Port Lincoln: Port Lincoln YHA
Get There: 24-26 London St – a $30 taxi from Port Lincoln airport.
Cost: $29 for a 10-bed dorm
Free WiFi: Yes
Free Breaky: No
Let’s be honest: I usually hate YHA hostels. I think it had something to do with them making you sign up as a member. As a hobo, I don’t want to have to commit to a goddamn thing, even if it does mean I get free wifi.
That being said, Port Lincoln YHA has been voted the best in Australia, so I figured I should see what all the fuss was about.
If you’re headed to Port Lincoln to dive with sharks (and realistically, why the fuck else would you go to Port Lincoln?) the life-size shark model in reception is bound to get you pumped up and/or shit scared. The hostel offers a courtesy bus for divers, meaning you save a pretty little penny, as taxi drivers here seem to like ripping you off, something YHA is also happy to help sort out (yes I got scammed in my own country, yes I am ashamed).
There is a huge common area to hang out in, which features a giant TV and a few computers so you can Skype your mum and let her know you survived another day sans shark attack.
The hostel is probably the cleanest I have ever stayed in, which from what I have heard is a rarity in Australian hostels. Most dorms offer private bathrooms, which is sick considering dealing with four people’s stray pubes is always better than 50. In typical Australian style, they not only have one of the biggest kitchens I have ever seen in a hostel, but also have a barbie and a pretty cool scuba bar. The bar seems to wind down pretty early (at least during the week); however, if you’re headed shark diving the next day, you’ll quickly realise that is probably for the best given how ridiculously choppy the boat ride to doom can be.