YHA Cairns Central

YHA Cairns Central and Sustainability

Up north, we can see plenty of reasons to live sustainably. Who wouldn’t want to protect our beautiful rainforests and coral reefs?! Partnering with our local community, the team at Cairns Central YHA is proud to be a sustainable hostel.


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Electricity Efficiency:

  • Solar hot water for wonderfully warm washes!
  • Low energy bulbs keep our hostel well lit, but doesn’t cost the earth
  • Promoting the use of public transport, the easiest way to be eco-friendly 
  • Bathroom exhaust operated only when required, who needs fans on in an empty room?

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Waste Minimisation:

  • Recycling stations in kitchens, common areas and office areas to recycle anything from printer cartridges to our recycled paper, to tinnies of beer, old clothes, and plastic containers
  • Our swap station gives second-hand goods new life!
  • No plastic bottles or plastic bags on site, we only sell reusable
  • Spice up your life with our on-site herb and veggie garden!

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Water Saving Measures:

  • Rainwater tank on site used to flush toilets and water our drought-resistant gardens, hooray for water saving!
  • Our toilets and showers are 3 star! Well, WELS 3 stars for water efficiency.
  • Signage in bathrooms encouraging guests to minimise water usage 

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 3,000 hostels across 59 countries that share the mission of making travel more sustainable & accessible.