Hostels in New South Wales Hostels in New South Wales

You are looking for hostels in New South Wales? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your New South Wales hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking New South Wales.

All Cities in New South Wales

We list every single hostel in New South Wales and the world. In total, we have 44 cities in New South Wales for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All New South Wales hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in New South Wales. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking New South Wales

The most popular destination when visiting New South Wales is Sydney. As the largest city in Australia, it is home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the ever popular Bondi Beach. The area the Sydney covers is huge and you will find hostels in all of the different neighbourhoods including downtown, The Rocks, Glebe, Kings Cross, Manly, Coogee and Bondi. There is a lot to see and do here but it is one of the most expensive cities in the country so make sure that you come with lots of money as it will fly out of your wallet here.

If you head inland a couple of hours from Sydney you will hit the Blue Mountains National Park which is just stunning. There is some incredible hiking to be had here and make sure you go and visit the Three Sisters. There are hostels scattered throughout the different towns of this area so plan what you want to see and do in the park and choose a hostel in that area. You can get there fairly easily on a train from Sydney. If you keep heading inland from here you should hit Bathurst, home of the famous car race that happens here every year.

As you head north of Sydney, the major cities that you will pass through on your way towards Queensland are Newcastle, Port Macquarie, and Coffs Harbour. There are a few hostels in each of these cities. You will not really need to spend more than a couple of days in each place.

Right before you hit the border of Queensland you will find the hippy beach town of Byron Bay. It is one of the most popular surf destinations for backpackers in Australia. It is also home to a great music scene and some awesome music festivals over the summer. They also have some great cafes and restaurants here as well.

South of Sydney you will find Wollongong, known affectionately to the locals as 'The Gong'. It also has some great beaches and can be a bit of a party town as it is popular with university students.

The Jervis Bay National Park is also a must see on the way south. You will need a car to access this area however as it is not accessible by the Greyhound bus. Along the main highways however you will find that getting to and from each of your destinations will be fairly easy with the Greyhound bus or trains. If you are going into an area where hostels are not overly abundant, it is a good idea to book in advance to make sure that you don't miss out.

expert for New South Wales hostels

Handwritten by local expert for New South Wales hostels Globetrotter

Travel Tips for New South Wales - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking New South Wales. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of New South Wales. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in New South Wales

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in New South Wales?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in New South Wales here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in New South Wales safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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