Wednesday, July 8, 2009




Just opened, at the start of the 21st century, is Brisbane's redeveloped YHA accommodation for the budget-conscious traveler. This modern, clean, safe, secure retreat for backpackers is close to the centre of Brisbane, Queensland's capital. It is situated in a precinct near to major transport nodes, major stores, a cinema complex, other attractions and a wide variety dinning establishments.

The entry is spacious and efficient so larger groups may be accommodated readily. Copious brochures on a wide variety of local and state attractions are readily available. A booklet on casual job opportunities and local customs and laws is there to assist foreign guests.
This flagship accommodation has excelled in addressing many of the persistent irritants encountered by seasoned travelers by tackling them directly and resolving them. Each guest has their own lockable storage facility and include within is a power point so your modern electronic gadgets may be re-charged without dear of loss. Tea towels are dried immediately, public phone booths are quite and separate, all the toilets/showers are clean and the kitchen is equipped with all manner of modern conveniences.

Wireless Internet, a games room with Wii, a cinema room and a conference facility with overhead projectors and food preparation annex all add to the functionality of the hostel as the place to be for the discerning visitor to the Sunshine State.

Indoor and outdoor dining, quite areas for reading, an area for smokers and a weekly entertainment schedule plus a rooftop pool with extensive views of the iconic Brisbane river provide a variety of means for new arrivals to relax and get into the pace of life of the River City.

Secure vehicle parking, keyless access, a licensed bistro and facilities for specialist groups plus ample refrigeration, storage, washing and drying facilities cater for the needs of the modern traveler.

Each floor has a different Australian theme, to enhance visitor orientation and to alert them to the multifaceted possibilities of traveling in Oz. One may visit Australia Zoo nearby, or the Bay Islands for a bushwalk, climb at the nearby inner city cliffs, kayak the river or just enjoy the Southbank development or Riverside walk and City Cat rides. Longer excursions to the world famous Lamington National Park or the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains or Lone Pine Koala sanctuary or the enticing Gold and Sunshine coasts for their various beach-related activities are some of the possibilities open to the adventurous.

The local YHA bushwalkers welcomes overseas visitors to its activities of bushwalking, cycling, diving, climbing, abseiling and canyoning. Contact Penny Edhouse on 0401 207 549 or through their website at

There are three-, four- and six share dormitories plus town, double and family rooms all with private bathroom options, television and games options.

Facilities for the disabled are also available.

Brisbane City YHA hostel
392 Upper Roma St
Brisbane Qld 4000
Telephone: +61 7 3236 1004
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