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

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


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.


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