Nomads Sydney, Sydney

Sydney CBD
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Pretty Nice Hostel

It's a pretty nice Hostel. Bedrooms get cleaned once per day and the people I've been with were tidy and so were the rooms. Bathrooms get cleaned once or twice per day and are also generally clean. It's pretty central, 1-2 minutes to the Townhall sub-station & Woolworths; 7-Eleven and a Bar are right next-door (thus it could get a bit loud at weekends, but normally it's not too bad). The Staff is really friendly and helpful. I can't say anything about the kitchen or the TV-room simply because I haven't been there, since there are plenty possibilities around to get food (7-Eleven next-door; subway ~1min; 'Asian noodles' ~1min; KFC 3-4min; McDonalds or Hungry Jack's 3-5min). WiFi is 4$/Day or 20$/week and depending on your rooms location/floor and how many people use it at times, it can be somewhat bad and frustrating to use, but in general you can do pretty much everything with it e.g. Streaming TV-shows.


Fantastic place. enjoy now.

Age 32 | Sri Lanka


hostel located very close to the city and supermarkets, which is good! i was more satisfied with my mattress in sydney. but the bathroom situation in sydney was annoying. you had always to have your keycard with you to enter the bathroom and i couldnt find toilets on the ground floor or even on the kitchen level! base sydney was very clean and quiet and you can enjoy nice drinks in the scary canary bar next to the hostel. and also the receptionists were very friendly and helpful.


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 meal deals can be found before a night out in the city. As a result of this, the major demographic of residents at the hostel is very lively, with a constant party atmosphere. We did, however, find that a large proportion of guests (eight out of ten in our dorm, for example) are long term visitors to Sydney looking for work, rather than travelers.

In addition to this, the hostel is located less than five minutes' walk away from Darling Harbour, where a cinema as well as numerous bars, restaurants, and shops can be found. It is also only half an hour's walk away from Circular Quay where the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House are located; as well as being the main ferry port for trips to other areas of the city such as Manly, where quieter beaches can be found. The hostel isn't, however, ideal for those looking to visit the busier beaches such as Bondi -- use of public transport is required to get to these.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Overall, the standard of the rooms is very average, with the cleaning of these seeming to be restricted to large-scale yet irregular spring cleans. Under-bed lockers are available in each room, however, these require the use of personal padlocks in order to secure them and are a very tight squeeze for those with larger backpacks!

The bathrooms and showers, however, are very clean with plenty of toilets, showers, and sinks for everyone -- even during a time of full occupancy, which was the case when we stayed.

Common Spaces

In terms of common spaces, Base Sydney's kitchen and laundry facilities are very large, giving plenty of room for everyone to cook and do the washing without getting in each others' way. Cooking equipment is limited to hobs and microwaves, however, and you must rely on the washing up skills of fellow guests for clean cutlery and dishes. The hostel does seem to lack common areas for guests to relax, with these being limited to a small TV room which is almost constantly full, and table tennis and table football equipment, which is almost always being used.


Overall, this hostel is very good for people looking for a party atmosphere in the heart of Sydney. The proximity to Darling Harbour also allows for an escape to a more upmarket area of town if desired. However, if you are looking for a more relaxed hostel or a base for Sydney's beaches, this probably isn't the place!

Sam Hopkinson

Not the worst but aint the best

Done two stints at this hostel, first time I ended up staying here for nearly 3 month. I managed to get set up with a good job in the city, which was only 10 minutes walk away from the Hostel. So I ended up staying here till I had enough to rent an apartment. This hostel has a bad habit of making people turn into w@nkers though, it was harder to make friends here for some reason, and if other backpackers find out your working in a good job they hate you even more. But I just got on with it and met a good bunch of people here. Always found the toilets to be clean think they get clean twice a day. It aint uncommon to hear the guy in the shower next to you jerking though. Kitchen could be a bit nightmarish at times had food go missing a few times here bought 12 eggs on the way home from work once, woke up next day to find that all but 1 had a gone. At least the thieves here are kinda considerate like that (but thats still not cool guys). At one stage I remember trying to find a folk, but it would have been easier finding the secret to eternal youth. That went on for about 1month or so. My advice is to get a food bag you can put a mini padlock on. t.v room ok, you get the usual no hopers hanging around here. The internet is pricey but always up and running. Laundry here is good, washers dryers, iron and ironing board. Like said before though people staying here for long peiods of time tend to form cliques and move all into one room, and if your unlucky enough to get put into that room were they have all know each other for awhile it can be hard work make friends or getting a good night sleep, as on 1 occasion some1 had the speakers blarring out at 2:30am. But If you move rooms you will eventually meet some cool people (it a lottery half the time who you get, thats not the hostels fault.) But you will notice that a alot of backpackers camp down here for quiet some time, the longest was a guy who had stayed there for nearly 10 months. At first I thought they put some sorta nerve gas in the air con as people always seem to tired on energyless to leave. I'd do a whole day at work, come home and at least 3 of my roommates would have still been in bed or gone back to bed.

