There are nearly 100 hostels spread all over Australia, and if they’re all like the two we sampled, YHA is doing something very right indeed! Both YHA hostels we stayed in were fun and welcoming, with clean rooms, excellent facilities and a laid back atmosphere.
When we stayed in the Brisbane City branch we arrived late, tired and without a reservation. The friendly staff instantly perked us up and offered us a great deal on a dorm room that had no one else checked into it. Our room was modern, cosy and comfortable, and the whole hostel had a great vibe; the bar was bustling, the pool area was inviting and the kitchen was a huge industrial space, like something out of a sci fi movie.
We took full advantage of the washing, drying and ironing facilities, and transformed our rucksacks from smelly vessels to fresh, compartmentalised wardrobes.
The YHAs aren’t the cheapest hostels around, but for the extra $10 a night it worked out a great deal – especially considering the locations and free facilities. However, as with most places in Australia, you do have to pay for internet – about $10 for 24 hours (and that’s per gadget!).
If you’re looking for a hostel live-in and work position, the YHA offers these to long-term guests.
Charlotte & Sarah x