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.
As you start each morning with a hot shower, you’ll enjoy it just that little bit more knowing Melbourne Metro YHA has a solar hot water system, which effectively halves the gas usage. There is low energy lighting throughout the entire hostel and the bathrooms are fitted with sensors and timed lighting. Melbourne also has arguably the best public transport system in the whole country, so no need to burn both your cash and the environment to drive around everywhere. You’ll also receive free bike storage, to encourage you to be kind to your body and the planet.
Single-use coffee cups are an ugly look around the hostel – instead, you can buy a swanky keep cup on-site (which will also earn you a handy discount in the café!) On top of the co-mingled recycling system on each level, Melbourne Metro YHA recycles everything it possibly can – so if you don’t want something anymore, simply leave it behind and the team will find a way to reuse it. For example, the hostel regularly donates old linen to the North Melbourne Lost Dogs Home and Vision Australia - snooze happily in your cosy sheets knowing one day, they’ll be keeping needy pups and service dogs warm. Melbourne Metro YHA also composts some of your food scraps, producing a rich fertiliser for the on-site herb garden which all guests are welcome to use.
All washing machines are front loading and energy efficient, and of course, all toilets are dual flush. Speaking of water - don’t let the staff catch you bringing single-use water bottles on the premises. With a filtered water fountain available and nifty stainless steel water bottles for sale at the hostel, there’s no need to spend money on something you can get for free. In fact, Melbourne Metro YHA have come up with a creative way to discourage this with their plastic tower of shame. You may not think your one plastic water bottle has an impact, but you’ll soon learn otherwise!
You’ll be guaranteed to leave Melbourne Metro YHA with some newfound green wisdom you can carry with you throughout your travels. The daily activities at the hostel have a strong emphasis on social sustainability, so you can do your part for the community and have a total blast while you do. Monday night is sustainable documentary night (free popcorn included) and on Wednesday night, the staff will cook you dinner for a gold coin donation, which goes to a different charity every week. Do you love penguins? Of course you do! Melbourne Metro YHA loves them so much, guests can participate in a monthly penguin habitat restoration program at St Kilda Pier. The hostel also leads regular beach and street clean-ups, so you can leave Melbourne with that warm and fuzzy feeling you only get from doing good deeds.
If you’re looking a way to reduce your footprint as you explore bustling and vibrant Melbourne, book your stay with Melbourne Metro YHA and get involved in their sustainability projects.