YHA Cape Byron (Byron Bay)

YHA Cape Byron (Byron Bay) and Sustainability

Cape Byron YHA is committed to making a more sustainable planet. We aim to reduce our footprint through more sustainable practices. We Participate in Earth Hour each year, raise money for our oceans and want to see a more sustainable future! Some of our commitments include:

Waste Minimisation:

  • We have just made a huge commitment to increasing recycling. Sustainability experts Cool Planet have conducted a business waste assessment. We have made an investment into a new waste management system and committed to reducing landfill.
  • Recycling stations in kitchens, common areas, external areas and office areas.
  • Recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminium and steel cans, batteries and printer cartridges.
  • Use recycled paper in office


Electricity/Emissions Reduction:

  • A Solar Heated pool using roof mounted solar heating system and, with pool cover in winter to keep the pool heated for our guests and the onsite dive centre.
  • There are signs on all light and fan switches to promote power saving as well as using power saving light bulbs throughout the hostel.
  • Computers and monitors turned are off at night
  • Use and promotion of public transport Australia wide
  • FREE Bike use with free bike storage


Water reduction;

  • Water reducing shower heads 
  • Promoting minimal water use within the hostel.
  • Dual flush toilets (3/6 litre)
  • No water used in gardens

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.