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Surf, sun, and fun are high on the agendas of most visitors to Sydney, so it's a great place to visit and an even better place to stay. Friendly locals, beautiful beaches, great culture, and fabulous night-life combine to make this a must-see location.
There are plenty of hostels in Sydney, although expect Australian prices plus a bit more — it is a major city after all. Depending on what experience you're after there's a choice between two types of areas — city or beach. The majority of the city hostels are based in the Kings Cross district, a thriving backpacker's haven with bars and clubs galore. For those more interested in topping up their tans, Bondi Beach offers a range of hostels in prime beachside locations, where you can join the bronzed and the beautiful flaunting themselves day after day. If you're after something a bit quieter, Coogee, just down the road from Bondi, is a smaller but still great beach option with a number of well-located hostels. You'll find independent hostels scattered all over the city so wherever you want to be based, you can probably find a hostel there.
Sydney hostel prices are expensive all year, but around Christmas and New Year's Eve they sky-rocket, with many hostels also requiring a minimum stay, payment at the time of booking, and no cancellation refund. If you plan to visit during these weeks book as far ahead as you can. The rest of the year it shouldn't be a problem booking a room if you do it at least a little in advance.
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"Almost concealed behind its own greenery, Glebe Village Backpackers Hostel is spread across three large, old houses with lots of character. If you like stained-glass windows, high ceilings, and old wooden staircases, this should appeal to you. It is unlike a lot of the Sydney hostels, which are in modern, high-rise buildings with no gardens. The Location This hostel is located to the south of Sydney, in a leafy suburb called Glebe. It...
Jolly Swagman Backpackers
"Amazing people and great atmosphere - This hostel is a great place to stay while your in Sydney. It has the friendliest staff you will ever meet, who will go out of their way to help you. It's clean and safe and it has everything you would need. The people you meet there are friendly and outgoing, your never alone or bored. Highly recommend this hostel." … "Awesome! - Awesome hostel! the nightlife is very great. YOu also get a lot of...
"Base Sydney is a very lively party hostel situated in the heart of Sydney. Their claim of being "more central than central" is certainly justified, however, it is a fair distance from the train/bus stations. The Location In terms of location, Sydney base is perfect for those looking for cheap accommodation within the busy city life of Sydney. The hostel is located next door to its resident bar, the "Scary Canary," where cheap drinks and...
"Sydney Backpackers is great if you are looking for a quiet location to hang about in downtown to get yourself set up if you are moving to Sydney. They have weekly and monthly rates for backpackers also. If you are looking for a party, however, this is probably not the hostel for you. At one point during the stay, a vacuum cleaner was out on the floor cleaning rooms while people were still sleeping in them at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning....
Chili Blue Backpackers
"Chilli Blue Backpackers in Kings Cross, Sydney, got our attention, as it sometimes offers incredibly cheap special offers online (which make it the the cheapest accommodation in Sydney) so we checked it out! The most impressive fact about this hostel is that the front of the hostel looks very tiny and small, but once you enter the stairways after the reception, there are heaps of small rooms connected to the crazy design of the very tiny...
Captain Cook Hotel Paddington
"Worst hostel ever - We stayed for 6 nights at the captain cook hostel in Sydney. They have the worst beds ever. Charged way too much money for the last 3 nights, internet said 18 dollars, they charged is 25 dollars. If u need anything from the reception, u'll be lucky if you find someone there during the day or evening. The dryer is not working. The kitchen is dirty and doesn't even have soap to do your dishes. Rooms are full with dust and we...
Y Hotel Hyde Park
"Third World Countries have it better - As an Australian is is disappointing we have these places existing. The nice exterior and Lobby of this place shields a dark underbelly. I had a four room dorm, with bedbugs in three of the beds thrown in for free. The response of the management was frenzied apathy (both for the bugs and my blood on the sheets from bug bites), they couldn't give a damn. The reception staff are patronizing. I didn't...
Alfred Park Budget Accommodation
"Alfred Park Budget Accommodation is a classic case of all show and no substance. A fine old villa promises a lot, but rooms and amenities can't keep up with the facade. The worst seem to be the residents though. There are a lot of long-termers who have no interest in even sharing the most basic cordialities such as a good morning in the kitchen with travelers. A lot of the residents are also super unclean and leave the whole hostel in a...
