YHA Family Accommodation Options Around Australia – personal insights from Chelsea who spent 12 months traveling around Australia with her family of five!
Thank you Chelsea from Moments A Day for sharing such wonderful insights and your photo’s from your trip – I love how accessible YHAs are for families!
During our trip around Australia last year, we camped a lot of the way. But occasionally it was not ideal weather or we needed to stay somewhere in a large city where there weren’t many convenient campgrounds, so we needed to find alternate accommodation.
After a taxi driver in Port Lincoln asked why we were staying in a hotel when there was a YHA nearby, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that many YHAs have family rooms! I stayed in YHAs during my youth and assumed they were only geared at young or single travelers. I was excited about how accommodating many YHAs are to families, so wanted to share the tip with other traveling families.
While the price is a major factor in our family’s decisions about where to stay (and YHAs are definitely cheaper than hotels!) the shared kitchen and living space in the hostel are big attractions that make staying there a no-brainer. In a hotel, you are usually confined to one room that has a tiny fridge and microwave at best. YHAs have a full kitchen with pots, pans, plates and cutlery you can use, plus other attractive amenities depending on the specific YHA you stay in.
Here are just a few of the features we enjoyed during our stays in the YHAs in Adelaide, Apollo Bay, Melbourne and Cairns.
We loved all the budget friendly tourist ideas readily available in the YHAs. The staff are very friendly, helping you get around and decide what to do, and the front desk always has plenty of pamphlets plus sometimes a few coupons as well.
All the YHAs have different features but all of them have a shared kitchen with plenty of supplies to cook your favourite meals. We loved the cheap breakfasts at the kitchen cafe in Melbourne (pictured above) as well as the vending machines throughout the building.
We found that some family rooms have private bathrooms and others make use of the hall bathrooms, which you get into with your room key. The second option is a bit cheaper, and not at all inconvenient. In fact, it was nice for all the children and parents to be able to shower at the same time!
The locations of all the YHAs we stayed in were very close to city attractions. Our family absolutely loved the pool and spa in the Cairns YHA. Not all YHAs have pools of course; in Adelaide we enjoyed playing table tennis and in Apollo Bay we enjoyed the herb garden. They are all unique!
Some family rooms have TVs inside the room and others have access to communal lounges. Since we did not have a TV for most of our trip, it was a bit of a luxury to have a full lounge to enjoy together! Here are the kids watching the US election at the Apollo Bay YHA last November.
Many of the YHAs have weekly events. While some of the events are not family friendly, others definitely are. We loved the free pancake breakfasts at the Adelaide YHA and the night time nibbles in Cairns!
Here was our family room at the Adelaide YHA. Plenty of room for our family of five. Some family rooms even featured 2 sets of bunk buds plus the double/queen.
From our experience, Wifi is usually available in the communal areas of the YHAs, and for a minimal fee you can have access anywhere in the facilities.
We also tried out the two-bedroom private room in Melbourne. Above you can see the bunk beds and a door leading to the other room where there was a double bed. This was still cheaper for us than staying in a hotel, and so much more comfortable.
After having such a great experience at the YHAs around Australia, we are big fans and look forward to experiencing other YHA family rooms around the country!
Have you stayed in a YHA with your family? How was your experience?
Thanks to YHA for hosting our family for a few nights in order to try out the facilities. We had a great time!
Thank you to Chelsea from Moments A Day for sharing her YHA experiences with us – such a helpful insight and a great way to travel for families.