Australia’s top ten street art hostels

Banksy, eat your heart out – some of the country’s hottest street artists have added more than a splash of colour to 10 YHAs around Australia.

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Adelaide Central YHA

This three-storey masterpiece was produced by Vans the Omega, using Adelaide Central YHA as a canvas. This portrait of local girl, Flower, took three days to complete and was supported by the City of Adelaide.

Cairns Central YHA

Nothing says tropical North Queensland like a technicolour mural of Mother Nature immersed in the Great Barrier Reef, with rolling green rainforest hills behind her. Popular Cairns artist Caroline Mudge designed the artwork for the hostel, complete with a couple of discovery-seeking backpackers exploring the terrain.

Melbourne Central YHA

This trendy hostel located in downtown Melbourne is just a short walk away from the city’s famous laneway art. Inside the YHA, local artist Dan Wenn from 90 Degrees Graffiti has created a unique mural featuring all the attractions and activities that make Melbourne great. 

Melbourne Metro YHA

Muralist Cto left his home in New Zealand to chase his dream of becoming a street artist in Melbourne – and judging by this work at Melbourne Metro, he’s made a smart move. Cto’s masterpiece is made up of four #travelinspo quotes as well as two portraits of staff members at the hostel, Patrick (‘The Game Master’) and Tina (‘Energetic Identity’).

Railway Square YHA

Inside award-winning Railway Square YHA is a collaborative mural by legendary Sydney artist Beastman. His mural works can be found around the world, from the UK to the USA, Germany, Israel, Hong Kong and New Zealand. 

Brisbane City YHA

Drapl is a renowned Brisbane graffiti artist who is in hot demand. His dynamic style is versatile, edgy and innovative and the artwork located at the Brisbane City YHA is no exception!

Newcastle Beach YHA

Descend into the depths of the deep blue sea as you follow the stairs into the kitchen, entering a world of sharks, dolphins, treasure chests and sunken ships. Texan artist Kegan Eastham also found room for two Newy icons above the waves: Nobbys Beach and the Pasha Bulker bulk liner that famously ran aground in 2007, not far from Newcastle Beach YHA.

Coffs Harbour YHA

Local Coffs work space Open Studio have produced a few murals for the YHA, including this urban artwork by local creative Georgio Fernandez. Open Studio runs a street art festival, ‘November Reign’, every year as the Mid North Coast town is slowly covered in colour.

Canberra City YHA

The ACT hostel got a free facelift in 2016 thanks to a government project to make the capital’s laneways a little more interesting and welcoming, and beautify the capital. The brief was to create something fun and funky with a travel flavour thrown in, and local artist Dai Cameron certainly produced that.

Bondi Beachouse YHA

As if the jaw-dropping views from the Bondi Beachouse YHA rooftop couldn’t be improved, this colourful mural made the scenery even better. Local artist Kelli Twinkle – who’s also painted murals on the iconic Bondi Beach Graffiti Wall near the skate park – added the mural in 2016, injecting a splash of colour to the beachside hostel.

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