Blue Mountains YHA
6 bed female dorm, $A28 per night
I usually don’t stay at YHA hostels myself. They are more expensive and I feel like I need to be in a large group to fit in. The Blue Mountains YHA Hostel I chose because it was actually one of the better priced options in Katoomba available.
A 10 minute walk up a decently inclined hill from Katoomba train station and you will find this hostel which is a refurbished old mansion. The common room used to be a dancehall and the stage is still there.
The staff are very friendly and can answer any query about hiking, day tours and sightseeing around the area.
There is plenty of room in the (6 or 8 bed) dorms and the spacious common room has a log fire, pool table and comfy beanbags. I visited during winter and it can get very cold up in the Blue Mountains. The fire gives a cozy atmosphere while keeping us warm.
Also there is a garden terrace area to chill out in after a long day hiking or climbing in the National Park. To walk to the famous Three Sisters lookout, and gateway to the Park, takes approximately 20 minutes.
It is not a party place which is fine with me. You will find a mix of ages stay here and everyone is buggered each night after all the recreational activities available to do around the area.
A supermarket located next door. There is a huge sunny kitchen with all the equipment and space you need.
The downside is you have to pay for every service such as tea/coffee and wifi. But that’s YHA Hostels for you.