Hostel in Wollongong

They don't make 'em like this any more. Family owned for 30 years, Keiraleagh has a huge garden with Balinese-style benches and a barbecue area. Beyond the basic dorm rooms are spacious private doubles with quartz-effect bathrooms. There's a real community feel, with friendly dogs, a tent for overflow guests, and the owner managing security personally. Cash only.

Solar power and upcycled furnishings help create a down-to-earth, boho feel.