Welcome to Aboriginal Hostels Limited

For more than 50 years, Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL) has provided accommodation across Australia for First Nations people who are travelling, relocating or who need to be away from home to access services and economic opportunities.

AHL currently has 42 nation-wide hostels for First Nations people to access.

You can access our national network of hostels, whether you’re away from home for education, employment, health or other reasons.

As an Australian Government organisation, we endeavour to ensure our hostels are safe, comfortable and affordable for First Nations people, with the added convenience of including 3 meals a day during your stay.

Need a place to stay?

Our hostels are like a home away from home, so whatever your reason for staying with us – visiting friends, cultural business, studying, working or attending community events – you’ll always feel welcome.

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Community partnership completes the Kirinari yarning circle

A yarning circle is a gathering place where people come together.

AHL hostel residents come from many different places so having a yarning circle provides a safe, culturally appropriate space for them to meet and ‘have a yarn’. 

AHL actively seeks community partnerships, so in 2022–23, the opportunity to collaborate with 3 community organisations to create a yarning circle at Kirinari Sylvania Hostel in Sydney was not to be missed. 

Aboriginal Children’s Advancement Society (ACAS), the Caringbah Rotary Club and the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council collaborated with AHL to plan and develop the project.

ACAS and Caringbah Rotary also chipped in to provide funding to top up a Commonwealth grant.

As a result, on 23 June 2023, the yarning circle was officially opened with a ceremony. It has become an important, culturally familiar space for residents to relax and socialise at the home away from home that is Kirinari Sylvania Hostel.

‘We are listening, we are hearing, and our voice is highly valued in a culturally safe environment as a family in the Yarning Circle!’ Student from Kirinari Hostel Sydney. 


  • Aboriginal Hostels Limited acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community.  We pay our respects to Elders past and present.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain images, names or printed material of deceased people.


AHL’s 2022–23 Annual Report has been published

AHL’s 2022–23 Annual Report

Published: Fri, 27/10/2023

Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL) is proud to present our 2022–23 Annual Report.

Durungaling Hostel continues to evolve - 50 years on

Durungaling Hostel

Published: Mon, 13/11/2023

Aboriginal Hostels Limited’s (AHL) CEO Dave Chalmers visited AHL’s multipurpose Durungaling Hostel on 20 October 2023, which marked 50 years to the day since the setting of the foundation stone at

AHL’s 2023–24 Corporate Plan has been published.

AHL 2023-24 Corporate Plan

Published: Wed, 30/08/2023

AHL is proud to present our 2023–24 Corporate Plan. 

This Corporate Plan sets out our purpose, key activities and strategic direction.