Always stuff going on a the bar next door, looks a bit lame at first but once you go, you will have a good time, pub quiz is always good, they use to give you free pizza as well, when you bought a beer on quiz night. Overall its a decent place, its clean comfortable, and kinda grows on on ya after a while. There are worst places to stay in Sydney.


Overall pretty good

Stayed here for five nights in January, in their "Sanctuary" section (for girls only -- a little bit extra for which you get a towel, free small bottles of Aveda shampoo and vouchers for free drinks, don't believe them when they say "hair straighteners and hairdryer" -- the only hairdryer I could find didn't work!). The rooms were fine, good to have a security drawer beneath the bed (you can buy a padlock or bring your own), shower facilities were some of the best I've come across. The things that let the place down were the size -- it's a lot more difficult to get chatting to people in a hostel bar that's absolutely rammed with groups of people, despite the Scary Canary actually being quite a good laugh. I have never had such a problem with inconsiderate people stealing food as I had here. I went through three bottles of milk -- I only needed one, but they kept being used or going missing altogether. Not cool guys. The kitchen, although big, is not big enough for the amount of people staying there, even at 9 p.m. it was busy. Other facilities were pretty good, it's nice and central -- two minutes' walk from QV Building -- and the staff were friendly enough. I would probably stay here again, but won't be using the kitchen.



I stayed in a couple different rooms, the first one was small and cramped and stunk. The second one was larger and nicer. The place seemed pretty clean and nice, the bathrooms were also nice and clean. The kitchen was pretty good. Internet was $1 per fifteen minutes. Laundry was $3 per wash and $4 per dry.

Located right in the city but on a relatively quiet street. A few of the staff (the very late night) were friendly and helpful, but the rest of them were rude. Has a common area and a TV room also.


Dirty and expensive

With all the advertising raving about this place, your expectations are high. Alas, when you get here, you'll be very very disappointed. A good point is that you can often get rooms here when all the other backpackers in Sydney are booked out. Alas, just three years after opening, Base is falling apart. Bad points -- Room locks don't work, the bathrooms are really tatty, and there are no windows with a view. Just a bit of new paint would brighten the place up. The staff have started charging $10 for a key deposit again (why? The keys rarely work!) but if you look behind the check-in desk you'll see a long list of things that are no longer offered. No lockers. No Solarium. Even the original bar at Base (called Transit [on level -1]) closed pretty soon after opening (it's now a camping shop) and so Base has taken over the bar next door, called the Scary Canary. Alas that has been forced to close for a while by the licensing authorities (a look on the SMH website will show you why -- there were a number of violent fights in there). Base has a very impersonal feel, and it's very difficult to meet people. The staff don't help things much -- they give an impression of not really caring. And finally, either a good or a bad point, the location. Base is stuck in the middle of the CBD -- this means shopping is a short walk (try walking over the road to the Town Hall mall. You can walk underground to Pitt Street or to the cinemas underground from here), alas the area is dead come 6 p.m., and it's a long walk to "backpacker central" where all the backpacker bars (Sidebar, Scubar, the really foul "Scruffy Murphies" [avoid the bouncers there -- they are really bad!]), are. Would I stay here again? Not unless I was desperate!


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Nomads Sydney Reviews from the Web

Great hostel, rooms, bathrooms & kitchen always spotless! Staff amazing, so helpful and kind! Great location in the city! Overall great stay :)


great location, lovely staff, didnt have much atmosphere, shared areas were quite dirty.


Best staff ever

Wet Tahirt nights on Wednesdays are great craic and flip cup on Thursdays is a great way to meet people!


Good hostel, but the check in process is a bit silly. If you don't have a physical credit card, it's almost impossible to check in. They don't accept apple pay (yet expect you to download and use an app to unlock your door, instead of a physical key) or cash. I didn't get any warning about this when I booked online - my confirmation email only told me the balance I would have to pay. In future, it would be worth warning your guests about this policy. Many young people don't use cards.


Hostel was functional and in a great spot if youre new to Sydney and looking to explore. Staff were lovely and super helpful. However atmosphere was pretty dead so not ideal if youre a solo traveller looking to meet people. Lots of cockroaches in the kitchen (despite it being very clean) so not ideal if youre squeamish! Also there were very few plug sockets in the rooms and they were often on only one side of the room - although when I complained about this staff were super happy to let me change to a di


Coal roaches in kitchen and bedroom, lock on door wont work. Loud bar next door keeps you awake all night.


