Staying in hostels, when traveling, often means you are traveling low budget, but not necessarily. Nowadays staying in hostels can be modern and comfortable, what might also mean more expensive. It all depends where the hostels are located and how much are you willing to spend. The higher standar the country has, more expensive can their hostels be.
Our travel to Australia was organized by Hostelling International. Our travel blog Nina Travels was one of the TOP 16 winners of their international bloggers’ competition Big Blog Exchange. That is why all our accommodations we staid in were hostels. Hostels are well known for its dorm rooms, but lots of them offer private rooms too. All our hostels in Australia offered us double rooms with private bathrooms. Pure luxury!
If you were following our Australia travel, you know we fallen in love with Australia completely. The hostels of YHA offered us splendid locations, spacious rooms and great vibes.
Sydney Harbour YHA
We can easily say that Sydney Harbour YHA was the best hostel we stayed in. It was not just because it was the newest and modern. We liked Sydney Harbour YHA mostly because of its amazing location (The Rocks) and also rooftop terrace. The rooftop terrace in Sydney Harbour YHA offers AMAZING views – not even some of the best hotels in Sydney can brag to have views over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney Central YHA
If you are arriving to Sydney by train, you might want to stay close to the main station. Sydney Central YHA is just steps away from the Sydney central train station. Sydney Central YHA is based in a charming, heritage-listed, brick building. Its location is perfect to explore Darling Harbour, Pyrmont and Sydney fish market on foot. The Sydney Central YHA even has its own swimming pool.
Blue Mountains – Katoomba YHA
In the middle of cute little town, in the heart of Blue Mountains, lies Blue Mountains – Katoomba YHA. Blue Mountains – Katoomba YHA is the perfect base to explore, hike or do other adrenalin outdoor activities, like abseiling and canyoning. After a long day outside the atmosphere in the Blue Mountains – Katoomba YHA is quiet, slow and perfect for relaxation.
Port Stephens YHA
If you like nature, green color and wood this Port Stephens YHA is ideal for you! The location of the Port Stephens YHA is about 2 kilometers away from the beach, but the area is perfect to relax. Port Stephens YHA offers to its guests romantic wooden bungallows and even a good size swimming pool. If you are staying at Port Stephens YHA, you might even see a koala or two up in the treetop. The owners are very welcoming and can help you with all kind of activities and information for the Port Stephens area. They also offer bike renting.
Melbourne Central YHA
Melbourne Central YHA has a great central location, as lots of Melbourne tourist attractions can be reached by foot. If not, there’s a free circle tram right in front of the Melbourne Central YHA entrance. Best private rooms are on the roof-top terrace, which also offers a nice place for BBQ and hanging out with other fellow travelers. The Melbourne Central YHA has a very nice sized and modern kitchen.
The biggest surprise for all hostels in Australia was their population. Normally we are used to see younger travelers in hostels, but in Australia we could see young and old. I guess having a little bit more expensive private room, hostels still have many benefits and are affordable to many.
Eating out in Australia is extremely expensive and staying in a hostel, where you can cook your own meals, can help saving a lot of money. If you want to travel low budget around Australia, stay in hostels, sleep in dorm rooms and use their discounts for many activities, tours and tickets.