The Top 15 Backpacker Hostels In Sydney
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Staying at a hostel is inevitable for most backpackers in Australia. Hostels are scattered all over the country, they're cheap, and some of them can even help you find jobs. Not to mention, hostels are the perfect place for you to meet other backpackers if you haven't already found a travel mate through us!

This post will go over our 15 favorite hostels in Sydney.

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    Sydney Harbour YHA

    This hostel is situated in the heart of the Rocks district where you will be able to find all sorts of boutique stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Sydney Harbour YHA offers top of the class hostel facilities including a wide range of air-conditioned accommodations, ranging from 6 bed dorms to private rooms with an en suite bathroom.

    Address: 110 Cumberland Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia

    Nearby: within 10 minutes' walk to Wynyard Station

    Bridge St stop is also a 10-minute walk from the property

    650 m from the Museum of Contemporary Art

    less than 20 minutes' walk from the iconic Bridge Climb, Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

    Contact: +61 2 8272 0900

    Rating: Google Review: 4.5 

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5

                 Booking.com: 8.8/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Free Parking

    • Kitchenette

    • Wake up service

    • Rooftop Terrace

    Wake Up! Sydney Central

    Wake up! Sydney is one of the biggest hostels in the city with 540 beds! This hostel is the perfect place for backpackers and young travellers who are looking to have a fun time. Wake Up! Has a licensed bar, a cafe, and a restaurant, and it’s in the heart of Sydney's backpacking hub, surrounded by nightlife precincts and travel shops. It offers a wide range of air-conditioned accommodations, ranging from 10 bed mixed dorms to private rooms.

    Address: 509 Pitt Street, Sydney CBD, 2000 Sydney, Australia

    Nearby: 5-minute walk from Chinatown

    15-minute walk from Darling Harbour

    7-minute walk from Central Station

    Sydney International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.

    Contact: +61 2 9288 7888

    Rating: Google Review: 4.4/5

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5

                 Booking.com: 8.7/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Paid public parking nearby

    • Kitchenette

    • Yoga classes

    • Airport transportation

    • Billiards

    • ATM on site

    Mad Monkey Kings Cross

    King Cross offers backpackers from all over the world a fun social atmosphere and friendly environment. The famous Jolly Swagman Kings Cross Backpackers Sydney is well known for being ‘party central’ in Sydney. It offers a wide variety of accommodations ranging from `10-bed mixed dorm to 4-bed female dorms.

    Address: 34-36A Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia

    Nearby: 3-minute walk from Kings Cross Train Station

    4-minute drive from the Sydney Opera House

    12-minute drive from Bondi Beach.

    Sydney Airport is also a 12-minute drive away.

    Contact: +61 2 8004 9947

     Rating: Google Review: 3.9/5 

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 3/5

                 Booking.com: 7.4/10 

    Amenities:

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Free Parking

    • Kitchenette

    • Game Room

    • Air Transportation

    Sydney Central YHA

    Sydney Central YHA is housed in a heritage-listed building and is also a three-time recipient (and Hall of Famer) of the Australian Tourism Awards. Sydney Central YHA is in the heart of the city centre and close to all the action. Guests enjoy panoramic views of the city from the rooftop outdoor area. Sydney Central YHA offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from shared dormitory accommodation as well as private rooms. The hostel offers plenty of activities including free wine and cheese nights, pizza nights, walking tours, movie nights with free popcorn and rooftop BBQs.

    Address: 11 Rawson Place Corner of Pitt St and, Rawson Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Nearby: 2-minute walk from Central train station

    2 km from SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

    3 km from Darling Harbour

    0.3 km Capitol Theatre

    Contact: +61 2 9218 9000

    Rating: Google Review: 4.1/5 

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 4/6

                 Booking.com: 8.2/10

     Amenities:

    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Paid private parking on-site

    • Pool

    • Sauna

    • Game room

    • Kitchenette

    Bondi Beach Backpackers

    Sun, sea, sand, and surf are right at your fingertips with Bondi Backpackers hostel within steps of Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach. There are a lot of cool activities where you can meet other backpackers and several comfy common areas for socialising and relaxing, it makes Bondi Backpackers is one of the best hostels for solo travellers looking to socialize in Sydney. Bondi Backpackers is also a brilliant place for the active travellers, it offers activities like free rooftop yoga sessions, surf lessons, and you can even sign up for personal training sessions.

