Bondi Beach Backpackers, Sydney

Bondi Beach
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Not great, not even close

We stayed for two nights and it was not a place I would ever recommend to anyone. Rude and abrupt staff was our first shock and there were many more to come. Cheap metal beds, thin saggy mattresses, stained towels, and sheets which are also threadbare sheets, the shared bathrooms were made in the forties or fifties and are not looking great. They probably haven't had a through clean since around the time it was built. Cockroach city is located in the share kitchen but they clearly have the run of the entire hostel. Located above a busy, loud pub, if sleeping at a reasonable time is something you want in a place you're staying at, Surfside isn't for you. The name Surfside is a bit of a misnomer, the hostel is no exactly right near the beach but at least a good 15-20 minute walk to Bondi Beach. The beach or even the ocean is not even visible from Surfside. All in all, it was very much a let down. In just about every detail of the place.

Age 28 | Australia


Very nice.

Age 49 | uk


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 hostel from hell.


Extremely poor!

Please do not go here! Overpriced, overcrowded, dirty, staff were awful -- I could go on and on! If you are looking for rude, arrogant staff who lie, cockroaches, twelve people shoved into an already small eight-room dorm, a shower with so much dirt in you come out dirtier than when you went in, and general skankiness then surfside is the place for you! Whatever you do, don't book there!

Hector Ashwee

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!


The hostel is pretty good if you're looking for a fun place to hang out and drink lots of beers and play rude jenga! Those nights rocked! If you're looking for a clean well presented hostel then this isn't the one! If the guy called richard actually ran the hostel instead of bedding the many backpackers who check in, then the hostel might have ran a lot better and people wouldn't have had surf boards nicked from right underneath their beds, by sly couples, and the place set on fire! This backpackers was the place that made my stay whilst in Oz and I came away with a great load of friends forever. Connor the receptionist actually rocked and did use to make me smile.

One of the many ghost buster cleaners/reception staff !

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Indy's was the first hostel I ever stayed in. My first night there I got REALLY drunk and fell off the top bunk in the middle of the night; that wasn't fun. If you get a top bunk, try not to get really drunk before you sleep on it. Other than that it's a really nice hostel. I never saw any cockroaches or rats. It's relatively clean, and has a nice atmosphere. It's a good hostel to meet people. The staff were friendly and helpful. It's centrally located. I would go back!

Lolly P.

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[Previously called "Indy's Bondi Beach Backpackers".]

A friendly & vibrant place that is the place top to come if you love the sea & the surf. We have for you to use surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, rash vests, paddles for body surfing, mountain bikes, roller blades, snorkels & masks, fishing rods, beach volleyball gear, nintendo 64, free tea, coffee and breakfast, a travel & employment desk, luggage storage, DVD/Video nights, fully equipped kitchen & laundry service plus we have friendly staff everywhere.

Location and Contact




Address: 35a Hall Street, Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Website Bondi Beach Backpackers Sydney
Phone Number: +61 (2) 8300-8802
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Solo Traveller




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Evening Entertainment


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Table Tennis


Walking Tours

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8 AM - 1 PM and 4 PM - 10 PM (08:00-13:00 & 16:00-22:00)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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