YHA Australia has great hostels all around the country. From Sydney to Perth, Darwin to Hobart, and everywhere in between - there's a YHA hostel for you!
No two hostels are the same - you could be sleeping in a train carriage, an old movie theatre, a former prison cell, a tropical bungalow or a purpose-built eco-hostel.
Are you looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Explore Australia with our point-to-point tour packages, or check out
the local scene with great deals on day trips and activities.
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Are you looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Explore Australia with our point-to-point tour packages, or check out the local scene with great deals on day trips and activities.
If you have a group of 10 or more and are looking for affordable, quality group accommodation, lots of city and
rural YHA hostels have excellent facilities for you. Some hostels can even provide meals for your group as well!
YHA Australia is part of the world's largest backpacker accommodation network, Hostelling International (HI),
providing more than 4,000 hostels in over 60 countries.
Location: Head Office (Eastern Region): Level 3, 9 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
Telephone: (02) 9261 1111 Fax: (02) 9261 1969
Postal Address: Head Office (Eastern Region): GPO Box 5276, Sydney NSW 2001
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
ABN: 94 008 387 791
Location: Level 3, Bowman House, 276 Edward Street, Brisbane 4000
Ph: (07) 3236 4999 Fax: (07) 3236 1702
Postal Address: GPO Box 1128, Brisbane QLD 4001
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
Location: Melbourne Central YHA, 562 Flinders St, Melbourne 3000
Ph: (03) 9670 3802
Postal Address: GPO Box 4793, Melbourne VIC 3000
Location: 135 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, SA 5000
Ph: (08) 8414 3000 Fax: (08) 8414 3014
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
YHA Ltd covers the ACT, NSW, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia
and Victoria, and represents about 90% of YHA activity in Australia. The
organisation manages a diverse network of more than 65 hostels including the
network’s most northerly (Darwin) and its most easterly (Byron Bay) as well as
ones from tropical north Queensland (Cooktown) and Australia’s Great Ocean Road
(Apollo Bay) to the Eyre Peninsula (Port Lincoln). There are hostels in world
heritage regions (Blue Mountains) and islands (Magnetic Island) as well as
major cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney). YHA offers a range of
member services including YHA Travel & Tours, and an extensive member discount
Youth Hostelling in Australia started in Victoria in 1939, and then in NSW in
1943 with the opening of a hostel in the Royal National Park. From the outset,
responsibility for the ACT and NSW was combined, and this was complemented by
the addition of the Northern Territory in 2007. Following a vote by members,
YHA Queensland also merged into YHA Ltd in 2010, followed by YHA Victoria in
2012 and YHA South Australia in 2014.
You can view the YHA Ltd Constitution here.
As a not-for-profit member-based organisation, YHA Ltd has a voluntary Board of Directors elected by members and holds an Annual General Meeting. Members receive information on this and can also access the most recent Annual Report here.
YHA Ltd Annual Report 2015
YHA Ltd Year in Review 2015
YHA Ltd's report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for 2014-15 can be read here: WGEA Report
YHA's Constitution provides for a nine-person volunteer Board of Directors. Directors are elected for a three-year term. The 2016/17 Directors are:
You can find out more about the current Board of Directors here.
Highlights of 2015 AGM are available below:
A gift to YHA will provide a lasting legacy.
Donation and Bequest Information
YHA's Activity Groups offer a wide range of activities in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Activities in SydneyThe Sydney YHA Social and Outdoor Club organises a varied program with outdoor activities such as bushwalking, sailing, cycling, kayaking and snorkelling plus weekends away staying at hostels. On the social side, there are restaurant nights, theatre parties, trivia nights and picnics. The club is open to everyone aged 18 and above and there are no joining or membership fees. The club also assists with the maintenance of Hawkesbury Heights YHA. See upcoming Sydney YHA Social and Outdoor Club events.
Activities in QueenslandYHA Bushwalkers QLD Club
'Bushies' group has a history of great walks, great people and great fun. The
club was established in 1965 and is based in Brisbane. For more information,
telephone 0411 805 923 or come along to a club night. This is the best way to
find out what we do, when and where we do it! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to view their website.
Activities in Victoria
YHA members and all visitors to Victoria are invited to participate in YHA activities. For details/dates of upcoming activities and how to get involved, just select the links below.
YHA Cross-Country Ski Club
Please note that the contents of these links are not provided by YHA Australia and they do not form part of this website.
Over 50s GroupThe over 50s Group is an informal gathering of YHA members in Melbourne. For a copy of the current program of walks, trip and social activities, contact Jackie & Neville Touzeau on (03) 9439 9007.
The YHA Ltd AGM was held in Sydney on 9 April 2016.