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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
Just across the street from bondi Beach
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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!" … "Awesome! - Awesome hostel! the nightlife is very great. YOu also get a lot of vouches from the hostel for...
"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...
"This hostel is in a top location with easy access to a wide variety of sights, bars and 24-hour take-away eating establishments. The hostel has a good atmosphere with loads going on, plus the rooftop terrace is a great area to chill and have a drink. I stayed in an eight-bed dorm, which did get a bit messy at times. However, every room has satellite TV and a fridge." … "This place was very nice." … "Nice - Nice, clean, quiet...
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
"I went to Sydney looking for a good time and a good time I got. The hostel was fantastic. I met lots of great new friends and had the holiday of a lifetime. I can't fault a thing. The staff were great fun to know and I would definitely go back again. Very fond memories — cheers to everyone who works there." … "Good - I stayed in this hostel in 2000. All I can say is back then it was clean and well run. Always very busy with friendly...
"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...
Y Hotel Hyde Park
"The best hostel accommodation in Australia! - This place is fantastic. Run by the extremely NON-money grabbing community organization YWCA (but all ages and genders welcome) you will find boutique style dorm rooms (4 share) with air-conditioning, fluffy white towells and mini soaps, 5 star hotel style bedspreads on single beds (not bunks) subdued decor and a free delicious light breakfast, all at the standard backpacker Sydney rate. The...
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...
"welcoming - Top place , good crew staying there........." … "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...
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
"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
"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 shops -- and also close to city. Next year when I also go to sydney, I stay here again I hope they can have space for me!" … "A place to come back to - i was at the kanga for three weeks and enjoyed it very...
"… 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...
Sinclairs City Hostel
"We have cosy, comfortable rooms, which have all been recently re-furbished, and the aim of Sinclairs of Surry Hills is to be pleasing to those who place priority on clean, secure accommodation at an affordable price. We are close to shops and restaurants, and wonderfully situated for Sydney's most famous festivals, and the night club circuit. Public transport is readily available, and both the Airport and our wonderful Harbor are within easy...
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);...
The Palms Backpackers
"By far the best hostel that I stayed at in Oz. The people, the manager, and the atmosphere were brilliant. I met loads of great people, and it's in an interesting place. It has an amazing kitchen now that it's all been re-fitted. Where else can you stay that has FREE internet and FREE breakfast that's in the city? If I was to return to Sydney, this is the place I would be staying at!!" … "Wow, what a hostel. I haven't been to many, but...
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
"I loved this hostel. It is very homely and the other backpackers are really friendly. I stayed in the eight-bed women's dorm and the room is huge! With its own en suite, too! The owners are so friendly and will bend over backwards to help you and give you enough information. I was quite sick when I was here and the owner was concerned and recommended me to a doctor! If that's not like being at home I don't know what is! I would definitely go...
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
"Great location, within walking distance of Kings Cross station. There are a lot of restaurants on Victoria Street, and on the other side of the block parallel to Victoria is the Red District. I loved it. The staff are so friendly, and they even discount their prices when the hostel is not full. It has a small kitchen, but it's very clean. I would definitely go back to this hostel." … "The best hostel of our complete round-the-world...
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...
"Well this was by far the friendlest, most fun hostle we stayed at throughout all of australia. Boardriders had really changed in the three months that i was living there. The kitchen is cockroach free, and clean. New paint, tables, and chairs along with new entertainment made this the best place to meet new people. Its a hostel where anythings goes and people are just there for a fun time so enjoy!" … "The best we've ever stayed at......
BB's Working Backpackers
"Awesome - I had an awesome time here from dec. '03 to apr. '04 and then returned on and off during '04, met some life long friends! I loved Enza! Just so chilled out and relaxed. I miss it so much!" … "I stayed here from September 2003 to January 2004, had a great time and met lots of cool people. I had a wicked time. They provide FREE barbecues with booze, 24-hour video room and Internet access. And yes, maybe it can get noisy...
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
"I stayed there for about one and a half months in total (two times). The staff are very friendly and it's simply a beautiful place to stay. Nice rooms, well equipped kitchen and good clubs (like the World Bar or the Empire) are just around the corner. The hostel also has a wonderful roof terrace. The BH in Kings Cross is the place to be!" … "Clean, quality hostel, great value for money! - I planned to stay here for a week and ended...
"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...
"Very nice place. First place we stopped in at Sydney. Doubles have a fan and we had an extra bed in our room!!! Staff very friendly and helpful. Bathrooms spotless." … "Eva's is a well located, clean hostel. The staff are friendly and the kitchen is very sociable. I stayed in a ground floor dorm with en suite bathroom but the rooms on the higher floors aren't en suite. The kitchen can get crowded at meal times and the "TV room" is part...
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
"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...
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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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