    Address: 35a Hall Street, Bondi NSW 2026 Sydney, Australia

    Nearby: 10 minutes’ drive away to Bondi Junction

    Within a 15-minute drive away from Kings Cross, Paddington, Sydney Football Stadium and Centennial Park

    Sydney Airport is 30 minutes’ drive.

    Contact:+61 2 9365 4900

    Rating: Google Review: 4.5 

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 3/5

                 Booking.com: 8.8/10

    Amenities:

    • Breakfast available

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Free Parking

    • Bicycle Rental

    • Airport Transportation

    • Kitchenette

    • Microwave

    • Housekeeping

    • Refrigerator

    Blue Parrots Backpackers

    Blue Parrot Backpackers is a sociable youth hostel in Sydney, and it is a particular favourite amongst solo travellers. The hostel is located in the stylish Potts Point neighbourhood, offering vibrant nightlife, trendy cafes, and close distances to all of the city’s best attractions. Blue Parrot also offers a perfect atmosphere to socialise with other travellers while relaxing in the large outdoor courtyards or the indoor lounge area.

    Address: 7 Macleay St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia

    Nearby: 5 minutes' walk from Kings Cross Train Station.

    20 minutes’ walk away from city centre, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Contact: +61 2 9356 4888 

    Rating: Google Review: 4.2/5

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5

                 Booking.com: 8.2/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Housekeeping

    • Airport transportation

    Asylum Sydney Backpackers Hostel

    Occupying a colourful, bohemian house in Kings Cross, Asylum Sydney Backpackers is a good and simple hostel where drinking alcohol is prohibited. The hostel is famous for its free weekly vegan night & meditation sessions each morning. This hostel offers heating/air-conditioning and TV's in some dormitory rooms, fridges and bedside power outlets.

    Address: 201/203 Brougham St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia

    Nearby: 30-minute walk from the Sydney Opera House and Botanic Gardens

    2-minute walk from Kings Cross train station.

    Contact:  +61 2 9368 1822

    Rating: Google Review: 3.8/5

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 3/5

                 Booking.com: 7.5/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Paid public parking nearby

    • Kitchenette

    • Airport transportation

    Railway Square YHA

    Railway Square YHA is one of Sydney’s coolest hostels. It is housed in an old railway station and has tons of space, with high walkways, lots of light, and wide-open common areas. Contemporary accommodation are the funky railway carriages on the former Platform Zero or one of the comfy rooms in the historic 1904 main building.

    Address: Henry Deane Plaza, 8-10 Lee St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Nearby: 5 minutes' walk of several restaurants, pubs and shops. It is

    within 15 minutes' walk of Darling Harbour and Chinatown.

    Sydney Airport is 10 km away.

    Contact: +61 2 9281 9666 

    Rating: Google Review: 4.5 

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5

                 Booking.com: 8.8/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Bicycle rental

    • Parking

    • Game room

    • Wake-up service / alarm clock

    Big Hostel

    Big hostel is a great place for backpackers who want to stay near the airport. It has a spacious lounge with a TV and also has a large roof terrace with space for lounging. Big hostel offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from a selection of mixed and female-only 8, 6 and 4-bed shared dorms, plus a large range of private rooms most with private bathrooms. 

    Address: 212 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

    Nearby: Central Station is within a 5-minute walk

    Sydney Airport within 20 minutes drive

    Contact: +61 2 9281 6030

    Rating: Google Review: 4.2/5

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5

                 Booking.com: 8.2/10 

    Amenities:

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    Secret Garden Backpackers

    Secret Garden Backpackers is beautiful with its sun-trapped garden area complete with faux grass and picnic tables. Secret Garden offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging selection 12, 10, 8, 6 and 4-bed shared dorms, plus a large range of private rooms most with private bathrooms. 

    Address: 243 Cleveland St, Sydney NSW 2016, Australia

    Nearby: 10 minutes' walk from Sydney's Central Train Station

    The shops, restaurants and bars of Surry Hills are all within a 10-minute walk of Secret Garden Backpackers.

    Darling Harbour is a 25-minute walk away.