"Home Backpackers is just next to Sydney's Central Station (where the Indian Pacific Train arrives). It's a smaller backpacker hostel with basic facilities for normal to cheap prices. The Location The hostel is located in the south of Sydney's CBD but the public transport stations are about two minutes away and the free City Circle Bus stops a minute away. The next park is also just on the other side of the train rails and the next...
Summer House Backpackers
"Just messy - The first impression was not bad, hostel seemed to be quite clean. Having a closer look, it wasn't. Rooms are really messed up: clothes, food, drinks, cosmetics and rubbish everywhere -- even on my bed, which was supposed to be clean. Beds have the worst mattresses I ever slept on in a hostel. Toilets weren't clean at all. The hostel is run by guests, maybe that is the reason why it looks like it does. The best things about this...
Wake Up! Sydney
"Wake Up! Sydney is a very professionally run hostel in the heart of Sydney, with a twenty-four-hour reception, including a travel desk where they are happy to help you find the best way to explore the surrounding area. The Location The hostel is perfectly located for anyone coming to Sydney by bus or train as it is two minutes' walk from the station/drop-off point. This does mean, however, that it is about an hour's walk from Circular...
Surfside Bondi Beach Backpackers
"Awful - Anywhere but here is what I would recommend. The staff was very rude, the rooms smelled so bad even with the windows open the whole time. We left a day early, without getting or money back, but we didn't care, we were just so happy to be out of that dump. Our food was stolen, the staff just doesnt care. And it was so gross, when I wanted to have a shower I found a bloody tampon on the floor. It was still there the next day. Horrible...
Kanga House Backpackers
"Sad to leave - All I can say is that I had the time of my life at Kanga House! I made the best friends, the staff found me work so I could afford to go out on the weekends and do some travel up the east coast! It always felt like home when I returned, and the people that worked their generally cared! It has the best views of the Harbour bridge and Opera House, has free breakfast, BBQ, and wifi -- and of course the best group of mixed...
"… small fee in other rooms Share facilities are spotless, with ample bathrooms throughout All our rooms are serviced 24 hour reception/security Guest lounge with TV, video and Foxtel (cable TV) Internet facilities with high speed broadband Wireless enabled access Languages Spoken: French, Italian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Mandarin, Japanese, Indian and Spanish Dining room with complimentary tea & coffee facilities Complimentary...
Nate's Place Backpackers
"Woodduck Boomerang Backpackers is filthy, gives bad service and false promises; it's not worth the money and is out of control, but it is in a good location. The Location The hostel is located on Williams Street, a few minutes from Hyde Park, within walking distance from the railway station and George Street. If you like walking, you can get to Darling Harbour and the Opera House (otherwise, there is a bus stop in front of the hostel);...
The Palms Backpackers
"If you aren't too old... - I wasn't allowed to stay as I was overage ... but the reception was very pleasant and helpful and several guests came and chatted to me. Overall it looked a great laid back hostel, everyone was interacting and preparing for Friday night partying. Oh, and the Kitchen and bathrooms were fine. A cool place if that's your style." … "A clean hostel run by a decent owner - The hostel is situated in Potts Point,...
Nomads Westend Backpackers
"Nomads Westend is probably one of the biggest hostels in Sydney with the biggest dorm -- "the church," so-called for its church-like windows. The building is a small skyscraper with about fourteen floors. The Location The hostel is located centrally in Sydney, just next to the Central Station, the World Center, and several parks. In the World Center you have a Coles supermarket and other stores, post office, and ATMs -- you won't have a...
Blue Parrot Backpackers
"Great staff, location - Funky little hostel near Kings Cross. Could use a few more bathrooms. Much better than the massive corporate-feeling hostels. Pretty expensive for what you get, but most hostels in Sydney are outrageously expensive as it is." … "Fun times - Had a fun time there. Easy to meet people. Friendly atmosphere. Great if you're traveling alone. Going out every night with the entire hostel. Nice and helpful staff....
Cronulla Beach YHA Hostel
"Cronulla Beach YHA Hostel is a good option for hostelers visiting Sydney; although in a southern suburb it's on the coast with great beaches and not far by train from the main Sydney attractions. It's fairly modern and has a definite young culture, with surfing and partying high on the priority list of many who stay here. Wi-Fi is available for a moderate fee when taken on a weekly basis; use of the internet on a house PC is via the YHA...
Sydney Beachouse YHA Hostel
"HI - Sydney - Sydney Beachouse YHA, Collaroy Hostel is conveniently located within walking distance to the bus stop, pharmacy, pub, and shops. The Location It is five minutes' walk to the Collaroy beach. If coming here by car, there is on-street parking, but beware that it can be difficult to find a parking spot! Rooms and Bathrooms The hostel has two levels, with the bottom level of the reception as you walk in and the bedrooms....
