Guests are encouraged to use the hotspots in communal areas to share their travel experiences, said YHA.

Over half of the YHA properties in Australia will now offer this service to guests, in city and regional areas. All hostels in the YHA network of over 80 properties across Australia will offer free Wi-Fi hotspots by the end of 2015.

Operations Manager Robert Henke said: “YHA is proud to be the first backpacker accommodation network in Australia to offer guests enhanced connectivity with free Wi-Fi hotspots. We have identified that this extra service will meet our guests’ needs and enhance their experience of staying with YHA”.

A premium paid option will also be available to guests under the ‘YHA Connect’ service.