YHA and Sustainability

YHA Australia is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and raising awareness of the benefits of low-impact travel.

Sustainable Hostels

$28
per night
Airlie Beach, QLD

This sunny hostel at the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands is committed to reducing its impact on the environment through low-energy lighting, water-efficient bathrooms and recycling.

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$25
per night
Alice Springs, NT

Converting a historic outdoor cinema, this Red Centre hostel has installed a solar power system that caters to as much as half of the property’s needs, partly funded by YHA’s Sustainable Hostels Fund.

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$30
per night
Apollo Bay, VIC

This scenic stop on the Great Ocean Road was purpose-built with sustainability in mind, boasting ECO Certification for its commitment to solar energy, power-saving devices and rainwater tanks.

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$25
per night
Brisbane, QLD

This award-winning hostel located smack-bang in the middle of the Queensland capital doesn’t skimp on sustainability, with its impressive 80,000L rainwater tank and solar hot water system.

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$26
per night
Byron Bay, NSW & ACT

This recently renovated property is brimming with all the usual eco-friendly features, as well as a lush internal courtyard surrounding the pool made up of water-efficient native plants.

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$26
per night
Byron Bay, NSW & ACT

The centrepiece of this Byron backpackers is the huge pool at the heart of it, and the roof-mounted solar heating system powers the swimming spot as efficiently as possible.

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$25
per night
Cairns, QLD

Let’s face it – if you don’t have air-con in Cairns, you’ll go troppo. But Cairns Central YHA’s air-conditioning system is controlled by a building management system to reduce energy waste.

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$30
per night
Halls Gap, VIC

Perched at the doorstep of the Grampians National Park and crawling with kangaroos and emus hopping all over the place, this ECO Certified YHA was custom built to be kind on the planet.

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$34
per night
Nulkaba, NSW & ACT

Hunter Valley YHA is surrounded by a vineyard, and the property’s on-site café is remarkably constructed using 90% sustainably building supplies, including many recycled items.

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$30
per night
Port Elliot, SA

This gorgeous sandstone beach house enjoys panoramic views of Horseshoe Bay, and assists the serene environment of SA’s Fleurieu Peninsula with a veggie garden and a composting site.

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$27
per night
Main Beach, QLD

The Gold Coast is one of the greenest corners of the country, and Surfers Paradise YHA protects the planet with low energy lights, free bikes, recycling and water-efficient bathroom features.

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$35
per night
The Rocks, Sydney, NSW & ACT

You could hardly squeeze any more sustainability features into this harbourside hostel, from solar cells on the roof to the recycled rubber flooring and pin boards made from nasty plastic bottles.

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$33
per night
Pittwater, NSW & ACT

This leafy bush lodge hosts two bush regeneration weekends a year, when an army of volunteers helps protect the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park by tackling outbreaks of weeds.

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What We Do

Saving Energy and Water

YHA Australia is committed to save energy and conserve water. 

Recycling and Waste Minimisation

YHA Australia is committed to recyple and minise the waste. 

Commitment & Recognition

YHA has been promoted to a Silver Partner in the NSW Government Sustainability Advantage program.

Past and Recent Projects

Check out YHA Australia's past and recent projects to reduce the effects on socielty, ecology and the economy. 

What You Can Do

DID YOU KNOW? 

Every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9 kilograms of carbon emissions (certified by the Carbon Reduction Institute). YHA's Sustainable Hostels Fund assists with eco-projects in hostels, particularly solar hot water systems. Research shows this to be the area where we can reduce emissions most significantly. It will also reduce energy costs so any extra savings will go back into the scheme to purchase or generate other renewable energy sources.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

You can help YHA run more sustainable hostels by contributing $1 when you book online to the Sustainable Hostels Fund. YHA will match your contribution and use the accumulated funds to make our hostels more sustainable. Past projects funded through guest contributions include solar hot water at Byron Bay YHA and Adelaide Central YHA, and solar power at Alice Springs YHA.

When you're staying at a YHA hostel you can do you part by switching off the light when you're not in your room, recycling where you can, taking shorter showers and particpating in great initiatives like Earth Hour and Clean Up Australia Day.

Explore hostels are not part of the YHA hostel network and therefore the standard, style of accommodation and sustainability initiatives may vary from that of YHA hostels.

HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL

Check out Hostelling International's Sustainability Charter to see what HI associations worldwide are doing to reduce their effects on society, ecology and the economy. Find out more

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