YHA Cairns Central

YHA Cairns Central and Sustainability

Cairns Central YHA is committed to reducing its environmental footprint through a mix of conservation and sustainable practices. Our initiatives include reducing energy emissions, minimising waste and efficient water usage. 

  Energy/Greenhouse gas reduction:


  •  Air-conditioning controlled by a building management system 
  •  Unused computers and monitors turned off at night 
  •  Low energy bulbs used throughout the property 
  •  Promote the use of public transport 
  •  Bathroom exhaust operated only when required
  •  Participate in annual Earth Hour event
  •  Solar panels for hot water heating


 Waste Minimisation:


  • Recycling stations in kitchen, lift landings and office areas
  • Recycle paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminium and steel cans, batteries, clothing and printer cartridges
  • Have a dedicated area for guests to leave things they don’t need but other people might
  • Use recycled paper in hostel office
  • Sell refillable water bottles and fabric shopping bags
  • Growing our own vegetables/herb garden for guest use


 Water Saving Measures:


  • Rainwater tank on site used to flush toilets
  • Water efficient taps and showers (3 star WELS rating) 
  • Dual flush toilets
  • Signage in bathrooms encouraging guests to minimise water usage 

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 2,650 hostels across 57 countries that share the mission of making travel more sustainable & accessible.