Do you have dreams of riding the perfect Aussie wave? Here are the Top 10 YHA Surfing Hostels in Australia.



1) The list starts out with the radical Bondi Beachouse YHA located next to world famous Bondi Beach. With its close proximity to Bondi, Bronte, Tamarama and Coogee beaches, this hostel is a surfer’s dream.



Byron Bay2) Head on up the coast of New South Wales and set your board down at Byron Bay YHA. Settle into the town’s surfing lifestyle and enjoy one of Australia’s most beautiful breaks. The YHA staff will show you the best local surf spots and may even join you – what’s not to love?


Yamba3) Enjoy yet another amazing break off the coast of New South Wales at Yamba YHA. Get a taste of Australia’s famous east coast beach culture and save some money while you do it!


Surfers Paradise4) Surfers Paradise YHA, the name should say it all. Located on Queensland’s Gold Coast, come grab your own slice of paradise.



Coolangatta5) Coolangatta YHA is located 500 meters from the Gold Coast Airport. You can check in and be ripping the swells within 30 minutes of landing!



Stradbroke Island6) If you simply can’t get enough of Queensland’s fantastic surf, head to Stradbroke Island YHA. Come relax at this beachfront property just north of the Gold Coast. Get lost in your thoughts as you wait in the set looking at the breathtaking surf and sand.


Port Elliot7) Looking for a fantastic place to stay so that you can take your surf tour to South Australia? Look no further than Port Elliot YHA. Tucked in a historic building on South Australia’s spectacular Fleurieu Peninsula, world class surf is just a short stroll from the hostel.


Port Lincoln8) Port Lincoln YHA is about so much more than cage diving with Great White Sharks! The hostel is a great place to explore some of South Australia’s best waves. Just don’t let Brucey the shark get you! (just kidding!).


Apollo Bay9) Take a pit-stop on your road trip of the famous Great Ocean Road to catch some waves Apollo Bay YHA. This YHA is eco-certified so you’ll know that your stay will be as environmentally friendly as possible.


Lancelin10) On the outskirts of Australia’s ‘wild west’ lies Lancelin YHA. This friendly and relaxed hostel is only an hour and a half north of Perth. Put on your board shorts and surf the Indian Ocean.


These properties are just some of 85 unique YHA hostels throughout Australia, bookable at

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Kate Webster is a travel journalist – travel writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography. A passion of the ocean has lead Kate to be a part of Global Surf Sounds, as she continues to mix her love of travel and writing to now include surfing. When she’s not bouncing around the world on ramshackle buses, overcrowded trains, or on the back of a rickshaw, you can find her based in Sydney or the Gold Coast, Australia eagerly planning her next adventure.