Australia is host to some of the world's most magnificent views. Whether they’re overlooking a famous harbour or are under the canopy of a world heritage rainforest, waking up to one of Australia's spectacular vistas is one hell of a way to start the day.
These 10 hostels in Australia have some seriously incredible views.
1) Bondi Beachouse, Bondi Beach, NSW
Perhaps Australia's most famous beach of all, Bondi Beach is world renowned for its surf and picturesque coastline. Being so close to Sydney (7km east), Bondi Beach is an obvious stop for many travelers, and the laid back beach vibe is one that many people choose to never leave! The Bondi Beachouse is host to incredible city and beach views from the balcony of their well-located hostel.
2) Murwillumbah YHA, Murwillumbah, NSW
For the ultimate river vista, the Murwillumbah YHA offers a beautiful heritage hostel balcony to take in the amazing views of Mount Waring and the Tweed River. This cosy backpacker accommodation is in a historical 1911 captain's cottage, and is the perfect place from which to explore the lush surrounds of Murwillumbah.
3) Port Elliot Beach House, Port Elliot, SA
On South Australia's spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula, the Port Elliot Beach House is breezy and historic, with 270-degree views, and the beach is just a short stroll across the road! Where better to unwind and breathe in the sea air?
4) Apollo Bay Eco YHA, Great Ocean Road, VIC
The Great Ocean Road is host to some of the most opulent coastline in all of the world. Often done as a two or three day road trip, the Great Ocean Road is one of Australia's most popular destinations. The Apollo Bay Eco YHA is an eco-friendly hostel along the way, with a killer balcony that has mountain, city and coastal views! When road tripping the Great Ocean Road, this is the place to stay.
5) Melbourne Central, Melbourne, VIC
Located in the heart of the CBD, Melbourne Central has insane views of the Melbourne skyline. Hang in the common room or have a party on the roof with other travelers as the sun sets over the city. The facilities here are top notch, too, so you won't go wanting.
6) Kangaroo Island YHA, Kangaroo Island, SA
Just south of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in all of the country and a wide array of stunning attractions. Perfect as a jump-off point, the Kangaroo Island YHA also has a very comfy hammock, right by the ocean, ideal for a day with a good book or an afternoon nap. Cute girl not included.
7) Bellingen YHA, Bellingen, NSW
The laid back vibe of the Bellingen YHA fits right in with its surrounds. This artsy town is home to rolling green hills and magnificent mountain vistas, all of which are visible from this chilled out hostel!
8) Rawnsley Park Station, Hawker, SA
Sitting at the base of Rawnsley Bluff, the Rawnsley Park Station looks out onto the majestic Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia. Overlooking Wilpena Pound, this award-winning hostel puts you right in the middle of it all. A deck chair and a bad cup of coffee might be the two final ingredients to the perfect morning at the Flinders Ranges!
9) Sydney Harbour YHA, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
No visit to Australia is complete without a trip to Sydney, home of the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Harbour YHA has picturesque views of both, and you needn't go further than the roof (or your bedroom, if you're lucky)! Picture New Years Eve in Sydney with that view!
10) Thredbo YHA
Snow in Australia? Who knew! Situated in the backyard of Australia’s snowy mountains, with views across to Crackenback and the ski fields, the majesty of Australia's tallest mountain range can be revered whether you're actually skiing them or are stuck inside debating about your excursion into the cold. Located in the heart of Thredbo Village, the Thredbo YHA is only a short walk away from the ski lifts as well as other pubs, cafes and restaurants in the area.
Now it's your turn! Where's the most scenic hostel you've ever stayed? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Dislcaimer: This article was an editorial collaboration with the Youth Hostel Association in Australia. All text and opinions remain my own.