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Accommodation Guide

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Journey Times in Hours Route air Greyhound Rail

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

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

1.40 24.00 26.00 0.35 3.15 4.17 1.10 14.30 13.00 0.55 9.30 9.15 1.05 9.30 10.15 1.50 19.00 12.45 2.00 20.00 21.10 3.00 35.00 38.00 2.15 33.30 36.45

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Hostel Symbols Key Hostel grading

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

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

Comidas disponibles Repas

Cantidad de camas Nombres de lits

Television

Overnight charges

Televisión Télévision

Tarifas por noche Prix des chambres par nuit

Swimming pool

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

About the hostel

Sobre la hospedrería Informations sur l’auberge

Food store

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

Hospederías más cercanas Auberges les plus proches

Meals available

Number of beds

Payment details

Indicaciones para conducir Itinéraire

Closest hostels

Wilderness hostel

$

Driving directions

Piscina Piscine

Barbecue

Parrilla para asar al aire libre Barbecue

Bicycles

Bicicletas Bicyclettes

Boat / canoe

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

Distancia hasta el aeropuerto Distance de l’aéroport

Ferry details

Datos sobre transbordadors Informations sur les bacs

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MAP REFERENCE Location

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Location

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Map Ref. Page

New South Wales /ACT

South Australia

Albury P14 32 Armidale R12 32 Batemans Bay Q14 33 Bellingen S12 33 Blue Mountains – Katoomba Q13 34 – Hawkesbury Heights Q13 38 Bundanoon Q14 38 Byron Bay – Byron Bay YHA S11 39 – Cape Byron YHA S11 39 Canberra Q14 42 Coffs Harbour S12 44 Hunter Valley R13 44 Lennox Head S11 45 Merimbula Q15 45 Mount Warning / Murwillumbah S11 46 Narooma Q14 46 Newcastle Beach R13 47 Nimbin S11 47 Port Macquarie R13 49 Port Stephens R13 49 Sydney – Sydney Harbour YHA R13 53 – Sydney Central YHA R13 55 – Railway Square YHA R13 57 – Glebe Point YHA R13 61 – Bondi Beachouse YHA R13 58 – Sydney Beachouse YHA R13 59 – Cronulla Beach YHA R13 60 ­– Pittwater YHA R13 63 Tamworth R12 63 Terrigal R13 64 Thredbo P14 64 Wollongong R14 65 Yamba S12 65

Adelaide L14 101 Flinders Ranges – Rawnsley Park Station YHA L12 102 – Wirrabara Old Schoolhouse YHA L13 103 Port Lincoln K14 103 Kangaroo Island L14 104 Mt Lofty L14 104 Port Elliot / Fleurieu Peninsula L14 107 Port Kenny / Venus Bay K13 107

Northern Territory Alice Springs Darwin Ayers Rock Kings Canyon

J9 H4 H9 J9

70 75 72 72

Queensland Airlie Beach /Whitsundays Q8 Brisbane S11 Cairns P6 Cape Tribulation P6 Cooktown P5 Gold Coast – Coolangatta/Kirra Beach S11 – Surfers Paradise S11 Hervey Bay S10 Magnetic Island Q7 Sunshine Coast – Noosa Heads S10 Port Douglas P6 Rockhampton R9 Rockhampton Region /Baralaba R9 Stradbroke Island S11

81 83 85 86 87 89 89 91 91 92 93 94 95 95

Tasmania Bridport P16 Coles Bay – Coles Bay Esplanade P17 – Coles Bay Freycinet P17 Cradle Mountain N17 Hobart – Adelphi Court YHA P17 – Montgomery’s Private Hotel & YHA P17 Strahan N17

112 112 113 113 116 115 117

Victoria Apollo Bay Ballarat Echuca Foster Halls Gap /Grampians Lakes Entrance Melbourne – Melbourne Central YHA – Melbourne Metro YHA Mount Buller Port Fairy Sorrento

M15 N15 N14 P15 N15 P15

123 123 125 125 127 127

N15 N15 P15 M15 N15

129 131 132 133 135

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

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

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Convict Sydney exhibition, Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Photograph © Penelope Clay

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About YHA

Welcome to YHA Australia

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MEMBERSHIP

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Bookings

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CUSTOMER RATINGS + WHEELCHAIR ACCESS Standards & GRADings

12-13 15

HI HOSTELS + International Travel ABOUT AUSTRALIA

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EVENTS

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National discounts

YHA MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNTS

156

Hostel listings New South Wales and ACT

26

Northern Territory

66

Queensland

76

South Australia

96

Tasmania

108

Victoria

118

Western Australia

136

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Welcome

to YHA Australia

If you want quality, fun and affordable accommodation all around Australia, then the YHA hostel network is perfect for you.

Your stay

YHA hostels are made for travellers, so our hostels include all the things that make you feel more at home, including friendly and local staff, fully equipped kitchens, clean rooms, comfortable beds, spotless and spacious bathroom facilities.

Good times included

All of our hostels have fun social areas, comfy lounge rooms, televisions, board games and more. Many of our hostels also include extra treats like swimming pools, social events, 24-hour reception and movie rooms.

Booking

Our staff are happy to book your next hostel. Also, you can book our hostels via yha.com.au up to nine months in advance. Because we are a popular place to stay we recommend that you book in advance, as many hostels are fully booked during busy periods. Length of stay may be limited to 14 days, but can be extended at the hostel manager’s discretion.

Check-in

As no two hostels are the same, check the hostel’s reception opening hours in the guide. If you plan to arrive early or late, let us know in advance so we can arrange things for your arrival. You’ll need

to provide photo ID, or if this is not available, sufficient alternative authentication of identity.

Bedtime

To make your stay easy, all YHAs provide linen, blankets and pillows free of charge (except for Wilderness Hostels). You can bring your own linen if you prefer, but sleeping bags are prohibited due to Australian health regulations. You will need to bring a towel.

Age limits

YHA welcomes solo travellers, groups and families of all ages. n If you are 16 or under you will need a parent/legal guardian aged over 21 to stay with you in a private room. n 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. n Children under two stay for free – lucky things. However, please check with the hostel before you arrive or make a booking, as a few of our hostels aren’t equipped for youngsters.

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The most relaxed way to see the vast Australian Outback is by train. • Stretch your legs in your spacious recliner seat • Chill out in the lounge* • Make new friends while enjoying a snack or meal from the fresh menu in the licensed cafe/bar • Freshen up with on-board shower facilities* • Enjoy The Ghan $6m Red Service upgrade • Unlimited travel Rail Passes available from $450 Darwin

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Perth

Adelaide

Sydney

Melbourne

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Visit greatsouthernrail.com.au/backpackers call 13 21 47 or visit your local travel agent. Terms and conditions apply. All student ReadyRail fares are based on Red Service Day/Nighter Seat Service and are available to backpackers holding recognised discount cards (see website for details). For bookings made from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. All fares are also available in opposite direction. All fares include a fuel price surcharge. Fares are based on pricing up to 31 March 2013 and may differ for travel from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014. 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. 02040CDGM


Choose your own east coast adventure Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your ticket to the most popular destinations along the stunning Queensland coastline and beyond.

Up to 6 months of unlimited stopovers travelling rail north or south Economical; compare our prices to coach travel and see! Clean and roomy; with onboard showers on select services, toilets and club car Option for interstate rail travel including Sydney and Melbourne

East Coast Discovery Rail Passes

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and Cairns Travel between Brisbane

* Fare based on travel between Brisbane and Cairns. Valid for passes booked to 31 March 2013. For full terms and conditions and other fares available please contact Queensland Rail Travel. Queensland Rail Limited ABN 71 132 181 090 Travel Agent Lic. No. QLD 327 4957 QR3918.69_110x210_0612

Book at www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au or call 1800 872 467


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MEMBERSHIP It’s simple to become a YHA member – join online at yha.com.au, in person at any YHA hostel or visit your local YHA Travel Centre.

Why join YHA?

n Be inspired by budget

n Save 10% or more on

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accommodation at all YHA hostels in Australia and over 4000 hostels around the world. Get access to hundreds of great discounts on all the things you need for your next trip away and while you’re on the road. Save on bus passes, travel insurance, car hire, tours, entertainment, eating out, guide books and more. See yha.com.au/discounts. Save on travel gear, train tickets and festival passes.

travel stories and tips from Backpacker Essentials, YHA’s complimentary online & iPad magazine.

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COST

1 year

2 years

3 years

26 and over

$42

$80

$115

Under 26

$32

$55

$80

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

Don’t forget

You can still use your YHA membership once you’ve left Australia. Get member rates at more than 4000 hostels in over 90 countries and save even more with over 3000 discounts available around the world.

International visitors

International YHA/HI members get all the benefits of YHA membership, access to discounts and member rates at all YHA hostels in Australia.

Life membership

Life membership is available to any Australian adult who has been a YHA member for two years and stayed a minimum of 10 nights in Australian hostels.

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bookings YHA Australia provides many easy ways for you to book accommodation.  ook online at yha.com.au and pay with your B credit card or PayPalâ&#x201E;˘ account. Contact the hostel directly by phone or email

If you are already staying at a YHA hostel, ask our friendly staff to book your next stay for you.

Cancellation conditions

n Cancellations made more than 24 hours prior to arrival incur a 5% fee. n Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to arrival will be charged 1 nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accommodation (cancellation must be made by contacting the hostel directly).

group accommodation Excursions & events

YHA offer a secure, clean, affordable and memorable environment for your group travel. Each year we love to play host to thousands of educational, cultural, sporting and social groups at YHA hostels around the country. Choose from a range of hostels, from the beach to the bush to the city. Your group can be any age and any size, from 10 to 100. YHA Group Membership Disclaimer Group membership costs $42 per year and is valid in Australia and the world. For a complete list of terms and conditions visit our groups page yha.com.au/group-bookings/

Many YHAs have excellent facilities for groups, including comfy common areas and self-catering kitchens. Many YHAs can also arrange catering for your group. The safety and security of your group are paramount to us. YHA staff members are fully trained in handling emergency situations. A range of accommodation options are available, from multi-share rooms to private rooms for group leaders. All offer excellent value for money.


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CUSTOMER RATINGS When you make a booking at YHA you have an opportunity to rate your stay and leave comments and tips for the hostel staff and for other travellers. Your rating will be published whether you give us good or bad marks. Each hostel’s average rating is calculated from the most recent 50 submissions to keep it as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

Cleanliness Condition of facilities Efficiency of service Friendliness of staff Location Overall atmosphere Security and safety Value for money

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“The best hostel in the most beautiful location with the friendliest staff. And all within cooee of Adelaide! That’s why we keep coming back.”

- Ian L, July 2012

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS YHA is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and this is reflected in our hostel procedures – an increasing number of hostels are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair access means that guests in wheelchairs are able to access the properties without assistance, and will also be able to enter most of the common

areas including the dining room and kitchen. YHAs come in all shapes and sizes, so wheelchair access will vary. To make sure you have an enjoyable stay we recommend that you contact the hostel directly to discuss your specific requirements. To find hostels with wheelchair access, just look for this symbol, and always call ahead.


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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 with underwater viewing chamber. Explore the underwater wonderland with diving, snorkelling, semi-sub or glass bottom boat rides. Includes morning and afternoon tea and an all you can eat buffet lunch. $145*pp SAVE $65

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Start your holiday with a choice of either a Whitehaven Beach ‘Camira’ Sailing Adventure’, or the 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 the 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 $215*pp Dorm accommodation (Single/Twin available).

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* Backpacker prices only available on presentation of a valid Student or YHA card.


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Standards & Ratings All YHA hostels must meet a set of basic criteria to ensure that your stay is not only great fun but comfortable and safe wherever you stay in the network. Every hostel is inspected regularly, so we can stand behind our promise of providing a laid-back experience without compromising on safety, security and comfort. Our grading system rates our hostels according to their level of facilities. You can be guaranteed that every YHA hostel in Australia: n Meets all state and local government regulations regarding fire, health and safety codes n Is clean, well-maintained and appealing n Provides a self-catering kitchen so you can cook up a storm n Has an excellent ratio of showers and toilets to guest numbers

HI-Q

n Provides communal areas to

relax and meet other travellers

n Offers 24-hour access –

important for those late nights on the town

YHA Australia is proudly T-QUAL accredited, providing you with assurance that by selecting to stay in a YHA hostel you are getting the quality you deserve. See page 21 for further details about T-QUAL.

the HI Quality Management system

HI-Q, Hostelling International’s Quality Management System, focuses on hostel management and operations. It takes ‘best practice’ from quality systems around the world and tailors them to the specific needs of hostels. HI-Q enables hostels to consistently improve and deliver high standards to ensure you have a great hostel experience. HI-Q is a long-term program that

is now being implemented in HI hostels around the world. Only those hostels which successfully complete the program are certified and able to display the distinctive HI-Q logo – look out for the logo on hostels in this guide.


YHA Hostel Grading

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WILDERNESS

Wilderness Hostels located in or near a National Park or bushland environment. These hostels: n Have no resident staff and can only be booked through a YHA Membership & Travel Centre or hostel, from where you collect the key in advance n May only have cold water for cooking and washing n Have power for cooking and lighting n Provide basic cooking facilities n Have no more than 20 beds

Grade 2 Grade 2 hostels include: n A reception desk open from 8am-10am and 5pm-10pm (may vary seasonally) n Separate bathrooms and sleeping areas for men and women n A communal lounge area n Simple laundry facilities n Power for lighting, cooking and refrigeration

Grade 3

Grade 3 hostels include well equipped self-catering kitchens and: n A reception desk open from at least 8am-10am and 5pm-10pm (may vary seasonally) n Comfortable, well-equipped dining area n Local tour information and booking facilities n Security options for guests’ valuables n Shop facilities and public telephone within 250 metres n A resident manager

Grade 4 Grade 4 hostels offer everything of grade 3 plus: n A reception desk open all day n Some twin-share/double room accommodation n Credit card and EFTPOS payment facilities n Full laundry facilities n Security storage for luggage n Public phone at hostel n Parking (available in some cases)

Grade 5 Grade 5 hostels offer everything of grade 4 plus:

n A central city location within 200 metres of public transport n Common areas, lounge rooms and TV areas n Internet access, café and/or a bar on-site n Some bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms n Lockers to take full-size backpacks in multi-share rooms


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InternationaL Travel Your membership with YHA Australia is valid for the Hostelling International network, giving you discounts at over 4000 HI hostels in 90 countries.

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With the Hostelling International network you will discover fun and memorable places to stay. The network has an eclectic variety of hostels worldwide, located in big cities, small towns and in magnificent natural environments, where you can choose accommodation that ranges from up-to-the-minute hostels to converted jumbo jets and historic castles. Some hostels are small and intimate and others are large and vibrant. All of them are great places to discover the world.

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Australian

TRAVEL TIPS

Take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with these tips. And if you’re unsure of anything just ask one of our staff.

When you travel

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

Weather and climate

From hot, tropical weather in the northern parts of the continent to cooler weather in the south, including snow, Australia has all kinds of climates. In northern Australia there are tropical regions with high temperatures and humidity, as well as distinct wet and dry seasons. The Australian sun is very hot and can burn skin within 15 minutes. For that reason, it’s important to cover up with a shirt and hat, and apply SPF30+ sunscreen every few hours. Remember to drink lots of water too, it’s easy to get dehydrated on a day out in the 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 always swim with friends. If you need help from a lifesaver, signal for help by holding one arm up and waving. When in northern Australia, always check with the locals where it is safe to swim. Some

beaches and rivers aren’t safe because they are home to crocodiles, and during the months of October to April some beaches are off-limits because dangerous jellyfish visit the waters.

Your safety

Australia is known as a safe destination but bad luck can happen to anyone, anywhere. For that reason it’s important to still take precautions and not take risks you wouldn’t take at home. Keep an eye on possessions, your backpack and use lockers provided in hostels to keep them safe. Hitchhiking is unsafe and even illegal in some states.

Bushwalking or hiking

If you’re planning to bushwalk or hike, research the distance and difficulty of the route before you leave. If you go alone, tell someone where you are going, the route and when you expect to return. Take a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, lots of water, wet weather clothing, protective footwear and, for longer walks, a detailed topographical map. In areas without mobile phone coverage carry a personal locator beacon (some visitors’ centres provide these for free).

Emergency assistance Dial 000 for help in an emergency.


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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. Every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9000 grams of carbon emissions. YHA’s Carbon Reduction Program assists with eco-projects in hostels, to reduce emissions and energy use. Any savings go back into the scheme to purchase or generate other renewable energy sources. There are several green YHA hostels in the Australian network, including hostels at Alice Springs, Apollo Bay, The Grampians, Port Douglas, Melbourne and the Blue Mountains.

What you can do Save energy

Water conservation

Rubbish

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.

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 publication is printed on paper which comes from forests with a re-planting programme. Only soy-based inks and alcohol-free printing solutions have been used.

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indigenous australia With more than 50,000 years of culture, traditions and beliefs, Australia’s original inhabitants offer a rich cultural experience found nowhere else on earth.

Uluru/Ayers Rock, Northern Territory Visit sites and spiritual centres with local Aboriginal guides who will tell you about the historical and cultural significance of the area’s landmarks. Kakadu, Northern Territory While enjoying the wildlife, see ancient rock engravings and paintings dating back more than 40,000 years. The Blue Mountains, New South Wales Just minutes from the Katoomba YHA you can try bark and body painting, bush tucker and bathe in billabongs with Aboriginal guides in this World Heritage wilderness. The Grampians, Victoria Visit Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre and experience local Aboriginal culture. Adelaide, South Australia The Museum of South Australia has the world’s largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural artefacts. Free entry.

Burrup Peninsula, Western Australia This Aboriginal sacred site contains the largest concentration of rock art in the world. Cairns, Queensland Immerse yourself in a unique cultural experience at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns.

