Pittwater YHA, originally a family home of the 1920s, is an ideal place for families, functions and friends. We are located north of Sydney city within the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and overlooking Morning Bay on Pittwater’s western shore.
The hostel is part of the surrounding off-shore community and is accessible via water taxi or ferry only, followed by an uphill walk. It is a 30 km drive from central Sydney to Church Point, followed by a ferry or water taxi from Church Point to Halls Wharf. It is then 10 minutes' walk from Halls Wharf via a bush track up. Other arrival options include walking in or mountain bike access through the National Park.
The hostel is a retreat away from roads and cars and the hectic pace of the city. The hostel is a popular venue for groups, previous groups have included family get-togethers, birthday and other celebrations, environmental workshops, artist’s workshops, corporate functions, school and university study retreats.
Have the whole property to yourself by renting out the property exclusively. The YHA sleeps up to 32 people. There are 8 bedrooms: twin/double, 4-bed rooms and 6-bed rooms, the veranda has spectacular views over Pittwater, we have a cosy lounge and the large kitchen is very well equipped for cooking homely meals.
Activities and things to do at Pittwater YHA
Bushwalk from the water’s edge to the peaks, to spectacular lookouts to aboriginal engraving sites.
See wildlife - Wallabies surround the hostel. Possums and bandicoots come out at night. Lyre birds, kookaburras, cockatoos sulphur crested and glossy black, whip birds and currawongs are all part of the natural landscape. In warmer times goannas amble across the terraces.
Kayaks - 6 double kayaks are available for hire to explore the bays, nearby mangrove inlets and circumnavigate Scotland Island.
Go sailing - The local sailing school, All Sail, arranges sail training and trips on Pittwater.
Ferry Cruises - Church Point ferry for local cruises or the Palm Beach ferry service for a cruise up the Hawkesbury River. Charter ferries also available.
Mountain bike on the Trails in the National Park.
Transport and getting to Pittwater YHA
To reach the hostel you travel to Church Point, 30 km north of the city. At Church Point you catch the ferry/water taxi. Bushwalkers and Mountain bikers can access the hostel via the “Towlers Bay Trail” off West Head Road in the National Park.
From the city Take the E86 bus direct (afternoon peak hours only, 4.30 to 6.00 pm) from Wynyard (Carrington St Stand B). Alternatively, take L88 or L90 bus and change to 156 bus at Mona Vale/Narrabeen to reach Church Point. Check for up to date information. Buses from the city require a prepaid Opal Card that can be purchased at most convenience stores.
From Manly Wharf
Take 156 bus direct to Church Point or evening 155 buses.
From Church Point Wharf
Take ferry or water taxi to Halls wharf. Last ferry at 7pm weekdays and 6.30pm weekends and public holidays. For the ferry timetable go to
WaterTaxi available 6am to 9.30pm: call when ready.
From Halls Wharf
Follow the YHA signs to hostel. It is a 15 minute walk on a bush track uphill. To assist getting supplies to the hostel wheelbarrows are available on request. If arriving after dark, bring a torch to see sign posts and reflective markers.
There is a public, pay-and display car park at Church Point. Limited free street parking is also available: try Eastview Road, which has a pedestrian pathway to the wharf from its cul-de-sac end. Give yourself extra time to park, drop off people and supplies at Church Point and driver finds a park.
Alcohol in moderation. Enjoy a beer or wine. Spirit or spirit based drinks are not permitted.
Arrivals are from midday onwards. Room checkout is 10.00am. Weekend booking may include day use on the Sunday – please confirm when booking. Bedding including pillows and duvets is provided, please bring bed linen. Do not bring sleeping bags. Cleaning - The group is responsible for maintaining a clean environment. Please remember to bring all food and supplies with you as there are no shops where the hostel is located.