Brisbane City YHA Hostel, Brisbane

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A good YHA hostel, with sufficient space in the dorms, very professional cleaning a (small) rooftop pool with a very nice kitchen. A bit of a drag is only the slow "free wifi" that can only be used in the reception area where there is a constant din from the piped music (that even must be played in the toilets) and the adjoining cafes equally loud counter music. Counter staff could be a less more dour and the locker charges are, like so many places in Australia, hugely overpriced.


Brisbane City YHA Hostel is a clean and central hostel with lots of facilities and decent Wi-Fi, but not the best atmosphere.

The Location

The hostel is very accessible from the bus station. It has a Coles supermarket just around the corner and is surrounded by other backpacker hostels. It also has a little cafe next to the lobby. The location in respects with the rest of the city is decent. It's not in the city center, but it's not far away either. Walking from the hostel up to the main road might take you ten minutes, and walking to the south bank will probably take thirty minutes.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are ideal. They are clean, tidy, air-conditioned, and include comfortable beds and very big lockers that can fit up to two or three backpacks. The only downside to the rooms might be the lack of a personal electricity plugs at each bed. Each guest has one power outlet that's located inside the locker.

The bathrooms are pretty good as well. Each floor has two bathrooms, one for females and one for males. Every bathroom has about two or three showers, two or three toilets, and a few sinks. They also seem relatively clean, which is a tough task with all the people the hostel can hold.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a good variety of common areas, but none of them really has a backpackers vibe. The kitchen is clean, big, and has lots of facilities that you can use freely to make your meals. There is a computer room a the top floor combined with a small library. There are two TV lounges, one on the top floor and one at the bottom floor, in case you are too lazy to head all the way to the top.

The roof terrace is separated into a smoke-free area and a smokers area. There is also a pool that closes by night, and from up here you can enjoy an impressive view over the city of Brisbane. The only place where you can get free Wi-Fi is at the reception, in the lobby. This is also the place to inquire for information about the city. The staff always seem nice and willing to provide this information.


It's a good hostel and a good value for the cost. However, it does feel like they want to make money out of everything, so there are not many activities planned by the hostel. On top of that, if there are any activities, they try to get them going in the cafe next door, which is not really backpack friendly.

Quentin B
Hostel sign Hostel building Hostel entrance Common area: TV lounge Common area: TV lounge Common area: Dinning area Common area: Dinning area Common area: Pool Common area: Terrace views Common area: Fridges Dorm room Dorm room: Lockers Bathroom Bathroom Bathroom: Shower

Great location, Friendly staff

Helpful and friendly staff, especially Becky from my home town; great cooking facilities; clean wash rooms. all in all, a great hostel.

Age 54 | uk


YHA hostel never makes me feel disappointed, including this one. The room is clean and with a big locker and free air-con. The kitchen is very big and the rooftop is really great designed. However, it is located at the top of upper roma road and it is a bit hard if you carry a heavy luggage. Besides, if it has free wifi connection will be better.



A large group of us stayed at this hostel thinking it would be a great place to get warmed up for the festival we were attending. The rooms were quite nice and the Hostel was nicely presented. However, we didn't book the hostel for the quality. We were very poorly treated and was indeed disappointed with this accommodation. We were sworn at and referred to as 'abnormal people.' It should state very clearly that they don't tolerate any alcohol (or fun). We were made to clean our room before we left everyday. I didn't bring my parents along for a reason. It has the atmosphere of a 5 star hotel and the quality of a hostel. As far a hostels go, this was the worst.

Age 21 | Australia

Great hostel

I usually avoid HI hostels because of their surcharges for non-members, tendency to accommodate school groups, and strict rules, yet the Brisbane YHA breaks all those assumptions. I shelled out a little extra for a room with four females and an en-suite. The toilet and shower are separate and the sink is in an alcove between them, meaning that you can use the toilet and/or the sink when someone's in the shower and vice versa. I chose the hostel because it was the only one that was advertised as being air conditioned -- an important addition to a room in a Brisbane summer. Each bed has a corresponding locker, however you have to bring your own lock. There are plenty of lights, including one above each bed, which is fantastic when you're sharing with 3 other independent travelers (and sleepers). It's in a convenient location at the end of a strip of hostels only 5 minutes walk from Roma station, and it definitely looks like the least seedy and is the quietest out of the hostels. That said, I wouldn't ever stay in a hostel without earplugs. There's a tiny rooftop pool which was very hot when I was staying. I didn't use the kitchen or other social facilities as I was there for only a weekend of gallery visiting. The YHA hostel is about 5 minutes walking distance to the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery. I was very impressed by the facilities and layout of the rooms, and I think they charge a fair price. My only complaints were that the staff were a little disinterested (bordering on rudeness), and that the 'bar' and cafe was closed on a Sunday.