The hostel was clean. My biggest complaint is that youre required to download an app to access your room? You also need it for a long code to get into the hostel at night & multiple people had trouble. This was especially frustrating because my phone is old & freaks out whenever I add new apps & the battery goes flat quickly. When I asked if there was another way to access my room, they said no its the only way. I had a ton of touble getting into my room. I wouldnt stay again for that reason.


Dont come to this hostel!! 0

I booked for couple nights and the whole time I was here the kitchen was out of use, when I arrived there was 30 kids (13 year olds and there teachers) checked in and had no control of them. If I wanted to stay at a place where it wasnt just backpackers I would have chosen it not a party hostel!! Also when they clean the rooms they dont change the bed sheets or the cleaner just makes it look like a fresh sheets by folding it again So disgusting. I will not be back or rec


Kitchen was closed so the hostel provides breakfast and dinner and it was under basics, no options for food allergies. So I spent a lot of money eating outside when my idea was being able to cook at the guest kitchen. When I asked for a cancellation I didn't received any answer and the staff were not enough kind to adress any issue. So bad experience, I don't recommend it and I for sure won't back to stay there.


Was gross but close and cheap so its worth it


It was ok but it needs to feel more like home and less like a hospital and the elevator dies often which is a pain when you live up on the top floor


Perfect location. Good if you want just a bed to sleep. The mattress was very comfortable.

Sadly, the kitchen was infested with cockroaches and the shared bathroom was not fully functional (broken toilet, clogged shower..).

They are planning to renovate the kitchen early June, hopefully it will help.


Place is great and clean, with great vibes for backpackers and workers, been here 5 weeks now and loved it. Would recommend for either quiet or social life with it being a great location to get anywhere in Sydney


Great hostel with an incredible location. Directly next to the Town Hall in the heart of the Sydney CBD.


Overall good hostel for what you pay for. Its kind of confusing to navigate. I personally did not like that the room key was an app on my phone. What if my phone had died? The staff was nice and helpful. Location was in a good part of Sydney. Close to the train station. The bathrooms could use a lot of work on cleanliness. Overall, I would stay again.


Kitchen absolutely full of cockroaches ??? Really needs a huge deep clean. Room and bathroom are fine beds are really comfy. Staff seem really friendly and happy to help. Location is absolutely spot on bang in the middle of the CBD. If they sorted out the infestation of cockroaches in the kitchen would be a great hostel!


The hostel undertook fraud by charging a card that was only used for a drink purchase. They failed to inform us there was an issue with room payment upon check in and then decided to commit an illegal transaction.

Cockroaches in double room which mgt failed to take notice of.


The Wifi is the absolute worst, which can be particularly frustrating when youre job searching.

The ladys room didnt have toilet paper consistently and even after informing the staff a few times, it took a while for them to take care of it.

Other then that, its a good place to be. Perfect location and the staff is friendly.


Really cool place to stay, staff are great and helpful. Awesome links into the city from town hall. Only problem is kitchen facilities are difficult and a little dirty.


The weirdest place - dirty underwear and hair left for days in the showers, theres zero atmosphere, and I had to move beds twice as the cleaners had folded my sheets to make it look like the bed was free to people checking in. Also heaps of cockroaches running along the hobs in the kitchen. Most people were living and working there so it was difficult being a gap year backpacker to mingle.Ended up moving hostels in the middle which was a shame cos the locations good and the place has potential



Welcome to base Sydney.
one of Sydney's formost in budget backpacker accommodation. We have everything that a independent traveller needs! 24 hour reception which means no curfews! 24 hour kitchen to make that late night snack, internet, travel desk and of course a bar!
The Scary Canary is the leading backpacker venue offering themed party nights, top DJ's and everyone's favourite, Trivia nights! And to get you started a free drink on us on arrival!
If your coming to Sydney and you need that helping hand, our staff are knowledgeable about the city and we also have walking tours to get you started!
We are here for you so if you have any questios please email or give us a call.

Location and Contact


• We are the most centrally located hostel in the ciy.
• Located in behind Town Hall Station in bewtween Bathurst and Durrit Streets.
• If you are coming from the aiport we offer a free transfer for booking 3 nights or more! Nice!



Address: 477 Kent Street, Sydney CBD, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Website Nomads Sydney Sydney
Phone Number: +61 2 9267 7718
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Facilities and Amenities


Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



City Tours

Airport Pickup

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Pub Crawls


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

24 Hour Security


Air Conditioning


Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Cultural Tour/Class


Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment



Gym/Fitness Room

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Pool Table


Table Tennis

Walking Tours

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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