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n In Australia, there are more

than 250 language groups and over 700 dialects spoken by Aboriginal people. n The world’s oldest known rock art, dated around 43,000 years ago, can be found in the Olary region of South Australia. n The colours of the Aboriginal flag are symbolic: the black represents the Aboriginal people; the yellow, the sun and the renewal of life; and, the red, the earth and ochre, which is used in ceremonies.

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From film festivals to Formula 1 and Mardi Gras to camel racing, Australia offers a vibrant and unique calendar of events.

New South Wales/ Australian Capital Territory Sydney Festival 5-28 January, Sydney Sydney Mardi Gras February to March, Sydney Canberra Festival 9-17 March, Canberra Byron Bay Bluesfest 28 March â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 April, Byron Bay Vivid Sydney May to June, Sydney Thredbo Ski Season 8 June â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 October, Snowy Mountains Sydney International Film Festival June, Sydney Blue Mountains Winter Magic Mid-June, Blue Mountains Floriade September to October, Canberra Crave Sydney International Food Festival all October, Sydney

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Mindil Beach Markets April to October, Darwin Darwin Deckchair Cinema April to November, Darwin Finke Desert Race June, Alice Springs Territory Day celebrations 1 July, Darwin Darwin Beer Can Regatta July, Darwin

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Quicksilver Pro and Roxy Pro February and March, Gold Coast Port Douglas Carnivale May, North Queensland Noosa Food and Wine Festival May, Sunshine Coast Cairns Blues Festival May, North Queensland Paddle out for Whales June, Hervey Bay Mareeba Rodeo Festival June to July, North Queensland Surfers Paradise Festival June to July, Gold Coast Whitsunday Fantasea Reef Festival August, North Queensland Cairns Festival August, North Queensland Brisbane Festival September, Brisbane


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Santos Tour Down Under January, Adelaide & regional Adelaide Fringe Festival February to March, Adelaide Womadelaide March, Adelaide Whale migration May to October, Fleurieu Peninsula McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival June, McLaren Vale Adelaide Cabaret Festival June, Adelaide Melrose Fat Tyre Festival June, Flinders Ranges South Australian Living Artists Festival August, all SA OzAsia Festival September, Adelaide Feast Festival November, Adelaide

Tasmania

Salamanca Market Weekly, Hobart Sydney Hobart Yacht Race December to January, Hobart & Sydney The Taste Festival 28 December – 3 January, Hobart Falls Festival 29 December - 1 January, Marion Bay Ten days on the Island 15-24 March, all Tasmania Tasmazia International Mural Fest 31 March – 6 April, Sheffield Bicheno Food and Wine Festival November, Bicheno Arts on Fire June, North-West Tasmania Festival of Voices July, Hobart Tiger Trail Festival September, Mount Field National Park

Victoria

Formula 1 Grand Prix March, Melbourne Apollo Bay Community Markets February to June, Apollo Bay Australian Open Tennis 14-27 January, Melbourne ChillOut Festival March, Labour Day weekend, Daylesford Melbourne International Comedy Festival 27 March – 21 April, Melbourne Ski Season June to August, Mount Buller Melbourne International Film Festival August, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup November, Melbourne Vodafone Boxing Day Test Cricket 26-30 December, Melbourne

Western Australia

Lancelin Ocean Classic (wind surfing) 12 January, Lancelin Fremantle Sardine Festival Mid-January, Fremantle Australia Day Fireworks 26 January, Perth Perth International Arts Festival February to March, Perth Avon Descent 2 March, Avon Valley Sculpture by the Sea 25 March, Cottesloe (Perth) Margaret River Wine Festival April, Margaret River Ord Valley Muster 13 May, Kununurra Perth Royal Show 2 August – 5 October, Perth Kings Park and Botanic Gardens Wildflower Festival September to October, Perth THINKSTOCK

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

Sydney Famous for its harbour, beaches, and great city events, Sydney offers seven YHAs to choose from. Sydney Harbour YHA, in the historic Rocks area, is close to the water, Opera House and harbour. Multi-award-winning Sydney Central YHA and Railway Square YHA are in the heart of the city,

right next to the city’s transport hub – Central Station. Enjoy the vibrant village life at Glebe Point YHA, among the inner-city suburb’s trendy cafés and pubs. If you want to visit Sydney’s beaches, choose from Sydney Beachouse YHA at Collaroy on the Northern Beaches, Bondi Beachouse YHA in the east and Cronulla Beach YHA in Sydney’s south.

Short getaways

The Blue Mountains

On the city’s northern edge, Pittwater YHA is nestled amidst Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Two hours south, Bundanoon YHA has all the adventure activities of the Southern Highlands on its doorstep. For a complete getaway, check out the eco-YHA at Hawkesbury Heights, or visit Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, home to spectacular walks, abseiling, canyoning and caving. Vineyards and fancy food will tempt you to the Hunter Valley.

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


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South Coast Kickstart your south coast adventure in vibrant uni town Wollongong, before discovering the seafood, watersports and kangaroos of Batemans Bay. From here, it’s not far to the unspoiled beaches and marine life of Narooma and holiday favourite Merimbula.

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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, beaches and giant sand dunes. Stop off in Port Macquarie for a surf, camel ride and visit to the Koala Hospital. Further up the coast your action-packed Coffs Harbour adventure awaits. Detour inland to Bellingen, for cafés and crafts, moonlit canoeing and Dorrigo Rainforest. Yamba offers the best of ocean and river activities, plus yearround festivals. Lennox Head is a wonderful place to relax on the beach or try sailing on Lake Ainsworth. Byron Bay, Australia’s

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Canberra & surrounds Canberra, Australia’s capital city, boasts the country’s largest number of free attractions, plus loads of entertainment and festivals. South of Canberra, Thredbo alpine village, in the Snowy Mountains, is your gateway to Australia’s highest peak. Hike Mt Kosciuszko in summer or ski in winter. Further south, you’ll find the riverside border city of Albury.

most easterly point, is known for its beaches and laid-back lifestyle. Relax at Nimbin, an alternative town with quirky shops and markets. Or, climb Mt Warning from the serene riverside town of Murwillumbah.

Country detours Visit Tamworth, Australia’s country music capital and take part in a jackaroo/ jillaroo course. Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, Armidale is known for its waterfalls, autumn colours and national parks.

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Discover Aussie surf culture in Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point Marvel at the Blue Mountains’ iconic Three Sisters and ancient Jurassic rainforest

YHA Member Discounts Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout 0408 443 822 $10 off cash payments. ANZ Stadium 02 8765 2300 20% off Explore Tour. Australian School of Mountaineering 02 4782 2014 $20 off abseiling, canyoning and rock-climbing trips. Captain Cook Cruises 02 9206 1111 Concession prices on all cruises including Whale Watching (May-Nov) & Venture Cruises (Nov-Apr). Church Point Ferry 0433 038 408 12% off return tickets. (Transport to Pittwater YHA)

Dolphin Marine Magic 02 6659 1900 10% off activities including in-the-water experiences with dolphins and seals. Featherdale Wildlife Park 02 9622 1644 15% off entry.

High and Wild 02 4782 6224 $10 off full-day trips. $5 off half-day trips. Hunter Valley Bike Hire 02 4991 3278 20% off bike hire. Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk 02 4885 1010 25% off general entry plus a free coffee. Jenolan Caves 02 6359 3911 10% off Wonders of the Underworld Pass & Plughole Adventure Tour. Mogo Zoo 02 4474 4930 10% off normal admission price.


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Sandboard the largest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere at Port Stephens

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Walk to the top of Australia, Mt Kosciuszko, from alpine adventure hub Thredbo

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Share unspoiled beaches with friendly kangaroos on the South Coast Indulge in Hunter Valley wines, beers and gourmet food in the country’s oldest wine region

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Learn to surf with the professionals on Newcastle’s famous surf breaks

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Get a taste of the country at Tamworth’s music festival and jackaroo/ jillaroo schools

“Relax” in alternative Bellingen and Nimbin to see which one wins ‘cruisiest town in Oz’ Visit the world’s only koala hospital in Port Macquarie for free

Surf Camp Australia 02 9262 1757 $25 off all Surf Camps and Adventures.

National Trust (NSW) 02 9258 0123 Concession entry to all NSW properties. Plus no joining fee - save $35. Annual subscription applies. Join online, quote YHA. Port Macquarie Camel Safaris 0437 672 080 $25 beach camel rides.

Skydive the Beach Book at YHA Travel. $30 off DVD & photo package.

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

Sundive Byron Bay 02 6685 7755 10% off all dive and snorkel tours, plus free t-shirt with all PADI dive courses.

Rose Bay Aquatic Hire 02 9371 7036 $20 for 2-hour Sydney Harbour kayak hire, or paddleboard lesson plus 1 hour hire. Mon-Fri.

Surfing Byron Bay 02 6685 7099 10% off 2-hour surf lesson, or 2 people for $40 each. Conditions apply.

Sydney Museums 20% off adult entry to: Australian Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum Treetop Adventure Park Newcastle, Sydney, Wyong. 20% off entry MondayFriday (excludes school holidays). Zoo Express 02 8270 5183 Concession prices. Includes return cruise & Taronga Zoo entry). See yha.com.au for more discounts

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SOU TH AUS TRA LIA Australian Capital Territory 1 Canberra 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

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Albury/Wodonga Albury Motor Village YHA 372 Wagga Road (Hume Hwy), Lavington 2641 EMAIL

albury@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6040 2999

MANAGERS

Jennie, Sophie & Jade

RECEPTION

8am-8pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

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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. Enjoy wine-tasting, museums and galleries. Close to ski fields. Walking distance to hotels. 5km to Central Albury nightlife. North Albury stop across the road from YHA. Serviced by Greyhound â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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

Armidale Armidale YHA/Pembroke Tourist & Leisure Park 39 Waterfall Way, Armidale 2350 EMAIL

armidale@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6772 6470

MANAGERS

Chris & Sigrid Mitchell

RECEPTION

7.30am-7.30pm

1800 355 578 Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

AMEX MC VA EFTPOS 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, Wi-Fi and on-site activities.

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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. 3 km to station. Daily Tamworth/Sydney. Limited pick-up from bus/train. 2 km to stop. Daily Sydney/Brisbane. Coffs Harbour Mon/Wed/Fri 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 All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


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Batemans Bay Batemans Bay YHA Shady Willows Caravan Park Cnr Old Princes Hwy, Batemans Bay 2536 EMAIL

batemansbay@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 4472 4972

MANAGERS

Francis McLaughlin & Brent Bruen

RECEPTION

8am-9pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

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900 metres to the nearest foodstore. Meet kangaroos at Pebbly Beach, hike national parks, kayak or cruise Clyde River, go dolphin and whale watching, visit Mogo Zoo. 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

Bellingen Bellingen YHA 2 Short Street, Bellingen 2454 EMAIL

bellingen@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6655 1116

MANAGERS

Graham & Jo McIntyre

RECEPTION

MON-FRI 8am-7pm SAT-SUN 8-11am / 2-7pm

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

A beautiful, funky and friendly YHA. Relax in a hammock, chill on the balcony overlooking the river and gardens, play music or pool, and watch bats at sunset.

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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. Regular live music in town. 15 km Urunga stop – Sydney/Brisbane daily. Free pickup. 200 m to local stop. Coffs Harbour services Mon-Fri. 15 km to Urunga Station. Services daily. Free pick-up from station – contact the YHA. 39 km to Coffs Harbour Airport. Coffs Harbour is 39 km NE Port Macquarie is 160 km SE All 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 GROUPS

bluemountains@yha.com.au bluemountains.groups@ yha.com.au

PHONE

02 4782 1416

MANAGER

Ann Westgate

RECEPTION

7am-10pm

MC VA EFTPOS GROUP WING – EXCLUSIVE USE Rent the 50-bed Group Wing with separate kitchen, dining & lounge. From $1635 p/n B&B

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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. 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 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

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


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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

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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 0448 879 171

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 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 provides the ultimate Blue Mountains experience with views of the Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls & Mt Solitary. Ride the Scenic Railway & Cableway into the Jamison Valley, take the Walkway through ancient rainforest or glide between cliff-tops in the Skyway.

PH 02 4780 0200

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Blue Mountains – Hawkesbury Heights Hawkesbury Heights YHA 836 Hawkesbury Rd, Hawkesbury Heights 2777 EMAIL

hawkesburyheights@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 4754 5621

MANAGERS

Carolyn & John Beazley

RECEPTION

7-10am / 5-9pm Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

Purpose-built YHA with great views in a bush setting. Eco-friendly, solar electricity and hot water, wood fire. Wood or gas BBQ.

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE From $350 per night

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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 (Pearce’s Buses). Bus Mon-Fri during school terms to Roberts Pde from Springwood. 10 km to station. YHA pick-up available – book 24hrs ahead. 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

Bundanoon Bundanoon YHA 115 Railway Avenue, Bundanoon 2578 EMAIL

bundanoon@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 4883 6010

MANAGER

Alison Shaw & Glenn Robinson

RECEPTION

8-10am / 5-8.30pm

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise ahead of time for late check-in.

Edwardian guesthouse with log fire for winter and spacious verandah for summer. Ping-pong, piano, large grounds with bike tracks and climbing wall.

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE Fri/Sat $2015 – 2 nights, max 36 beds Sun-Thurs $1905 – 2 nights, max 36 beds

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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

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


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Byron Bay Byron Bay YHA 7 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay 2481 EMAIL

byronbay@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6685 8853

MANAGER

Paul Cason

RECEPTION

8am-9pm

1800 678 195 Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS Byron Bay YHA is located in the town centre, 400m from the beach. Rooms have fans and large decks. Communal areas and kitchen overlook the heated pool. BBQ, TV lounge, internet café, Wi-Fi, luggage storage, travel desk, bikes, surf and body boards.

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50 metres to the nearest foodstore Unspoiled beaches, walking tracks, surfing, kayaking, dolphins and whales. 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

Byron Bay Cape Byron YHA Cnr Byron & Middleton St, Byron Bay 2481 EMAIL

capebyron@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6685 8788

MANAGER

Bob Kay

RECEPTION

6.45am-10pm

1800 652 627 Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS 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.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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

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HANDY HINTS

CANBERRA Floriade

TOP 10

1

THINGS TO DO

Visit Parliament House, the National Gallery, and Australian War Memorial for free. Flowers, fireworks, food and footy. Check out Canberraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s year-round events.

3

Cycle, walk or canoe around Lake Burley Griffin. See a Tasmanian Tiger or a T-Rex at the National or Dinosaur Museums.

5

Expand your horizons at Questacon, Mount Stromlo Observatory or the Canberra Deep Space Complex.

Then meet the live animals at the National Zoo or Reptile Sanctuary.

7

Admire the views from Mt Ainslie Lookout. Splurge on a balloon flight including champagne breakfast.

9

Feel like a giant amongst the mini buildings at Cockington Green Gardens. Celebrate Canberraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th Anniversary in 2013, at the Canberra Festival.

YHA Member Discounts Greyhound Australia 10% off express (point-topoint) tickets, 10% off Mini Traveller Passes. Book at YHA Travel. Canberra Reptile Sanctuary 02 6253 8533 2 for 1 entry (adults tickets only)

Cockington Green Gardens 02 6230 2273 20% off general day admission prices. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Dawn Drifters 02 6285 4450 10% discount on hot air balloon flights

National Zoo & Aquarium 02 6287 8400 5% off entry on presentation of YHA card See yha.com.au for more discounts


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YHA HOSTEL IN CANBERRA

INTERNET & PHONE CARD

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UE GREAT VAL RD PHONE CA

FAST INTER CONN NET ECTIO N

AVAILABLE @ RECEPTION use at YHA hostels around Australia

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Canberra

Canberra City YHA 7 Akuna St, Canberra City, ACT 2601 EMAIL GROUPS

canberracity@yha.com.au canberracity.groups@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6248 9155

MANAGER

Wim Hanse

RECEPTION

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, Wi-Fi, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry, rooftop BBQ area, TV and games area, underground bar and parking nearby (fees apply). Weekly activities and BBQs in summer. Walk to major attractions, shops, cafés, restaurants, nightclubs and cinemas.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

28.50

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. Airport shuttle $10 – book at the YHA. Bundanoon is 158 km N Batemans Bay is 152 km E Thredbo is 220 km S

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


Parkes Place, Canberra | Free entry | 10am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5pm daily | Enquiries: (02) 6240 6502

Entrance to the National Gallery of Australia featuring Eran (2010) by Thapich Gloria Fletcher AO in the foreground. Photograph: John Gollings. The National Gallery of Australia is an Australian Government Agency


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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

9am-9pm

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.

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MULTI-SHARE DBLE / TWIN ENSUITE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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, 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

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

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

A YHA in the heart of wine country, which operates its own wine tours. Located in beautiful surroundings including its own vineyards. Pool, BBQ and wood-fired pizza oven, games room and more.

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE Fri-Sat $1450 per night Sun-Thurs $1100 per night

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

27

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

400 metres to foodstore and pub. Visit wineries – enjoy our wine tour. Local zoo, breweries and Hunter Valley Gardens. Go horse riding, cycling, skydiving, hot air ballooning and more. Short walk to local pub, 2km to Cessnock. Daily departures Sydney/Newcastle/ Maitland. Call for pick-up at Cessnock. Direct transfers and packages from Sydney, call for info. 30 km to Maitland Station. 30 km to Newcastle Airport. Newcastle is 55 km E Port Stephens is 80 km NE All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


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Lennox Head Lennox Head Beachouse YHA 3 Ross Street, Lennox Head 2478 EMAIL

lennoxhead@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6687 7636

MANAGERS

Graeme & Anna Dicker

RECEPTION

8am-10pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS 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. Natural therapies clinic on-site.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE

PRICES FROM

29.50

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. 600 metres to CountryLink bus. 12 km to Ballina Airport. Byron Bay is 17 km N Yamba is 113 km S

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

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS 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.

