The Top 15 Backpacker Hostels In Sydney
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If you are a backpacker in Australia, it's likely that you'll need to stay at a hostel during the duration of your trip. Staying in a hostel is cheap, they're scattered everywhere, and some of them can even help you find jobs. Not to mention, hostels are the perfect place for you to meet other backpackers.

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

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    Best Hostels in Sydney For Budget Backpackers

    Coogee Beach House

    Coogee Beach House offers accommodation in Sydney just 40 meters from Coogee Beach. Local shops restaurants bars and cafes are all within a 5-minute walk. The city is 15 minutes by car and the iconic Bondi Beach is a 10-minute drive, where you can do the coastal walk. Guests enjoy access to a communal lounge with cable TV. The nearest airport is Sydney Airport 8 km from the property.

    How much Coogee Beach House costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $20. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Free on-site parking is available for guests.

    Address: 171 Arden St, Coogee NSW 2034, Australia

    Nearby:

    • Coogee Beach is a 1-minute walk
    • Wedding Cake Island is 14 minutes walk
    • Clovelly Beach is 16 minutes walk
    • Prince of Wales Hospital and Community Health Service is 4 minutes drive
    • Manly Beach is 47 minutes drive

    Contact: +61 29 66 51162

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.1/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 3.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.1/10
    • Hostelworld.com 9.3/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Free Breakfast
    • Airport transportation
    • BBQ facilities
    • Baggage storage
    • Non-smoking hotel
    • Shared kitchen
    • TV area

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    Coogee Beach House

    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 a 6-bed room to a private room with an en suite bathroom.

    How much The Pod Sydney costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $32. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    No on-site parking is available.

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

    Nearby

    • World Square Shopping Centre is 3 minutes walk
    • Sydney Town Hall is 8 minutes walk
    • Hyde Park is 10 minutes walk
    • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is 17 minutes walk
    • Australia Square is 19 minutes walk

    Contact: +61 2 8959 1293

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.3/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 9/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.7/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Fitness Center with Gym
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Taxi Service
    • Kitchenette

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    The Pod Sydney

    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. This hostel offers a wide range of air-conditioned accommodations for budget travelers, 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. 

    How much Big Hostel costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $18. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Secured self-parking on-site AUD $38 per day.

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

    Nearby

    • World Square Shopping Centre is 7 minutes walk
    • Hyde Park is 11 minutes walk
    • Sydney Town Hall is 12 minutes walk
    • Queen Victoria Building is 14 minutes walk
    • Martin Place is 18 minutes walk

    Contact: +61 2 9281 6030

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.2/5
    • Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8.2/10 
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.1/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Airport shuttle on request
    • BBQ Facilities
    • Baggage storage
    • Vending Machine 
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Laundry Facilities

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    Best Hostels In Sydney To Meet Solo Travelers

    Summer House Backpackers Sydney

    Summer House offers the perfect backpacker experience with its chilled-out vibes mixed with a party atmosphere, making it a wonderful place to meet & socialize 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.

    How much Summer House Backpackers Sydney costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $20. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out before 07:00 PM. 

    Car Parking

    On-site parking is available for guests. 

    Address: 153 Forbes St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia

    Nearby

    • Hyde Park is 9 minutes walk
    • St Vincent’s Hospital is 12 minutes walk
    • Royal Botanic Gardens is 12 minutes walk
    • Queen Victoria Building is 17 minutes walk
    • Martin Place is 17 minutes walk

    Contact: +61 2 9358 4327

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 3.7/5
    • Tripadvisor Rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 7.6/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Free Breakfast 
    • Game Room
    • Laundry Service
    • Airport Shuttle

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    Wake Up! Bondi Beach

    Located seconds from the sand and surf Wake Up! Bondi Beach boasts a rooftop terrace furnished with umbrellas and deck chairs and has panoramic views of Bondi Beach the coastline and its surroundings. Along with a rooftop terrace, this smoke-free hostel has laundry facilities and tour assistance. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a TV in a common area and a reception hall. All 51 rooms offer free WiFi, ceiling fans, and showers.

    How much Wake Up! Bondi Beach costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $20. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    No on-site parking is available for guests. 

