YHA Brisbane City

YHA Brisbane City and Sustainability

Brisbane City YHA is committed to reducing its environmental footprint through a mix of conservation and sustainable practices and services. Initiatives include:  


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Energy/Greenhouse gas reduction:

  • Solar hot water has reduced our gas usage by over 30% since its installation!
  • Low energy and timed lighting: no need for lights on in empty rooms
  • Private rooms hold the key… for keycard activation of lighting and air-conditioning
  • Speaking of air-con, ours is controlled centrally for maximum efficiency!
  • Promote the use of public transport, the easiest way to be eco-friendly. Keen to get more active? Hire a bike or store your own for free!
  • Participate in Earth Hour

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Waste minimisation:

  • Recycling stations in kitchens, common areas and office areas to recycle anything from printer cartridges or our recycled office paper, to tinnies of beer and plastic containers
  • Dedicate sharing centre, one person unwanted goods are another person’s treasure
  • Sell refillable water bottles and fabric shopping bags, no bottled water here – fill up your water bottle at our bubblers!
  • Spice up your life with our on-site herb garden

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Water Saving measures:

  • 80,000 litre on site rain water tank used to flush toilets
  • Our toilets and showers are 3 star! Well, WELS 3 stars for water efficiency
  • Signage in bathrooms encouraging guests to minimise water usage
  • Front loader washing machines, they save hundreds of litres each year!
  • Drought resistant planting in gardens


Water saving practices at this property reduced overall water consumption by over 780 kilolitres (15%) in 2014 compared to 2013.

Help protect the environment

With a donation of $2, you can help fund sustainability projects to reduce the environmental footprints of both our properties and our travellers.

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 acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to the elders, past and present, and the extended Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We recognise their custodianship of the land, sea, & water for over 60,000 years.

YHA Australia is a proud member of Hostelling International - a network of more than 2,650 hostels across 57 countries that share the mission of making travel more sustainable & accessible.