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE $1950 for two nights

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

PRICES FROM

28

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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 V/Line from Melb Premier from Syd/Melb

Ph: 132 232 Ph: 136 196 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 Canberra is 244km NW

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

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Mt Warning / Murwillumbah Murwillumbah YHA 1 Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah 2484 EMAIL

murwillumbah@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6672 3763

MANAGER

Tassie Duff

RECEPTION

8am-10pm

0409 221 385 Hostel not suitable for under-10 year-olds.

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. Bikes and kayaks available.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN

PRICES FROM

29

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

500 metres to the nearest foodstore. Visit Mt Warning, rainforest, waterfalls, national parks. Canoe tranquil creeks, cycle sugar cane country. Authentic Aussie town with local art and cheap eating. 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

Narooma Narooma YHA 243 Princes Highway, Narooma 2546 EMAIL

narooma@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 4476 3287

MANAGERS

Karli & Darren

RECEPTION

8-10am, 2-9pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS 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.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

23

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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


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Newcastle Beach Newcastle Beach YHA 30 Pacific St (cnr King St) Newcastle 2300 EMAIL

newcastle@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 4925 3544

MANAGER

Damian Parkhouse

RECEPTION

7am-10.30pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS Opposite Newcastle Beach, this heritage building features open fires and a ballroom with chandeliers. Internet, Wi-Fi, Skype, pool table, BBQ, DVDs, free surfboards, free bodyboards. Weekly pizza night. Free pub meals and activities weekly.

99

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$

31

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

150 metres to the nearest foodstore Newcastle has some of Australia’s best surf beaches, cafes, pubs and nightlife. Daily wine tours, dolphin & whale watching, dune bike safaris. 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

Nimbin Nimbin Rox YHA 74 Thorburn Street, Nimbin 2480 EMAIL

nimbinrox@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6689 0022

MANAGER

Sam Lewis

RECEPTION

Summer 8.30am - 9pm Winter 9am - 8pm

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

28

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN QUEEN LODGE

PRICES FROM

25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

1 km to nearest foodstore Relax, rewind, recharge. Hang out in a hammock, cool off in the tropical pool, enjoy rainforest walks or take the free YHA shuttle into town. Wallabies and possums at hostel. Weekly activities and live music at local pub. 1 km to stop. Nimbin Shuttle Bus Co. from/to Byron Bay. Wallers Bus Co. to Lismore and Murwillumbah daily. Murwillumbah is 51km N Byron Bay is 74 km E

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

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Port Macquarie Port Macquarie YHA 36 Waugh Street, Port Macquarie 2444 EMAIL

portmacquarie@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6583 8133 1800 620 020

MANAGER

Richard Bock

RECEPTION

8am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

Halfway between Sydney & Byron Bay, this YHA is more like a resort than a hostel. Relax by the pool or in a hammock under the palms, make friends with a BBQ, enjoy the games and TV/ movie room, and hang out with our pet parrot Cheeky. Town only 5 minutes walk.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE/TWIN DOUBLE ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

480 metres to the nearest foodstore. Don’t miss the free Koala Hospital! Bargain surf & dive lessons, kayaking, camel rides, walks, wineries, whales, jet boats and more. Free body boards and $5 bikes at the hostel. Bars, clubs, live music, karaoke, comedy. 900 m to stop. Daily Sydney/Brisbane services. 19 km to Wauchope Station. CountryLink bus to Port Macquarie. 5 km to the airport. Bellingen is 150km N Port Stephens is 245km S

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 summer, 8.30am - 9pm winter

MC VA

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE From $899 per night

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE DELUXE DBLE TRIPLE / FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$

30

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

2.5 km to the supermarket. Dolphin/whale watching, 4WD, quad biking, sand dunes, national park, wineries, wildlife. Kayak, surf, dive, horseride 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

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

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HANDY SYDNEY HINTS Sydney Opera House and Bridge

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

1 3 5

Stroll across the Harbour Bridge for free or climb the Bridge Pylon. Discover Sydney’s colonial past around the historic alleys of The Rocks. Hang out or learn to surf on famous Bondi Beach. Try Aussie tucker at The Australian Heritage Hotel.

7 9

Catch the multi-event Vivid, Crave, Mardi Gras or Sydney Festivals.

Ride a ferry across the harbour to Taronga Zoo or Manly. Hit the shops, bars and clubs of cool Surry Hills and Oxford Street. Walk the glass floor above a model of the city at Customs House. Meet koalas, sharks and famous faces at Merlin Entertainments venues. Enjoy great views on a Harbour walk or the Bondi to Coogee coastal track.

YHA Member Discounts Merlin Entertainments 15% off adult entry to Madame Tussauds SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Sydney Tower Eye WILD LIFE Sydney Manly Sea life Sanctuary Harbour Bridge Pylon & Lookout 02 9240 1100 Concession entry Historic Houses Trust 02 8239 2288 Concession rate Ticket Through Time (only $15). Get unlimited access to all Historic Houses Trust museums for three months.

Jet Boating 25% off adult rides with: Oz Jet Boating Sydney Jet Thunder Jet Let’s Go Surfing 02 9365 1800 $10 off Bondi Surf Experience. LG IMAX Theatre 02 9281 3300 20% off full-price child/ adult tickets. Matilda Cruises 02 8270 5188 Concession prices on 24hr Harbour Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off ferry pass.

Sydney Opera House 02 9250 7250 20% off The Sydney Opera House Tour adult tickets. Taronga Zoo 02 9969 2777 15% off general admission. Not valid with any other offer. The Rocks Ghost Tours 02 9241 1283 $6 off adult tickets. The Rocks Walking Tours 02 9247 6678 15% off full price tickets. See yha.com.au for more discounts


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YHA HOSTELS IN SYDNEY hamilton Lund Destination NSW

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 North

Only a train ride from the city centre, Cronulla Beach YHA  offers a host of activities in a relaxing environment. Located within walking distance of Sydney’s most famous beach is Bondi Beachouse YHA. To Sydney’s north, Sydney Beachouse YHA in Collaroy  just metres away from the beach. Pittwater YHA is set is in idyllic surrounds accessible by water and on foot.

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Take The Sydney Opera House Tour.

Discover the stories, history & magic of the House.

Tours available in English, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean. E VISIT TH E C I F F B OX O Y A D TO

F 20% OF A F O R Y H S* MEMBER

9250 7777 SYDNEYOPERAHOUSE.COM Present your YHA or HI card. Subject to avail. Valid to 30 Sept 2013.

*


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Sydney – City

Sydney Harbour YHA 110 Cumberland St, The Rocks, Sydney 2000 EMAIL GROUPS

sydneyharbour@yha.com.au sydharbourgroups@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 8272 0900

MANAGER

Ross Lardner

RECEPTION

24 hours

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM 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-of-the-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.

354

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE / TWIN WITH VIEW FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$

42

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

On-site grocery store. Walking distance to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, museums, the Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbour and Sydney Observatory. Close to BridgeClimb, The 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 and 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 (ferry services) and Wynyard stations. 12.6km to airport. Take shuttle bus to YHA or train to Circular Quay or Wynyard. Sydney-Central Station is 2.6 km S Sydney-Railway Square is 2.75 km S All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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check out one of the world’s 12* coolest museums! 20%g tOicfkeft

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FOR

Venture into the secret world of submarine warfare on HMAS Onslow; Explore Australia’s largest museum vessel destroyer HMAS Vampire; Board a magnificent replica of Captain Cook’s HMB Endeavour (when in port). www.anmm.gov.au

2 Murray St, Darling Harbour Open 9.30am–5pm daily | (02) 9298 3777 *The Sunday Times, London.

WHALE WATCHING From $60. Departs daily from May to December with 99% success rate. Join us for an unforgettable experience onboard Sydney’s premium whale watching fleet.

FOR YHA MEMBERS CONDITIONS APPLY

20% OFF

whalewatchingsydney.net

02 9583 1199

whalewatchingsydney


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Sydney – City

Sydney Central YHA 11 Rawson Place (opp. Central Station) Cnr Pitt St and Rawson Pl, Sydney 2000 EMAIL GROUPS

sydcentral@yha.com.au sydcentralgroups@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 9218 9000

MANAGER

Jon Hutchinson

RECEPTION

24 hours

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM 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 pancake breakfasts, pizza and cheap eat nights, our legendary Aussie BBQs, and free Sydney intro walking tour.

556

MULTI-SHARE TWIN DBLE / TWIN ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$

33

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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

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

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Sydney – Railway Square, City

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

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM An oasis in the heart of the city, this laidback hostel is located at Central Railway Station in an historic 1904 building. For something different sleep in one of our converted train carriages. The hostel offers contemporary urban design, spa pool, WI-FI, café, tour desk, 24-hour access, indoor and outdoor communal areas and self-catering kitchen. Entertainment and activities.

280

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$

32

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

50 metres to the nearest foodstore. Walking distance to most of Sydney’s major attractions. Visit the Australian Museum, Powerhouse Museum and Museum of Sydney. Get up close to sharks at Sea Life 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. Head to Scubar at nearby Sydney Central YHA, mix it up with the locals at one of Surry Hills’ bars. Hit Oxford Street on the weekend, stroll to Chinatown, and soak up the atmosphere (and cocktails) in Darling Harbour. 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 All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Sydney – Bondi Beach

Bondi Beachouse YHA Cnr Fletcher & Dellview St, Bondi Beach 2026 EMAIL

bondi@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 9365 2088

MANAGER

Kati Farthing

RECEPTION

8am-midnight

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS This art deco property is located at Australia’s most famous beach, a favourite with backpackers. Enjoy the free body boards and snorkelling gear, or hire a surfboard, ask the friendly staff about the weekly activities, and take in the awesome views from the rooftop balcony. Facilities include internet café, movie room, BBQ, self-catering kitchen, and tour desk. Limited parking. Close to shops, with good transport links to Sydney CBD – stay by the beach but near Sydney’s city centre.

94

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$

30

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Late arrivals - contact ahead for security door code

Mini supermarket next door to hostel. Learn to surf, snorkel, bodyboard or hang out on famous Bondi Beach. Walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach on the beautiful Coast Walk. Explore Bondi Markets. Visit Watsons Bay for spectacular sunset views, Doyle’s famous fish and chips and a walk to The Gap. Kayak Sydney Harbour, or get some retail therapy at Bondi Junction. Close to nightclubs, backpacker bars. pubs and cafés. Plus enjoy weekly entertainment nights at the YHA. Bus 381 from Bondi Junction Station to Fletcher Street bus stop. Bus 380/333 from Circular Quay to Bondi Road. 3 km to Bondi Junction Station, via bus 381. 25 minutes to the airport. Call on arrival for transport options. Sydney-Central is 10 km W Sydney-Railway Square is 10km W Sydney – Cronulla is 20km SW

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

Destination NSW

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new south wales

Sydney – Northern Beaches

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

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

Only 50 metres from Collaroy Beach, this hostel offers 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. Job network service for travellers.

214

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

27

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

25 metres to the nearest foodstore Minutes drive to 21 of the best surfing beaches in Sydney – lessons available. 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. Our tour desk can assist you. Collaroy is close to the action-packed nightlife in Manly, or take a short walk to the local pub. For something quieter, catch a movie at the cinema next door before grabbing a bite to eat at the many restaurants Collaroy has to offer. Regular hostel activities throughout the week. 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 155/156 to Collaroy. Sydney-Pittwater is 10 km N Sydney-Harbour is 21 km S Sydney-Central is 23.6 km S

All 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-9pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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

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MULTI-SHARE DBLE / TWIN ENSUITE FAMILY ENSUITE

$

30

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. 30 km to the terminal. At Central Station transfer to train. Take Illawarra line from City to Cronulla, 500 metres from station. 15 km to airport. Take train, change at Wolli Creek for Cronulla. Sydney-Central is 30 km N All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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new south wales

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

7am - 11pm, Oct-Mar 8am - 10pm, Apr - Sept

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

The bohemian Sydney alternative. Friendly and helpful staff. Large rooftop, hammocks, BBQ area. Fast internet, Wi-Fi, 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 Station. 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

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE

27

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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

POSTCARDS FROM SYDNEY

Marcus Sherifi, United Kingdom

Best night out Scubar, Sydney. I went to the monthly Brazilian night and it was such an amazing atmosphere. Great place for dinner Chinese restaurant Seabay for its pumpkin dumplings. A great activity Abseiling in the Blue Mountains. When you’re dangling from a 30-metre-high cliff, the height is the last thing you’re thinking about as you look out on to the truly indescribable, breathtaking views. Something you didn’t know about Sydney One thing that sticks in my mind is the marks convicts made on the heritage buildings facing the Opera House. They represent the convicts counting how many rocks they’d used in the structures. Best way to spend $20 El Loco. Tacos are only $5 and you’ve still got money for a salted Corona.

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RENT-A-YHA HAVE THE YHA TO YOURSELVES

Exclusive use group accommodation for get togethers, holidays & excursions WHAT IS RENT-A-YHA?

Rent-a-YHA gives your family, friends or group the opportunity to rent a whole building for a short break. Whether it’s a family reunion, special event, or just an excuse to get a group of friends away together.

EXCLUSIVE USE FACILITIES

The accommodation is safe, clean and comfortable. Rooms sleep between 2-10 people. Most YHA’s provide linen, have a BBQ, fully equiped kitchens and common rooms. All your group needs to bring is a towel, food and themselves!

A LOCATION FOR EVERY OCCASION

From the beach to the bush the YHAs are perfectly

located for a group getaway. See hostel details in this guide for information and contact details.

RENT-A-YHA HOSTELS

SOUTH AUSTRALIA n Flinders Ranges Wirrabara Old Schoolhouse YHA n Mt Lofty Cottage YHA n Port Elliot Beach House YHA VICTORIA

n Apollo Bay Eco YHA n Grampians Eco YHA NEW SOUTH WALES

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

To book email or call the hostels directly or visit yha.com.au/groups


new south wales

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 person surcharge if staying Saturday night only.

MC VA EFTPOS

Unique YHA retreat overlooking Pittwater and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Ideal escape from the city.

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE Fri/Sat $1720 for two nights Sun-Thurs $760 per night

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

PRICES FROM

27

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Bush hostel – bring food and linen. 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). Or L88/L90 from Central then change to 156 at Mona Vale (155 evening). Pre-purchase bus tickets. 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

Tamworth 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

MC VA

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

The YHA has a relaxing atmosphere and 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 DOUBLE TWIN

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$

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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. 1 km to the stop. Greyhound to/from Sydney and Brisbane. 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 All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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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

AMEX DC MC VA

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY ENSUITE

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25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

500 metres to the nearest foodstore. Dive the HMAS Adelaide wreck. Surfing, kayaking, dolphin/whale watching, wine tours, horse-riding, bushwalking, Treetop Adventure Park, Reptile Park, Erina Fair. Close to Terrigal Hotel, clubs, restaurants. 20 metres to Busways route 68 stop to/from Gosford. 200m 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

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

MC VA EFTPOS

*Prices change over ski season (Jun-Oct)

Purpose-built lodge in the heart of Thredbo Village. Cosy atmosphere with fire and great views. National Park entry fees apply.

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE $1230 per night (not in ski season)

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PRICES FROM

29*

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. Murrays and Greyhound (winter). Call YHA for summer options. 2.5-hour drive from Canberra Airport. No parking at YHA – drop-off only. Car access via Buckwong Pl. Foot access via Jack Adams Path or Alpine Way car park. Merimbula is 180 km E Canberra is 220 km N

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


new south wales

Wollongong 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

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS 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.

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30.50

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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

Yamba Yamba YHA 26 Coldstream Street, Yamba 2464 EMAIL

yamba@yha.com.au

PHONE

02 6646 3997

MANAGERS

Shane and Justin Henwood

RECEPTION

8am-9pm

Late check-in by prior arrangement

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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25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

100 metres to nearest food store. Surfboards, bodyboards, bikes for hire. Uncrowded beaches, cliff jumping, whale watching, river cruises, ocean or river kayaking, year-round festivals. Block Bar & Café on-site, 8am-11.30pm, live bands, karaoke and entertainment. Local pubs and clubs. 50 metres to Greyhound stop. Premier to Maclean – free pick-up/drop-off. Book ahead. 40 km to South Grafton. Bus to Yamba. 50 km to South Grafton Airport. Lennox Head is 117 km N All 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 From tropical Top End to rich Red Centre.

The Northern Territory will enlighten your Australian experience with its magical mix of ancient Indigenous culture, unforgettable wildlife encounters, untamed rivers, laid-back towns and awe-inspiring scenery.

AUSTRALIA’S TOP END The Top End is home to natural attractions including Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park. Darwin, capital of the Territory, is a place to soak up the relaxing and friendly tropical lifestyle and enjoy the many attractions the city has to offer. Dine on fresh seafood by the pier, enjoy the nightlife on Mitchell Street, and don’t miss Mindil Beach Markets.

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Australia’s largest National Park, World Heritage-listed Kakadu is a nature lover’s dream getaway. Easily accessible from Darwin, Kakadu is famous for its inspiring scenery, waterfalls, wildlife and Aboriginal history, including rock paintings over 20,000 years old.

Kakadu National Park

Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s famous wetland, supports a pristine environment which hosts a truly amazing variety of wildlife, including one third of Australia’s bird species, crocodiles and other unique Australian flora and fauna.


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Uluru (Ayers Rock)

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DARWIN TO ALICE SPRINGS The Northern Territory’s Stuart Highway stretches from Darwin, through a tropical region of gorges, waterfalls, wetlands and escarpments, to the Red Centre and south to Adelaide. 300 km south of Darwin is Katherine, and famous Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge). 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 rock formations of the Devil’s Marbles. At the other end of the highway is Alice Springs. The town and heritageclassed Alice Springs YHA are your starting point to discover all that the Red Centre and ‘The Alice’ have to offer.

