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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.
Clovelly Beach short coastal walk for snorkelling
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Glebe Village Backpackers Hostel
"Glebe Village Backpackers Hostel is in a great location. It is forty-five minutes to walk into the city centre, or a short bus ride from the bus stop just outside the hostel. Glebe itself is a fairly quiet suburb with few other hostels. The neighbourhood has an artsy feel with many cafes, bookshops, and reasonably priced restaurants. The hostel itself is quite large, occupying two old houses. Both dorm rooms and doubles are offered. The...
Jolly Swagman Backpackers
"Excellent and Fantastic - Very friendly staff. Nice and clean. Common area is very clean. I would recommend his place. We love this hostel so far. very welcome." … "I stayed there for 2 months at the start of last year and loved the way of life there! Great nights out and the best people you'll meet whilst travelling!" … "Nice, clean, and fun - I've been in Sydney for a while and I must say that Jolly Swagman is one of the...
"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 at Victoria House
"This place was very nice." … "I stayed here for 9 nights during Christmas 2004 and my experience of the place was mixed. Things didn't start well as the hostel managed to screw up our booking even before we had turned up and couldn't cater for the intended 16 nights that we had originally booked. We had to then find an alternative in Kings Cross for an extortionate amount of money. We were also put into a ten-bed dorm instead of one...
Chilli Blue Backpackers
"We stayed here in May 2005. We got picked up at the airport and everything the hostel promised was delivered. Free breakfast, free barbecue nights, free drink vouchers and lots of info on jobs and anything else you need to know about Sydney. It makes a nice change to go to a hostel and be treated like an adult instead of a kid, especially at the ripe age of 34. Look no further. V hostel has it all." … "from when we arrived we were...
"Australian Backpackers is one of the cheaper hostels in Sydney, and if you don’t mind the bare essentials, it’s a great place to stay. Many cash-strapped backpackers stay here long term not only because of its costs, but also because of its location (walking distance from King’s Cross Station.) The staff are also friendly and quite helpful. The Location The hostel is set in a good location -- a few minutes walk from King’s Cross Station...
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...
"It was a great hostel. I stayed for two weeks. And it's in a great location — only a few minutes to everything in the city. It's so cheap for the area and so clean for its price. Guys, I will be back and thanks to all the great staff. Cheers again!!! And I highly recommend Noahs." … "Noahs has got to be one of the best backpackers i've stayed in in sydney. The staff were friendly and if it was a litle run down in places the atmosphere...
Sydney G'Day Backpackers
"welcoming - Top place , good crew staying there........." … "… reader to watch movies with your friends • Shared Kitchen Our beautifully restored Victorian style terrace is located in the hip inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo famous for its bars, clubs, pubs and sheik eateries. G-DAY is only a 5-10 minute walk to the heart of the city and to Sydney’s main tourist attractions – the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Botanical...
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 Backpackers Bondi Beach
"I stayed here on and off for a few months. I have nothing to complain about. The girls rocked!!" … "top place. so friendly and so much fun. very clean (bathrooms were sparkling) and the staff were great. so much going on at night and in the days. i stayed in an eight-bed dorm and it was plenty spacious enough although me and my friends were a little messy! massive TV in lounge with foxtel!" … "Indy's was the first hostel I ever...
Kanga House Backpackers
"A place to come back to - i was at the kanga for three weeks and enjoyed it very much. the staff are nice and helpful and the view is beautiful! i would recommend the place to people i meet along the way!" … "EXCELLENT! - I love this place. I stay 3 weeks and every day was great. Such very friendly and help me staff and people working there. They help me to find job even! Very very good location, close to all things -- many bars and...
"… 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...
Woodduck Boomerang 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);...
"Westend Backpackers (formerly called Footprints Westend, and then Legend Has It Westend, before it was renamed yet again) is located on Pitt Street, approximately five minutes' walk from central station. There is a convenience store next door, fast food outlets nearby, and backpackers bars close by. It is quite easy to find -- just look for the smokers sitting outside on the steps (smoking is not allowed inside the hostel), and you should be...
Blue Parrot Backpackers
"This has to be the best backpackers ever. This was my home away from home. Without this place I would have gone home early. They found me work when I was down to my last dollar! And they would do the same for anyone! You do make the best friends ever, like LITTLE Dave and Jamie, Jaz, Irish, Linzi, Clare and Chris, just to name a few. These few people made my year in Oz, as well as my home away from home did. Thanks guys, and keep in touch."...
Cronulla Beach YHA Hostel
"Very clean, easy to get to from Sydney by train, small and friendly. The beach is great and so is the easy access to the Royal National Park. The best thing of all is that it is te only backpackers in Cronulla so you can find work easy in the cafes, restaurants and pubs. A really good place to chill out, meet new friends and earn some money." … "Top Hostel - I booked to stay 2 weeks & ended staying 6 months, its that good. Its an...
HI - Sydney - Sydney Beachouse YHA, Collaroy 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....
HI - Sydney - 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...
HI - Sydney - 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...
HI - Sydney - 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
"The best hostel of our complete round-the-world trip. I have never experienced such a great atmosphere in a backpacker's hostel before. And we got more than what we paid for and expected to get. You can get and watch DVDs for free, the activities are great and the kitchen and rooms are clean." … "Great location, within walking distance of Kings Cross station. There are a lot of restaurants on Victoria Street, and on the other side of...
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...
