YHA has some of the best backpacker accommodation in Australia, and now it’s official with a quadruple win at the 2018 Adventure Tourism Awards.
On 14 November 2018, four of YHA’s hostels took home major awards at the inaugural Adventure Tourism Awards (held on the Gold Coast).
The Adventure Tourism Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of tourism businesses that service the backpacker, youth and adventure travel sector across Australia and New Zealand.
Adelaide Central YHA (South Australia), Fremantle Prison YHA (Western Australia), Melbourne Central YHA (Victoria) and Halse Lodge – Noosa YHA (Queensland) were awarded Best Accommodation in their states.
Special congratulations go to Halse Lodge – Noosa YHA who not only clinched their state category, but also won the top gong of the evening – Best Accommodation in Australia!
Even our staff were honoured, with YHA Australia’s Head of Marketing, Janet McGarry, accepting an Industry Legend award!
Honourable mentions must also go to Port Elliot YHA (South Australia), Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell (Northern Territory), Brisbane City YHA (Queensland) and Byron Bay YHA (New South Wales), who were finalists in their respective state categories.
Read more on our superstar winners below.
This 1880s National Trust and Heritage listed guesthouse is located in a prime spot in Noosa Heads, the heart of the stunning Sunshine Coast. Surrounded by two acres of gardens and rainforest, backpackers can relax on the hostel's shady verandahs or walk to Laguna Beach or Noosa's famous Hastings Street shops. With a completely devoted clientele who rave about the location and guest experience, it is no surprise this hostel took out the biggest honour of the night.
Overlooking a leafy square in the CBD, Adelaide Central YHA is just a short walk to everything the city has to offer, including the beloved Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide Oval, bars, live music venues and Rundle Mall. It’s also an easy access point to Adelaide Hills, Glenelg Beach and famous Wine Regions. There’s plenty of tours available to guests staying in this hot spot, including Kangaroo Island to get up close and personal with Australian wildlife, or Barossa Valley to sample some of the best wine Australia has to offer. Backpackers love being treated like family by the owners and the spotless rooms kitted out with everything they could possibly want.
Fremantle Prison YHA has come a long way from its dark origins. Built as a convict jail in the 1850s, and being occupied by inmates until 1991, it is the only accommodation in Western Australia with UNESCO World Heritage status. Guests can stay in actual prison cells if they’re feeling brave, or stay in one of three lovingly restored historic warders' cottages with Fremantle City at their doorstep. With its prime location, committed staff and one-of-a-kind guest experience, Fremantle Prison YHA is totally unique and deserving of this honour.
You can’t get much more Melbourne than Melbourne Central YHA. This heritage building with a modern twist represents everything Melbourne is: hip, dynamic and friendly. Located in the very heart of the city, it’s close to top attractions such as the Melbourne Aquarium, Eureka Skydeck and Federation Square. It’s only a short wander to Instagram-worthy street art laneways and ultra-cool cafes and bars. Backpackers love the staff who go above and beyond to make their stay special and the welcoming atmosphere.