Aboriginal Culture

the Red Centre No trip to the Northern Territory is 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 be etched in your memory long after you leave.

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 an ideal day trip from Darwin.

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HANDY HINTS

NORTHERN TERRITORY TOP 10

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THINGS TO DO

Discover Aboriginal culture on tour with free activities at Voyages, Ayers Rock Try Aussie tucker at Mindil Markets

Eyeball a croc on a cruise Hike Kings Canyon and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Watch the sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock) Be awed by Kakadu National Park

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Wander Darwin’s historic walking trails Explore the outback by 4WD, camel or quad bike

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Have a desert experience at Alice’s Desert Park Catch the quirky Beer Can Regatta or Camel Cup

YHA Member Discounts Araluen Cultural Precinct 08 8951 1120 20% off Adult Precinct Pass. Must show valid YHA card. Alice Springs Desert Park 08 8951 8788 20% off entry on presentation of YHA card. Not valid with tours or offers. Alice Springs Reptile Park 08 8952 8900 $12 entry – save 14%.

Aussie Adventure 1300 721 365 10% off tours. Quote S&D083. Conditions apply. Ballooning Down under 08 8952 8816 10% off balloon tours in Alice Springs. Darwin Day Tours 1300 721 365 20% off touring. Quote S&D083. Conditions apply. Darwin Walking Tours 08 8981 0227 10% discount available.

The Ghan Backpacker discount fares – save up to 60% on rail services. Book with YHA Travel.


NORTHERN TERRITORY

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YHA HOSTELS IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

Outback Quad Adventures 08 8953 0697 $5 off any tour. Book direct. Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise 08 8978 9077 $5 off Crocodile Express Cruises & Coach Combo ex. Darwin. Willis’s Walkabouts 08 8985 2134 5% off plus up to 20% off advance purchases. See yha.com.au for more discounts.

YHA travel & membership centres Darwin Tour Desk only 97 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800 email darwin@yha.com.au Phone 08 8981 5385 Hours Daily  6am-10pm

Alice Springs Tour Desk only 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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Alice Springs

Alice Springs YHA Cnr Parsons St & Leichhardt Tce, Alice Springs 0870 EMAIL

alicesprings@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 8952 8855

MANAGER

Roger Wileman

RECEPTION

7am-8.30pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN TRIPLE FAMILY

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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 $12. Ayers Rock is 450 km SW Darwin is 1500 km N

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


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Uluru / Ayers Rock Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge* Ayers Rock Resort, via Yulara Dr, Ayers Rock 0872 EMAIL

travel@voyages.com.au

PHONE

08 8957 7605 1300 134 044

MANAGER

Ben Pratt

RECEPTION

24 hours

MC VA EFTPOS

Prices change 1/4/2013

The lodge has air conditioning, a pool, restaurant, kiosk, internet, laundry facilities, foreign currency exchange and car rental company on site. Free resort shuttle.

OZABOUT & EPACKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

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PRICES FROM

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34.20

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

1 km to the nearest foodstore. Uluru (Ayers Rock) is 20 km and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) are 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 *Enjoy an exclusive YHA members’ discount at this property, which YHA recommends but is not part of the affiliated network.

Kings Canyon Kings Canyon Holiday Park* Luritja Rd, Watarrka NP, Kings Canyon 0872 EMAIL

tradesales@dncinc.com

PHONE

08 8956 7442 1300 198 809

MANAGER

Daniel Boissevain

RECEPTION

6.30am-9.30pm

MC VA EFTPOS

Prices change 1/4/2013

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.

OZABOUT & EPACKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

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36

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Complimentary activities: tennis, witness spectacular sunsets, self-guided Kings Canyon walk, walks through the resort gardens, nightly entertainment (seasonal). Other activities: Under a Desert Moon dining experience, helicopter flights, camel rides and quad bike adventures (charges apply). Bus stop at front door. Ayers Rock is 305 km SW Alice Springs is 484 km E *Enjoy an exclusive YHA members’ discount at this property, which YHA recommends but is not part of the affiliated network.

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


dIsCoVEr uluru It’s time to discover Uluru and experience the many cultural and natural wonders of this unique part of Australia. Must do’s @ uluru Sounds of Silence - Enjoy a gourmet BBQ buffet under a sparkling outback sky. Desert Awakenings - Travel away from the crowds for a secluded breakfast and Uluru sunrise viewing. Afterwards head to Uluru for a guided base walk. Camel Tours - Ride our friendly camels to watch the sun rise over Uluru and the desert landscape. Uluru Base Walk - Circumnavigate Uluru and discover its sacred beauty and culture. Visit the Cultural Centre - Gain an insight into the local Indigenous people who call Uluru their home. outbaCk PIonEEr HotEl & lodgE • • • •

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BookingS or enqUirieS Visit www.yha.com.au/ayersrock Call 1300 134 044 | 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 2013.


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Darwin YHA 97 Mitchell Street, Darwin 0800 EMAIL

darwin@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 8981 5385

MANAGER

David Boyce

RECEPTION

6am-10pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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. Brand-new ensuite bedrooms all with air conditioning. Internet, Wi-Fi, 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.

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250 metres to the nearest foodstore. 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 (MayNovember) 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

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

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QUEENSLAND

With endless days of sunshine, it’s no wonder Queenslanders are so friendly!

Queensland offers more than a holiday – it’s a sensory explosion with unique adventures and spectacular sights. Enjoy beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, stunning coral reefs and explore the rugged outback.

BRISBANE

FUN IN THE SUN

With its subtropical climate and year-round sunshine, Brisbane is the perfect place to stay and play. Boasting trendy boutiques, theatres, museums, gigs, alfresco dining and a love for all things sport, Brisbane provides big-city action at a holiday pace.

KAYAKING, BRISBANE RIVER

Take a break in Coolangatta, with its laid-back seaside vibe, world-class surf breaks and friendly locals. Discover the tranquillity of the nearby hinterland with its ancient rainforests and waterfalls. If you want to pick up the pace, then dive into Surfers Paradise. Famous for bustling beaches and its all-night parties, this city will take you on an energy-bender!

The Rugged Region Experience genuine cattle country and stopover in Rockhampton, where the outback meets the reef. A visit to “Rocky” is not complete without sampling Australia’s finest steaks. Immerse yourself in the true Aussie outback lifestyle. Farm stays in Baralaba will have you herding cattle on horseback, and kicking up red dirt on a motorbike. Enjoy the company of new friends under a blanket of dazzling stars.


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DIVING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

Wander through the Noosa National Park and observe Australia’s unique animals in their natural habitats – spot the koalas if you can. Surfers head to Maroochydore for your perfect surf playground.

TROPICAL NORTH The Great Barrier Reef is the most diverse coral ecosystem on the planet. Here, the 74 idyllic islands of the Whitsundays lie waiting to be discovered. Easily accessible from the coastal town of Airlie Beach, the Whitsunday Islands are renowned for their sub-tropical climate and unchallenged beauty. Cairns and Port Douglas are vibrant destinations and hot spots for travellers. Dive or snorkel the reef, immersing yourself in a technicolour water world, or take a cruise on the Daintree River.

TOURISM AUSTRALIA

PaRADISE ISLANDS Visit the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, just a short distance from Hervey Bay. If you are keen to go whale watching, Hervey Bay is where these incredible creatures love to hang out. Only a hop, skip and jump away from the Capricorn Coast is

The Daintree rainforest

Hidden Wonders Visit Far North Queensland, the only place on earth where two World Heritage Sites collide; the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Visit Cape Tribulation to relax in a tropical paradise by the beach, and spend time exploring the magical rainforest. Journey to Cooktown for a rare glimpse into Australia’s Indigenous and colonial history.

Magnetic Island. Home to a feast of exotic creatures both above and below the water, ‘Maggie’ offers first-class snorkelling experiences and unforgettable wildlife encounters. Stradbroke Island is bordered by crystal blue water and golden sand. It’s the ultimate surfing, fishing and diving destination. It is one of the only places on earth where you can swim alongside manta rays.

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HANDY HINTS

QUEENSLAND THE GOLD COAST

TOP 10

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THINGS TO DO

Do yoga and pilates along the Cairns Esplanade lagoon

Head to South Bank beach and markets, Brisbane

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See exhibitions at GoMA in Brisbane

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Spot a koala in Noosa’s National Park Surf the waves or fish on the Sunshine Coast

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Bushwalk through the Gold Coast hinterland

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Take a dip in Fraser Island’s fresh water lakes, off the coast of Hervey Bay Swim in the Airlie Beach lagoon Head north to experience Aboriginal culture in Cooktown Spy dolphins and manta rays from Gorge Walk, Stradbroke Island

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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queensland

Airlie Beach Airlie Beach YHA 394 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach 4802 EMAIL

airliebeach@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 4946 6312

MANAGER

Mark Juppenlatz

RECEPTION

7am-8pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS Airlie Beach YHA hostel is located in the centre of Airlie Beach, close to the swimming lagoon, restaurants, cafes and nightlife. The hostel offers multi-share, double/twin rooms with private balconies. All hostel rooms are air-conditioned.

86

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

PRICES FROM

23

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

20 metres to the nearest foodstore. Airlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Sail, take a day trip to the reef, snorkel, take a scenic flight or visit Whitehaven Beach. Book at reception. Bars, clubs, restaurants and cafes all within walking distance. 300 m to coach stop. 25 km Prosperpine Train Station. 36 Km to Prosperpine Airport. Magnetic Island is 295 km N. Rockhampton is 538 km S. All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

YHA Member Discounts RSA Courses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ignite Education 07 5559 5077 YHA members receive a 40% discount. Use coupon code: YHAgetwork.

Hot Air Balloon Brisbane 1300 766 887 $10-$50 off per person.

Pancakes In Paradise Surfers Paradise and Crown Currency Exchange Coolangatta 07 3720 1977 07 5592 0330/ 07 5536 8077 No fees and special rates 25% off total food bill. for YHA members. Not valid public holidays Globe Trekker Adventure Gear or with other offers. 07 3221 4476 The Aztec Broadbeach and 20% discount (excludes Coolangatta sale items and watches). 07 5538 8477/ 07 5599 2748 25% off total food bill. Stradbroke Flyer Not valid public holidays 07 3821 3821 or in conjunction with YHA members get other offers. student rates. Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel 07 3409 8188 10% off Bistro/Beer Garden meals (excludes specials).

Haunted House 07 5592 5534 Adults at kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; prices on presentation of YHA card.

North Stradbroke Island Surf School 07 3409 8342 10% discount on all services.

Draculas Cabaret 07 5575 1000 Free souvenir gift. Present your YHA card to the Shop of Horror to redeem.

Reef HQ Aquarium 07 4750 0800 10% off admission. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park 07 4042 9900 10% off Tjapukai by Day and Tjapukai by Night. Not valid with any other offer. Birch Carroll & Coyle / Event Cinema 07 4052 1166 $10 movie ticket. Surcharge applies for VMAX & 3D movies. Ocean Rafting 07 4946 6848 Half-price lunch on tour. Reef Magic Cruises 07 4031 1598 Free introductory scuba dive or free guided snorkel tour. See yha.com.au for more discounts

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YHA HOSTEL IN brisbane

L T Y IA UN AR CH EC C O NT EA SP DIS IME TO B A L T YH OMPPOR & C ANS TR

Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia


queensland

Brisbane

Brisbane City YHA 392 Upper Roma Street, Brisbane 4000 EMAIL

brisbanecity@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 3236 1004

MANAGER

Peter Miller

RECEPTION

6.30am-11pm

24 hrs. Night bell and limited services between 11PM & 6:30AM

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM This YHA is Brisbane’s newest hostel, with excellent facilities and modern multishare, twin, double and family rooms. The rooftop pool overlooks Brisbane’s CBD and river. Wi-Fi 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. 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 tour the rainforest hinterland.

373

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

27.50

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Suncorp Stadium

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. 600 metres to Roma Street Transit Centre. Serviced by all major coach companies and trains. 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

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

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queensland

Cairns

Cairns Central YHA 20-26 McLeod Street, Cairns 4870 EMAIL

cairnscentral@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 4051 0772

MANAGER

Courtney Preo

RECEPTION

6.30am-11pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM Located adjacent to Cairns Central Shopping Centre, this resort-style hostel is a travellers’ oasis. The hostel includes spacious communal areas, self-catering kitchen, swimming pool, spa, games area, TV & reading rooms. All rooms are airconditioned with ensuites available.

225

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE / FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

23

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

50 metres to the nearest foodstore. With World Heritage-listed rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef a stone’s throw away and the Outback around the corner, Cairns is the perfect base to explore North Queensland. Let us organise your diving course, rafting, bungy jump, Skyrail/scenic train to Kuranda and adventures to Cooktown. Try a kangaroo burger at the famous Green Ant, dance on a table at the backpacker hub of the Woolshed, or sip on a cocktail by the lagoon at the pier. 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

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

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queensland

Cape Tribulation Cape Trib Beach House YHA 152 Rykers Road, Cape Tribulation 4873 EMAIL

capetribulation@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 4098 0030

MANAGERS

Dean & Julie Reedy

RECEPTION

7.30am-7pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS Nestled deep in the Daintree Rainforest on seven acres of beachfront land, offering unique accommodation, pool, internet cafĂŠ, pool table and communal kitchen.

132

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

23

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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 95 km N Port Douglas is 85 km S All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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TJAPUKAI BY DAY Didgeridoo - A Journey Creation Theatre Tjapukai Dance Theatre Bush Foods & Medicine Talk Hunting Tools Cultural Talk Boomerang & Spear Throwing

In Cairns next to Skyrail.

TJAPUKAI BY NIGHT Welcome Drink Traditional Face Painting Didgeridoo Blessing Ceremony Lakeside Ceremony Four-course Buffet Dinner Live Dance Performance

OPEN 7 DAYS 9AM-5PM 7PM-9.30PM

Bookings: (07) 4042 9999 Email bookings@tjapukai.com.au www.tjapukai.com.au

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BIGGEST ABORIGINAL CULTURAL PARK IN AUSTRALIA Full/Half Day Tours & Dinner Show


queensland

Cooktown Pamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place YHA 9 Boundary Street, Cooktown 4895 EMAIL

cooktown@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 4069 5166

MANAGER

Scott Orchard

RECEPTION

7am-8pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS Pamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Ensuite rooms have a TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

66

DOUBLE / TWIN DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

25

$

DBLE/TWIN PP/PN

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 and 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 airport. Hinterland Aviation daily flights from Cairns. Shuttle bus to the hostel. Cape Tribulation is 95 km S Port Douglas is 180 km S Cairns is 320 km S All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Gold Coast

Famous for fun

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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

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

AMEX MC VA EFTPOS Free breakfast, tea & coffee. Free shuttle to town and beaches. Surfboard hire, internet, Wi-Fi, games room, swimming pool, 24-hour access, 24-hour buses opposite hostel.

82

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

50 metres to the nearest foodstore. Two of Australia’s best surf breaks 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

Surfers Paradise/Main Beach Surfers Paradise YHA at Main Beach Mariner’s Cove, 22A/70 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach 4217 EMAIL

surfersparadise@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 5571 1776

MANAGER

Nathan McGregor

RECEPTION

8am-9pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS 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

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DOUBLE / FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

26

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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

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queensland

top FIVE WHALE WATCHING

Spot whales in Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coastal waters in winter and spring as they journey to and from the Antarctic. Seeing them is an experience that you will remember forever.

Port Fairy, VIC

In winter months see these magnificent creatures surfacing off the mainland with their young. Nearby Logans Beach is renowned as one of the best land based viewing spots in Australia, and special viewing platforms and boardwalks have been erected.

Port Fairy YHA

See page 133 for details

Narooma, NSW

Whales, giant stingrays and an island seal colony make Narooma a popular wildlife destination.

Whales can come within 100m of the shoreline, as well as Humpback, Blue, Sperm and Orca Whales passing by.

Port Elliot YHA

See page 107 for details

Albany, WA

The whales come close in to shore at this charming and historic former whaling town.

Bayview Backpackers YHA

See page 140 for details

Hervey Bay, QLD

See page 46 for details

Humpback whales arrive in Hervey Bay from late July and remain until November. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a frequented destination for mothers with calves.

Port Elliot, SA

See page 91 for details

Narooma YHA

Whale watching is at its best from the balcony of Port Elliot YHA. With up to 29 species recorded in South Australia, Port Elliot can be quite active as whales come to breed and calve. Southern Right

Colonial Village YHA

book at yha.com.au or yha travel See page 160 for details.

All 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 1800 818 280

MANAGER

John Watson

RECEPTION

7am-8pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

66

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

20

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

800 metres to the nearest foodstore. 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. 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

Magnetic Island Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA 40 Horseshoe Bay Road Magnetic Island 4819 EMAIL

magneticisland@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 4778 5577

MANAGER

Theresa Spence

RECEPTION

7am-7pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM On-site wildlife sanctuary with three tours daily â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hold a koala & crocodile or 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

400 metres to the nearest foodstore. Explore walking trails leading to 23 secluded beaches, snorkel on fringing reefs. 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 All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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queensland

Noosa Heads Halse Lodge Guesthouse YHA 2 Halse Lane, Noosa Heads 4567 EMAIL

noosaheads@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 5447 3377 1800 242 567

MANAGER

Drew Pearson

RECEPTION

7am-8pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM This authentic 1880s 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.