    Address: 110 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia

    Nearby:

    • Bondi Beach is 3 minutes walk
    • Bondi Icebergs is 5 minutes walk
    • Tamarama Beach is 14 minutes walk
    • Clovelly Beach is 6 minutes drive
    • Bronte Beach is 8 minutes drive

    Contact: +61 2913 04 660 

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.2/5 
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.9/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.3/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Wifi
    • Beach
    • Bicycle rental
    • Rooftop terrace
    • Laundry service
    • Self-serve laundry

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    Wake Up! Bondi Beach

    Blue Parrots Backpackers

    Blue Parrot Backpackers is a sociable youth hostel in Sydney, and it is a particular favorite amongst solo travelers. The hostel is located in the stylish Potts Point neighborhood, offering a 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 travelers while relaxing in the large outdoor courtyards or the indoor lounge area.

    How much Blue Parrots Backpackers costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $16. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 12:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Free off-site parking is available for guests. 

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

    Nearby

    • Royal Botanic Gardens is 15 minutes walk
    • St Vincent’s Hospital is 15 minutes walk
    • Queen Victoria Building is 26 minutes walk
    • Martin Place is 4 minutes drive
    • Hyde Park is 8 minutes drive

    Contact: +61 2 9356 4888 

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.2/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.2/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.3/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Airport transportation
    • Housekeeping
    • Board games

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    Blue Parrots Backpackers

    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. 

    How much Secret Garden Backpackers costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $13. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Free off-site parking and street parking are available for guests.

    Address: 243 Cleveland St, Sydney NSW 2016, Australia

    Nearby

    • World Square Shopping Centre is 19 minutes walk
    • Hyde Park is 3 minutes drive
    • St Vincent’s Hospital is 3 minutes drive
    • Sydney Town Hall is 3 minutes drive
    • International Convention Centre Sydney is 11 minutes drive

    Contact: +61 296 993 964

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 2.5/5
    • Booking.com: 6.7/10 
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.3/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Breakfast available
    • BBQ Facility

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    Best Hostels In Sydney For Partying

    Base Sydney

    Base Sydney 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 travelers, 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. 

    How much Base Sydney costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $17. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    No on-site parking is available for guests.

    Address: 477 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Nearby

    • Sydney Town Hall is 3 minutes walk
    • Queen Victoria Building is 6 minutes walk
    • Hyde Park is 9 minutes walk
    • SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is 9 minutes walk
    • Circular Quay is 19 minutes walk

    Contact: +61 2 9267 7718

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 3.8/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 3.5/5
    • Booking.com: 7.4/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.6/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Free Breakfast 
    • Billiards
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Laundry Facilities
    • 24-hour security
    • 24-hour check-in

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    Base Sydney

    Wake Up! Sydney Central

    Wake up! Sydney Central is one of the biggest hostels in the city with 540 beds! This hostel is the perfect place for backpackers and young travelers 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.

    How much Wake up! Sydney Central costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $20. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Off-site parking is available for guests (AUD $30 per night)

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

    Nearby

    • World Square Shopping Centre is 7 minutes walk
    • Sydney Town Hall is 14 minutes walk
    • International Convention Centre Sydney is 14 minutes walk
    • Queen Victoria Building is 15 minutes walk
    • Hyde Park is 17 minutes walk

    Contact: +61 2 9288 7888

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.4/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    •  Booking.com: 8.7/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.6/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Billiards
    • Yoga Classes
    • Airport Transportation
    • ATM on-site
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Kitchenette

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    Wake Up! Sydney Central

    Mad Monkey Kings Cross

    Kings 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.

    How much Mad Monkey Kings Cross costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $17. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Free on-site parking is available for guests. 

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

    Nearby

    • St Vincent’s Hospital is 10 minutes walk
    • Hyde Park is 17 minutes walk
    • Royal Botanic Gardens is 20 minutes walk
    • Queen Victoria Building is 23 minutes walk
    • Martin Place is 3 minutes drive

    Contact: +61 2 8004 9947

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 3.9/5 
    • Tripadvisor rating: 3/5
    • Booking.com: 7.4/10 
    • Hostelworld rating: 7.7/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Gym
    • Free Breakfast 
    • Game Room 
    • Laundry Facilities
    • 24-hour front desk
    • Airport Transportation
    • BBQ

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    Mad Monkey Kings Cross

    Overall Best Hostels in Sydney

    Jolly Swagman Backpackers

    Discover all Sydney has to offer by making Jolly Swagman Backpackers your base. This hostel's comfortable guestrooms ensure a good night's sleep with some rooms featuring facilities such as non-smoking rooms, internet access, television. This hostel offers express check-in/check-out luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, parking space, airport transportation, and other recreational facilities including a garden before retiring to your room for a well-deserved rest.  

