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YHA 호주는 환경보호를 위해 노력 중이며 지속가능성을 고려한 여행을 할 수 있다는 인식을 높이기 위해 힘쓰고 있습니다.


  • Energy reduction and water conservation: Every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9 kilograms of carbon emissions and the average daily water consumption is 340 litres per person in Australia. We do everything we can to reduce our impact, with initiatives as small as energy-saving light bulbs and as large as solar hot water systems.
  • Waste minimisation: We believe in the afterlife. Besides recycling stations and swap shelves at every hostel, we’re always looking for other things to recycle – from composting to recycling whole buildings!
  • Social sustainability: Doing our part doesn’t stop with the natural environment. We give back to the communities that have welcomed us, by being actively involved in local events and fundraising for various charities dedicated to reducing social inequalities.
  • Sustainable Hostels Fund: When you book your next stay at YHA, consider donating $1 to the Sustainable Hostels Fund, and we will match your donation. The SHF has helped fund major projects such as solar hot water systems, LED lighting upgrades and more. 

Check out sustainable projects throughout the network and which locations are our sustainability superstars -who are fully devoted to earth-friendly initiatives and practices, both small and large. Implementing these practices has had a visible impact in reducing the footprint our hostels leave on the environment. 

sustainable projects

  • Saving Energy and Water

    Saving Energy and Water

    YHA Australia is committed to saving energy and conserving water. 

  • Recycling and Waste Minimisation

    Recycling and Waste Minimisation

    YHA Australia is committed to recycle and minimise the waste. 

  • Commitment & Recognition

    Commitment & Recognition

    YHA has been promoted to a Silver Partner in the NSW Government Sustainability Advantage program.

  • Past and Recent Projects

    Past and Recent Projects

    Check out YHA Australia's past and recent projects to reduce the effects on society, ecology and the economy. 


Airlie Beach YHA, Whitsundays tile image)
Airlie Beach, QLD

This sunny hostel at the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands is committed to reducing its impact on the environment through low-energy lighting, water-efficient bathrooms and recycling.

Alice Springs YHA tile image)
Alice Springs, NT

Converting a historic outdoor cinema, this Red Centre hostel has installed a solar power system that caters to as much as half of the property’s needs, partly funded by YHA’s Sustainable Hostels Fund.

Apollo Bay Eco YHA tile image)
Apollo Bay, VIC

This scenic stop on the Great Ocean Road was purpose-built with sustainability in mind, boasting ECO Certification for its commitment to solar energy, power-saving devices and rainwater tanks.

Brisbane City YHA tile image)
Brisbane, QLD

This award-winning hostel located smack-bang in the middle of the Queensland capital doesn’t skimp on sustainability, with its impressive 80,000L rainwater tank and solar hot water system.

Byron Bay - Byron Bay YHA tile image)
Byron Bay, NSW

This recently renovated property is brimming with all the usual eco-friendly features, as well as a lush internal courtyard surrounding the pool made up of water-efficient native plants.

Byron Bay - Cape Byron YHA tile image)
Byron Bay, NSW

The centrepiece of this Byron backpackers is the huge pool at the heart of it, and the roof-mounted solar heating system powers the swimming spot as efficiently as possible.

Cairns Central YHA tile image)
Cairns, QLD

Let’s face it – if you don’t have air-con in Cairns, you’ll go troppo. But Cairns Central YHA’s air-conditioning system is controlled by a building management system to reduce energy waste.

Halls Gap - Grampians Eco YHA tile image)
Halls Gap, VIC

Perched at the doorstep of the Grampians National Park and crawling with kangaroos and emus hopping all over the place, this ECO Certified YHA was custom built to be kind on the planet.

Hunter Valley YHA tile image)
Nulkaba, NSW

Hunter Valley YHA is surrounded by a vineyard, and the property’s on-site café is remarkably constructed using 90% sustainably building supplies, including many recycled items.

Melbourne Metro YHA tile image)
North Melbourne, VIC

Located in leafy North Melbourne, Melbourne Metro YHA is your perfect base for exploring off-the-beaten-path Melbourne. This hostel is totally committed to sustainable initiatives and practices, so you can rest easy each night knowing you’ve chosen one of the most earth-friendly accommodation options in the city.