PRICES FROM

95

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN

29

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. 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. Maroochydore is 35 km S Hervey Bay is 190 km N All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

POSTCARDS FROM QUEENSLAND

Hannah Bryan, United Kingdom

Best night out Noosa for its beach vibes; surf by day, party by night. Great place for dinner Cairns – you can’t beat Cairns for food. There are cheap places for backpackers to eat and there’s a huge emphasis on fresh produce. A great activity Diving the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns – it’s one of the world’s best dive spots. How would you describe Queensland in three words? Sunny, golden, brilliant. Best way to spend $20 Pick up a few beers and drive to the beach for sunset. The great thing is, it doesn’t matter which beach – any one will do. Best place for nature lovers Fraser Island. Without a doubt Lake McKenzie is the most beautiful lake I’ve ever seen in my life. Don’t miss The Whitsundays.


queensland

Port Douglas Port O’Call Lodge YHA Port Street, Port Douglas 4877 EMAIL

portdouglas@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 4099 5422 1800 892 800

MANAGERS

Gillian & Stephen Dennis

RECEPTION

7.30am-7.30pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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

PRICES FROM

120

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE

26

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Foodstore on-site. Relax on Four Mile Beach, visit the Great Barrier Reef or sail to an island. Visit the Sunday market, Rainforest Habitat, Mossman Gorge, Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Bar and bistro on-site. Pubs 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 85 km N All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

top FIVE YHA DIVE SITES Experience Australia’s marine life while scuba diving and snorkelling and discover a world so different from ours.

Cairns, QLD

Sorrento Beach House YHA – See page 135

Dunsborough, WA Jump off the southern hemisphere’s longest timber jetty.

Visit UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

Dunsborough Beachouse YHA – See page 143

Stradbroke Island, QLD

Learn to dive at the Marine Reserve.

Cairns Central YHA – See page 85

The hostel has its own dive shop on site.

Stradbroke YHA – See page 95

Sorrento, VIC

Port Phillip Heads is Victoria’s best kept dive secret.

Byron Bay, NSW Cape Byron YHA and Byron Bay YHA – See page 39

book at yha.com.au or yha travel

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queensland

OUTBACK FARM EXPERIENCE YHA PACKAGE

Enjoy

• horse riding • 4WD tours • motorbike lessons • cow milking • animal feeding • lasso & whip cracking

MYELLA FARM STAY YHA AND ROCKHAMPTON YHA OFFER 2 NIGHTS AND 2 DAYS WITH TRANSFERS PICKUP AVAILABLE per person TUESDAY – FRIDAY

$270

Meet the Myella locals by the campfire, all meals are included whilst on the cattle farm.

Live the outback lifestyle You will leave stiff and sore but happy!

www.yha.com.au/travel-australia/ queensland-tours-and-activities/myella-farmstay/

Rockhampton Region Myella Farmstay YHA (Baralaba) 1591 Baralaba-Rannes Road, Baralaba 4702 EMAIL

baralaba@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 4998 1290

MANAGER

Lyn Eather

RECEPTION

8.30am-4.30pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

AMEX MC VA EFTPOS Enjoy life on a real outback farm, relax and mingle with the Myella locals. Boil the billy on the open fire, ride a bicycle into the sunset, experience the fresh country air, open spaces and spot wild kangaroos whilst bush walking. The guest rooms are clean with air-conditioning.

39

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$

42

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

125 km to the nearest foodstore. Chat to the locals over an open campfire and under the night sky. Pick-up from Rockhampton available at a charge; must be arranged 24hrs prior to arrival via phone. Rockhampton is 125 km NE Hervey Bay is 435 km S Airlie Beach is 570 km N

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


queensland

Rockhampton Rockhampton YHA 60 MacFarlane Street, North Rockhampton 4701 EMAIL

rockhampton@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 4927 5288 1800 617 194

MANAGER

Auzen Mercader

RECEPTION

7am-9pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS Rockhampton YHA is a short walk from the Fitzroy River and CBD. The hostel has multishare and double/twin rooms, some with ensuites. Facilities include pool, kitchen, laundry, dining and TV room, tour booking service and internet.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE CABINS FAMILY

PRICES FROM

22

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. 2.5 km to the Greyhound terminal. Courtesy bus service 6.15am-7.45pm. Oz Bus pick-up/drop-off by arrangement. 4 km to the station. 6 km to the airport. Baralaba is 125 km SW Hervey Bay is 410 km S

Stradbroke Island Manta Lodge YHA & Scuba Centre 132 Dickson Way, Point Lookout 4183 EMAIL

stradbrokeisland@yha.com.au

PHONE

07 3409 8888

MANAGER

James Griffin

RECEPTION

8am-5pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

62

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN

PRICES FROM

28.50

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. 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 at Point Lookout. From Cleveland, catch car ferry to island. Drive to Point Lookout and take second left. Brisbane is 25 km NW Surfers Paradise is 70 km S All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA For those who like to travel somewhere extraordinary.

Head to South Australia for an experience that’s all about contrasts: rich wine regions, long sandy white beaches, and great festivals. It’s also the gateway to the reddest sands and outlandish towns of the outback.

ADELAIDE Adelaide is the capital of South Australia, home to more than 1.2 million people. It’s an attractive coastal destination with a Mediterranean climate and a cosmopolitan, outdoor lifestyle to match. With inviting sandy white beaches to one side and the picturesque Adelaide Hills on the other, the city boasts lush green parklands, busy city squares and a lively café scene. Revel in an abundance of varying arts, Adelaide

music and culinary festivals and sporting events throughout the year, including the internationally renowned Womadelaide and Adelaide Fringe festivals. Taste the fresh produce at the Adelaide 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 In the Barossa Valley, a one-hour drive from Adelaide, you can visit quaint art galleries and worldclass vineyards such as Penfolds and Jacob’s Creek, while enjoying the region’s gorgeous landscape, and gourmet wining and dining. The Adelaide Hills has many wineries dotted amongst market gardens and orchards. Bike Mount Lofty, hike the Heysen Trail, enjoy panoramic city views from the summit, visit the German town of Hahndorf or hold a koala at Cleland Wildlife Park.


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Eyre peninsula

COFFIN BAY

SAtc

flinders ranges & outback

Eyre Peninsula

Discover ancient gorges, sheltered creek beds, spectacular rocky outcrops and the towering gum trees of the Flinders Ranges. South Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest mountain range is a dramatic landscape with impressive geographical formations. A grand amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound is a vast and ancient land of startling colours and unique wildlife, with many hiking trails to follow for stunning views and sunsets.

See the Australian outback on the Eyre Peninsula. Over 2000kms of magnificent coastline makes for memorable drives and perfect ocean adventures. Swim with seals, dolphins, tuna, or cage dive with great white sharks! Travel Port Kenny/Venus Bay for huge surf, the rugged rocky cliffs of the Great Australian Bight, limestone caves, arid desert and whale watching experiences.

FLEURIEU PENINSULA KANGAROO ISLAND

along the coast, walk the clifftop trails and swim at Horseshoe Bay. A much larger island than expected, Kangaroo Island is 150kms long. With pristine wilderness, dense forest, wetlands, sand dunes and gastronomic delights itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly unique. The island is a sanctuary to the pure strain Ligurian bees, so there is quality honey to try. Ferry to the island from Cape Jervis to see kangaroos, koalas, little penguins, sea-lions, black swans and echidnas. Also explore the impressive soaring cliffs, eucalypt forests, Flinders Chase National Park, Seal Bay and the famous Remarkable Rocks.

South of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula is prized for its wineries and fresh produce. Home to world-renowned McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek wine regions, there are cellar doors throughout the countryside for wine and produce tastings. Travel further south for miles of amazing coastline, beaches, ideal surfing, fishing, abundant wildlife and seasonal whale watching in the charming town of Port Elliot. Bike

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HANDY HINTS

SOUTH AUSTRALIA ADELAIDE FRINGE

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

1

3

Explore Adelaide by bike Party through the Festival Season in Adelaide Walk the West Terrace Cemetery Heritage Highlights Interpretive Trail Hike the Heysen Trail

5

Visit Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

Discover Adelaide and Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens

7

Try tastings at the National Wine Centre of Australia See penguins at Granite Island Nature Park

9

Try to resist the goodness of the Haighs Chocolate factory tour. Follow the mountain bike trails through the Wirrabara State Forest

YHA Member Discounts Bliss Organic CafĂŠ (08) 8231 0205 10% off all food and drinks. Bean Bar (117 King William Street and 60 Waymouth Street) (08) 8410 7750/ 8211 6333 20% off (excluding in house promotions). WOMADelaide www.womadelaide.com.au 3- or 4-day pass at concession rate Wallis Cinemas Piccadilly - North Adelaide, Mitcham, Noarlunga and Mt Barker. Student price tickets.

Adelaide Comedy 2-for-1 entry to regular Mon, Thurs and Fri nights at the Rhino Room and Tues night at the Arkaba Hotel.

Globe Medical (08) 8232 7372 $15 Student Gap on consultation (instead of $30 Gap).

Prime Mini Tours Book at YHA (08) 8414 3010 $3 discount on all tours

Adelaide Sightseeing Book at YHA (08) 8414 3010 10% off selected tours.

City Gym & Fitness Centre (08) 8212 4866 $80 for 1 month memberships; $10 casual visit fee. Full use of gym facility.

Mercury Cinema (08) 8410 0979 Concession-priced entry.

Escapegoat Book at YHA (08) 8414 3010 $5.00 off any day trip Temptation Dolphin Swims Book at YHA (08) 8414 3010 $5.00 off Dolphin Swim & Watch Cruises

Scout Outdoor Centre (08) 8223 5544 10% discount. Cleland Wildlife Park (08) 8339 2444 20% off general admission. See yha.com.au for more discounts


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Photographer Kevin Godfrey/ Andre Castelucci. Performer Lisa Fa’alafi -Adelaide Fringe.

YHA HOSTELS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

YHA travel & membership CENTRE

Check out our website

Adelaide

135 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000 email adelaidetravel@yha.com.au Phone 08 8414 3000 Hours Mon-Fri10am-5pm

YHATRAVEL.COM.AU

Travel Agent licence number TTA32

AUSTRALIA’S MUST DO BUCKET LIST

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sharks dolphins SEA-LIONS TUNA

Adventures to WILD places Freecall: 1800 816 858 www.thetraveller.net.au

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south australia

Adelaide

Adelaide Central YHA 135 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000 EMAIL

adlcentral@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 8414 3010 1800 222 942

MANAGER

Anna Cornelisse

RECEPTION

24 hours

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM / DCC Friendly staff, great facilities and a vibrant atmosphere. This multi-award-winning accommodation has air-conditioning/ heating, modern lounge/TV rooms, spacious kitchen, dining, balcony area, games room, reading room, laundry, car park, fast internet/Wi-Fi, large backpack-sized lockers, DVD library, free luggage & bike storage, free linen, free tea & coffee, 24-hour staff and security access. Best place to stay for group facilities, with conference room available. On-site YHA Travel plus tour desk.

245

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DOUBLE ENSUITE FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

27

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

500 metres to the supermarket. Shop at hostel reception. Prime location, right in the centre of all the major city attractions. Adelaide Central Markets, Chinatown, art galleries, museums, shopping, eclectic pubs and cafés serving great local produce. A short tram ride to the beach or bus to explore the Adelaide hills, wine regions or free bike hire alongside the River Torrens. There are regular hostel guest activities and lots of local discounts. 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 JetBus, 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

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

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south australia

Flinders Ranges Rawnsley Park Station YHA Wilpena Road, Wilpena 5434 EMAIL

rawnsley@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 8648 0008

MANAGERS

Tony & Julie Smith

RECEPTION

8am-6pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

AMEX DC MC VA EFTPOS Rawnsley Park Station joins the Flinders Ranges National Park with walking trails to Wilpena Pound. Situated at the base of Rawnsley Bluff, the YHA nestles into the spectacular landscape of the Flinders Ranges. Quality accommodation with swimming pool on-site.

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PRICES FROM

CABINS: SINGLE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY SOME ENSUITE

50

$

PP/PN

Food store and restaurant onsite. Seven marked walking trails, ranging from half an hour to five hours return (Rawnsley Bluff). See kangaroos, emu, wallabies and other wildlife and birds. Take in the magnificent views with scenic flights over Wilpena Pound, 4WD tours to Flinders Ranges National Park and guided walks. Bus service: Genesis Tours, Adelaide – Hawker twice weekly. Car hire available from Port Augusta. Adelaide is 415 km S All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

POSTCARDS FROM ADELAIDE

Aart Disselhorst, The Netherlands

A great activity Take a day trip to the German town of Hahndorf to explore the historic town and to enjoy a few of the best tasting beers in the country. Something you didn’t know about Adelaide It’s a bigger city than I expected, with a population of over a million. It’s laid back, friendly and safe. Best way to spend $20 At the city market and Chinatown – it’ll go a long way. Travel Tip Head down to the Central Markets in Adelaide on a Saturday at 2pm for cheap fruit & vegies. Take the city loop bus, it’s free. Best place for nature Coorong National Park, Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges. Don’t miss SA Museum, Botanic Garden and Car Wall.


south australia

Flinders Ranges Wirrabara Old Schoolhouse YHA Forest Road, Wirrabara Forest EMAIL

wirrabara@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 8414 3000

PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL through the

yha.com.au website only

MC VA EFTPOS A beautifully renovated cottage built in 1880, the Wirrabara YHA is a piece of Australian rural history. Facilities include electric stove, microwave, fridge and DVD player. Perfect for families, groups and nature lovers. Guests must bring their own linen and drinking water.

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE* Mon-Thurs $126 p/n per group Fri-Sun $153 p/n per group

$30 surcharge per night – long weekends and public holidays $50 cash refundable key deposit

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GROUP PRICES FROM

MULTI-SHARE

126

$

PER NIGHT

10 km to the nearest foodstore. Take your bike, ride the Mawson Trail. No bus service available. Rawnsley Park Station is 250 km N Adelaide is 250 km S

* 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.

Port Lincoln

COM ING SOO N

Port Lincoln YHA

friendlier pace, swim with the playful sea lions.

EMAIL

portlincoln@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 8414 3000

Fly, drive or bus from Adelaide to the coastal town within proximity to the Great Australian Bight and its wild coast, beaches and surf.

On the southern tip of the stunning Eyre Peninsula, Port Lincoln is the playground for extreme experiences. Famously known as the shark cage diving capital of the world, there is no better place to see a great white shark. There’s plenty of wildlife and remarkable ways to get up close: swim with blue fin tuna – the fastest fish- or for a

Drive the scenic Whaler’s Way, go 4WD touring, explore Lincoln National Park, the two conservation parks at nearby Coffin Bay or Tumby Bay. Port Lincoln is also a seafood lover’s paradise - sit back, enjoy the views and eat the delicious seafood that the area is renowned for. Adelaide is 393 km E

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

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Kangaroo Island Kangaroo Island YHA 33 Middle Terrace, Penneshaw 5222 EMAIL

kangarooisland@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 8553 1344

MANAGER

Helen Richardson

RECEPTION

9am-12pm, 6pm-8pm

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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 a hammock with sea views.

48

MULTI-SHARE TWIN DOUBLE ENSUITE GROUP ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

29

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. 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. Port Elliot is 86 km E Adelaide is 127 km N

Mt Lofty Mt Lofty Cottage YHA Cleland Conservation Park EMAIL

mountlofty@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 8414 3000

PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL through the

yha.com.au website only

MC VA EFTPOS An attractive stone cottage built in 1880, just 20 minutes from the city. Facilities include electric stove, microwave, fridge and DVD player. Walking distance to Cleland Wildlife Park, the cottage is ideal for families and nature lovers. Guests must bring linen and drinking water.

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE* Mon-Thurs $99 p/n per group Fri-Sun $126 p/n per group

$30 surcharge per night – long weekends and public holidays $50 cash refundable key deposit

10

MULTI-SHARE TWIN

GROUP PRICES FROM

99

$

PER NIGHT

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. Adelaide is 20 km E Wirrabara is 265km N *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.

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


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at • Pick-up and set-down tels selected Adelaide hos and • Return sealink coach ferry travel to Kangaroo Island all • 2 days of touring with entry fees included as • Visit attractions such Emu Rob’s sheep shearing, ry, Ridge Eucalyptus Distille g at seal Bay, sand-boardin le ab ark Rem , ara sah le litt Rocks, Admirals Arch and ctuary Hanson Bay Koala san ltimu ge lod • Vivonne Bay share accommodation lude • optional activities inc kayaking, bike riding, ing. bushwalking and swimm lodge • Relax at Vivonne Bay bar and on the large outdoor deck area. n • Evening guided pengui walk • Includes 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner

2 DAYS OF ADVENTURE, FUN, AC AND WILDLI TION FE FROM

$389

PP DEPARTS FR OM ADELAIDE

8202 8678 call +61 8 turetours.com.au en Visit kiadv ravel Agent : K o o B At to or your YH *Price valid to 31st March 2013. Cost from 1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014 is $399pp. Price based on multi-share style accommodation with share bathroom facilities at Vivonne Bay Lodge. ABN 69 007 122 367 Lic. No.TTA 64062.


RENT-A-YHA HAVE THE YHA TO YOURSELVES

Exclusive use group accommodation for get togethers, holidays & excursions WHAT IS RENT-A-YHA?

Rent-a-YHA gives your family, friends or group the opportunity to rent a whole building for a short break. Whether it’s a family reunion, special event, or just an excuse to get a group of friends away together.

EXCLUSIVE USE FACILITIES

The accommodation is safe, clean and comfortable. Rooms sleep between 2-10 people. Most YHA’s provide linen, have a BBQ, fully equiped kitchens and common rooms. All your group needs to bring is a towel, food and themselves!

A LOCATION FOR EVERY OCCASION

From the beach to the bush the YHAs are perfectly

located for a group getaway. See hostel details in this guide for information and contact details.

