9 April 2018
On 26 March, the Foundation officially commenced operating out of the Perth YHA on Wellington Street. You’ll find our enquiries desk and shop on the ground floor next to the YHA reception desk, whilst our office area is up on the first floor.
Constructed in 1940 in the Inter-War Art Deco style, the building was the headquarters for the St John Ambulance Association. It was used as the location for first aid training courses, a museum and library, and for many years served as the central city ambulance depot.
In 2003, the YHA extended the rear of the building and upgraded the facilities to create an award winning hostel with modern multi-share, twin, double, en-suited rooms as well as large family rooms and group accommodation. The 5 star YHA is ideally situated close to the city centre next to Perth’s Central Station and offers a range of facilities including a pool, gym, movie room and onsite café.
Whilst many types of travellers stay in hostels, the YHA originated from the need for low cost accommodation suitable for hikers. Their website says “We want to give you the chance to meet people who march to the beat of a different drum, to eavesdrop on languages you’ve never heard before, and to share a meal with people you never would have met from countries with names you can’t pronounce. It’s about bringing together a totally random group of people who share only one thing in common: a thirst to see the world.”
Reading that, the synergy between the YHA and the Bibbulmun Track Foundation is obvious.
We look forward to welcoming you all to our new home - 300 Wellington Street, Perth.