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The majestic Blue Mountains.
The majestic Blue Mountains.
The best way to see the Mountains.
The Hawkesbury YHA.

Hawkesbury YHA

Thursday, December 20, 2001
NSW budget accommodation... See the beautiful Blue Mountains and have a warm friendly stay at this cute Youth Hostel.

Many years ago, Carolyn Beazley's grandfather leased some land in the Blue Mountains to the YHA for 99 years. The rent was, and still is, 1 shilling and a gum leaf each year.

Carolyn and her family inherited the hostel and earn a percentage of the takings whilst they manage it. It is on the edge of the Blue Mountains and overlooks the Hawkesbury Plains, the Nepean River and the historic towns of Richmond and Windsor.

The original hostel burnt in the 1994 bushfires, and the YHA rebuilt it with donations from the Salvation Army and the Blue Mountains City Council.

The new building was designed by architect Georg Straesser and it is an eco-friendly place. Built from brick and tin, there are no gutters, making it less combustible. All windows have fire shutters.

It is partially run on solar power, with mains electricity used only for lights and smoke alarm. The septic is a special system with an absorption trench.

There are six rooms — three twin and three doubles, and a strict limit on no more than 12 guests at a time.

It has refrigerators, a gas stove and microwave in its fully-equipped kitchen. Blankets, pillows and doonas are supplied, so all you need to take is food, linen and towels. There is a lounge area but no television. When it's warm, there is plenty of room to sit outside and drink in the magnificent views.

It is ideal for backpackers and small groups who want to stay in the one place. YHA members and non-members are welcome, and it is disabled friendly.

The Blue Mountains area offers so much to travellers. It has plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops, galleries — including the Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge — countless walks and loads of history.


The Blue Mountains, 1½ hours west of Sydney.


Hawkesbury Heights YHA starts at $17 per adult and $9 per child per night. The entire house can be booked from $130 a night.
Scenic World has Scenic Railway return trips for $10 per adult and $4 per child.
Scenic Skyway return trips are $8 per adult and $3.30 per child.

More information

Hawkesbury Heights YHA
836 Hawkesbury Road, Hawkesbury Heights 2777
Ph/fax: (02) 4754 5621
The Hawkesbury Heights HYA is a wheelchair friendly environment.

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