Coolangatta YHA

We are a cosy surf hostel located on the beautiful southern Gold Coast, right across the highway from the beach and just a 7 minute walk from the Gold Coast Airport. With plenty of lovely shops and restaurants close by, not to mention Bilinga Beach just 5 minutes walk away and a 24 hour bus service across the road, we are in a truly great spot. Though please keep in mind that it's a 7 minute bus ride (or 20 minute bike ride) into the town center from here. Coolangatta is famous for its amazing surf breaks, beautiful beaches, funky restaurants & bars and breathtaking natural scenery. It's truly one of the most beautiful places in the country, come and live like a local with us!

The owners of our epic little hostel are Ebonie, Erin & Blair and we have 3 other wonderful staff members working with us - Tomas, Ana and Tessa. Our "Volunteer for Accommodation" crew usually consists of about 6 people at one time and it's like being a part of a mismatched nomad family! We do our very best to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome and to show you all a good time! If you get another job or you just want to go on an adventure for a few days you just need to let reception staff know and we'll try our best to work around you :) We're pretty laid back, the Cooly YHA is both a fun and relaxed place to work but we do expect you to put a fair amount of effort into your work, the job you do here is really important to the daily running of our hostel, do right by us and we'll do right by you :)


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United Kingdom


I had a really good time staying here and met some great people during my time, Erin and Ebony were extremely flexible and allowed for time to do other explorations of the country. The work was clear and not too overwhelming with help easily available as well. The beaches and town are very beautiful and a perfect place to spend time during travels!

16 days ago

Cooly replied

Thank you, Ben!! :)

United Kingdom


Me and Ben had such a good stay here, where we met some really great people and friends. The work was great and reasonable with Ebonie and Erin being great hosts, the beach is only a 2 minute walk across the road and buses run 24 hours a day which made socialising and doing activities easier.

We would recommend anyone who wants a nice chill experience to volunteer here and I’m sure we will be back at some point in the future.

19 days ago

Cooly replied

Thanks so much, legends!



The experience was what expected, Ebonie was a wonderful host and made the hostel an easy and fun environment to stay at. It is a quite place where you can carry your routine in tranquillity (perfect if you have a job and are not looking for sleepless nights), but Shelly is truly great at organizing fun events to make the place joyful.
Having three days off makes it a good schedule, but I did find the host to be particularly strict about the work and the communication with the volunteers was not relaxed at times.
It is indeed far from the city, but it is very close to the airport.

about 1 month ago

United States


I really enjoyed this experience as my first workaway! it was pretty straightforward housekeeping work and they worked really well with all the volunteers to schedule us with the schedule that fit our week best, which I really appreciated. Location was very close to the beach, but not a much happening area - would recommend renting a bike/buying a bike while there! the bus works, but it can get a little spendy.

about 2 months ago

Cooly replied

Thank you so much Amber!
So sorry I missed the cut-off to write a review for you but you were awesome and we're so grateful for your work :)



Me encanto la experiencia, Erin y ebs son muy amables y preocupadas, respetaban perfectamente los horarios y estaban muy atentas en caso de que necesitaras algo. Conocí mucha gente nueva que recordare siempre! Además, Laura y Guillermo son igualmente excelentes personas. Definitivamente volvería

3 months ago

Cooly replied

Thank you so much Trini! We miss you guys!
And you'll be happy to know we got new staff bikes :D

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