Canberra YHA

7 Akuna Street, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 2601, Australia
#20 of 90 hotels in Canberra
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 10 reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Based on 164 reviews
Enter dates for best prices
Compare best prices from top travel partners


Backpacking Budget Travel Gay and Lesbian
See Amenities
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
  • Show Prices
aceybee's Profile Photo

Exactly what we were looking for

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 12, 2013

Staff were friendly and helpful, had no problems at all. Everything was easy to find and clean. We got a private room which was adequate and fairly quiet. Close to the bus terminal and easy to find on foot. Not ideal if you are driving as parking is paid, and a couple blocks away, but plenty accessible on foot, and they can help you arrange transport to things further afield. We were seeing something at the National Convention Centre, which was easily less than 10 minutes leisurely walk away. All in all a pleasant overnight stay for someone not used to hostels, and I'd be perfectly happy to stay there again.

Directions: Right in the city centre, Akuna comes off London Cct, easily visible from the corner.

cal6060's Profile Photo

Canberra YHA

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 5, 2011

Why stay in Canberra YHA:

---> I think it is the only hostel in Canberra.
---> I don't think I can find a clean, convenience for A$28 per night stay.
---> Friendly staffs.
---> You can cook because they have a full kitchen.
---> Clean and nice share bathroom.

Why not:

---> No free internet... and internet service is expensive.
---> I paid A$5.00 for a dairy luggage storage. Rates are different how many luggage you have and how long you wish to store.

Overall, I will stay here if I visit Canberra again..

If you find this tip helpful, please rate... thanks...

My 1 accomodation for Canberra

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 26, 2010

Everytime i goto Canberra I sometimes stay with my friends. if they are not in town then i stay at the YHA Canberra in Civic.

Located right in the heart of Canberra. its in walking distance to shops, bus tops, the coach terminal, Resturants, pubs & the Uni

Dorms satrt around $28 a night & privates are 70-80

Its best to book ahead cause sometimes the rooms can fill up on weekends

Theres a heated pool, Spa & sauna, Cooking faclities, a cafe & an internet room

Rooms are clean & you will be given fresh sheets.

There are lockers. to lock your stuff. =Just bring a padlock

I once let a small bag with my swimmer in an unlocked locker. When i got back it was still there

Just always carry your valuables with you

Theres a tv room up stairs & a BBQ on the roof

Unique Quality: The pool is great & so is the spa. But i must warn you. someday they can be out of action for cleaning

You can never go hungry with a vending machines on the lower level

Canberra YHA

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 28, 2009

This is possibly the worst hostel I've stayed in. The walls are paper thin which means that if the person in the adjacent room is listening to TV you can hear the program word for word. When I stayed there was also a primary school group that had booked out almost the entire hostel and thought it was acceptable to hold classes in the common areas. I would never stay here again and would not recommend it to anyone that wants to get some sleep!

Intrepidduck's Profile Photo


Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 3, 2006

This establishment is recent and far more centrally located to the old youth hostel. The advantages are it is only a block or two away from almost anything when concerning, interstate bus terminal, supermarkets, restaurants and clubs. Canberra is very spread out so most of the city's major attractions require either bus travel or long walking tours from the Civic area.

Unique Quality: 24hour reception, internet, BBQ, indoor pool and a large modern kitchen, always a good sign and laundry facilities. There is a wide choice of accommodation options here ranging from dorns to large double rooms with balcony. The privately run cafe, off the kitchen area, does an excellent breakfast at a discounted price for YHA guests. Also there is a bar located in the basement of the building. Traffic noise on a weekend is a bit of a problem for light sleepers.

Directions: Located in the Downtown - Civic area

kit_mc's Profile Photo

Central Budget Option

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 19, 2005

I stayed here two separate weeks in June 2005. It's well placed in the downtown, 'Civic' area of Canberra, which does on the other hand mean it's pretty quiet at night. Rooms consist of several bunkbeds with some rentable lockers. Longer term lockers are also available on the first floor for you to leave your stuff so you don't have to drag it around before you catch your bus back to Sydney.

You can rent an entire room on your own if you like, I ended up with a 4 bedded room on both occasions. It's a bog standard urban hostel, which is pretty much what I was looking for and one of the cheapest options in Canberra.

I wasn't really disattisfied with this place but I couldn't rave about it either. You can be as anonymous as you like, and I like that in a hostel. While I was there, my window leaked during a rain storm all over my rucksack, I discovered that the night porter was ALWAYS that rude and that hostel kitchens are vile and unhygenic.

