Topsy Smith Hostel

Topsy Smith Hostel

Medical hostel in Alice Springs with twin share accommodation.

14-18 Renner Street

Alice Springs NT 0870

(08) 7905 8740


Topsy Smith was a member of the Aranda Tribe of Alice Springs.  When Topsy’s Welsh miner husband died in the Arltunga Goldfields, she travelled by foot the 100 km to Alice Springs.  Topsy, though pregnant, made the trip with her seven children and a herd of goats.  When she arrived, the local police office allowed her to live in a tin shed that became known as ‘The Bungalow’.  Later it became a school for part-white Aboriginal children.  Topsy helped to manage the school.  She dedicated her life to caring for all the children as her own securing education, health and sanitation improvements.  Topsy spent the rest of life in Alice Springs with her extended family and died in 1960.


AHL acknowledges the Arrernte People as the traditional owners of the land on which we operate the hostel. AHL pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.



Resident beds



21 resident units (contain 2 single beds), with an attached bathroom.


4 of the units are disability friendly.

Property amenities

Dining room

Resident laundry

TV lounge

Onsite parking

BBQ area

Local facilities

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Co (900m)

14 Leichhart Terrace, Alice Springs NT

(08) 8951 4400


Alice Springs Hospital (1.9km)

6 Gap Rd, The Gap NT

(08) 8951 7777


Eastside IGA (140m)

Lindsay Avenue, Alice Springs NT


Tariff Rates – Effective 01-09-2022


Single rate – shared room                                                             $36 per night

Single rate – sole occupancy                                                        $52 per night

Partnered rate – both partners in-room                             $32 per night per person


Employed rate                                                               $65 per night


Children – 2 to 20 years of age                                        $10 per night per child

Infant – under 2 years of age                                           No charge


Tertiary Education Students                                                        $30 per night per student

AHL tariff includes all meals.

AHL has a No Pay, No Stay policy and all room tariffs must be paid in advance.