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To provide opportunity for all, but especially young people, for education by personal development, fostering friendship and bringing about a better understanding of others and the world around them.
YHA is a membership-based, not for profit association, with all profits going back into the hostels and the experience they provide.
2009 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of the youth hostel movement. In Germany in 1909, schoolteacher Richard Schirrmann had the idea to create a network of budget accommodation options across the country to be used by school groups or older, independent travellers. The first permanent youth hostel, Altena Castle, was established in Germany in 1912 and still operates today. The International Youth Hostel Federation, known today as Hostelling International (HI), was established in 1939.
Beginning as modest quarters in barns and schools during the holiday periods, hostels today are the mainstay of budget travelers. Offering much more than a bed, you're likely to find the 'noughties' traveller using the hostel's wifi connection on their laptop or iPhone to update their blog and share videos with friends back home. Movie theatres, pizza nights, free pancake breakfasts, wildlife sanctuaries and swimming pools are just some of the things you'll discover in YHA hostels in Australia today.
Each year, 35 million overnights are spent in Hostelling International
hostels around the world. There are now more than 80 participating
countries, representing over 4,000 hostels worldwide. Over 100 of these
hostels are in Australia, and there are more than 70,000 Australian
members continuing the tradition at home and abroad.
Check out who was one of the lucky 16 winners of Hostelling International's Big Blog Exchange.
Happy Birthday to us! YHA is celebrating 75 years in Australia and has since grown to be the largest budget accommodation network.
YHA Travel licences: 2TA002629 (NSW), LTA148 (NT), 3433524 (QLD), TTA32 (SA), TA-0033055
(VIC), 9TA00584 (WA)