Welcome to Aboriginal Hostels Limited

For almost 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 43 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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Our education hostels provide a safe and supportive environment for students needing a place to stay to progress their education.

Our Dubbo secondary education hostel is one of 7 secondary education hostels around Australia.

Secondary education students receive support from their Head of Boarding and a team of youth workers, while they attend high school away from their homes.

AHL's education hostel resident wins NASCA award

Sharing First Nations culture and giving back to the community already comes naturally for Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL) resident Nikylah-Lee Byno, despite her young age.

AHL is proud to confirm that Nikylah-Lee, one of our secondary education students staying at our Grey Street Hostel in Dubbo, recently received the prestigious National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) Cultural Pride and Inclusion Award.

NASCA’s Dubbo South Young Women's Academy, which works with students to improve school attendance, performance and strengthen cultural pride and identity, nominated Nikylah-Lee for this award to recognise her ongoing commitment and contribution to the Academy.

Nikylah-Lee, a proud Murrawarri young woman from Weilmoringle, uses art to connect with her family and culture, and shares her knowledge with other students.

‘In the future, I hope to work with children and continue sharing my art and knowledge with young people, to help them connect with culture and become strong leaders,’ Nikylah-Lee said.

Nikylah-Lee’s achievements continue to be recognised within her community, having co-designed the 2021 NAIDOC Week T-shirts for Dubbo College South Campus staff and designed a mural for Dubbo College South Campus’ 2022 NAIDOC celebrations.

Nikylah-Lee also advocates for First Nations students as the Academy’s representative on the Youth Voice Committee and participates in the Junior Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG).

Hailing from a small community in Far West New South Wales, with a population of around 70 people, Nikylah-Lee has been staying at Grey Street Hostel in Dubbo for the past 3 years.

Kristy Hill, Head of Boarding and her team at the Dubbo secondary education hostel play a crucial role in supporting Nikylah-Lee and the other students during their stay.

AHL’s secondary education students are provided with the best possible education journey, the highest level of care and protection, enjoy a safe and culturally appropriate environment and have access to social and extra-curricular opportunities.

‘I absolutely love my job – empowering young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth through education,’ Kristy Hill said.

Congratulations Nikylah-Lee Byno, we are all so proud of you!

Are you in high school (years 7 to 12) and looking for a place to stay while studying?

Visit our Hostel Directory to learn more about our hostels.

  • 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.


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AHL’s 2021–22 Annual Report

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Published: Wed, 26/10/2022

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Will Kennedy’s NRL kickstart at Kirinari Hostel

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Published: Thu, 18/08/2022

National Rugby League (NRL) Cronulla Sharks player and proud Gamilaraay man Will Kennedy spoke to Aboriginal Hostels Limited (AHL) recently about his time at Kirinari Hostel in Sy