HIP: Kellie, Justin, Steven and Melissa Henwood of the Yamba YHA celebrating being named in the top 10 hippest backpacker in the world. Photo: Adam Hourigan
HIP: Kellie, Justin, Steven and Melissa Henwood of the Yamba YHA celebrating being named in the top 10 hippest backpacker in the world. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Yamba YHA voted into top ten 'hip' hostels in the world

WHAT is it about Yamba's YHA Backpacker Hostel that creates such a buzz?

That was the question the owners asked themselves when the popular accommodation spot was ranked number seven in a list of the 10 "most hip" hostels in the world by Traveller magazine.

According to co-owner Melissa Henwood, it has a lot to do with her husband Shane, who takes each new visitor on a tour around Yamba to show them the local sights in a fun and quirky way.

"Literally we put it down to Shane. He's definitely our marketing guy for Yamba as a town," she said.

"We often get backpackers planning to stay one night and they always extend - very rarely do we get people that just stay one night after the tour. They experience it definitely in an Australian way."

And judging by Traveller's description, they might be right.

"The rooftop pool and games room with pool table are handy, but it's the activities on offer that stand out," it reads.

"Surfboard and wetsuit hire are bargain-basement cheap, as are the morning surf lessons and raucous Steve Irwin-esque town tour."

It is not the first accolade the Yamba hostel has received - last month Yamba was named the second-best backpacker city in Australia by travelFREAK.



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