Sydney Central YHA Hostel
"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...
Glebe Point YHA Hostel
"The Glebe Point YHA has all the amenities that YHA hostels in Australia usually do; it is very clean, well-run, has large social spaces and is high on security. Dorm rooms all have a locker (locks can be bought at reception) for each bed. There is also a sink in each dorm room. Bunk beds are not the best: ladders to the top are inaccessible and the bottom ones are really low, no space to sit. The bathroom facilities, while clean, could be...
Bondi Beachouse YHA Hostel
"HI - Sydney - Bondi Beachouse YHA Hostel is an adequate hostel to stay at if you would rather be closer to the beach and nightlife of Bondi Beach rather than the center of Sydney, or if you just want to get away from the big city for a few days. It is a clean, relatively social hostel that attracts a diverse group of backpackers looking for a laid-back good time. The staff we encountered were very friendly and gave great local advice. As long...
"Manly Backpackers is a very large hostel with more than thirty rooms, mostly containing four- to six-person dorms. While having loads of people in your hostel may be advantageous to those desiring the party and drinking atmosphere, if you are looking for calmer night with some sleep, this may not be the place for you. The kitchen is large but becomes crowded and dirty by the end of the night, however the one can usually find space in the...
Sydney Central Backpackers
"Kitchen small, rooms dirty - Katie is such a asset to this hostel. she is a real pro -- knowing how to greet people when they arrive, and helpful during their stay. In fact i would not have stay there were it not for seeing her cheerful and friendly face on the front desk." … "The best hostel I stayed at in Oz from a social point of view, the hostel organises quiz nights, which is a great way of meeting people. the hostel itself isn't...
Funk House BackPackers Hostel
"Funk House BackPackers Hostel is yet another one of the spray-painted kind that are so often found in this part of the country. There is not a square inch of the interior walls that doesn't have some colour on it -- we did at times wonder though whether that is to keep the house together. The Location The location right in the centre of Kings Cross surely is perfect for night owls but also caters to budget travelers with its cheap...
"Vomit smells + plastic sheets - fun for those on a mission to get drunk, party late and be inconsiderate of others (most young people these days). a poor time and shocking sight for anyone else." … "Filth - Room had sand everywhere. There were used tissues on the floor. The internet is not worth paying for. There were toenail clippings on my bed. showers leak. window has no latch at all to close it. would suggest bring your own toilet...
The Original Backpackers Hostel
"Set on the edge of the redlight district of Kings Cross, The Original Backpackers Hostel is the oldest backpacker accommodation in Sydney. Sydney is an easy city to walk around and The Original is set on the edge of the city, so it's an easy walk to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Royal Botanical Gardens. The Location The Original is relatively easy to get to by mass transit. It's near the Kings Cross train station and it's a short...
"Billabong Gardens is a pretty standard Aussie hostel set in a good location in Newtown, Sydney. It's set just back from King Street so street noise is not bothersome, but it is still close to the action. The Newtown train station is a five- to ten-minute walk away, which is really convenient for getting around town. Other than its location, Billabong Gardens' main highlight is its common room, which includes a number of comfy couches, a huge...
Elephant Backpacker Sydney
"Elephant Backpacker Hostel is Sydney's cheapest backpacker accommodation in an old building next to the Elephant Cafe & Bar. The Location It's located between the CBD and Kings Cross -- Sydney's famous party and disco district. The building is at the corner of Crown Street and Sir John Young Crescent and about two minutes east of Domain Park. You need a seven-minute walk from the St. John Station (Free City Circle Bus) and ten minutes...
Noah's Bondi Beach
"Noah's Bondi Beach is a clean, straightforward, no nonsense, party backpackers hot spot with close access to Bondi Beach and a bar onsite. The Location There is a bus from the Circular Quay straight to Bondi Beach (not Bondi Junction) that takes you directly to the Promenade and drops you right in front of the hostel -- no walking required, which is great when you're lugging a huge pack. There are four flights of stairs to the rooms,...
Kings Cross Backpackers
"Disappointed - The hostel wasn't so good, it wasn't really clean and the room was smelly. The light bulb in toilet has burned out for two days already but non of staff did something for it. And also, I didn't feel in safety living there as the staff would open our room door any time they liked even we weren't in the room. Anyway, the staff are friendly and helpful, also the location of it isn't too bad, just that an environment of the room...
