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Amazing hostel located in the heart of Darwin. Amazing facilities, the laundry room perfect after doing the over night trip in Kakadu. The pool and common areas are perfect for relaxing when waiting to catch a late flight. Thank you for an amazing stay.

We stayed in the hostel for four nights, in a mixed dorm. Facilities are generally ok, beds are ok, clean, kitchen can be a bit better (stoves don't work). Staff is friendly and helpfull. Although this a very big party hostel, and I don't particularly like this type of hostel, I was happy with my stay.

The hostel is fine but considering the reputation YHA has I had higher hopes. I emailed on 3 seperate occassions before arrival and recieved no response to any of these. 2 emails were trying to organise the shuttle bus so I had to fork out for a taxi instead. The facilities are good. The pool is clean and has a few mattress type beds to lounge on. The bar is affordable and has a good atmosphere. The key card to get into the rooms was nothing but hassle. It often took between 3-5 attempts for it to work. This seemed to be with many people and in different rooms so it wasnt just mine. This is especially annoying late at night with people coming and going at all hours. My room (84) smelled awful -a persistant musty smell somewhere between vinegar and sweaty socks. Every time I walked into the room I had to give myself a few minutes to re-adjust to the smell. It wasnt unbearable but certainly not pleasant. The bathrooms were kept clean and in good condition. The kitchen was usually ok but it was a regular occurance for people to not clean up after themselves and leave a mess for the next person. This isnt the hostels fault but maybe they could put up signs reminding people it is a shared space and noone is here to clean up after them.maybe the threat of a fine or eviction might help. On my last day as I was passing another room I noticed between 10 -15 bugs outside a room on level 2(pics below).I also removed my pillow case and noticed its covered in black spots that look like it may have been caused from dampness but I could be wrong about that. Overall,its not a horrible place but there are other options in the area. I would not stay here again.

I only gave this place three stars because the staff here went out of their way to help me when two drunk, belligerent roommates got out of control one night in the 4-bed female dorm. Staff helped me move to another room and got me in right away rather than check out and have a long wait to check in again. So that's worth an extra point. Otherwise, this place is terrible. Most backpacker places on Mitchell and in Darwin are more party-focused, but I didn't expect it would be this bad. The kitchen is run down, and only one side of one toaster works (there are three total). You have to rent cutlery and plates for $10 AUD deposit (which no one tells you when you check in), and the beds are old and rickety. Oh, and there are only 2 outlets in the entire dorm, which leads to some issues for 4 people or more in a room. But there is good storage in the dorms, which was a nice surprise. Laundry is available on-site and lots of outdoor room to dry. Music is played at the bar until about 3am and there is music from other bars next door that go until about then too. This place is just loud, all the time. Between the drunk people in the halls and noise coming from the bar area. If you don't want to rage and get black out drunk, and you stay here, I would say spring for the private room at the Value Inn next door. You get actual peace and quiet there. Yes it's more expensive but it's quality of life. Hostel has good long-term storage while you're on tour and will store valuables separately. I'm grateful for that as it made my Kakadu tour much more manageable without all my gear. I'm also very appreciative of the staff help for my rooming issue but I will never ever stay here again and would not advise it of others, unless they get the private room. This is definitely not normal YHA standards (and I've stayed in YHAs all over Australia).

I gave this place a poor review because there was loud partying noises till 6am in the morning. If you are a light sleeper this is not a good place to stay however if you can sleep anywhere it's worth saving the money on hotels to explore Darwin better. They don;t let you turn off air conditioners which are loud and very old, the toilets can be cleaner, sometimes males use the shared female toilets, I didn't feel safe or secure there. The staff are friendly and easily refunded my money for the nights I cancelled, I ended up moving to a pricey hotel just so I could get sleep, the fridges and kitchen could also be cleaner. The location of the YHA is great.

The staff at this hostel are brilliant and the hostel is generally clean and bright. I liked this hostel for it’s location, staff and rooms. However, the kitchen and general layout I hated. The toasters don’t work properly, the fridges are over packed and most annoyingly, there are no decent cooking knives or pots/pans. In fact there are just two bread knives and no sharp knives for chopping. Rental crockery here too. The kitchen is in an awkward place because it’s literally in the bar. I didn’t like the layout of the hostel at all. I don’t think I’d stay again to be honest but it was okay for a once off.

We've booked 3 nights in a private room in melaleuca yha but got a room in another place next door (called value inn). The smell inside was terrible and the room really dirty and just not nice at all (carpets dirty, hair everywhere, noisy aircon...). You can hear everything from outside. There is no safe, no stuff or security at night.

We stayed here for one night before heading away on a tour. There were four girls in a 4-bed room with our own bathroom. Check in was easy (we did it online the day before so we only had to show ID). Our room was clean although well loved. The bedding was clean and there was access to a locker each in our room. Negatives - the aircon was super loud and we couldn’t adjust it (at least there was one though). The carpet could probably be updated and there was only two power points for 4 people. I’m really clutching at straws though. For the cost of the room it was excellent.

A large hostel with plenty of facilities, including swimming pool, lockers, washing facilities, car hire right next door and it’s opposite coles. It’s right in the town centre of Darwin, in a fantastic location. I would definitely stay here again.

I stayed here for 2 nights, this was my first hostel experience and I have to admit when I first walked in I definitely wasn't impressed, very old and tired looking place, could really use some renovations. The location is great, right in the city, next door to croc cove, supermarket over the road, restaurants and shops all around and easy walk to the esplanade. The rooms are very basic - I stayed in a 4 bed female room with shared bathroom. The room contained 2 bunk beds and 4 lockers, an air con and a fan although the windows didn't seem to close (broken?), very thin mattress a pillow and given just a basic sheet as linen, although was reasonably spacious. The bathroom was also average but manageable and reasonably clean (just old and tired). The kitchen has multiple stoves and hot plates but half of them don't work making it incredibly hard with so many people to try to get in an out of the kitchen, it was super hot in there too, fridges were always packed full of stuff too. Need to bring your own plates, bowls and utensils or borrow some for a deposit although they may not have what you need (there were no forks or mugs left when I got mine). All the staff were nice enough and helpful. The first night I stayed was quiet and I slept well, but the second night there were games and a party going on downstairs so incredibly noisy and all night there were girls screaming and running around the corridors. In saying all this my stay wasn't horrible but just not what I was expecting from some reviews I'd seen and I personally probably wouldn't choose to stay here again.

52 Mitchell St Darwin NT

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Darwin Waterfront
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Pool bar

Located in Darwin City Centre within a mile (2 km) of Darwin Waterfront, Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Cullen Bay Marina. This 98-room hostel welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools and conveniences like free self parking and a spa tub.


At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.


All 98 air-conditioned rooms provide ceiling fans. Guests can stay connected with WiFi.

Property features

2 outdoor pools, a spa tub, and a rooftop terrace are featured at Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for AUD 15 per person one way. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with tours/tickets and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, laundry facilities, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Budget Triple, Shared Bathroom

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Standard Double Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Four Bed Ensuite

Twin 4 | Sleeps 4

Ensuite Dormitory, Mixed (Four Bed)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

42.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 420 reviews

Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell

52 Mitchell St, Darwin, NT 0800
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