The Original Backpackers Hostel
"The Original Backpackers Hostel is centrally located and a good hostel for just about anyone. It is well run and laid out and, although very big, is welcoming and very accommodating. The Location The hostel is a huge Victorian building in Kings Cross. The hostel is easy to find and well signposted. It's just minutes' walk from Kings Cross train station and an easy to walk into town. However, the less attractive Darlinghurst Road and...
Elephant Backpacker Sydney
"Harbour City Backpackers is excellently located just across the Domain from the City. It has good room sizes and great bathrooms. They have excellent kitchen facilities, a TV room, and video room. The Domain and Hide Park are located just across the road and there is easy access to the New South Wales Art Gallery and the Opera House. Circular Quay, the Rocks, and other inner city tourist destinations are within walking distance. The historic...
Kings Cross Backpackers
"Great stay! - I've stayed in the Headquarters for about one and a half weeks and it was 100% the right decision. The Hostel is a smaller one which generates a family like feeling. It is the safest Hostel I've seen so far. With secured rooms and lockers within the rooms. At the same time the Hostel is hold very clean and the people at reception are always friendly and helpful. I had an awesome time. I'm looking forward to staying there again...
"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...
Lamrock Lodge on Bondi Beach
"I have stayed here many times over the last few years, and I can say that yes, sometimes when they don't have a double they will give you a twin room (sometimes with bunk but not dorm) until one becomes available. But I know for a fact that each and every room (including dorms) have cable TV, sink, fridge and microwave. Where else can you get a single room so close to the beach with all these facilities for around $20 AUD?? Nowhere!! I found...
"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...
Sydney Globe Backpackers
"The Globe Backpackers is an easy sell over the internet. It is close to nightclubs and downtown, reasonably priced, has shuttle service from the airport, plus funky artistic murals on the walls making for a seemingly interesting atmosphere. There are sheets for the bed, however there is no indication of any blankets. They will be provided if you ask for one. There are only about two bathrooms for the entire place as one is not working....
"Located on Elizabeth Street, BIG is one of Sydney's newest hostels. While the hostel is in an older building, the interior has been fully renovated and offers a modern finish. The facilities are extremely clean by backpacker standards and the building is well maintained. There is a large stainless steel kitchen that is quite user-friendly with significant fridge space. Additionally, free breakfast is available every day, and consists of...
Hyde Park Backpackers
"Nice for the price you pay - We stayed in a double for three nights -- found manager friendly. The facilities in the room were very good, had air conditioning and a fridge in the room. Place was clean and tidy. Location was excellent." … "Cool and very very good condition -- also boss is very kindly. - Here is very clean. Cheap and many country people in here. If you come here you will make many friends." … "Clean, comfortable,...
City Resort Hostel
"This hostel has new management, and they've spent a lot of money renovating. The rooms are large and clean, and the hostel is very close to city center, Kings Cross, the Opera House, etc. The rooftop view of city and the harbor are great, and the staff are friendly and helpful. Try this hostel now, for it's cheap, clean and friendly." … "I had a great time staying at City Resort. The staff were very helpful and people-friendly, and the...
"Tokyo Village is a centrally located, colourful, and friendly hostel, but a bit dingy. It is located a couple blocks behind Central station at the beginning of the Surry Hills neighborhood, where there are supermarkets and lots of cheap eats available, making it a great location for backpackers. The outside of the hostel looks worn, with peeling paint and several signs all saying different things (the new name of this place is something...
"In spite the exaggerated reputation that King's Cross has of being the cesspool of Sydney, Travellers Rest can be found on a quiet sidestreet just off the main drag. The sheltered tree-lined street is awash with several backpacker hostels and modern European cafe's. Close to all of the amenities, this hostel has built a reputation for providing accommodation to working travellers. In light of its niche purpose as a worker's hostel,...
Mountbatten Hotel Backpackers
"Well, I would just like to say thanks to all the staff and guests for an excellent night's craic during and after the Northern Ireland match against England, whom Norn Iron beat 1-0, YES 1-0!!! I was disappointed that the English lads in the hostel were in tears after the match but hey that's life!!! GREEN N WHITE ARMY!" … "Perfect! - I stayed here for a week or so in January of 2008. The hostel was clean and a great place to meet...
HI - Sydney - Railway Square YHA Hostel
"HI - Sydney - Railway Square YHA Hostel is located next to the Central Railway Station, has an outside pool area (great for the hot weather in Australia), friendly environment, and great facilities. The only not-so-good part is that if you need to storage your luggage you will need to pay for a locker, and that the hostel has no parking. The Location The hostel is located next to the central train station, which makes it very easy to...
Cambridge Lodge Budget Hostel
"… Located 6kms from us is the Olympic park stadium in Homebush. The nearest train station to us is Stanmore station and it will take you approximately 4 minutes to walk there. All rooms at Cambridge lodge have there own dedicated phone lines and complimentary broadband internet access, Remote colour TVs and refridgerators. Available to guests are 2 fully functional self catering kitchens. We have pristene bathrooms (All Private)...
"Loved it and miss it - love the staff." … "Excellent - Touch of class, staff are quality -- great for long termers. En-suite and TVs. Loads to do and dane the entertainment manager gets you loads of free stuff. well worth it and cheap to stay there short and long term." … "We stayed for about six weeks (March to April 2006) in this hostel and it was a great time. All rooms are en-suite, cleaned daily, and pretty spacious....
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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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