Phillip Island is a favourite for families. The small island near Melbourne has built a massive tourism industry on the back of small Penguins that come ashore every night drawing hundreds of tourists every night to see them. The YHA is the perfect Phillip Island family accommodation located on the island.
Where is the Phillip Island YHA?
The YHA at Phillip Island is located in Newhaven, just a few hundred meters on the left at the Big Wave Complex after you cross the bridge from San Remo. The street address for your GPS is 10-12 Phillip Island Tourist Road Newhaven VIC 3925. Phillip Island is easily reached from Melbourne CBD by car in under 2 hours. This makes a Phillip Island getaway an ideal thing to do any time of the week.
With the location at the entry to the island, this Phillip Island hostel has you in walking to distance to shops at Newhaven and Sam Remo. The major sites on the Island such as the penguins and the Nobbies would require a car, tour or public transport.
Was check in at Phillip Island YHA easy?
We arrived later after 7 pm when the front desk was closed. There was a big note saying that your keys were in an envelope at the end of the desk. The front desk is open during business hours of 9-5.30. The manager Cathy lives onsite at the hostel and we soon ran into her when we went to check out the kitchen facilities. Cathy quickly ran us through the facilities, features and rules for staying at the best hostel in Phillip Island.
The rooms at YHA Phillip Island
There are so many different room combinations at this Phillip Island accommodation that everyone is covered during their stay here. There are rooms for singles and bigger rooms for families. You will find lockers, heaters and fans in your room.
Being a 4 storey property (check-in and cafe on the ground floor, rooms on storey’s 2 and 3, sun lounge on the top floor) there is a lift to get you to your room. There are toilets, showers, kitchen and communal rooms on each of the accommodation floors.
The dorm rooms consist of multi-share rooms fitting 4, 6 or 12 people. Each person gets a bunk and a storage locker. All rooms come with linen for you already supplied.
Rooms for families
The YHA Phillip Island has a room configuration suiting families of 4 and 5 people.
- There are rooms with 1 queen – 1 single Bunk and 1 x 2 person bunk with shared bathroom
- There are rooms with 2 sets of bunks and ensuite bathroom
As you can see any sized family can be catered for at the YHA Phillip Island, but if you are unsure about what sort of room would best suit your family, your best bet is to call the hostel direct.
What facilities does this YHA have?
Like all good hostels, the YHA Phillip Island provides you with a lot of home comforts. There are 2 kitchen areas, one available on each accommodation floor. The kitchen is fully stocked with all pots, pans and utensils you could need. There is 1 oven, 3 stovetops with hotplates, 2 microwaves, 2 fridges and the area has seating both indoor and outdoor for your dining. There are cubes with plenty of places to store your dry foods and perishables can be labelled and put in the fridge.
This Phillip Island hostel accommodation has 2 lounge rooms that are packed with comfortable, well looked after couches. There are wood fires to keep you warm in winter, ceiling fans and airconditioning to keep it cool in summer. The rooms have a table tennis table, board games and books available. There are dedicated TV rooms where up to 8 people can relax and watch a movie away from the common rooms.
On the ground floor is a cafe that opens each day serving drinks and food. We had coffee twice and both times the coffee was of really good quality.
You will find bathrooms on both floors of the building. The bathrooms were extremely well looked after and clean at all times. One big thing that holds families back from staying at hostels is the thought of communal bathrooms. There is still a stereotype that hostels are only for backpackers. Theses days hostel facilities such as bathrooms are kept extremely tidy to welcome all different types of travellers and holidaymakers.
Outside you will find plenty of seating on the sun deck that is attached to the kitchen areas on floors 2 and 3 where you can sit and relax, eat and have a drink on warm summer days. There is also a roof top deck area that has tables and chairs and sunlounges. From here you can get views of the water. You can fire up either of the 2 BBQs to cook a snag or chop for dinner.
Did we have to provide anything ourselves the YHA?
We always bring our own towels with us when we stay in hostels. Often hostels will have towels that you can hire or buy during your stay. Unlike many hotels, you must provide your own toiletries when staying at a hostel. We also take a small container from home with us that has some basic snacks and breakfast items in it.
What essential services are near the Phillip Island accommodation?
The YHA is located at what is called the Big Wave complex. The Big Wave complex consists of a Rip Curl retail outlet, A cafe (The Haven Wave), and a Chinese medicine practitioner.
San Remo is located just over a 10-minute walk away. In San Remo, you will find grocery stores, restaurants and takeaway, ATM, the local pub and more. The walk encompasses the bridge that joins mainland Australia with Phillip Island.
Recommendations for things to do when you stay at The YHA Phillip Island
Most people visit Phillip Island for its nature and beaches. Today Phillip Island also has a burgeoning food and beverage scene with wineries, breweries and gourmet produce The following sites should definitely be on your list of things to do in the Phillip Island
- Penguin Parade
- Wildlife Coast Boat Tours
- Pelican and stingray feeding at San Remo Jetty
- Churchill Island Framers Market
- Exploring the beaches
- Fishing at Rhyll Pier
Our favourite things at Phillip Island YHA
Families stay in hostels because they are looking for good value accommodation. For that reason, the kitchen is one of the most important parts of hostel accommodation. To be able to prepare your own food allows your trip to be even more cost-effective.
This being said for us the kitchen was my favourite part of the hostel. It was clean and well-stocked just what you need for cooking your own meals. We quite liked that there was a separate Tv room away from the main communal area. This means that the tv is not annoying people chatting and people chatting are not disrupting those watching Tv.
Any room for improvement areas?
In today’s world of multiple electronic devices, we found that the hostel did not have many power points or charging stations in the communal area or the bedrooms. Free wifi in rooms is a must and that’s an area this hostel can work on.
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to stay at the YHA Phillip Island when you visit Australia or if you are Australian looking to see the best our country has to offer. There are so many things to do in Phillip Island area that will have you entertained for your families whole stay. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Australia click through to our Australia Destination Guide Page for more brilliant inspiration.
If you are looking at travelling and using hostels all over the world then check out our Hostels for Families guide page for more family-friendly hostels we recommend.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.