    The nearest airport is Kingsford Smith Airport, 6 km from Secret Garden Backpackers.

    Contact: +61 2 9699 3964

    Rating: Google Review: 4.4/5

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 2.5/5

                 Booking.com: 6.7/10 

    Amenities:

    • Breakfast available

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    Lord Wolseley

    Located close to Chinatown, Lord Wolseley is one of the best budget hostels in Sydney. This hostel is inside a historic building which is also the home to one of Sydney’s oldest pubs. Lord Wolseley offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from 4 bed mixed dorms to private rooms.

    Address: 265 Bulwara Rd, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia

    Nearby: 1 km from Darling Harbour

    1.3 km from Town Hall train station

    3.7 km from Sydney Opera House.

    Contact: +61 2 9660 1736 

    Rating: Google Review: 4.4/5

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5

                 Hostelworld.com 8.6/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Wifi

    • Bar / lounge

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Free Parking

    • Kitchenette

    Base Sydney

    This hostel is renowned for being the ideal place for party backpackers who don’t plan on getting any sleep. Base Sydney arranges themed party nights on Wednesdays which brings together plenty of travellers, giving you a taste of what Sydney's epic nightlife is all about. This hostel offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from a selection of 10, 8, 6 and 4-bed shared dorms, plus a large range of private rooms most with private bathrooms. 

    Address: 477 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Nearby: 2 minutes’ walk from the famous Darling Harbour and several cafes, bars and nightlife options.

    ICC Sydney (International Convention Centre Sydney) is 10 minutes' walk away.

    3 km from the Sydney Opera House.

    Contact: +61 2 9267 7718

    Rating: Google Review: 3.8/5

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 3.5/5

                 Booking.com: 7.4/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Wifi

    • Billiards

    • Bar / lounge

    • Laundry Facilities

    The Pod Sydney

    The Pod Sydney is one of the best hostels in Sydney for backpackers who like the low cost nature and sociability of a hostel but would prefer a sense of privacy when it’s time to sleep. The pod-style beds are enclosed on three sides and have a curtain that you can pull closed for bedtime. This hostel offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from 6-bed room to private room with an en suite bathroom.

    Address: F6/396 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Nearby: 200 m from Capitol Theatre,

    900 m from Darling Harbour

    2 km from Circular Quay

    Large variety of restaurants, shopping centres and entertainment are all within a 5-minute walk.

    Contact: +61 2 8959 1293

    Rating: Google Review: 4.3/5

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 4.5/5

                 Booking.com: 9/10

    Amenities:

    ·   Free Wifi

    • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Taxi service

    • Kitchenette

    Summer House Backpackers Sydney

    Summer House offers the perfect backpacker experience with their chilled out vibes mixed with a party atmosphere, making it a wonderful place to meet & socialise with other adventurers. This hostel offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodation, ranging from a selection of 10, 8, 6 and 4-bed shared dormitories, plus a large range of private rooms most with private bathrooms. It also has an 11-bed female dorm.

    Address: 153 Forbes St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia

    Nearby: 5 minutes’ drive from Sydney Opera House and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

    6-minute walk from Kings Cross train station

    Contact: +61 2 9358 4327

    Rating: Google Review: 3.7/5

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5

                 Booking.com: 7.5/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Game Room

    • Refrigerator

    • Kitchenette

    The Village Surry Hills

    The Village Surry Hills is located right in the heart of Surry Hills, a popular and trendy area in Sydney. Because of this, The Village Surry Hills hostel often makes backpackers feel like they’re a local of the neighbourhood, while also having Sydney's most iconic sights right at their fingertips. The Village offers a wide range of air conditioned accommodations, ranging from a selection of 10, 8, 6 and 4-bed shared dormitories, plus a large range of private rooms, most with private bathrooms.

    Address: 207 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2016, Australia

    Nearby: 10 minutes’ walk from Central Railway Station

    6-minute bus ride to Darling Harbour and a

    10-minute bus ride to Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House

    5 minutes’ walk from several restaurants, bars and cafes

    Contact: +61 2 9319 4031

    Rating: Google Review: 3.5/5

                 Tripadvisor Rating: 3/5

                 Booking.com: 6.8/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Wifi

    • Laundry Facilities

    • Airport transportation

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