Sydney Central YHA Hostel, Sydney

Sydney CBD
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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.


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!



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.


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Visiting Sydney? Stay smack bang in the city centre at Sydney Central YHA Backpackers hostel close to all the action!

Offering 5-star budget accommodation opposite Central Station, the hostel boasts panoramic rooftop views of Sydney city, free activities, a basement bar, pool, sauna, cinema, travel agency and so much more.

Sydney Central YHA is a three-time winner (and Hall of Fame) in the Australian Tourism Awards and is housed in a heritage-listed building.

It's the backpackers hostel that never closes with 24-hour security access. Group accommodation and disabled access is also available.

Location and Contact




Address: 11 Rawson Place (on the corner of Pitt Street), Sydney CBD, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney Central YHA Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Sydney Central YHA Hostel Sydney
Phone Number: +61 (2) 9281-9000
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Facilities and Amenities

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller


City Tours

Lockers in Rooms

Pub Crawls

Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Breakfast (from $7)

Dinner (from $12)

Lockers in Lobby ($4-$11)

Luggage Storage ($4-$11)

Parking ($25)


Wi-Fi in Rooms ($5 per 24 hours)

24 Hour Security


Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange


Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers




Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental


Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool



Walking Tours

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 18

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 1 month

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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