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1. Posted by Tall_Bird (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Can anyone recommend cheap accommodation in the Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains. Plan to spend at least a weekend in both.

I was thinking about taking the train to both - I presume it would be cheaper to make my own way there and arrange my own accommodation than joining an organised tour from Sydney?

Would really appreciate the benefit of your experience.

...only 3 weeks to go now...and counting!

Thanks. x

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 10y

I can highly recommend the YHA in Katoomba, which is about a ten minute walk away from the Three Sisters (might be fifteen - it's been quite a while - walking distance, in any case); more than decent rooms, and an awesome lounge area. Just taking the train yourself is indeed the thing to do - very cheap and easy; I think it leaves every single hour.

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

I can only second Sander's opinion on the YHA in Katoomba. I also liked the YHA in the Hunter Valley near Nulkaba http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/map.cfm?hostelid=235. Concerning transport I'm always for hiring a car with more people as it is usually cheaper than public transport and easier to get to certain places. Have fun! Winetasting in Hunter Valley is great !

Steff

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

Yes, the YHA in Katoomba is really good. The train is really easy to catch and cheap and takes you right to Katoomba, 10 minutes walk from the YHA.

I thought the Blue Mountains were fab.

5. Posted by AussieGirl (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

Hey,

definately take the train. Maybe hire a car (or bike if you can) for the hunter. That way no one needs to drive and you can all get completely filled at the wineries. Wine is great.....and free to taste, what could be more fun!!!! By the way its alot more fun doin the hunter with a group of people and not with a tourist bus. You get to visit more wineries which arent all commerical as some in particular are which are on the main tourist bus stops.

have fun

x

6. Posted by WONDERBUS (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Depends on how much time you have. The trains an option if you have time and don't mind hanging around for public transport. If time is of the essence some day trips are great, yes, even for staunch hardcore backpackers that wouldn't be seen dead doing a day trip. Sometimes they're just easier. Get picked up, shown around, go to all the places you'd miss if you did it yourself. Hiring a car is an opion, but it's easy to miss the places you haven't hear about and you have to stuff around in the morning organising the hire car. Each to their own, it just depends on how much time you have, what you're into, how much money you've got.

There's a nice day trip up in the Hunter called the Wobbly Wine Tour. Jump on a bike and ride from winery to winery.

It's even possible to go to a winery ( not in the Hunter ) and the Blue Mountains all in a day. There's some great wineries scattered around the outskirts of Sydney which are well hidden and less known but awesome all the same. Also, there's an awesome wine region on the other side of the Blue Mountains in Mudgee. The wines are even better than the Hunter wines. Google 'Hunter WIneries'

Have fun whatever you decide to do.

Cheers,

WONDERBUS

7. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

Quoting steff

I also liked the YHA in the Hunter Valley near Nulkaba http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/map.cfm?hostelid=235.

I second the recommendation Steff made. I stayed there last year when I went to Hunter Valley, had a good time. Rooms are pretty decent, and the company was good. I visited four wineries and bought some bottles of wine.

Re transport, I went there with a friend who drove, and even then it took a couple of hours (we were already in North Sydney). So you might want to consider a car pool or join that organised tour.

8. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

www.winecountrylodge.com.au for the Hunter Valley YHA. You could drive up, stay at the lodge and do their wine tour. It leaves every day and is good value. I'm biased because my mate owns it, but I've seen some very happy people coming off the wine tour.......and a few falling off it. If you don't want to drive up they do a reasonable package that includes return bus transport from central station in Sydney.

9. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 10y

Quoting majito

www.winecountrylodge.com.au for the Hunter Valley YHA. You could drive up, stay at the lodge and do their wine tour. It leaves every day and is good value. I'm biased because my mate owns it, but I've seen some very happy people coming off the wine tour.......and a few falling off it. If you don't want to drive up they do a reasonable package that includes return bus transport from central station in Sydney.

Majito, isn't that the same one that you recommended me last year, which is the link I quoted? I still have their business card, and the name has changed - it's now Hunter Valley YHA - which would explain why my friend and I had such a hard time finding the sign when we went there last year.

But I agree with you, it's good value for money. Didn't know the owner is your mate!