    How much Jolly Swagman Backpackers costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $12. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 09:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Free off-site parking and street parking are available for guests.

    Address: 27 Orwell St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia

    Nearby

    • St Vincent’s Hospital is 13 minutes walk
    • Royal Botanic Gardens is 14 minutes walk
    • Hyde Park is 19 minutes walk
    • Queen Victoria Building is 24 minutes walk
    • Martin Place is 3 minutes drive

    Contact: +61 1800 805 870

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 3.5/5
    • Booking.com: 7.8/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 7.9/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Free Breakfast
    • Airport Transportation 
    • BBQ
    • Game room
    • Entertainment staff
    • Baggage storage
    • Laundry Facilities

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    Jolly Swagman Backpackers

    Home Backpackers

    Home Backpackers is a popular choice amongst travelers in Sydney whether exploring or just passing through. A rooftop terrace, laundry facilities, and tour or ticket assistance are available at this smoke-free hostel. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a garden, barbecue grills, and a TV in a common area is available. Rooms offer free WiFi and ceiling fans.

    Home Backpackers offers 36 accommodations with ceiling fans and blackout drapes or curtains. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared kitchen. Irons and hairdryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

    How much Home Backpackers costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $18. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    No on-site parking is available for guests. 

    Address: 238 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Nearby

    • World Square Shopping Centre is 8 minutes walk
    • Hyde Park is 12 minutes walk
    • Sydney Town Hall is 14 minutes walk
    • Queen Victoria Building is 15 minutes walk
    • Martin Place is 19 minutes walk

    Contact: +61 29281 4597

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 3.2/5
    • Tripadvisor rating: 3.5/5
    • Booking.com: 6.9/10 

    Amenities:

    • Free internet
    • Vending machine
    • Game room
    • Airport transportation
    • Baggage storage
    • Non-smoking hotel
    • Express check-in / check-out
    • Laundry service

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    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 center 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.

    How much Sydney Central YHA costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $22. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Limited on-site parking is available for guests. 

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

    Nearby

    • World Square Shopping Centre is 6 minutes walk
    • Sydney Town Hall is 12 minutes walk
    • Queen Victoria Building is 14 minutes walk
    • Hyde Park is 15 minutes walk
    • International Convention Centre Sydney is 15 minutes walk

    Contact: +61 2 9218 9000

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.1/5 
    • Tripadvisor Rating: 4/6
    • Booking.com: 8.2/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.4/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Breakfast 
    • Free WiFi
    • Pool
    • Sauna
    • Game room 
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Kitchenette

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    Sydney Central YHA

    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 is the funky railway carriages on the former Platform Zero or one of the comfy rooms in the historic 1904 main building.

    How much Railway Square YHA costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $17. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    Parking is available for guests. 

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

    Nearby

    • World Square Shopping Centre is 9 minutes walk
    • Sydney Town Hall is 15 minutes walk
    • International Convention Centre Sydney is 15 minutes walk
    • Queen Victoria Building is 17 minutes walk
    • Hyde Park is 19 minutes walk

    Contact: +61 2 9281 9666 

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.5 
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4/5
    • Booking.com: 8.8/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 8.4/10

    Amenities:

    • Free Breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Bicycle rental
    • Game room

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    Railway Square YHA

    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.

    How much Sydney Harbour YHA costs? 

    Dorm bed starts from USD $26. Contact hostel to check the latest price. 

    Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. 

    Car Parking

    24-hour off-site parking is available for guests (AUD 45 per day)

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

    Nearby

    • Circular Quay is 4 minutes walk
    • Overseas Passenger Terminal is 6 minutes walk
    • Australia Square is 8 minutes walk
    • Sydney Harbour Bridge is 10 minutes walk
    • Sydney Opera House is 14 minutes walk

    Contact: +61 2 8272 0900

    Rating:

    • Google Review: 4.5 
    • Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5
    • Booking.com: 8.8/10
    • Hostelworld rating: 9.4/10

    Amenities:

    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Wake up service
    • Rooftop Terrace
    • Coffee shop
    • 24-hour front desk
    • 24-hour security
    • Board games

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    Sydney Harbour YHA

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