Backpacker Hostels in Sydney, Australia

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Get to know Sydney (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sydney. To help you make friends with Sydney before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Hostels in Sydney

Ah yes, wonderful Sydney; located on the East coast of New South Wales, Australia. It's an excellent destination for all traveller types.

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.

The main areas that host the best hostels Sydney has to offer, include:

  • Central Business District (CBD)
  • Sydney Central / City Centre
  • Bondi Beach
  • Kings Cross

Best Hostels in Sydney

There is plenty of hostel accommodation 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.

Where are the best hostels in Sydney located?

The majority of the city hostels are based in the Kings Cross district, a thriving backpacker's haven with bars and clubs galore. Best hostels in this area?

Potts point is also amazing for neon-lit clubs and bars. Consider staying at Blue Parrot Backpackers in this area.

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. The best Bondi Beach hostel? It has to be Wake Up! Bondi Beach and Mad Monkey Coogee Beach.

What about a backpackers in Sydney CBD? Sydney Central YHA Hostel is great for solo travellers and big groups. It's also super close to Central Station.

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. We recommend Coogee Beach House.

Newtown is a cool area to stay if you prefer a bohemian feel full of musicians and artists. Solo travellers will love Summer House Newtown.

Looking for a boutique hostel perfect for female solo travellers? Mad Monkey Backpackers on Broadway is simply beautiful.

Hostel prices

How much are hostels in Sydney?

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.

Read our helpful guide: When to book hostels?

Scroll back up to our FAQ section if your burning question is "how much do hostels costs in Sydney?".

Hostel standards

Alright, so what can you typically expect from Sydney hostels? Whilst the overall design is nothing special with most of them, they do make up for it with great amenities and perks, such as:

  • Free breakfast
  • Cheap laundry facilities
  • Free WiFi (not all offer this so always double check)
  • Clean & good value rooms
  • Free luggage storage
  • Happy staff, caring service

When comparing hostels in Sydney Australia to other hot Australian destinations, you may notice that reviews sit in the 'good' bracket. In other words, there aren't many hostels that hit 9 or above for their overall score.

What to see and do in Sydney

This part is easy and we're sure you already know what the highlights of Sydney are.

A quick overview for those that don't. The absolute MUST-SEE places in Sydney include:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Royal Botanic Gardens

Luckily for you, all three of these things are within easy walking distance from each other. In fact, it will take you less than a minute walk to reach the Botanic Gardens from the Opera House.

If you want to be close to these sights, without doubt the best hostel to stay in is Sydney Harbour YHA Hostel. You can marvel at all of these sights from the rooftop terrace!

Where to meet backpackers in Sydney?

Honestly, staying in a hostel will always work in your favour when it comes to meeting other like-minded travellers.

Here are 17 tips for sleeping and staying in hostels to help you on your way.

FAQ about Sydney Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Sydney. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Sydney. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Sydney costs on average $24 for a dorm. A hostel in Sydney with private rooms costs on average $86. shows all 65 Hostels in Sydney. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Big Hostel is the best hostel in Sydney for couples.
Big Hostel is the best hostel in Sydney for groups.
The Pod Sydney and Wake Up! Sydney Central are the best rated hostels in Sydney for female solo travellers. compares prices for 65 hostels in Sydney, Australia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Sydney such as
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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Sydney.

Hump Backpackers is the best rated hostel for partying in Sydney.

It offers: Pub Crawls.

Your Packing List for Sydney

Your Packing List for Sydney

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Sydney and Australia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Sydney Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Sydney, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
65 Total number of hostels
$24 Average dorm price
$86 Average private room price
$17 Cheapest hostel in Sydney
11 Party hostels in Sydney
Hump Backpackers is the best rated
Most Sydney hostels are located in
Kings Cross, Sydney CBD, Haymarket
6.9 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Otford (43 Km / 27 mi.)
Windsor (46 Km / 29 mi.)
Penrith (49 Km / 30 mi.)
Gosford (51 Km / 32 mi.)
The Entrance (65 Km / 40 mi.)
Wollongong (68 Km / 42 mi.)
Katoomba (85 Km / 53 mi.)

Travel Tips for Sydney - 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 Sydney. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Sydney. 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!

Loved Sydney after 6 months here. If you are a foodie and fan of international food, get out in the suburbs as well. Food is less expensive in the suburbs. To save money, I advise everyone to get out to try the great multicultural cuisine of suburbs like Cabramatta for all types of Asian, Marrickville & Newtown for lots of international restaurants. Bankstown for an absolute best Vietnamese restaurant in Australia. It is also a very cheap and good Mediterranean and Middle Eastern style cuisine. I had very nice Filipino food at Blacktown which was so cheap as well. Obviously buy monthly rail/ferry boat/bus tickets for unlimited travel. Beaches are beautiful but beach restaurants are obviously too expensive and a bit bland by comparison. Enjoy the International Tastes of Sydney!!!! YUM YUM YUM. WOW lots of work in suburbs.

Foodie Bakpaker - Greece

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 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'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 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 worst 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.


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