When it comes to budget accommodation that’s close to the Brisbane CBD, you can’t go past the Brisbane City YHA. This award winning hostel has a laid back atmosphere with friendly staff, themed floors so you always know where you are, and plenty of space to do your own thing.
After enjoying our $100 Day in Brisbane, it was great to have somewhere close to come back to and enjoy a weekly activity. That night, it was trivia with a BBQ, and we had so much fun, the trivia master invited Dave up to read out a few questions.
With enough beds to sleep 373 guests, there are a variety of rooms, from multi-bed dorms to private rooms with an ensuite. All the rooms have air conditioning, keyless entry and powered personal lockers for each bed.
The common areas on the upper level are spacious and clean, so you’ll never feel cramped. There is a large stainless steel kitchen with plenty of bench space and storage for food, and there is both an indoor and outdoor eating area.
The rooftop deck features a pool and awesome views of the city. There are regular events like movie nights, guided walking tours, Sunday morning pancakes and Friday BBQs, and there’s also a tours desk at reception for extra-hostel activities. For those who prefer some quiet time, there is also a reading room, games room, lounge room with a TV and sun chairs by the pool.
The Brisbane City YHA has a free wifi hotspot, but also offers extra WiFi via Global Gossip. While there is limited street parking in the area (especially on game days), there is secure parking available onsite for $12 a day, and the hostel has disabled access.
- Bus Stop – About 150 metres from the hostel, on the other side of Upper Roma Street.
- Supermarket – there’s a Coles about 300 metres north, near the Caxton Street Precinct.
- Caxton Street Precinct – a quick 400 metre walk will bring you to a variety of bars, nightclubs, food outlets.
- The Train Station at the Brisbane Transit Centre – a 700 metre walk towards the city along Roma Street.
- XXXX Brewery – for a great tour of the brewery or a delicious lunch, head west along Milton Road for 950 metres.
- South Bank Precinct – walk across the William Jolly Bridge and within a kilometre, you’ll be at GOMA and Queensland Museum. A little further along is Streets Beach, the CityHopper ferry, Collective Markets, Arch of Flowers
- Davies Street Markets
- Brisbane CBD – a 1.2km walk towards the city will bring you to King George Square and the Brisbane City Hall. From here, you can catch a free city bus to look around the city or explore on your feet.
- West End Markets – these markets are located in West End, 2.3 kilometres away. Cross the William Jolly Bridge and head west along Montague Road.
- Mount Coot-tha Lookout and Brisbane Botanic Gardens – this is the highest mountain in Brisbane and gives great views of the city. It’s a quick 16 minute drive from the hostel.
- Fortitude Valley – you can either walk the 2.6 kilometres to this nightlife hotspot, or catch the train from the Transit Centre.
- Eat Street Markets – this is a great market for foodies, with stalls dishing out various international cuisines and yummy desserts. If you have a sweet tooth, try a cruffin or cronut – a croissant dessert like no other.
- Ipswich – 35km west of Brisbane is Ipswich, a nice spot for a day trip. While there isn’t really that much going on, there are two great places to visit. The wonderful 1950s décor at Deann’s Coffee House is a real treat while the beer at the Pumpyard is awesome.
The Brisbane City YHA is located at 392 Upper Roma Street, west of the CBD. Check in is from 2pm every day and checkout is at 10am. To make an enquiry, call 07 3236 1004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.