• YHA Hostel Grading

    All YHAs must meet a set of basic criteria to ensure that your stay is not only great fun, but safe and comfortable as well. Every hostel is inspected regularly, so we know that we can stand behind our promise of providing a laid back experience without compromising on safety, security and comfort.

    You can be guaranteed that every YHA hostel in Australia:

    • Meets all state and local government regulations regarding fire, health and safety codes
    • Provides a self catering kitchen so you can cook up a storm
    • Offers 24 hour access, important for those late nights out on the town
    • Provides communal areas to chill out and mingle
    • Has an excellent ratio of showers and toilets to guest numbers
    • Is clean, well maintained and appealing
    • Our grading system rates our hostels according to their level of facilities, not the social scene they offer! In fact, some of our smaller, more remote hostels have the best reputation!

    Wilderness HostelsHawkesbury(2)

    Want to get really out there and into the Australian bush? Then head to one of our Wilderness Hostels, simple buildings offering basic facilities in idyllic surroundings across Australia.


    Our Wilderness Hostels: 

    • Are located in or near a National Parks or similar special bushland environments
    • Have no resident staff and can only be booked through a YHA Membership & Travel Centre, from where you collect the key in advance
    • May have only cold water for cooking and washing
    • Have power for cooking and lighting
    • Provide basic cooking facilities
    • Have no more than 20 beds
    • Have separate sleeping areas for men and women

    Grade 2

    Grade 2 hostels offer slightly more facilities and a higher level of comfort than Wilderness hostels but still provide a unique, Australian country experience.

    Our Grade 2 hostels offer:

    • A reception desk open from 8am-10am and between 5pm-10pm (may vary seasonally)
    • A communal lounge area
    • Simple laundry facilities
    • Power for lighting, cooking and refrigeration
    • Separate bathrooms for men and women
    • Separate sleeping areas for men and women

    Grade 3

    As you'd expect, Grade 3 hostels are one step up from Grade 2 - they have well equipped self-catering kitchens for a start plus:

    • A reception desk open from at least 8am-10am and 5pm-10pm (may vary seasonally)
    • Comfortable, well-equipped dining area
    • Local tour information and booking facilities
    • Security options for guests' valuables
    • Shop facilities within 250 metres
    • Public telephone within 250 metres
    • A resident manager

    Grade 4

    Grade 4 hostels offer plenty of facilities in a secure, relaxed environment. You guessed it; Grade 4's offer everything of a Grade 3 plus:

    • A reception desk open all day
    • Some twin share/double room accommodation
    • Credit card and EFTPOS payment facilities
    • Full laundry facilities
    • Security storage for luggage
    • Public phone at hostel

    Grade 5

    These are the hostels dreams are made of. Great locations, modern facilities and heaps of space to mingle and chat with new friends. As well as everything of a Grade 4, these hugely popular YHAs offer:

    • A central city location within 200 metres of public transport
    • Common areas, lounge rooms and TV areas
    • On site internet access
    • Café and/or a bar on site
    • Some bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
    • Individual lockers able to take full size backpacks in multi-share rooms