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YHA is the biggest budget accommodation network in Australia – and with more than 70 hostels around the country, no two hostels are the same. From converted train carriages in Sydney to a heritage-listed prison in Fremantle, big properties in the capital cities to little ones in tiny country towns, there’s a YHA ready to welcome you wherever your wanderlust might lead.
Lots of hostels are fully booked during busy periods so book your bed in advance to avoid the dreaded FOMO! The easiest way to snap up your bed is through our website, where you’ll always find the best rates and widest choice of rooms. All YHA hostels (besides Wilderness hostels) can be booked on yha.com.au up to nine months before your arrival – and you can easily manage your bookings by logging in to My YHA. Please refer to Booking Terms and Conditions for more details about online purchases and cancellations.
Check the hostel’s opening hours to make sure there’s someone at reception to check you in when you get there, especially if you’re arriving early in the morning or late at night. Let us know in advance if you plan to arrive early or late so we can arrange things for your arrival. You’ll need to provide valid photo ID when you arrive, which we might scan the personal details of to help you get to your room even quicker.
YHA hostels are pretty easy-going places, but there is one simple rule you need to follow: be respectful. Please be considerate of other guests during your stay, and managers have the right to ask guests to leave if there are any problems. Length of stay is usually limited to 14 days but can be extended by the manager.
While staying in a YHA hostel all guests are expected to adhere to the YHA Guest Code of Conduct.
During the current global COVID-19 Pandemic YHA requires our guests to adhere to any
government regulations regarding social distancing and other health directives which are described in the Guest Code of Conduct During COVID-19 Pandemic.
What YHA provides: bed linen, blankets, pillows, chill vibes. What you need to bring: your own towel, your own sleeping sheet or linen if you’d prefer to use them, and your million-dollar smile. And sorry, sleeping bags are prohibited by Australian health regulations.
If you consider yourself a bit of a backpacking Jamie Oliver, YHA hostels have fully equipped kitchens where you can cook and store food during your stay. All guests can use the kitchen as long as they clean up after cooking, consider the needs of other guests, and use more polite language than Gordon Ramsay.
Please respect the non-smoking policies of hostels and keep your butt in the designated smoking areas.
YHA welcomes solo travellers, groups and families of all ages . . . with a couple of conditions.
We have a minimum age of 18 years unless you are travelling with a designated guardian*. If a hostel has licensed bar areas we require all persons under 18 to be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian.
If you are travelling with children, please make sure you book a private room. We will not let you stay in a co-living (shared) room with children.
Children under two stay for free (lucky things!) – but please check with the hostel before you arrive or make a booking, as a few of our hostels aren’t equipped or suitable for youngsters.
*Designated guardians must have written permission from a parent/legal guardian - this includes school groups
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Last Updated 14th August
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