HI - Brisbane - Brisbane City YHA Hostel is expensive but excellent, thus well worth the money. It's undergoing a renovation and growing in size, due to finish mid-2009, which is good because this hostel is hugely popular. Be sure to book your nights in advance!

The Location

Located on Upper Roma Street six hundred meters from the transit centre it's easy to reach and close to the attractions. All coaches terminate in the transit centre, trains stop there as do most of the local buses. There's no off-street parking available at the hostel and only a limited space out on the street.

YHA Brisbane is about a ten-minute walk to the Queen Street Mall and the leisure district on the Southbank. There's a Coles supermarket across the street and other amenities (post, bank) within a walking distance. The central location comes with a price though -- noise. YHA Brisbane is surrounded by heavy traffic on all sides and close by there's a bridge for trains to cross the river.

Rooms and Bathrooms

YHA Brisbane offers twin/double/family rooms and dorms. This hostel uses key cards for both room and bathroom doors. Dorms have only three or four beds, lockers (bring your own lock), desk and chair, and air con. Rooms are nice and clean, good size and mattresses have mattress protectors.

Bathrooms are located in the middle of the floor and have three toilets and three showers. Showers are very nice, bathrooms clean all in all.

Common Spaces

Common spaces in this hostel include kitchen, seating area/TV room, internet area, and laundry. Luggage storage is available for a fee. All common areas are brand new, clean, and modern. Kitchen is fully equipped and clean. Reception helps with all your travel questions and books tours.


True YHA style, this is no party hostel but a clean and safe place to spend your nights in the city. This hostel caters for older travelers who are willing to pay for a quiet night. Everything is new, clean, and well-maintained. Before the extension is ready, YHA Brisbane is still a cozy little place. After June 2009 they have three hundred beds more, a new rooftop pool, indoor and outdoor dining, and entertainment areas.

Han Jer


I've stayed in YHA melbourne back in 2001. So i always have good impression of YHA. They're clean and reliable, most importantly friendly and helpful. I stayed in a private room with toilet. Very satisfied with everything. The staff were very helpful and always with a big wide smile greeting us. I was there two weeks ago, stayed for two nights. So it's in the midst of winter season, the heater wasnt exactly working, so was rather chilly at night though. YHA is also situated at the hilltop, so can be quite a distance to walk and pull your luggage when you first come out of the train station at roma. But YHA is the best hostel compared to the rest along the roma street. Pleasant experience, thumbs up!


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Brisbane City YHA offers guests state of the art facilities and an Australian experience under one roof! Centrally located and close to all the tourist hot spots, this hostel offers rooftop swimming pool with views of the city and Brisbane River, games room with Nintendo Wii, free Wi-Fi Hot Spot (Wi-Fi Plus also available), indoor and outdoor dining, secure parking and nightly entertainment. We also have a fantastic tour desk where you can book only the best activities and tours and not even leave the hostel! We are only 5 minutes walk from Suncorp Stadium for all of the major sporting events. The hostel has a mix of multishare, private twin/double rooms and family rooms all available with en-suites. Vingcard security access is throughout the hostel and the facilities are the newest and cleanest available. Brisbane City YHA is quite simply the best budget accommodation in Brisbane no matter what your reason for travel.

Things to do
Brisbane is a vibrant city renowned for its outdoor lifestyle. Cruise along the Brisbane River, enjoy city views from Mt Coot-tha, cuddle a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or visit the South Bank Parklands and swim in the beach lagoon. Take a day trip to Moreton or Stradbroke Island, visit the Crocodile Hunter's Australia Zoo.

4WD tours, Canoeing/Kayaking, City, Galleries/Museums, Golfing, National Park, Shopping, Sunbathing, Swimming, Whale/Dolphin Watching

Some of Brisbane's backpacker hotspots include the dining and entertainment precincts in the Valley, Caxton Street, West End and South Bank. All are located close to the hostel, and ideal for Brisbane City YHA Backpackers Hostel guests.

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Location and Contact




Address: 392 Upper Roma Street, Central, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane City YHA Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Brisbane City YHA Hostel Brisbane
Phone Number: +61 (7) 3236-1004
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Female Solo Traveller

Solo Traveller


City Tours

Lockers in Rooms

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


Towels ($2)

Wi-Fi in Rooms

24 Hour Security


Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Cultural Tour/Class

Currency Exchange


Entirely Non-Smoking



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool


Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Service Animals


Genders: Males Only

Min. Age without Parent: 17

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Maximum Stay: 14 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 6:30am - 11pm

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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