RENT-A-YHA HOSTELS

SOUTH AUSTRALIA n Flinders Ranges Wirrabara Old Schoolhouse YHA n Mt Lofty Cottage YHA n Port Elliot Beach House YHA VICTORIA

n Apollo Bay Eco YHA n Grampians Eco YHA NEW SOUTH WALES

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

To book email or call the hostels directly or visit yha.com.au/groups


south australia

Port Elliot/Fleurieu Peninsula Port Elliot Beach House YHA 13 The Strand, Port Elliot 5212 EMAIL

portelliot@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 8554 1885

RECEPTION

8.30am-12.30pm, 5-8.30pm

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

Stylish boutique budget accommodation. Relax with amazing views at a great getaway location, enjoyable in every season. Recently renovated and with shared dorms, double, family rooms and an impressive suite. Available for exclusive use for groups or that special occasion. 400 metres to the nearest foodstore. Across the road from stunning beaches, walking trails and lookouts: swimming, surfing, fishing, beach walking, whale watching (seasonal) and bike riding are all on our doorstep. Nearby towns, Victor Harbor, Goolwa, Middleton. Close to wineries, bars and restaurants, and other tour activities such as skydiving and boat cruises. 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

RENT-A-YHA – EXCLUSIVE USE Price on application

58

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

Port Kenny / Venus Bay Coodlie Park YHA Coodlie Park, Port Kenny 5671 EMAIL

portkenny@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 8687 0411

MANAGER

Craig Haslam

RECEPTION

8am-8pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS Coodlie Park is the ultimate gateway for travellers who want to explore the Eyre Peninsula. Access to private beach, beautiful surroundings and many activities in the area make it a wonderful place to stay.

23

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE

PRICES FROM

25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

15 km to nearest food store. Dive with sea lions and dolphins. Explore Talia Caves, Gawler Ranges 120 km. Shark cage diving at Port Lincoln 2 ½ hours’ drive. Great fishing and surfing. Guided day and night tours with local guide (10% off). Nearest eatery is 15 km – try fresh local seafood. Nullarbor Traveller picks up from Adelaide and Perth. 230 km to Port Lincoln Airport. Port Lincoln is 240 km SE. Adelaide is 700 km SE.

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

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TASMANIA

An island rich in wilderness, history and beauty.

Tasmania is an island of spectacular contrasts – vibrant cities and country villages, ancient forests and towering sea cliffs, delicious food and cool climate wines, heritage and culture, and unique wildlife and wilderness.

HOBART & THE SOUTH Hobart is a city of sails, sandstone and sunshine – a place that combines a rich colonial past with contemporary art and culture, and a place that has all the attractions of a state capital, wrapped up in a friendly, accessible, pocket-sized city. Convict-built warehouses which look down on the bustle and fun of Salamanca Market (held each Saturday) are home to boutiques, restaurants, artists’ studios and galleries. Based at Montgomery’s YHA you can do what the locals do and enjoy the Salamanca Market, explore the historic waterfront and nearby Battery Point precinct. MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, a short ferry ride from the city, is a world-class, multi-storey gallery that looks over the majestic Derwent River and shouldn’t be missed. To the south of the city lies the Huon Valley, famous for its waterways and wilderness. Here you can venture on the popular Huon Trail and enjoy the unique

PORT ARTHUR

history, crafts, food and wine of the region. Visit the Tahune Airwalk and underground wonders of Hastings Caves, where close by you can take a dip or a swim year round in the naturally heated thermal pool. Port Arthur historic site is 70 minutes from Hobart. A former convict settlement, the site is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas. Take a guided walking tour, cruise the serene harbour and visit the open-air museum. Also close by to Hobart is Mount Field National Park, where you can walk to Russell Falls and witness the spectacular cascading stream of white water amongst the swamp gums, as some of the world’s tallest trees tower above you.


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WINEGLASS BAY DEEP GLEN BAY, FORESTER PENINSULA

tOuRISM AUSTRALIA

NORTH-EAST & THE SUNCOAST The Suncoast boasts magnificent coastal scenery, which is a picture-perfect backdrop to deserted white sandy beaches while walking or swimming. Coles Bay with its rugged and beautiful Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations. Here you will discover picturesque Wineglass Bay, voted one of the world’s most stunning beaches, with its wellformed walking track through granite outcrops. The fishing port of St Helens has a relaxed atmosphere and pretty 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. Tasmanian Devil

North-west & West

Deloraine is a charming town situated on the Meander River, and is classified by the National Trust as a site of historical significance. Further north is the sea gateway into Tasmania, Devonport, where you can enjoy the excellent cycling tracks along the foreshore between the city and the 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 soaring mountains, deep gorges, lakes, tarns and wide open moorlands. Strahan is a quaint fishing village situated in a sheltered nook of Tasmania’s wild west coast and is home to one of the most beautiful rivers, the Gordon, renowned for its mirror-like reflections. Cruise on the river, spend a day kayaking or sand boarding or get up close to the rugged west coast scenery by taking the West Coast Wilderness Railway from Strahan to Queenstown.


HANDY HINTS TASMANIA

dove lake and cradle mountain

TOP 10

1

THINGS TO DO

Enjoy beautiful views of Hobart from Mt Wellington Visit Cataract Gorge in Launceston

3

Stroll around the famous Salamanca Market in Hobart Visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

5

Take in MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Local residents get in for free

Take a photo with the penguins in Bicheno

7

Get close to wombats at Cradle Mountain Visit the Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay

9

See Lake St.Clair, Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deepest natural freshwater lake, in the Central Highlands Enjoy Cradle MountainLake St.Clair National Park

YHA Member Discounts Adventure Island Tours 03 6244 7080 10% discount on tour price. Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre 03 6383 1473 Concession rate for YHA members. East Coast Nature World 03 6375 1311 Free soft toy Tassie devil ($6 value) with adult entry. Dome CafĂŠ, Elizabeth Mall and Sandy Bay 03 6231 1008 / 03 6224 5972 10% off total bill.

La Porchetta 03 6224 4848 / 03 6231 6777 10% discount on total bill (Sun-Thurs only). Taj Palace 03 6234 4624 10% discount on total bill/ dine in or takeaway. National Trust of Australia (Runnymede) 03 6278 1269 50% discount on admission price.

(includes guided tour and harbour cruise).

Port Arthur Historic Site 1800 659 101 10% off admission cost

Peppermint Bay Cruises 1300 137 919 15% discount on cruise tours.


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YHA HOSTELS IN TASMANIA

TOURISM TASMANIA

YHA travel & membership CENTRE Hobart Tour Desk only

Check out our website

9 Argyle Street, Hobart TAS 7000 Email yhatas@yha.com.au Phone 03 6234 1359 Hours Mon-Fri  9am-5pm

Roaring 40’s Ocean Kayaking 03 6267 5000 10% discount on all full & 1/2-day tours. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys - Tasman Island Cruises - Bruny Island Cruises 03 6250 2200 / 03 6293 1465 10% discount on all direct bookings. Tassielink Regional Coach Service 1300 300 520 20% discount on adult fares on Tassielink route services.

YHATRAVEL.COM.AU Limited Travel Services

Launceston City Ghost Tours 50% off adult tickets.

10% off full-price adult ticket for direct bookings.

Tasmanian Redline Coaches 1300 360 000 20% off all intercity services.

Under Down Under 03 6272 9884 5% discount. Conditions apply.

Airporter Hobart - City Hotels Shuttle 1300 385 511 25% off tickets.

See yha.com.au for more discounts

Wild Cave Tours 03 6367 8142 10% discount on tours. World Heritage Cruises 03 6471 7174


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Bridport Bridport Seaside Lodge Backpackers YHA 47 Main Street, Bridport 7262 EMAIL

bridport@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 6356 1585

MANAGER

Murray Saunders

RECEPTION

8am-8pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA 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.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE / FAMILY ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

25*

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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, waterfalls and Barnbougle Dunes 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 *Weekly discounts available.

Coles Bay-Esplanade Iluka Backpackers YHA Esplanade, Coles Bay 7215 EMAIL

colesbayesplanade@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 6257 0115

MANAGERS

Sharon Johnstone & John McDonnell

RECEPTION

8am-6pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

32

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

27

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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 varied activities from bushwalking, swimming, fishing and kayaking to 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

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


Tasmania

Coles Bay-Freycinet Coles Bay YHA Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay 7215 EMAIL

yhatas@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 6234 1359

RECEPTION

Phone YHA TAS for keyholder

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.

10

MULTI-SHARE

SOLE USE FROM

55

$

PER NIGHT

7 km to the nearest foodstore. Walking track to Wineglass Bay nearby. Ideal for swimming, bushwalking, fishing, photography and sea kayaking. 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 Hostel can only be booked per room from 15 December -15 February and over Easter. Bookings by ballot system. Call YHA Tasmania before midSept 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.

Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Parks Cradle Mountain Backpackers YHA Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain 7306 EMAIL

cradlemountain@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 6492 1289

MANAGERS

Claire & Mark Walsh

RECEPTION

8am-6pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA 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, games, books and magazines. Star gazing, reading, open log fire, night walks to spot nocturnal wildlife.

72

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$

32

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. 500 metres to the stop. 165km to Launceston Airport. Strahan is 150 km SW Check-in after 1pm. Additional costs for linen. Peak season rates apply 21/12/12 – 30/4/13.

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

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RENT-A-YHA HAVE THE YHA TO YOURSELVES

Exclusive use group accommodation for get togethers, holidays & excursions WHAT IS RENT-A-YHA?

Rent-a-YHA gives your family, friends or group the opportunity to rent a whole building for a short break. Whether it’s a family reunion, special event, or just an excuse to get a group of friends away together.

EXCLUSIVE USE FACILITIES

The accommodation is safe, clean and comfortable. Rooms sleep between 2-10 people. Most YHA’s provide linen, have a BBQ, fully equiped kitchens and common rooms. All your group needs to bring is a towel, food and themselves!

A LOCATION FOR EVERY OCCASION

From the beach to the bush the YHAs are perfectly

located for a group getaway. See hostel details in this guide for information and contact details.

RENT-A-YHA HOSTELS

SOUTH AUSTRALIA n Flinders Ranges Wirrabara Old Schoolhouse YHA n Mt Lofty Cottage YHA n Port Elliot Beach House YHA VICTORIA

n Apollo Bay Eco YHA n Grampians Eco YHA NEW SOUTH WALES

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

To book email or call the hostels directly or visit yha.com.au/groups


Tasmania

Hobart

Montgomery’s Private Hotel & YHA 9 Argyle Street, Hobart 7000 EMAIL

montys@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 6231 2660

RECEPTION

8am-10pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

112

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

26

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

500 metres to the nearest foodstore. Hobart is Australia’s second-oldest city, with a wealth of attractions. From the historic homes of Battery Point to the panoramic view from Mount Wellington there is plenty on offer. Salamanca Market, the Botanic Gardens, Australia’s oldest brewery, Cascade, and a cruise on the Derwent River to “MONA” are recommended. Catch the Hobart Summer Festival and Taste of Tasmania starting 27 December. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is across the road from the hostel, and Montgomery’s Hotel next door has excellent budget-priced meals. 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 YHA is 2.5 km N Coles Bay-Esplanade YHA is 186 km NE

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

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Tasmania

Hobart Adelphi Court YHA 17 Stoke Street, New Town 7008 EMAIL

adelphi@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 6228 4829

RECEPTION

1 Dec-15 Mar 7.30-10.30am, 4-9pm 16 Mar-30 Apr 8-10am, 4-7pm Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS

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Hostel open 1/12/12 to 30/4/13. Group bookings accepted all year.

PRICES FROM

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE ENSUITE FAMILY

Adelphi Court provides comfortable accommodation within easy reach of Hobartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main attractions and restaurant precinct. The YHA has a large games/ common room, courtyard with BBQ and tour booking desk. Breakfast, group catering and off-street parking are available.

24

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

1km to the nearest foodstore. Check local papers for entertainment guide. Bus: Metro service routes 25-42/100/105-128 depart Stop E Metro City Bus Terminus outside GPO in Elizabeth Street, alight bus stop 10. 18 km to the airport. Shuttle departs 10-15 minutes after domestic arrivals. Hobart-Montgomery YHA is 2.5 km S

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

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Nights

x

$27*per night (total $270)

or

$26

15

PER * NIGHT

Nights

x

$26* per night (total $390)

Buy at any YHA and start saving! Price valid till 30/09/13 Offer available to YHA/HI members only. *Conditions apply including maximum 3 nights per stay at any YHA. 10 Night Packs valid for 3 months, 15 Night packs valid for 4 months. All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.


Tasmania

Strahan Strahan Backpackers YHA 43 Harvey Street, Strahan 7468 EMAIL

strahan@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 6471 7255

MANAGERS

Deb & Rob Patrick

RECEPTION

8am-8pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

PRICES FROM

67

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE A-FRAME HUTS

25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

500 metres to the nearest foodstore. Enjoy art and craft galleries, cruise the Gordon River, take a scenic flight, go kayaking, explore Ocean Beach, jet boat ride or sandboard 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 All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

POSTCARDS FROM TASMANIA

Brigette Pierce, USA

Best night out Outdoor beer-garden style drinks at the annual Taste Festival in Hobart. Who wouldn’t love trying Tasmania’s microbrews, rieslings and pinots while watching boats dock in the harbour? Great place for dinner Grab some fresh fish or shellfish off the boats, a few bottles from a winery and cook up a storm. Something you didn’t know about Tasmania Its pristine aqua-blue sea water; something I’d always associated with hot tropical climates before my visit. How would you describe Tasmania in three words? Historic, beautiful, natural. Best way to spend $20 Visit a couple wineries, taste all that’s on offer and buy a cheap bottle from each. Travel Tip Pack a sweater and a beanie.

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VICTORIA

The best of the city and the bush

From surf beaches and national parks, to wineries and rainforests, Victoria is the best of Australia in one gorgeous state. Fashionable Melbourne offers a fun, cosmopolitan lifestyle, playing host to buzzing nightlife and world-class events and galleries.  

MELBOURNE

BAYSIDE Scuba dive, swim with dolphins and get sand in your toes Bayside. The drive to Sorrento is dotted with stunning wineries and pristine beaches. Take a day trip to Phillip Island to see Fairy Penguins. Spot seals and take the ferry to historic Queenscliff. Visit quaint fishermen’s cottages and bookstores, and end the day with a beer in an old pub. Queenscliff

Melbourne is full of unique cultural districts. Enjoy an espresso in a hidden café, visit contemporary galleries and check out Melbourne street art. Stop at one of the hundreds of restaurants for lunch. In the evening take advantage of the city’s many wine bars, clubs or pubs. Sports fans will love the ‘sports capital’: Melbourne hosts the Grand Prix, Australian Open and Melbourne Cup. Be sure to see an AFL game and cricket at the historic MCG.

Gold Region Step back in time to the 1850s at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat where Victoria’s gold mining history comes alive. Here you can pan for gold, eat boiled lollies and ride horse-drawn carriages down cobblestone streets. Visit local winemakers and restaurants, and get amongst the vibrant nightlife.


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GREAT OCEAN ROAD

visions of victoria, tourism australia

The Great Ocean Road is Australia’s iconic road trip. Check out world-class surf at Bells Beach on your way to coastal Lorne. Chill out in Apollo Bay, tucked between the ocean and Otway Ranges rainforest. Be blown away by the stunning Twelve Apostles, and then continue to Port Fairy – a beautifully restored historic fishing village. Peel yourself away from the coast and head inland to the Grampians National Park. Using serene Halls Gap as your base, rock-climb, mountain bike and hike, while soaking up breathtaking views. Encounter sacred Aboriginal sites, rock paintings and native flowers.

MURRAY REGION Plan your Melbourne to Sydney drive with a stop at historic Echuca, for steamy action, where you will see the world’s largest collection of paddle steamers on the mighty Murray River, the longest river in the country. Don’t miss a boat trip to Barmah National Park.

Ski Escapes Live music, clubs, cafés and restaurants, and snow! Mount Buller is Victoria’s most accessible snow field, only three hours from Melbourne. Ski to the front door of the hostel, shake snow off your boots then warm up indoors.

LAKES & COASTS Victoria’s largest wilderness area is Wilson’s Promontory. Base yourself in slow-paced Foster, where the country meets the coast. Continue your southeastern coastal route to Lakes Entrance at the end of Ninety Mile Beach. Try catching your dinner on a chartered boat ride, or sample local seafood.

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HANDY HINTS VICTORIA

LANEWAY ART, MELBOURNE

TOP 10

1 3

THINGS TO DO

See a free exhibition at Melbourne’s Federation Square

5

Take a guided walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens

7

Loop the city hot spots on the free City Circle Tram or Melbourne Tourist Shuttle Wander through the capital’s Queen Victoria Market Enjoy the Great Ocean Walk, a 104 km trail from Apollo Bay to the 12 Apostles

Check out the RAAF Museum in Melbourne

See Australia’s largest colony of fur seals at The Nobbies and Seal Rocks Visit Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

9

Stroll along Southbank from the MCG to Docklands Bushwalk through the Grampians National Park

YHA Member Discounts Urban Burger 03 9328 1781 Free serve of chips with any burger purchase upon presentation of YHA card. San Churro Chocolateria Carlton 03 9347 0970 “2 for 1 offer”- buy any item on the menu and receive the 2nd item for free. (Must be equal or lesser value.) Chill On Ice Lounge 03 9663 3877 Save $10 off entry (includes gloves, cape & ugg boots & cocktail).

The Last Laugh at the Comedy Club 03 9650 1977 Comedy club tickets valued at $28 dollars each: $10 for YHA members. The Comics Lounge 03 9348 9488 Free double passes Mon-Thurs. The Astor Theatre 03 9510 1414 $14 for most regular sessions including double features (not valid for free list sessions). IMAX Melbourne Museum 03 9663 5454

20% off full priced adult tickets. Something Aussie 03 9329 8622 15% off purchases (except store specials). Spendless Bargain Wheels Car Rentals 03 9334 2504 $10 off any 3+ day hire, $20 off any 7+ days hire and a free GPS if available. Hidden Secrets Tours 03 9663 3358 10% off Lanes & Arcades Tour or Café Culture Tour.


