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    Have fun and enjoy the flexibility that travelling with YHA can bring. YHA Australia is the largest budget accommodation network in the country, with hostels located in all major cities and regional destinations.


    As many hostels are fully booked during peak periods, we recommend that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Except for Wilderness hostels, all YHA hostels can be booked via up to 9 months before your arrival. Please refer to our Booking Terms and Conditions for details about online purchases and cancellations.


    Refer to the individual hostel page to check the opening hours of the hostel's reception, especially if you are planning to arrive early in the morning or late at night. All guests are required to provide photo ID or, if this is not available, sufficient alternative authentification of identity. Remember to present your YHA membership card to secure the member rate.


    As hostels are intended for travellers, length of stay may be limited to 14 days, but can be extended at the hostel manager's discretion. Managers also have the right to ask guests to leave if there are any problems with behaviour or noise. Please be considerate of other guests during your stay.


    Guests must use sleeping sheets or linen when staying in all Australian hostels. Except for Wilderness hostels,YHA hostels provide linen free of charge, however you can bring your own sleeping sheet or linen if you prefer. Blankets and pillows are provided but you will need to bring your own towels. Sleeping bags are prohibited due to Australian health regulations.


    YHA hostels have fully-equipped kitchens where you can cook and store food during your stay. All guests are welcome to use the kitchen facilities, provided that they clean up after cooking and consider the needs of other guests.


    Please respect the non-smoking policies of hostels and only smoke in designated areas.


    We welcome travellers of all ages although children under 17 must always be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 21.

    If you are 17 then you can stay unaccompanied if you have a letter from your parent/guardian stating that they are aware that you are staying at the hostel and that the hostel will not supervise your activities. Unaccompanied 17 year old guests are expected to pay the adult overnight rate.

    Children 16 years and under are required to stay with their parents/legal guardians in private rooms, with children under the age of 2 staying for free.

    Please note that some hostels cannot accommodate young children and you should check with the hostel at time of booking.

    YHA Explore

    YHA Explore properties are not part of the YHA hostel network and therefore the standard and style of accommodation may vary from that of YHA hostels and YHA member discounts do not apply.

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