Sydney Central YHA Hostel


Sydney Central YHA - Hostel Building
Sydney Central YHA - In-house Cinema with Bean Bags
Sydney Central YHA - In-house Cinema
Sydney Central YHA - Dining Lounge
Sydney Central YHA - Communal Dining
Sydney Central YHA - Games Area
Sydney Central YHA - Kitchen



Hostelz.com's Review

HI - Sydney - Sydney Central YHA Hostel is very well located and has lots of activities/meals organized every day. Check-in at 2 p.m. and checkout at 10 a.m. -- be careful because the swipe card is programmed to give access to the room just until 10 a.m.!

The Location

The hostel is perfectly located, only fifty metres to Central Station. If you arrive at Sydney's airport, just take the train (airport link) and that's it! Also, enjoy the city by taking the free city shuttle (there's a bus stop only a few metres from the hostel). It's a short walk to Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Walk a bit more and you'll find yourself standing in front of the Opera House!

Rooms and Bathrooms

Bathrooms aren't as tidy as one would expect from a YHA hostel. There aren't many showers available (bear in mind this hostel has five hundred and fifty-six beds), and even though they have liquid soap, there are no paper towels, just a dryer that sometimes does not function.
Rooms have bunk beds -- and they are the noisiest beds ever! This means you'll probably wake up every time one of your roommates goes to bed or gets up. There are lockers big enough to put the whole bag in them (remember to take your own padlock). Another positive thing is that each bed has its own reading light.

Common Spaces

Common spaces are distributed throughout many of the nine floors. For example, on the first floor there are two kitchens (there are no ovens, so it is impossible to cook, say, a pizza), a big dinning room, a pool table, lots of computers with internet access (for a small fee),and a cinema! This cinema has surround sound and free movies are shown daily including free popcorn. On the ground floor is the twenty-four-hour reception as well as the office of YHA TRAVEL that offers thousand of travel packages for every region within the country, cheap flights, and some deals for Asia or New Zealand. On the rooftop there is also a pool, sauna, and BBQ.

Internet -- global gossip card -- is charged at the hostel, but there is a place on the corner of the street which is cheaper, and there are even three travel agencies around the corner that offer thirty minutes' free internet access for backpackers.


This is a good place to start your trip in Sydney -- it's easy to get to/from the airport and has lots of activities. Plan your future tours with the YHA TRAVEL agency and have a G'day!
by Freckles
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2011


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Sydney Central YHA Hostel" at 11 Rawson Place (on the corner of Pitt Street).)


11 Rawson Place (on the corner of Pitt Street), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
-33.881623, 151.205109
+61 (2) 9281-9000
+61 (2) 9218-9099
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

  Excellent, convenient location -- helpful, friendly staff.
Age 57, Australia
Great location, Friendly staff
Great location next to China town, helpful and friendly staff. clean, great kitchen.
Age 54, uk
Excellent hostel
This really is one of the best yhas I've been in so far. the rooms are tidy and have lots of space. I stayed in an 8 bed dorm but I never felt as if there wasnt enough space. the kitchen too is tidy and big, which is really necessary since there are so many people. the staff was friendly and the community room was nice. the hostel is located right in front of the central station and directly on the main road. all required facilities and some more are available. all in all I had a nice time there and can recommend it to everybody looking for a -- quite expensive -- but really good place to stay.
I found this place really overpriced compared to a lot of other hostels i have been in with the same amount of facilities. It is not the cleanest i have seen but a ok hostel.
It is the sheraton of the hostels!
well i do have a yha membership card and i want to use it as much as possible. i didn't expect a lot but i should! This hostel is damn clean, i got a 4 bed dorm which was lovely and light room! They got a rooftop terrace where a pool is too. Even a sauna! This hostel is good, the staff is ok so i can recommend it to anyone! of course it is a bit expensive but you get a lot for it!
  Excellent place! Fantastic facilities, everthing is clean and neat and tidy. It's a bit expensive, but it's definitely worth it. Nothing more to say!
  Expensive it might be, but it's well worth it. Staff were great, facilities exceptional. Definitely one of the best hostels we stayed in, during our travels.
  This is a great hostel! Yes, it's expensive but its location certainly makes up for this. The bus stop and train station is right across the road and it's about a 20-minute walk down the harbor. During my stay the bathrooms and kitchens were really clean, even though the hostel was full! I met loads of people here and I recommended it throughout my travels around Australia.

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