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YHA HOSTELS IN VICTORIA

YHA membership CENTRE Melbourne City

membership.vic@yha.com.au 03 9670 3802 Hours Mon-Fri ď&#x192;  9am-5pm email

Level 1, 377 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone

Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo 03 9285 9300 10% discount off full adult admission rate.

Queen Victoria Market 03 9320 5822 20% off Foodies Dream Tour. Melbourne Aquarium 03 9923 5999 20% discount at Melbourne Aquarium. Eureka Skydeck 88 03 9693 8888 15% discount on entry only, not valid on Edge Experience or with any other offer.

Melbourne River Cruises 03 8610 2600 Purchase 1 of our sightseeing or ferry cruises and receive 1 free cruise to the same or lesser value.

Melbourne Street Art Tours 03 9328 5556 $10 off Melbourne Street Art Tours.

Peninsula Hot Springs 03 5950 8777 20% discount on Bath House bathing admission.

Healesville Sanctuary 03 9285 9300 10% discount off full adult admission rate. National Sports Museum 03 9657 8879 Purchase an MCG tour and visit the National Sports Museum for free! Upon presentation of YHA card. See yha.com.au for more discounts and conditions


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Apollo Bay Apollo Bay Eco YHA 5 Pascoe Street, Apollo Bay 3233 EMAIL

apollobay@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 5237 7899

MANAGERS

Gilbert & Gay Brooks

RECEPTION

8-10am, 5-10pm

MC VA EFTPOS An architect-designed passive solar hostel combining functionality, comfort and that certain ‘WOW’ factor. You must experience it!

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

PRICES FROM

$

30

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

100 metres to the nearest foodstore. Visit Cape Otway lighthouse, rainforests, deserted beaches and waterfalls. Activities include surfing, snorkelling, horse riding, kayaking to the seal colony, Otway Fly Treetop Walk and the Great Ocean Walk. Easy walking distance to local pubs – enjoy nightlife with a beachside feel! 200 metres to the stop. Daily V/Line buses from Melbourne to Apollo Bay. Call PTV 1800 800 007. Tours operate from Melbourne or Apollo Bay most days. Melbourne is 186 km NE Port Fairy is 188km W

Ballarat Sovereign Hill Lodge YHA Magpie Street, Ballarat 3350 EMAIL

ballarat@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 5337 1159

MANAGER

Neil Robbins

RECEPTION

7am-10pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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

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MULTI-SHARE TWIN TWIN ENSUITE SINGLE

PRICES FROM

$

35

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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 Grampians is 140 km W All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Echuca Echuca Gardens YHA 103 Mitchell Street, Echuca 3564 EMAIL

echuca@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 5480 6522

MANAGER

Kym Kelly

RECEPTION

7-8.30am, 5-10pm

MC VA EFTPOS

0419 881 054

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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).

10

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE DBLE ENSUITE APARTMENT

PRICES FROM

$

30

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

200 metres to the nearest foodstore. Swim, canoe, fish, waterski 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. Ballarat is 211 km S Melbourne is 221 km S

Foster Prom Coast Backpackers YHA 40 Station Road, Foster 3960 EMAIL

foster@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 5682 2171

MANAGERS

Mohya & John Davies

RECEPTION

Phone until 9pm

MC VA EFTPOS

0427 875 735

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

10

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. 150 metres to V/Line terminal. Daily buses depart from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. Call PTV - 1800 800 007 www.ptv.vic.gov.au Melbourne is 172 km W Lakes Entrance is 200 km E All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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top FIVE ES YHA MOUNTAIN ESCAP

Head to the hills with these top five mountain retreats, where comfort and fun are part of the wilderness experience.

Blue Mountains, NSW

Take in the crisp mountain air, enjoy the views of the mountains at sunrise and take on a physical activity or two, including canyoning, rock climbing and bush walking, all through stunning wilderness.

Blue Mts - Katoomba YHA

See page 34 for details

Thredbo, NSW

Stunning views across the valley to the ski slopes or catch the ski lift high up to the mountain and walk to Australia’s highest point.

Thredbo YHA

See page 64 for details

Mt Buller, VIC

At 1773 meters above sea level, Mount Buller is one of Australias highest mountains and a popular destination for summer escapes and winter spots. You can ski from the hostel’s front door, only a quick trip from Melbourne.

Mt Buller YHA

See page 132 for details

Murwillumbah, NSW Walk to the top of Mt Warning and see the sun rise over the Tweed Valley and northern New South Wales.

Murwillumbah YHA

See page 46 for details

Flinders Ranges, SA

On the edge of Wilpena Pound, the south Australian mountain range is the outback experience – with weird and wonderful wildlife, scenery, and people you never imagined.

Rawnsley Park Station YHA

See page 102 for details

book at yha.com.au or yha travel See page 160 for details.

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


victoria

Halls Gap/Grampians Grampians Eco YHA Cnr Grampians & Buckler Rds, Halls Gap 3381 EMAIL

grampians@yha.com.au

PHONE GROUPS

03 5356 4544 03 9326 7910

MANAGERS

Jason & AJ Bunn

RECEPTION

8-10am, 5-10pm

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

A stylish, comfortable eco-hostel with solar power and many energy and water conservation features. Be as active as you like or relax by the wood fire with a book.

RENT-A-YHA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; EXCLUSIVE USE From $1,200 per night

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

28

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

1 km to the nearest foodstore. Visit The Balconies, Hollow Mountain, Boronia Peak, MacKenzie Falls and many other waterfalls. Activities include abseiling, rockclimbing, mountain bike and horse riding and kayaking. Call PTV on 1800 800 007 for bus info. Daily V/Line train from Melbourne to Ararat connects with local bus. Call PTV on 1800 800 007 for bus info Ballarat is 147 km E Apollo Bay is 258 km SE

Lakes Entrance Riviera Backpackers YHA 669 Princes Highway, 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

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

Lakes Entrance is situated on 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 sea kayak hire available.

34

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

22.50

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

400 metres to the nearest foodstore. Walk, swim, fish Ninety Mile Beach and lakes. Visit the winery and Buchan Caves, cruise the lakes, take a scenic flight. Enjoy the restaurants, cinema and local 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, Melbourne is 319 km W All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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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 With magnificent city views from the rooftop area, Melbourne Central has the WOW factor! Facilities include travel information, combined compact kitchen/internet lounges with flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi throughout the hostel. Enjoy the security of electronic door locks and CCTV. Ask about our exclusive rooftop rooms.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN DBLE ENSUITE

PRICES FROM

$

30

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

500 metres to the nearest foodstore. You really are in the heart of the action, so make the most of it! Walk to Melbourne’s premier attractions – 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… Melbourne is packed with eclectic bars, pumping nightclubs and corner pubs. Head downstairs for the closest watering hole, located right under the hostel. 1 km to Southern Cross Station Coach and Skybus Terminal. 500m to Southern Cross Station Train Terminal 28 km to Melbourne Airport. Skybus operates 24 hours from Southern Cross Station. North Melbourne YHA is 2.5 km N Apollo Bay is 186 km SW

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

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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

RECEPTION

24 hours

Check-in from 1pm, check-out at 10am.

MC VA EFTPOS / ON-SITE ATM Friendly atmosphere in a quiet suburban street on the fringe of the CBD. Café, travel and tour information available. Bicycle hire. Kitchen and laundry, plus luggage lockers. Rooftop barbecue area with 360º views of the city. Secure parking (subject to availability). Internet lounge, Wi-Fi, IDD phones, ATM and CCTV security.

360

MULTI-SHARE TWIN / FAMILY DBLE ENSUITE APARTMENT

PRICES FROM

27*

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

300 metres to the nearest foodstore. 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. 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. 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. $5055 to hostel in taxi, $17 for Skybus to city (24 hours) including transfer to/from hostel during daytime (check with driver). Sorrento is 106 km S Mount Buller is 232 km NE *Discounted weekly rates for multi-share accommodation from 1 May to 31 October.

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

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HOS TEL UPG RAD E IN

Mount Buller YHA Lodge The Avenue, Mount Buller 3723 EMAIL

mountbuller@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 5777 6181

RECEPTION

8-10am/ 5-10pm

MC VA EFTPOS

201 3

Two nights minimum stay Fri/ Sat night. Discount rates for extended bookings midweek.

Open for some events during summer. Call for details. Group bookings over summer available by arrangement. This YHA is in a great location and you can ski to the front door. Self-catering kitchen, drying room, lockable ski/snowboard storage. Chairlift 50 metres from the YHA. Central heating. Linen and duvets supplied. For more information about this hostel, please refer to www.yha.com.au 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

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

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wireless tour headsets, you’re sure to get an unrivalled personalised experience whenever you ride with us! Our tours are designed to showcase the very best of Melbourne’s history as well as what Melbourne is today, with plenty of photo opportunities. www.mycitytours.com.au info@mycitytours.com.au Tel: 1300 160 053 62 Rebecca Walk, Melbourne

*This discount does not apply in conjunction with any other offers

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


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Port Fairy 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

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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 & barbecue courtyard.

50

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

23

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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

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

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top FIVE YHA DIVE SITES

Everyone has a different reason for scuba diving and snorkelling, but most would agree that it’s the sheer enjoyment of experiencing marine life, a life so different from ours, that makes this activity so special.

Cairns, QLD

The UNESCO World Heritage listed coral reefs, caves and colourful marine life of the Great Barrier Reef contain the world’s largest collection of coral reefs. With 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc diving here is remarkable.

Cairns Central YHA See page 85 for details

Stradbroke Island, QLD

The hostel has its own dive shop on site, on beautiful North Stradbroke Island, and the knowledgeable staff will send you to spectacular destinations under the water.

Stradbroke YHA See page 95 for details

Sorrento, VIC

The reefs, wrecks, and kelp forests of Port Phillip Heads

are Victoria’s best kept dive secrets.

Sorrento Beach House YHA See page 135 for details

Dunsborough, WA

Jump off the southern hemisphere’s longest timber jetty at Busselton for one of Australia’s top dives.

Dunsborough Beachouse YHA See page 143 for details

Byron Bay, NSW

Learn to dive amongst the rays, sharks, turtles and 600 species of fish at the Marine Reserve.

Cape Byron YHA and Byron Bay YHA See page 39 for details

book at yha.com.au or yha travel See page 160 for details.


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Sorrento Sorrento Beach House YHA 3 Miranda Street, Sorrento 3943 EMAIL

sorrento@yha.com.au

PHONE

03 5984 4323

MANAGER

Evonne Yanez

RECEPTION

8-10am, 5-10pm

MC VA EFTPOS

0400 065 033

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

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25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

100 metres to the nearest foodstore. The perfect escape from the city. Dolphin and seal adventures, golf, surf, horse riding. Visit Point Nepean National Park, wineries, stroll to Sorrento village. Cinema, pubs and great nightlife. 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 to airport to/from Frankston. Apollo Bay is 147 km W Melbourne is 95 km N All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

POSTCARDS FROM MELBOURNE Best night out Fitzroy Great place for dinner Chinatown. A great activity Checking out the city on the free City Circle Tram. Something you didn’t know about Melbourne There are so many hidden laneways. How would you describe Melbourne in three words? Chilled out, surprising and creative. Best way to spend $20 Shopping. Travel tip Go to Chinatown for delicious dumplings and check out the Eureka Skydeck. Best place for nature lovers Mount Buller, Victoria. Don’t miss Exploring the tiny laneways; there is always a new café or shop.

Lars Hoffman, Germany

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA Cities, outback, deserted beaches and a license to thrill.

In Australia’s largest state, Western Australia, adventure into a land of wild extremes, from pristine sapphire beaches and amazing coral reefs on the coast to uninhabited, and breathtaking, scorched bushland.

WESTERN CAPITAL

THE RED NORTH

Perth and its surrounds offer a bounty of historical, natural and unusual attractions. Enjoy bush walking through Kings Park, and take a ferry to Rottnest Island where you can snorkel the reef and spot the native quokkas. Just out of the city are many amazing beaches or take the train to Fremantle, a town known for its bohemian vibe. Visit its markets for local goods and explore the old prison, before heading to the jetty for fish and chips. Back in the city, visit the Perth Cultural Centre for the museum, art gallery and regular performances, exhibitions and festivals.

Begin your journey in Lancelin, close to Yanchep National Park, the Pinnacles and Benedictine town, New Norcia. Lancelin is the place to be for surfboard or sandboard adventures. Further north is Kalbarri, where you can hike and explore the natural wonders of the Murchison Gorges, including the Natural Bridge, Eagle Gorge, Nature’s Window, the Z-Bend and Loop Gorge. Shark Bay is home to the famous Monkey Mia dolphins, which come to shore for food every morning. Spend some time away from the beach to explore the stromatolites and Shell Beach. Continuing north, Exmouth is the hub for scuba diving and snorkelling. Part of the Ningaloo Reef, it is home to a variety of sea creatures, including whale sharks. Be sure to stop by WA’s hidden treasure, Karijini National Park. And, of course, head up to Broome where you can spend days discovering dinosaur footprints, walking out to WW2

The Wild West Drive, fly or take the train to gold mining town, Kalgoorlie. Pan for gold, be amazed by the size of The Pit (part of a current working mine) and visit century-old pubs that were built during the first gold rush.


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SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS, NINGALOO REEF

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bomber planes that are usually hidden in the sea, riding camels along the beach, watching the ‘Staircase to the Moon’ form or relaxing on Cable Beach. Your final stop in northern WA is Kununurra, home to the Bungle Bungle Range, Hidden Valley National Park and Lake Argyle. With spectacular gorges, waterfalls and caves, this place is a postcard.

THE GREEN SOUTH Bunbury is a great first stop and home to entire families of dolphins – spot them from the shore or snorkel out to swim with them in the surf. Heading down to Dunsborough, join a diving trip and explore the HMAS Swan shipwreck. A short drive will take you to Margaret

River, famous for its wineries, exotic meats, cheeses and chocolates. Spend sunset at the beach watching the breaks that attract surfers from around the globe. Augusta is at the very tip of the South West, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet – check out the view from the top of the historical lighthouse. Charming timber town Pemberton is surrounded by giant Karri trees, including the 61m Gloucester Tree. Once used as a fire lookout, the tree can now be climbed by anyone who is feeling brave. For those who love the bush, continue to Walpole for the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk – a bridge that snakes through the canopy of the trees. Denmark is a thriving artist town with a mix of tranquil inlets along the coast as well as serious surf beaches. Further along the coast, Albany offers a range of activities including hang-gliding, abseiling and scuba diving. The Gap, Blow Holes and Natural Bridge are must-sees. The town of Esperance boasts pristine, perfectly white beaches, striking blue water and an abundance of wildlife. Take the time to explore Cape Le Grand National Park, cruise the islands of the Recherche Archipelago and see the Pink Lake.

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Go snorkelling in Shoalwater Marine Park

Spend a day in Perth at Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens

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Go on a sand surfing adventure in Lancelin Get a cultural fix at Perth’s art gallery, cultural centre, state library and museum

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Enjoy a sunset drink on Perth’s Cottesloe Beach

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Visit Scarborough for long walks, surf and swimming Dive into the diverse offerings of the Fremantle Markets

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Walk the Bibbulmun Track – one of the world’s greatest long-distance trails

Bring your camera for Perth’s musical Bell Tower, which looks great at night Journey to Wave Rock, truly one of Australia’s most incredible natural monuments

YHA Member Discounts Albany Dolphin and Whale Cruises (Silver Star Cruises) 0428 429 876 15% off standard price. Dunsborough Car Rentals 1800 449 007 10% off car rentals for 3 days hire or more. Kimberley Wild Expeditions (08) 9193 7778 Concession rates. Two Feet and a Heartbeat 1800 459 399 20% off Perth and Fremantle tours Shark Bay Camel Safaris (08) 9948 3136

10% off all rides. Out of Sight Tours (08) 9848 2814 10% off bike hire and fullday canoe, 5% off all tours. About Bike Hire (08) 9221 2665 10% off all hire bikes, kayak and quad-cycles. Ningaloo Whaleshark-NDive (08) 9949 1116 10% off on stock and tours only for direct bookings. Fremantle Prison (08) 9336 9200 Concession prices

Sessions Surf (08) 9757 9080 10% off purchases. Pemberton Discovery Tours (08) 9776 0484 $10 off normal tours rate plus free Wi-Fi for bookings Swan Valley Tours (08) 9274 1199 10% off wine tours. RolfAir 0428 400 024 10% off standard fares. See yha.com.au for more discounts


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YHA HOSTELS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Albany Augusta Broome Bunbury Denham Denmark

7 Dunsborough 8 Esperance 9 Exmouth 10 Kalbarri 11 Kalgoorlie 12 Kununurra

13 Lancelin 14 Margaret River 15 Pemberton 16 Perth City 17 Walpole

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Albany Albany’s Bayview Backpackers YHA 49 Duke Street, Albany 6330 EMAIL

albany@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 9842 3388 1800 308 680

MANAGER

Peter Marsh

RECEPTION

Summer 8-11am, 4.30-7.30pm Winter 8-11am, 4.30-7pm Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

MC VA EFTPOS

An award-winning hostel with water views, located in the historic part of town. Big fullyequipped kitchen, dining room with cosy log fire, bike hire, 24hr internet, BBQ, heaps of parking, laid-back atmosphere.

