Adelaide Central YHA Backpackers Hostel (Review)

This is a review of the Adelaide Central YHA Backpackers Hostel which I stayed at over the Queens Birthday long weekend.


I was already familiar with the facilities at Adelaide Central YHA because I’d stayed there for a few days previously in 2003 and this time around I was allocated the same 6-share dorm as last time!

I got to the hostel via the Jetbus from Adelaide Airport to the City, getting off at Stop D1 on Currie St. From there it’s only a few 100m walk to the Hostel’s front entrance on Waymouth St

Anyone can get accommodation at a YHA like Adelaide Central, but it’s slightly cheaper if you’re a member of YHA Australia or another member country of Hostelling International and you can get pretty good discounts while travelling at tourist sites or even private hostels if you show them your YHA card.

Adelaide Central YHA Backpackers Hostel

This is how the hostel describes it’s services:

Located in the heart of the city – picturesque Light Square. Fully air-conditioned, modern facilities, large self-catering kitchen, dining room, TV rooms, Foxtel, bike hire, free linen, tea/coffee and storage, 24-hr internet/staff security access.

Wireless internet is now available. Group facilities with conference room special group rates on application. WINNER of South Australia Tourism award for ‘Best Backpacker Accommodation’ 2003, 2004 and 2005

I reckon that Adelaide Central YHA is the best large hostel in a major city out of dozens of hostels I’ve stayed at around the world.

Adelaide Central YHA $5 breakfast

Some of the great features include:

  • Friendly staff at reception which is open 24 hours/day
  • You can buy basic food at reception and breakfast ingredients for $5 (see photo)
  • The kitchen is huge, with lots of clean tea towlels and has all the pots, pans and utensils you need
  • The common room/games/tv area next to the kitchen is a great place to relax during the day and read a book or chat to fellow travellers or to play pool, table tennis or various board games.
  • The dorm/share rooms all have huge lockers (bring your own padlock) which can easily fit a large backpack and your daypack with space to spare.
  • Internet access is available via wireless or using the computers next to reception

The other people who have left comments with the hostel seem to agree because it has a 5 star rating and a customer rating of 90% or better eg:

“Nothing but praise for one of the best hostels in Oz! Unlikely to find better anywhere in the world…” – Mick from IRELAND 2006

Adelaide Central YHA 6 Share Room

A modern and very well run hostel. handy city location. You guys need to show Alice Springs how it is done. Happy to reccomend to others.” – Russell & Sally S

“Best feature – very friendly, helpful staff. Great central location with parking. Large open kitchen lounge area with plenty of facilities.” – Annette W


“YHA is well known as clean and safe hostel all over the world. YHA adelaide is also clean, safe, freindly staff, good people etc.. It’s not as cheap as the other hoetels but it’s just few dollas different. It’s totally worth.” – Jinny Y

Adelaide Central YHA Table tennis

“people were soo nice, huge kitchen, beautiful rooms. I had a wonderful time!” – Saori

“friendly helpful staff, huge kitchen and comfortable lounge area. Free tea and coffee is great.” – Sharon O

“This hostel is very well positioned for sight-seing in the city. It is clean, well-equipped, with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It provides outstanding value for money.” – Brian M

“Facilities are good especially the internet access, kitchen, staff availability.” – JESUS ENRIQUE S

Adelaide Central YHA Common Room

“Havent been to many youth hostels but this one was really good… the staff r really friendly!” – Amy K

“This hostel has the BEST kitchen in a hostel ever! If you love cooking, or just want to cook something different for a change, this THE place to be.” – Phil Y

“Fabulous location right in the heart of Adelaide. Great staff with lots of knowledge about what to do.” – Bruce S

“Adelaide Central is a great place to go and enjoy SA. Its location is ideal in the centre of Adelaide close to lots of amenities. Lots of amenitis and facilities at hand and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I RECOMMEND THIS PLACE, IT’S GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY!!!” – Ladis S

Adelaide Central YHA kitchen

“Nice, clean, well located YHA with a great kitchen and huge open lounge area. Wireless interenet is available in the whole building and for the first time (in my experience) it’s actually cheaper than using their computers, 5hours for $10 is great value (it can get even cheaper if you use more). Not billed in blocks like the v expensive scheme in Sydney Central.” – James B

“Clean, well-equipped, excellent kitchens and activities every night – a great place to stay” – Jenny

“Great Hostel, in an easy to get around location. Lots of evening activities, pool table, table tennis, movie room to keep all us short attention people happy. Definetely recommend to anyone. Go see for yourself.” – Ross T

You can make a booking at Adelaide Central YHA via, if you’ve stayed there yourself free to tell me what you thought of it by making a comment

3 thoughts on “Adelaide Central YHA Backpackers Hostel (Review)”

  1. Great review! This is my first comment here (subscribed a short while ago) and I have to say, you have a great blog! Secondly, the hook that this hotel has is obviously the ping pong table. Now can you believe some 5 star hotels don’t offer this vital service? ^^

    Take care, here from Sweden!

  2. I agree nice review. I’ve stayed in hostels throughout Europe and am constantly impressed with standards and facilities on offer!

  3. Thanks for the review! I haven’t stayed in one of these hostels, do they offer catered food? Warm regards

    EDITOR: There’s a huge kitchen with lots of facilities where you can make any food you like

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