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Acknowledgement of country
AHL acknowledges the Awabakal and Worimi peoples as the Traditional Owners of Newcastle. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.
Hostel details
Secondary Education
About this hostel

Our boarding hostels become a home away from home for First Nations high school students. While staying at our hostels, students enjoy a safe, comfortable and friendly environment that celebrates culture and respects the individual story of each student. 

Our Kirinari Hostel (Newcastle) includes 8 resident’s rooms (2 with 3 single beds, 6 with 1 single bed). This is a male-only hostel. We partner with Cardiff High School and Hunter Sports High School. 

Our students thrive in an environment offering:

  • laptops and tutoring to support educational goals 
  • nutritious meals designed by our in-house dietitians and cooked fresh at our hostels
  • after school and weekend activities and regular events
  • a home away from home that sees students arrive as strangers and leave as family. 

Supporting partner - Aboriginal Children’s Advancement Society.

Please read AHL's guide for students, parents and guardians for more information about our secondary education hostels. 

If you’d like to stay with us, please read and complete AHL's student boarding application form and email the completed form to

Student pricing
Please contact us to discuss.
Boarding fees are fully covered for students eligible for ABSTUDY Living Away from Home. To check eligibility, please call the Centrelink ABSTUDY line on 1800 132 317 or refer to the Services Australia website for more information.
Westfield Kotara Shopping Centre
3.2km away Park Avenue, Kotara NSW 2289
Kotara Train Station
2.3km away Park Avenue, Kotara NSW 2289
Hostel amenities
  • Parking
  • Laundry
  • Dining Room
  • TV Room
  • Games Room
  • Computer Lab
  • Basketball Court
  • Tennis Court
  • Gym
Hostel story

‘Kirinari’ comes from the Yandruwandha verb ‘to learn’.

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