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$

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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

Augusta/Cape Leeuwin Baywatch Manor Augusta YHA 9 Heppingstone View, Augusta 6290 (Rear of 90 Blackwood Avenue)

Augusta - Cape Leeuwin

EMAIL

augusta@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 9758 1290

MANAGERS

Johnny & Georgina Reape

RECEPTION

8.30-11am, 3-8pm

MC VA

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

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25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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


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Broome Kimberley Klub YHA 62 Frederick Street, Broome 6725 EMAIL

broome@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 9192 3233 1800 004 345

MANAGER

Trish Lamrock

RECEPTION

24 hours

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. Theme nights, bingo, pool activities annual Race Day events. Free shuttle to the beach. Free luggage storage.

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$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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’. 200 metres to the stop. 500 metres to the airport. Kununurra is 1050 km NE Exmouth is 1200 km SW All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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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

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

10% public holiday surcharge applies.

You will love the friendly feel at Dolphin Retreat YHA, 3 minute walk to the city, beaches & visitor centre. Free breakfast daily. Weekly movie & pizza nights. Kitchen, lounge room, games room, internet kiosks, Wi-Fi & Skype. Cheap bike hire.

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$

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300 metres to the nearest foodstore. Bunbury, also known as Dolphin City, is the best start to your South West experience. Come & see the famous friendly Bunbury dolphins. Enjoy bush tucker, dive, kayak, bus, river & wine tours. Excellent shopping, restaurants, cafés, nightlife, festivals, great beaches and cycle/ walking paths. 300 metres to South West Coach Lines stop. 4 km to Bunbury train station. Dunsborough is 80 km S Perth is 170 km N

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

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

Bay Lodge YHA is situated right on the beachfront with numerous water activities just 20 metres from your door. BBQ area and pool. All units are self-contained and air-conditioned, with toilet, shower, kitchen and TV. 24-hour internet café. Free shuttle to Monkey Mia.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE

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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. Worth exploring are 4WD trips and sightseeing by air and sea. Monkey Mia is 24 km away (free shuttle bus). Snorkelling, fishing and beachcombing. Fish BBQs. Pearl farm experience $5. 7 km to the airport Exmouth is 630 km N *Higher charges apply during school holidays and 1 July to 30 October.

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


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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

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

24

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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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. 200 metres to the nearest foodstore.

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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.

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Check out the gigs at the local pubs. 200 metres to the bus stop. Albany is 50 km E Walpole is 60 km W This YHA will be closed during low season: June-August 2012. Please refer to nearby YHAs for alternate accommodation.

Dunsborough Dunsborough Beachouse YHA 201-205 Geographe Bay Road, Quindalup 6281 EMAIL

dunsborough@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 9755 3107

MANAGER

Andrew Ingle

RECEPTION

1 May to 30 Sept 8:30-11am, 2-7 pm 1 Oct to 30 April 8:30-12pm, 2-8 pm

MC VA

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

Beautiful secluded beachfront property. Perfect base for exploring the wine, cuisine and nature of Margaret River wine region.

PRICES FROM

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE

29

$

PP/PN. Weekly pay 6 nights in advance get 7th night free.

2 kms to the nearest foodstore.

200 metres from the YHA. Southwest Coachlines run a regular service directly to/ from Perth Airport. Car rental available from the hostel.

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Pubs, winebars, restaurants, live music.

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Whale watching (Aug to Dec), surfing, surf school, kayaks, parachuting, caves, wineries, diving on the HMAS Swan.

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

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top FIVE BEST SURF BREAKS YHA’s best

Grab a few mates, throw your board on the roof and check out these famous local surf breaks across Australia.

Apollo Bay, VIC

Cathedral Rock: An expert point break where locals like to play.

Applo Bay Eco YHA

See page 123 for details

Newcastle, NSW

Merewether: This point break can only be described as “hardcore”.

Newcastle Beach YHA

See page 47 for details

Margaret River, WA

North Point: a favourite of WA surfing professionals.

Margaret River Lodge YHA

See page 149 for details

Coolangatta, QLD Kirra: whether you go the beach or the jetty break, you’re guaranteed an expert wave.

Coolangatta/Kirra Beach YHA

See page 89 for details

Collaroy Beach, NSW

Sydney is famous worldwide for its surf lifestyle. Collaroy may not be famous like Bondi, but some of the best breaks are near this Sydney hostel.

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Esperance Blue Waters Lodge YHA 299 Goldfields Road, Esperance 6450 EMAIL

esperance@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 9071 1040

MANAGER

Mary Stanic

RECEPTION

8am -9pm

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

25

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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 Call the YHA for free pick-up. Bookings recommended during summer and school holidays. Group catering available.

Exmouth Excape Backpackers YHA Murat Road, Exmouth 6707 EMAIL

exmouth@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 9949 1200

MANAGER

Kym James

RECEPTION

7am-9pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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. Local DJs in our late-night bar on Fridays.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE

PRICES FROM

27

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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 Visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Centre. 38 km to Learmonth Airport. Shuttle bus available from YHA for $25. Denham is 700 km S, Broome is 1200 km N $20 refundable key deposit payable.

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

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Kalbarri 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

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

Weekly rates available.

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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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

26

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

400 metres to the nearest foodstore. Kalbarri is known for its pristine beaches, challenging surf and great fishing and treks down the Murchison Gorges. Check out Z Bend, The Loop and Nature’s Window or take a scenic flight. Walking distance to fabulous restaurants TransWA arrives and departs Kalbarri. Greyhound to Binnu, shuttle service Binnu to Kalbarri and return (contact Kalbarri YHA). Skipper aviation (3 flights/week). Denham is 375 km N All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

POSTCARDS FROM WESTERN LIA AUSTRA Best night out I had the best handmade beer of my life at the Matso’s Broome Brewery. Great place for dinner Cicerello’s in Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour - it’s great for fish and chips. A great activity If you love pushing your limits, try canyoning in Karijini National Park. Something you didn’t know about W.A. I found out about the ‘world’s largest classroom’ - The School of the Air in Broome. It’s a correspondence school for children who live in remote and outback Australia. Best way to spend $20 Chocolate or wine! I’d recommend the Margaret River Chocolate Company and Margaret River Regional Wine Centre. Best place for nature The Kimberley National Park. It is very well kept and as wild as it is untouched.

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Kalgoorlie Gold Dust Backpackers YHA 192 Hay Sreet, Kalgoorlie 6430 EMAIL

kalgoorlie@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 9091 3737

MANAGER

Marie Hepworth

RECEPTION

8am-8pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

21

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. 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

Kununurra Kimberley Croc YHA 120 Konkerberry Drive, Kununurra 6743 EMAIL

kununurra@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 9168 2702 1300 136 702

MANAGER

Lisa Spackman

RECEPTION

7am-6pm

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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. 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

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY

PRICES FROM

25*

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

*Higher rates apply June/July/August – bookings essential during this period.

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

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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

MC VA

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

Lancelin Lodge is 1.5 hour’s drive north of Perth. Close to town and surf beaches. Relaxed atmosphere, free use of bikes and other activity equipment. Winter log fire, pool. Best YHA in WA 2001, 2009, 2011. 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 (Oct-April). 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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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

27*

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

*Bookings essential Nov-Feb and public holidays.

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

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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

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

(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 and a snack kiosk. Ride the Margaret River work/beach bus to vineyard work and beaches.

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PRICES FROM

28

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

500 metres to the nearest foodstore. 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

Pemberton Pemberton Backpackers YHA 7-11 Brockman Street, Pemberton 6260 EMAIL

pemberton@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 9776 1105

MANAGER

Troy Della

RECEPTION

8-9am, 2-8pm

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

The YHA is warm, friendly, with a fantastic position to see many of nature’s wonders. Ideal for those who enjoy canoeing, mountain biking, bushwalking or fishing. Or simply enjoy the log fires in winter and BBQs in summer.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

PRICES FROM

27.50

$

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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 a bar. 100 metres to the bus stop Augusta is 120 km W Walpole is 120 km E Albany is 250 km E All Prices advertised are based on average YHA member rates. See yha.com.au for current prices and seasonal variations.

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Perth

Perth City YHA 300 Wellington Street, Perth 6000 EMAIL GROUPS

perthcity@yha.com.au perthcitygroups@yha.com.au

PHONE

08 9287 3333

MANAGER

Peter Ott

RECEPTION

24 hours

Check-in after 1pm

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 art deco building, and features seven room types. Facilities include 24-hour reception, licensed café, swimming pool, in-house gym, BBQ, reading room, Wi-Fi internet, laundry, cinema and car park. Packaz Bar Café runs weekly events. 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.

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MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN FAMILY ACCESSIBLE

PRICES FROM

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32

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

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. 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 Under 17s must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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Walpole 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

MC VA EFTPOS

Advise if arriving outside of reception hours

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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$

MULTI-SHARE DOUBLE / TWIN SINGLE FAMILY

MULTI-SHARE PP/PN

100 metres to the nearest foodstore. Walpole is situated in the 18,000-hectare Walpole-Nornalup National Park with its forests of Tingle and Karri trees and unspoilt coastline. Visit the world-famous Tree Top Walk and Ancient Empire Boardwalk. See the Giant Tingle Tree. Hike in the forests, including the well-known Bibbulmun Track. 100 metres to the stop. Daily TransWA bus service from Perth and Albany. Phone the YHA for pick-up. Car hire available. Denmark is 60 km E Pemberton is 125 km NW Bookings essential in peak periods.

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

POSTCARDS FROM WESTERN LIA AUSTRA

Lo Yim Ping, Hong Kong

Where is the best night out in WA? The Pour House Dunsborough Great Beers, good food and a fantastic atmosphere. What’s something you didn’t know about WA before you arrived? How big and how relaxed it is compared to the east coast. How would you describe Dunsborough in three words? Beautiful, laid-back and friendly. What’s been your favourite job in Australia Avocado picking. What are your top tips for backpackers trying to find work in the Dunsborough/Margaret River region? Buy a car and be persistent. What has been your favourite nature experience in Western Australia? Surfing with dolphins in Yallingup. Finish this sentence - ‘In Dunsborough, don’t miss the ...’ Sunrise over Geographe Bay.

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Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy as to book your accommodation in New Zealand. YHA New Zealand has been hostelling since 1932 and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty darn chuffed about it. With 40+ hostels nationwide, you can stay with us from Stewart Island in the far south to Ahipara in the winterless north. YHA New Zealand accepts Hostelling International (HI) membership cards so you have access to hundreds of discounts on accommodation, activities, transport and much more. So wander just a little further down under and come say kia ora to New Zealand.

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NATIONAL

TRAVEL

MEMBER discounts 10% off

CountryLink Save 10% on CountryLink tickets. Valid for fullpriced adult fares on point-to-point travel only. Discount is not to be used in conjunction with any other discount card or travel voucher. n 13 22 32 n www.countrylink.info

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

Greyhound Australia • 10% extra kilometres on Greyhound Kilometre Passes • 10% off express (point-to-point) tickets • 10% off Mini Traveller Passes n 1300 473 946 n www.greyhound.com.au

Budget Rent a Car

DISCOUNT FARES

SPECIAL RATES

SPECIAL RATES

Discounted rates for YHA members (quote BCD number D115474 at time of booking). Plus get a free upgrade when you rent for 2 or more days (quote coupon UPNZ032). Valid on car group X through to group E. n 1300 362 848 n www.budget.com.au

Europcar Special rates for YHA members at over 130 locations around Australia. Quote Contract ID: 47690481 when making your booking to obtain your special YHA rate. n 1300 13 13 90 n www.europcar.com.au

Hertz

SPECIAL RATES

SPECIAL RATES

Get 1 free day on weekend rentals (quote: PC# 151970) OR 1 free day on rentals of 7 consecutive days or more (quote: PC# 154184). YHA members should also quote CDP #1931326 for the best available rates. Terms & conditions apply. n 13 30 39 n www.hertz.com.au


157 15% off everything instore. Excludes sale items, kayaks, fridges and fibreglass coolers. n www.aussiedisposals.com.au

15% off Aussie Disposals

THE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE STORES

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20% off

Between the Flags 20% off all full-price items. One of the best places to find authentic Aussie beach wear. Surf Life Saving Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (SLSA) official retail partner. n www.betweentheflags.com.au

Kathmandu

20% OFF

Free Kathmandu Summit Club membership offering 20% discount off Kathmandu gear. Terms and conditions apply. n www.kathmandu.com.au

10% Off

Mountain DesignS 10% off everything in store. Discount is off the RRP (excludes sales stock and online purchases). n www.mountaindesigns.com

Paddy Pallin

10% Off

Free Paddy Pallin club membership, entitling you to 10% off all purchases of outdoor and travel clothing and equipment for 12 months. Excludes sale items. n 1800 805 398 n www.paddypallin.com.au

Snowgum

SPECIAL OFFERS

Spend $200 or more and receive $50 off, plus get free Snowgum Club membership ($11 value), which includes 10% off all purchases, including sale items. In store only. Terms and conditions apply. n www.snowgum.com.au

25% discount off the Australian RRP. Quote YHA FOOTPRINT. Guides written for independent and adventure travellers looking to get off the beaten track and escape the tourist crowds. n www.woodslaneonline.com.au

Souvenirs Australia Warehouse 10% off all online purchases (quote YHA at checkout). Free worldwide shipping on all orders over A$100. n www.souvenirsaustralia.com

25% off

10% off

ONLINE RETAIL

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ONLINE RETAIL

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10% Off

SURFSTITCH Australia’s #1 online surf and fashion retailer is giving all YHA members 10% off full-priced items. Enter promo code YHASS to receive your discount. n www.surfstitch.com

Passport2Fitness

SPECIAL RATES

Receive 10% discount and waived joining fee (saving you over 40% upfront). Quote promotional code: YHA. n 1800 657 566 n www.passport2fitness.com.au/yha

CFT Qld

DISCOUNT RATES

Food Safety Supervisor, RSA and RSG Training. Discount available for YHA members n 1300 665 633 n www.cftqld.com.au

i-to-i Teach English Overseas

15% OFF

Purchase the 40-hour online TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course and get 15% off. Quote code: YHA at time of booking. Terms and conditions may apply.  n 1300 88 50 36 n www.onlinetefl.com

10% Off

Jetta Excess Baggage 10% off freight charges when sending unaccompanied baggage by air to airports worldwide. n 1300 300 688 n www.jettaexcessbaggage.com.au

EXCESS BAGGAGE

Lattitude Global Volunteering

50% Off

50% off application fee for Lattitude placement. Lattitude provides volunteering opportunities – the chance to go beyond your comfort zone and make a lasting difference. n www.lattitude.org.au

OzBound Save 15% off OzBound Package (including Australian bank account, Australian sim card, tax file number and Medicare card, organised social events and much more).

15% off

Must have the right to live and work in Australia. Sydney-based package.

n 0450 012 234 n www.ozbound.com.au

Protectabag Pty Ltd $1 off all items security wrapped. Available at Melbourne and Brisbane International Airports. n www.protectabag.com

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Book QBE travel insurance with YHA and receive a 25% YHA member discount. Terms, conditions & limits apply. Visit www.yha.com.au/insurance or your local YHA Travel Centre. n www.yha.com.au/insurance

Seven Seas Worldwide

25% OFF

SERVICES

QBE Insurance

FREE BOXES & MORE

YHA members receive free packing materials (up to the value of $100) and a 5% discount. Quote YHA membership number at time of ordering. n 1300 216 698 n www.sevenseasworldwide.com

Taxback Australian tax refunds for working holiday makers, backpackers and foreign students. YHA members receive $10 discount when they apply for an Australian tax refund. n 1800 674 014 n www.taxback.com/myYHA

Tranzfers

$10 discount

3 FREE TRANSFERS

Three free international money transfers. Save time and money with Tranzfersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cheaper fees, great exchange rates and fast online service. n 1300 300 424 n www.ozforex.com.au

Travel Medicine Alliance 10% off travel kit and free Travelling Well book with consultation. n www.travelmedicine.com.au

Travelex Present your YHA card at a Travelex retail store and pay $0 commission on foreign currency exchange. Terms and conditions apply. n www.travelex.com.au

$10 off your first home delivery order. Quote 454C47 when you order online. n www.menulog.com.au

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SPECIAL OFFERS

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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YHA Members save YHA’s licensed Travel Centres and Tour Desks can assist with all your travel bookings with expert advice. YHA Travel Centres can plan your next International experience or visit any of our YHA Tour Desks to organise your Australian adventures.

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Tour Desks DARWIN YHA 97 Mitchell Street PH 08 8981 5385

Travel Centre ADELAIDE CENTRAL YHA 135 Waymouth St PH 08 8414 3000

Travel Centre SYDNEY CENTRAL YHA 11 Rawson Place PH 02 9218 9090

ALICE SPRINGS YHA Corner Parsons Street & Leichardt Terrace PH 08 8952 8855

NSW

Tour Desks SYDNEY HARBOUR YHA 110 Cumberland Street Ph 02 8272 0900

QLD LICENCE NO. TAG497

RAILWAY SQUARE YHA 8-10 Lee Street Ph 02 9281 9666

Tour Desks BRISBANE CITY YHA 392 Upper Roma Street PH 07 3236 1004

Blue Mountains YHA 207 Katoomba Street PH 02 4782 1416

AIRLIE BEACH YHA 394 Shute Harbour Road PH 07 4946 6312

CAPE BYRON YHA Cnr Byron & Middleton Streets PH 02 6685 8788

CAIRNS CENTRAL YHA 20-26 Mcleod Street PH 07 4051 0772

Byron Bay YHA 7 Carlyle Street PH 6685 8853

SURFERS PARADISE YHA Mariner’s Cove, 70 Seaworld Drive PH 07 5571 1776

TAS Tour Desk HOBART 9 Argyle Street PH 03 6234 1359

VIC LICENCE NO. 30258

Tour Desks MELBOURNE METRO YHA 78 Howard Street PH 03 9329 8599 MELBOURNE CENTAL YHA 562 Flinders Street PH: 03 9621 2523

WA LICENCE NO. 9TA584

Tour Desk PERTH CITY YHA 300 Wellington Street PH 08 9287 3308

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