Unique Quality: The place has a bottle shop, a small swimming pool and an equally small gym with, oddly, a ping pong table. In summer the roof top bbq area looks like it could offer a cool place to sit out of an evening. There's also a bar in the basement which is ok to unwind in, a cafe/restaurant which also has some computer terminals from which to access the internet.

TIP1: Go round the corner to a different internet cafe which is about half the price. Just ask at the reception and they'll happily give you directions.
TIP2: The photos on their website are sort of representative. Sort of... That is, in reality the place is looking quite a bit more tired than on their website, but still no dump.

Directions: About 4 blocks walk east of bus station, corner of Akuna and London Circuit.

kooka3's Profile Photo

well worth the money

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 23, 2004

We stayed at the youth hostel and it was great. The place was large and well kept up, the people were nice, the rooms only held about 4 people, so they were a little more private than some hostels I've been in (in fact, my friend and I had the room to ourselves), and it was cheap.

The only negatives (and they weren't even that bad) were: 1) it was a bit out of town - about a 30 minute walk; and 2) they lock up the tv room around 11pm -- which means that the last hope for something to do that far out at 11pm is taken away. Not the worst thing in the world, certainly, but just be warned! Time to bring out the cards/books/conversation skills. ;)

Unique Quality: In addition to a beautiful balcony, it has the standard youth hostel stuff: kitchen, laundry facilities, common room, lots of travel info. I was impressed at the size and comfort of the common areas. Many hostels I've been in have small and/or uncomfortable common rooms, but this wasn't the case here.

There is a bus route within a couple blocks although buses aren't that frequent - hourly, if I remember correctly.

Directions: You can get good directions from the website, I'm sure.

Ronald_T's Profile Photo

The Canberra City...

by written on September 12, 2002

The Canberra City Backpackers is an affordable luxury in the heart of Australia's National Capital. This is also in the heart of the city centre and near everything the City Walk Hotel offers. The Canberra City Backpackers gives you more luxury with a licensed bar, roof-top garden, internet café, free cable TV, indoor heated pool & spa, sauna, gym, BBQ area, free breakfast etc, etc…

Canberra City Backpackers

7 Akuna Street

Canberra City

ACT 2601


emerald125's Profile Photo

There is plenty of budget...

by written on August 24, 2002

There is plenty of budget accommodation in Canberra. If you have a car then you can stay almost anywhere. The YHA is good although it is a long way out if you are using public transport. They do offer a free pick-up service from the bus terminal if you phone ahead. Check the Canberra tourism web site for current prices.
Hostel style about $20-30 per person for twin. Less for dormitory. B&B 's tend to be around $70-100 per double.

Directions: Manuka and Kingston are both good choices because of their proximity to the sites and the choice of dining options.

emerald125's Profile Photo

Canberra City Backpackers

by written on August 24, 2002

Canberra City Backpackers
A$24 for a dorm bed ( mostly 4 bed dorms)
A$95 for a double with an ensuite

Unique Quality: Most budget accommodation in Canberra is either our of the city area or pretty run down. This place is brand new and located right in the centre of town near nightclubs, restaurants and cinermas. It has a licenced bar, gym, free cable TV, fully equipped kitchen, roof-top garden and a BBQ area. Linen is supplied and there is 24hr check-in. Fully equiped kitchen areas.

Nearby Canberra YHA

Canberra YHA

We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:

  • Canberra City Yha Hotel Canberra

Address: 7 Akuna Street, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 2601, Australia

7 Photos of Canberra YHA

View Professional Photos

Amenities at Canberra YHA

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Kitchenette

Canberra Travel Forum

Need advice about Canberra, Australia? Visit the Travel Forum for Canberra and ask our Answer Gurus.

Latest Canberra hotel reviews

Medina Executive James Court
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Best Western Sundown Motel Resort Canberra
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Rydges Eagle Hawk Resort
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 3 Reviews
Comfort Inn & Suites Capital Executive Canberra
Bad (2.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Rydges Lakeside Canberra
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Olims Hotel Canberra An All Seasons Hotel
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Crowne Plaza Canberra
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 4 Reviews
Quality Hotel Woden
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Country Comfort Greenway Hotel
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Novotel Canberra
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Quest Canberra A Quest Inn
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Explore Deeper into Canberra