"Nomads Maze Backpackers is in a great location, just past Pitt Street Mall, in the heart of Sydney. It appears dodgy from the outside, but is actually well organized and cozy. Maze Backpackers will amaze you! The Location Located near Pitt Street and Goulburn, you can walk twenty minutes to reach the highlights of what Sydney's tourism has to offer. Chinatown and its cheap eats, Darling Harbour, and The Rocks are only a five-minute...
City Central Budget Accommodation
"City Central Budget Accommodation is exactly that -- just minutes from Market City, on Sydney's Main Street! Location It is a little difficult to find, since it's on the first floor, so it appears as just a doorway on the street and it is not well advertised outside -- only on the door can you see it's a backpackers. Follow the street by building numbers and you should end up there. Chinatown, Paddy's Markets, and supermarkets are...
"Would not recommend it - We arrived late and they made us provide our passports until the next morning. Kind of weird. Our double room was very cramped, as was the kitchen, TV, and internet area. We only stayed two nights because it was so noisy, both at night and first thing in the morning. On the up side it was pretty clean, and there were multiple bathrooms per floor." … "Eva's is a well located, clean hostel. The staff are...
Sydney - Pittwater YHA Hostel
"… and Aboriginal engravings, plus from the hostel you can see native birds, wallabies, possums and goannas. Part of the fun is travelling to the hostel. It is an easy bus ride from the centre of Sydney, then a short ferry ride across gorgeous Pittwater from Church Point. A short walk up the hill through the national park brings you to the hostel. Relax and unwind on the verandah with great water views. Go canoeing with the hostel...
Lamrock Lodge on Bondi Beach
"Ok for a short stay - Stayed here for 10 nights in the peak of summer and that was enough. No air con in the 4 bed dorm I was in and one tiny wall fan to try and circulate the heat -- not ideal. The room was pretty cramped as they seemed to try and squeeze as much furniture in there as possible; table, chair, wardrobe, sink, and cupboard. There was little room for 4 rucksacks and bags, so less furniture and more space would have been better....
"Decent hostel but not as good as others claim - I thought it was alright. I don't like the cup and mug system, it is annoying to keep on having to go up to your room to get them. Was clean enough but the bunk-beds were a death-trap. There was no way to climb on to the top bunk so you just had to haul yourself up and jump down which is a little dangerous actually. Free WiFi was excellent and fast, but it killed the atmosphere in the hostel a...
Dury House Backpackers
"Poor and rude service, it's cheap for a reason. - Well after staying there for a few weeks I had enough, I agree with Mark, the kitchen needs a major facelift, like the stoves " oh my god only two work ''just." And the owner is real moody like he has pms or something. An example of him being weird, I am with my girl friend, well I get home to discover my blanket is gone, yeah we paid each to have a blanket as well he thinks other wise, it's...
"Loved Hump Backpackers! - I booked here with my best friend for initially 3 nights, but we ended up staying for 3 weeks! such a fun hostel with plenty of activities such as karaoke nights, free bbqs, free pancakes, organised nights out and day tours. The hostel was cleaned daily, i had the most comfortable bed i've slept in during my travels and the large individual lockers added extra security. Highly recommend this hostel!" …...
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Sydney Travel Tips & Suggestions
Sydney is a very cool place.
I love Sydney -- it's stolen my heart and I only wish I was born here rather than having to jump through hoops to try and stay. There is always something going on, you get the buzz of a big city without feeling lost in it and within minutes you can be on any number of beautiful beaches. It's affordable and easy to navigate using either bus, train, ferry. Sydney has something for every age group and interest -- come visit and you won't want to leave.
— Diddy L
Sydney is one of the safest cities in the world. Nothing is likely to happen to you in any area of Sydney, and I've got thirty years of Sydney experience.
— brett g.
Sydney is full of wannabe surfer dudes.
I visited Sydney in 2005 and I loved it so much I'm going back in September for three months -- not to work, just to have fun! I love Palm Beach, it's beautiful.
I fell in love in this city for the first and last time, so I remember it with fondness.
Finding a budget place to live in Sydney is so difficult. Traffic is non stop. It's my worst place in Aussie and people are not so friendly -- fast pace, trendy, hectic.
My husband and I traveled to Sydney last December and our impression was it's a great place to visit, but to live there would be impossible for me. The city is too congested, traffic is horrible, and the roads are too narrow. We still had fun despite of the heavy rains during that time.
