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Reviewed 1 August 2013

This accommodation is as far away from the city crowds and tourist traps as you can get. Right in the bush, but with all the modern amenities, heated water and comfy well-kept rooms. Sarah (the manager) has an extremely great knowledge of the surrounding area and can recommend the best walks and trails in Ku-ring-gai National Park (of which you will be spoilt for choice!). After a day out hiking, there is a well-equipped kitchen where you can prepare your meals. The ferry trip to the place (which goes around Scotland Island) is also quite an experience, as is waking up in the morning and finding a wallaby munching on grass right near your doorstep.

YHA Pittwater also runs completely off filtered rainwater, composts its rubbish and encourages recycling. Definitely something the eco-conscious traveller would appreciate!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank EvanMklc
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

From the ferry trip across from Church Point we were transported to bushland haven. A 10-15 min walk from the ferry wharf. As with all YHA you need to bring all your food and linen (we did hire the sheets to reduce what we needed to carry). Our family (2 x kids (6 & 9)) escaped for a few days from the rat-race of Sydney - school holidays in winter.
Wallabies greeted us as we entered the property and the spectacular view over Morning (Towlers) Bay captured our senses.
No road access meant that the only noises we heard in the morning were from birds and the wind through the trees. Michael & Sarah (managers) are very friendly and happy to assist with the local knowledge you need to get the most out of a escape such as this. We went bushwalking and kayaking over our few days.
As a YHA it is clean and tidy however basic (shared bathrooms, no air conditioning, internet terminals or television here!!).
A great escape were you can check in and chill out. We will be back again soon.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank The_4_Bears2
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

What a wonderful place to stay for peace and tranquility. Access by ferry from Church Point and walk up the hill. Michael or Sarah who manage the hostel are great hosts. Lots of wildlife and plenty of fresh air. Great short break or longer stay

Monica

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank AustraliaMonica
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Reviewed 13 February 2013 via mobile

If you want to get close to the nature and immerse in serenity, Pittwater YHA is a possible choice. Its located in the Ku Ring Gai nattional park where you will see parrots, smaller kangroo aka wallabee and other wild animals. The manager Machel and owner Sarah would advise on bush walk, swimming and kaiaking near the Morning Bay. 8 rooms are available with no locks though. Take L90 bus from city to Mona Vile, transfer to bus 155 or 156 to Church Point Wharf and take a ferry to Halls Bay, and walk up to YHA with around 15 minutes. Try to get there before sunset because there is no street lamps in the park.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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3  Thank PengZhang2012
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

This isn't the nicest hostel I've ever stayed in, very rustic and COVERED in giant spiders. The staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I wished the bathrooms were cleaner and more updated. There were only a few guests while we were there, yet, someone stole food out of our kitchen bins. There is no way to restock food without taking the water taxi back to town.

Pittwater itself is absolutely gorgeous and taking a water taxi to get there just adds to the fun. Wallabies were all over the place and every view is spectacular.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank FerandBert
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