If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know how much I LOVE spending time in Byron Bay on Australias East Coast – it’s my surrogate home away from home!
So over the last few weeks I’ve been compiling a huge backpackers guide to Byron Bay and as part of this I’ve been checking out the amazing range of hostels on offer here.
There are actually 2 YHA Hostels in Byron – but I decided to check out Byron Bay YHA first…and it has set the bar pretty high!
So if you’re looking for a place to crash in the Bay here’s what I made of it…
A Central Base
Although Byron Bay is a pretty small place there are definitely some hostels which are closer to the action than others and the Byron Bay YHA is certainly well positioned.
Just one block from the main high street you can access all the shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars within a few minutes walk and it’s a quick and easy stroll down to the beach…like 2mins tops!
But despite its central positioning the Byron Bay YHA is tucked away in a quiet section of the town – meaning you’re not kept up by drunken people stumbling past in the night and can kick back and truly get yourself into the Byron pace of life!
A solid nights sleep just a short walk from the main nightlife of Byron Bay and the surf…ideal!
A Solid Nights Sleep
A with its quieter location comes the perfect place to rest your head after a fun filled day exploring the beaches, surf and hippie vibes that Byron has to offer!
A relatively small capacity hostel (just over 100 beds) means that you can really relax and get a solid nights sleep here – something of a rarity on the East Coast trail – and as you would expect from the YHA chain there’s a range of dorms and private room available.
I opted for one of the private rooms (although it’s kitted up as a family room – double and a bunk) and although it wasn’t huge it was more than adequate and offered the privacy and comfort I was looking for.
Even if you’re travelling solo you won’t find yourself in a chaotic, packed dorm room here as the maximum room size is a 5 share, perfect for a bit more relaxed atmosphere without having to break the budget!
True to the YHA style it finds a solid balance between the social aspect of travelling and being able to sleep without being woken up by rowdy travellers – there’s a good social atmosphere and pre drinking going on each evening but the party is shut down round 11pm…so if you want to party you can walk into town, but if you need to crash out for an early morning surf it’s no worries!
As with all the other YHAs I’ve stayed at recently Byron Bay YHA comes kitted out with a heap of facilities – including an outdoor pool and open air hammock area which allow you to make the most of the afternoon sunshine!
This YHA has been built to make the most of the incredible weather in Byron!
With free wifi throughout the common area and games room you’ll be well connected to share all your travel pics on Facebook and you can upgrade to the in room wifi if you fancy kicking back and streaming a movie.
On top of that there are parking facilities (very handy in Byron if you’re road tripping the coast!), an awesome communal BBQ area (they even host a weekly BBQ cook up too!), bike hire and a tour desk so you can easily make the most of everything Byron has to offer – including kayaking with dolphins, whale watching, surfing and trips to the eccentric town of Nimbin!
So if you’re looking for a more intimate hostel experience, all the creature comforts you could wish for in a hostel and a location that offers easy access to the beach and town then you can’t really go wrong with Byron Bay YHA.
Dorms start at $25AUD, privates at around $80AUD and the double en suite room at $85AUD per night – but things get even cheaper if you hook yourself up with a YHA Membership card, which is a greta investment if you intend to use the YHA chain throughout your trip.
**PLEASE NOTE – I received a complimentary stay at Byron Bay YHA as part of my partnership with YHA Australia, but rest assured all opinions are honest and my own**