Get There: 97 Mitchell Street
Cost: Dorms start at 27AUD for YHA members, but prices rise during peak season (May – October)
Free Breaky: No
Free Wifi: Yes
Reflecting the vibe of the city itself, Darwin YHA has a chilled-out, casual atmosphere. Although it’s located along the main street, the hostel stays pretty quiet and makes a perfect base for exploring town. Crocosaurus Cove, the Esplanade and plenty of bars and restaurants are all walking distance away and car hires can also be reached on foot (having a car in Darwin is almost a necessity if you want to get to the Top End’s famous national parks and nature reserves).
The rooms themselves have all been designed with the tropical climate in mind, meaning they’re spacious and air-conditioned. They’re also all equipped with ensuites. The complimentary WiFi is reasonably strong, and there’s an outside pool and BBQ area, which is the perfect remedy after a hot day in the sun. The kitchen is pretty well-organised and there’s a supermarket down the road, which is ideal considering how pricey eating out in Darwin gets. Some of the private rooms also have fridges and complimentary tea and coffee.
Ultimately, Darwin YHA is decked out with everything you need to be comfortable and its close proximity to the town centre makes it great starting point for getting around.