Below is a list of all the pages on this website which I've categorised as being mainly about accommodation which I have personally stayed in.
One of my favourite places to stay in Western Australia in recent years has been the Baywatch Manor in Augusta. Frequently voted the best YHA hostel in Australia, it is much more than you might expect from backpacker accommodation ... and has a wonderful bakery nearby.
A while back I wrote about comfortable budget accommodation in New Zealand, citing the BBH hostel chain as one option for those wanting basic comfort and privacy without a hotel price tag. Here I share one of my three favourites - Dorset House in Christchurch.
In the middle of Tasmania lies a plateau dotted with lakes, and next to the biggest lake sits the Great Lake Hotel. In the quiet of winter it is a great place to shelter from passing snowstorms.
On my last visit to Hobart I was a little bit demanding. I wanted a private room somewhere that was comfortable, centrally located (but not too noisy), and much nicer than a backpackers ... and all for much cheaper than a motel. A tall order, perhaps, but the Hotel Astor ticked all the boxes.
Visiting small out-of-the-way towns can sometimes lead to pleasant surprises. This happened to me in Mukinbudin, near the fringes of Western Australia's wheat belt, where I found some cheap but unexpectedly good accommodation in the town's caravan park.
New Norcia in Western Australia is definitely not off the beaten track, but it offers some accommodation which is truly out of the ordinary. It is Australia's only monastic town, and the accommodation is a guesthouse run by the monastery following a fifth century tradition. I recently stayed in this unique place.
Backpacker hostels have really taken off in New Zealand. But what if you're a solo budget traveller who is of an age where sharing a dormitory no longer appeals? Fortunately, New Zealand has options for solo travellers wanting the comfort of a private room, but without the expense of hotels or motels.
I've written before about the Maniototo region of New Zealand - sparsely settled and sparsely visited high plains inland from Dunedin. When exploring this unique part of New Zealand's south it's good to stay somewhere local, and so I thought I'd mention one of the places I stayed, which I liked.
Anyone venturing into Tasmania's southwest on the roads to Strathgordon or Scotts Peak Dam will be treated to some great views of Lake Pedder and surrounding mountains. Weather permitting of course. To really soak up the scenery and enjoy the sunrises and sunsets - or wait for weather to clear - an overnight stay is desirable. If you're in a campervan, caravan or tent, here are three campgrounds I can recommend.
Last time I visited New Zealand, I checked out the Golden Bay region in the south island's north. As is my habit, I sought somewhere to stay that was out of town and scenic, yet still convenient ... and I found it at Pohara Beach.
The Stirling Range in the south of WA is an impressive collection of mountains rising abruptly from the surrounding flatness. It can be visited in day trips from Albany, or smaller towns within an hour drive. But to really soak in the environment I can recommend staying at the Stirling Range Retreat, near the highest peak in southern WA.