Hostel Living

9 May 2012

“I thought I was too old for YHA’s, having stayed in a few in my youth.  However, what I witnessed on this trip is that it is not only a cost effective accommodation option, but you get a more personal, higher standard of service with top notch facilities, bettering a lot of Hotels I have stayed in.” 

–Kyle Bell, New Zealand #unmapped blogger

Travelling on a shoe string budget is a big part of any backpacking trip.  When planning a trip to New South Wales, hostels are a great option.

There are plenty of options for hostels throughout New South Wales.  One of the more recognisable hostel chains is the YHA. Booking a bed at a chain hostel gives you some advantages, like being located in the core of the city or town, being close to main transit systems, and they often have additional service offerings such as discounted meals and planned activities like pizza and movie nights.

During our stays at hostels in sydney and NSW, the staff were more than helpful! For the additional services that come with hostel chains, expect to pay between $22-45 per night.


It seemed like every place we visited had a YHA Hostel, so more often than not that’s where the #unmapped crew called home while on the trip. The first YHA Hostel that we stayed at was in the Blue Mountains, followed by Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Nimbin, Byron Bay, and Sydney.

Those that are planning a road trip to multiple destinations in New South Wales should consider purchasing a membership through a hostel organisation like YHA International, as it gives you further savings at multiple night stays and activities.

Byron YHA

We met people from all over the place and exchanged travel stories.  Hope that everyone that we met along the way is still enjoying their travels across New South Wales and Australia.  Safe Travels!


The #unmapped Blogger