HI - Wollongong YHA Hostel - Keiraview is a nice hostel, with a good atmosphere -- it feels more like a small hotel than a hostel. In fact, the courtyard is beautiful, with palm trees and a gorgeous mural on the wall. Don’t expect a party hostel, as some international students and families make this place their home. However, there are still enough backpackers coming in and out during summer to make this place interesting. It is a university town, so the nightlife outside the hostel, in the local bars and clubs can always be counted on.
Keiraview is located right downtown Wollongong, near the mall and all the central shops and restaurants. It is also about twenty minutes' walk to the beautiful beach. The beach in Wollongong is great, not too crowded -- and the only beach skydive in Australia is offered on Wollongong’s gorgeous beaches. Wollongong is located an hour south of Sydney by car, and an hour and a half by train. It is a great spot, with skydiving, great surf, and lovely beaches.
Rooms and Bathrooms
This hostel offers private ensuite rooms that resemble small hotel rooms, and dorm rooms. Most of the dorm rooms have single beds rather than bunk beds, which is always a plus. The bathroom is shared in the dorm rooms and is big and always clean.
There is a large comfortable lounge room with a large TV, access to internet (at an additional cost), and vending machines. There is also a clean, communal kitchen with your own mini fridge for your dorm room; stoves; ovens; and microwaves for preparing a cheap meal or leftovers.
Overall, this is a good hostel for a quiet stay in Wollongong. It's clean and comfortable and the staff are helpful. They lock the front at night, so you can be sure that you're safe, but you can still go in and out with your key. It also looks great, with the large courtyard where you can sit back and drink a beer or hang out with your friends. We would stay here again.