Port Elliot YHA tile image)
Port Elliot, SA

This gorgeous sandstone beach house enjoys panoramic views of Horseshoe Bay, and assists the serene environment of SA’s Fleurieu Peninsula with a veggie garden and a composting site.

Stradbroke Island YHA tile image)
Point Lookout, QLD

Stradbroke Island YHA is reducing their carbon footprint with solar powered electricity and recycling stations, while also giving back to the local community through fundraising and offering work experience.

Sydney Central YHA tile image)
Sydney, NSW

Sydney Central YHA is a big hostel with an even bigger heart for sustainability. Right in the heart of Sydney, you might spot some solar panels if you’re looking from above, and from participating in Earth Hour to being a proud member of the local tourism body – sustainability is more than recycling!

Sydney Harbour YHA - The Rocks tile image)
Sydney, The Rocks, NSW

You could hardly squeeze any more sustainability features into this harbourside hostel, from solar cells on the roof to the recycled rubber flooring and pin boards made from nasty plastic bottles.

Sydney, Pittwater Eco YHA tile image)
Pittwater, NSW

This leafy bush lodge hosts two bush regeneration weekends a year, when an army of volunteers helps protect the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park by tackling outbreaks of weeds.

Sydney Railway Square YHA tile image)
Sydney, NSW

The hostel so green it recycled a whole building! The property that was one a mailhouse is now a buzzing hostel where guests enjoy an upcycled dining table as well as a internal green herb wall, and recycling is cycled to a local Citizen Blue depot on a regular basis.

Perth City YHA tile image)
Perth, WA

From the grassy green entrance to the solar panels on the roof and our sustainability wall Perth City YHA is strongly committed to reducing its environmental footprint through heritage conservation and environmental sustainable practices!

Fremantle Prison YHA tile image)
Fremantle, WA

What's more impressive than actually recycling an entire building? So we did! Built in the 1850's Fremantle Prison YHA is the only accommodation in Western Australia with UNESCO World Heritage Status.


당신이 할 수 있는 일

알고 계셨나요?

당신이 호스텔에서 지내는 하룻밤마다 약 9 킬로그램의 탄소가 배출됩니다. YHA의 지속가능성 호스텔 펀드는 호스텔에서 이루어지는 에코 프로젝트, 특히 태양열로 운영되는 온수장치에 쓰여집니다. 많은 연구들이 태양열로 온수장치를 가동했을 때 가장 많이 탄소를 줄일 수 있다고 합니다. 펀드는 이 외에도 재생가능한 에너지원을 만들기 위해 쓰여집니다.

어떻게 도울 수 있을까요

당신은 YHA가 더 많은 호스텔이 지속가능성을 고려할 수 있도록 만들기 위해 온라인 예약시 지속가능성 호스텔 펀드에 1달러를 기부할 수 있습니다. YHA는 당신의 기부에 똑같이 1달러를 기부합니다. 투숙객의 기부에 의해 이루어진 이전의 프로젝트는 바이런 베이와 애들레이드 센트럴 YHA의 태양열 온수장치, 앨리스 스프링스 YHA의 태양열이 있습니다.
YHA호스텔에서 머무는 동안 당신이 할 수 있는 기본적인 일은 방에 있지 않을 때는 불을 끄고, 재활용을 하고, 짧게 샤워를 하고, Earth Hour와 Clean Up Australia Day 같은 행사에 참여하는 것입니다.
호스텔은 YHA 네트워크의 일부가 아니므로 객실 타입과 가격 뿐만 아니라 지속가능성을 위한 노력들이 YHA보다 더 다양할 수 있습니다.


YHA Australia is part of Hostelling International (HI) – the world’s largest network of hostels. HI is also dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism practices, governed by the HI Sustainability Charter and implemented at both grass-roots and on a major scale. Find out more

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YHA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We acknowledge and pay our respects to Elders past, present, emerging and the extended Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community.