollongong, Sydney, Hunter Valley, Melbourne, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Katoomba, Bundanoon, Canberra, Thredbo, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Ballina, Nimbin, Byron Bay, Murwillumbah, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Townsville, Magnetic Island, Mission Beach and Cairns

 What’s your favourite Aussie experience?

Skydiving, one of the best things ever! It felt like flying. The ocean view made it even more awesome!

 Describe Australia in three words…

‘Fun-tas-tic!’

 What is your favourite Australian food?

Shrimps on the barbie ☺

“Fun-tas-tic!”

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Monkey Mia/Shark Bay Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Backpackers Lodge Monkey Mia Road, Monkey Mia 6537 EMAIL monkeymia@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9948 1320 FREECALL 1800 653 611 RECEPTION 8am-8pm

“A magnificent position and excellent facilities.” Tony, ENGLAND 2011

Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) Reserve entry fee payable on arrival.

AMEX DC MC VA EFTPOS Casual, fun, relaxed atmosphere. The YHA features a hot tub, tennis/volleyball court, cocktail bar, self-catering kitchen, laundry, jukebox, masseuse. Bar/restaurant on-site.

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$ 27

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Mini mart and gift shop at the YHA

P E M B E R TO N

MONKEY MIA

Astronomy tours, wildlife tours, ocean cruises, aboriginal bush and beach cultural walks, camel rides, kayaking, snorkelling, pearl farm tours, scenic flights, dolphin visits, glass-bottom boat rides and more. Monkey Bar (open until 10pm), pool table, jukebox, live sports, live band nights. Greyhound, Western Xposure and Aussie Wanderer buses visit the resort 18 km to the airport. Resort shuttle bus service available. Fees apply. Kalbarri is 399 km S Exmouth is 712 km N Perth is 859 km S

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

Pemberton Pemberton Backpackers YHA 7-11 Brockman Street, Pemberton 6260 EMAIL pemberton@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9776 1105 MANAGER Troy Della RECEPTION 8.30-10am / 2-8.30pm

were great – “Facilities and location beautiful area.” perfect for exploring the Paul, ENGLAND 2011

MC VA EFTPOS The YHA is warm, friendly, with a fantastic position to see many of nature’s wonders. Ideal for those who enjoy canoeing, abseiling, bushwalking or fishing. Or simply enjoy the log fires in winter and BBQs in summer.

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$ 25

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50 metres to the nearest foodstore Summer or winter, there are a multitude of activities in Pemberton. Hike along trails in the Giant Karri Forest, climb the Gloucester Tree, swim the Big Brook Dam, 4WD through D’Entrecasteaux National Park, catch marron or fish for trout. Watch the sunset while sitting on your verandah sipping a local wine. Small selection of restaurants and bar 200 metres to the TransWA stop Augusta is 120 km W Walpole is 120 km E Albany is 250 km E

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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PERTH CITY MAP

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Perth Perth City YHA 300 Wellington Street, Perth 6000 EMAIL perthcity@yha.com.au GROUPS perthcitygroups@yha.com.au PHONE MANAGER RECEPTION

08 9287 3333 Peter Ott 24 hours. Check-in after 1pm

Under 17s must be accompanied by an adult

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM Perth City YHA offers everything you could want in backpacking accommodation – real heart, great value, top location and attention to detail. This award-winning YHA is located in a renovated 1940’s art deco building, and features seven room types. Facilities include 24-hour reception, licensed café, swimming pool, in-house gym, BBQ, reading room, WiFi internet, laundry, cinema and car park. Packaz Bar Café runs weekly activities. Our travel desk staff can help with tour bookings around WA and across Australia. All these facilities coupled with friendly and energetic staff will ensure a fantastic stay in Perth. Café within the building and supermarket 500 metres away Beaches, national parks and the Swan River, mixed with all the amenities of a big city make Perth the ideal place to begin your Western Australian adventure. Cycle or cruise along the Swan River or enjoy the view from Kings Park. Northbridge is the nightlife centre of Perth city. Restaurants, cafés, street theatre, traditional and modern pubs, international cuisine, galleries and museums, all within walking distance. Backpacker nights most nights of the week at different venues.

enough “I love this hostel! It’s bigbut small to find your own space,people.” enough to meet new Kath, ENGLAND 2011

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$ 29

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400 metres to bus stop 400 metres to railway station 15 km to Perth Airport. Shuttle bus to/from the airport. Lancelin is 60 km N Bunbury is 170 km S

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Tingle All Over YHA 60 Nockolds Street, Walpole 6398 EMAIL walpole@yha.com.au PHONE 08 9840 1041 MANAGER Peggy Polkinghorne RECEPTION 8.30-11am / 3-8pm

to do. “Quiet region, but heaps bonus.” jor Car hire at YHA is a ma Dawn, AUSTRALIA 2011

Check-in outside office hours by arrangement. Bookings essential in peak periods. This YHA will be closed during low season: 31 July-1 September 2012. Please refer to nearby YHAs for alternate accommodation.

MC VA EFTPOS A warm atmosphere awaits you in Walpole YHA. Spacious kitchen and lounge with heaters in all rooms. Free tea and coffee.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Walpole

100 metres to the nearest foodstore Walpole is situated in the 18,000-hectare Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Forests of Tingle and Karri trees and unspoilt coastline. Visit the world-famous Tree Top Walk and Ancient Empire. See the Giant Tingle Tree. Hike in the forests, including the well-known Bibbulmun Track.

Car hire available Denmark is 60 km E Pemberton is 125 km NW

Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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100 metres to the stop. Daily TransWA bus service from Perth and Albany. Phone the YHA for pick-up.

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