Champagne views on a beer budget? Here are the Top 10 YHAs with the best views of the Land Down Under.
The list rockets out of the gate with a picturesque view of one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, the Sydney Harbour. As you wind your way to the top of Sydney Harbour YHA, the view of Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge steadily crescendos until reaching its beautiful pinnacle on the rooftop patio. For a view that will surely make you say “crikey!” look no further than this YHA.
How does having one of the best views of one of the world’s most famous beaches sound? At BondiBeachouse YHAin Sydney, this fantastic view is a daily routine. Come join fellow backpackers and experience the breathtaking views of sun and surf for yourself.
Queensland’s bustling metropolis, Brisbane, has a vibrant downtown that nestles itself along the Brisbane River – which just so happens to be the backdrop for Brisbane City YHA. This award-winning YHA lets guests soak in the view (literally) from the rooftop outdoor pool.
If a great view of nature is more your style, check out the tropical views from Stradbroke Island YHA. Come relax at this beachfront property just north of Queensland’s famous Gold Coast. Get lost in your thoughts as you watch the waves roll in.
Tucked between the Tweed River and Mount Warning (or ‘Wollumbin’ – cloud catcher – as the local Aboriginal people call it) is Murwillumbah YHA in Northern New South Wales. Take it the awesome views from the hostel’s veranda, or better still, while lazily floating down the river in a tyre tube.
Melbourne is home to not one but TWO of YHA’s best views. Melbourne Central YHA in the city centre has cool areas to hang out on the rooftop and take in the urban panorama. There are even private rooms up there painted in the style of local Mornington Peninsula ‘bathing boxes’.
Melbourne Metro YHA, just north of the city, has 300+ degree views from its rooftop. Come lounge in this urban oasis, complete with astro-turf and bean bags to chillax on.
Located near the beautiful Dorrigo National Park, Bellingen YHA in mid-New South Wales takes the eyes for a journey off the beaten track. Overlooking the mighty Bellinger River, there isn’t a better seat in the house to view the Aussie landscape.
Port Elliot Beach House YHA offers a picture-perfect setting to enjoy a 270-degree view of the South Australian coast. Sit down, relax, and feast your eyes upon Encounter Bay and the Great Australian Bight.
If the hustle and bustle of city life is starting to weigh heavy on your pupils, escape to the tranquil views of Pittwater YHA. Situated in Sydney’s outskirts on the hillside of Morning Bay in Ku-ring-gai National Park, this YHA is the perfect place where the bush meets the sea. Look around and you’ll meet plenty of Aussie wildlife, including friendly wallabies coming right up close.
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