I hate Sydney -- it's manky!
The people are friendly. The city doesn't feel like the rest of Oz.
Sydney is fun.
I love Sydney but the gay Australian women are the worst in the world -- 99% like to play games and they are not even beautiful.
During my stay in Sydney, I went on an awesome day trip to the Blue Mountains with a company called Wonderbus (google the name ). During the day we went to a wildlife park, winery, and cruised up the harbour. Its was one of my best days during my time in Sydney. Make sure you get out of the city, there's so much more to see and do and the locals are much friendlier out of the eastern suburbs.
— David U.K
I went to Sydney while I was visiting my daughter in Melbourne. I have to go again. It's a marvelous city and so friendly and helpful. The open bus tour is a must.
— lorraine scott
Sydney is an absolutely fantastic place to visit for a short time. After about two weeks, however, it's time to move on. If you want to stay for a long time in an Australian city, try Perth or Melbourne, as they are laid-back, friendly, cheaper, and generally better places to spend your time.
I loved staying in Sydney! Don't stay in Kings Cross...it's very sleazy! I stayed at the Glebe point YHA which was great! They will pick you up at the Airport and also take you back when you leave! Glebe is a very nice place and also very close to the city! Lots of cheap eats in Glebe Point Road and the Glebe Point YHA is close to parts of Sydney Harbour....you can walk from Glebe Point following the waterline all the way to Darling Harbour! If you like the beach there's a bust service from Glebe to Coogee or you can take the bus and train to Bondi! There is also a light rail service from Glebe Point to Central via Darling Harbour with stops at the Casino, Paddy's Market (Thu to Sun) and China Town which are great places to visit!
I stayed in Sydney, when I flew in I had a hostel booked at Kings Cross, when I got there I thought what the hell am I doing staying here! In the end I had so much fun and there are lots of young backpackers in Kings Cross. You just have to get used to all the crazy people that live there. There not hard to find, they are usally sleeping on the sidewalks. Let's just say it is very interesting. You have to go see it.
Sydney's beautiful when you're not used to living close to the beach coz here you have about a million beaches close to each other! Bondi, Manly, Freshwater, North Curl curl, Coogee, Clovelly, Palm Beach, Newport, and many more! Weather's not that great at the moment! My Aussie friends told me it's the shittiest they had in a while! Work is indeed really hard to find! And really book for yer RSA in advance coz it'll take 2 to 3 weeks to get it and they won't let you work without it! People are really trendy in the city but as soon as you get a bit out of it like in Manly or Bondi, it's alright!
Sydney is a bit dirty and tragic for an Australian city, especially if you've got used to the sort of standard you find in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Vancouver, or Montreal which are my Truly Great Cities of the World. Public transport is expensive and not well maintained. It's not widely advised to go south or west, as the city tends to divide into ghettos - stick to the city centre, eastern suburbs and the North Shore and you'll be fine and will have a great time.
I live in Sydney, after visiting it to many times. A great place to be, nice weather. Weird people sometimes. But then you go for a walk at the beach and relax.
Sydney's a nice place to visit. I stayed there for 4 months, but after a while it felt just like any city in the world. It's really hard to get work there, there's loads of backpackers looking for the same kind of work, the only option is to join agencies and hope they get you something. The Australians I met in Sydney totally destroyed my belief that Aussies are laid back cool people. I think they suffer from that big city syndrome, generally they talk a load of nonsense and are totally full of thenselves. In the end I couldn't wait to get out of there.
Sydney is a bit of a disappointment, hard to find work too. Advice to anyone doin bar work here... book your RSA and RCG on the net in advance before you get here. You can't get a job without them.
— The Dave
I had a wonderful time in Sydney! It was affordable and I could not believe I got a free ride back to the airport. The Opera House was great too.
— Charita Pressey
I loved Sydney!! Get the daytripper passes for transport if you do a lot in one day! It's relatively cheap compared to individual fares and you can get anywhere. And take ferries whenever you can, you see the whole city rather than being stuck in a subway tunnel!
Sydney is so ultra modern. I loved the Opera House.
I loved Sydney and Australia. I went for the spring in 2001 and stayed in a southern suburb of Sydney called Glebe. I loved everything. My boyfriend and I got a camper RV and drove up the coast for a 3 weeks, it was so amazing, and we even got to the great barrier reef and the Whitsunday Islands. You have to go, if you have even the smallest desire, its worth it!!
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