It's Diana here from Cocoa Beach Florida. My husband and I will be visiting Australia in early August. My son lives in the Gold Coast. We will be staying in Sydney for two days on our way to GC.
In anycase, I have been reviewing hostels to stay at. My son told me stay in Newton. A few hostels I've looked at that appear to have good reps are: Eva's Backpackers, Billabong garden in Newton. I would appreciate any input as to individuals who have found hostels in Newton or in Sydney city area that are nice. Thanks for your input. Diana
Do you mean Newtown? Nice area that. (I don't know Sydney that well, so there might be a Newton as well, in which case you can probably disregard most of the following.)
The suburb right next to it is Glebe, which is my absolute favorite suburb of all of Sydney. Both border the university, and because of that have a very bohemian feel to it. Glebe is a bit more "leafy" and green (though I suspect it won't be quite as much in August). It feels somewhat like a small village - right in the middle of the big city - random people stop for a chat every so often, and everybody there always seems to be smiling. The best feature of Glebe is Glebe Point Road. Stretches north all the way from Broadway (with a huge shopping center, and only a five minute walk from Central Station) till it reaches the 'harbor', and for most of this way it's lined with absolutely awesome little restaurants, bakeries, delis, cafes, used bookstores, used cd stores and other little shops like that. And then about a block after where the shops end, there's Glebe Point YHA. Probably the best YHA I've ever stayed at. Awesome facilities, very friendly staff, and a glorious rooftop area to sit on and watch the sunset, or to lounge about in a hammock on, enjoying the shade and a cool breeze. (Can you tell I was there during the summer? Probably not quite as attractive a posibility during August, though the weather should still be nice enough to make it a pleasant place to sit and drink a cup of tea.)
Busses to the city stop right in front of the YHA, and during the day they go every six minutes or so, taking you as far as Circular Quay.
i've never actually stayed in a syndey hostel but i found this thread the other day that may be useful:
are you driving from sydney to the gold coast or flying? i've driven from the gold coast to byron bay and that was an extremely scenic and enjoyable drive.
message me if you have any more australian questions, and i'll see what i can answer!!
try the blue parrto near kings cross, its great and friendly
Billabong Gardens in Newtown is small and friendly. Its an easy walk to the city and Newtown is just full of excellent eating and drinking options. Being next to Sydney University keeps it lively. Its on a main train line as well. www.billabonggardens.com.au is the address. If you wanted to stay in a nice beach suburb I'd recommend boardrider backpackers at Manly. Its a ferry ride to the city, but hey Sydney harbours always worth a look. www.boardrider.com.au.
August is Winter here, not quite like Canadian winters so the beach is still quite an attractive option.
Why did I think you were from Canada????????
Florida winters are quite like Sydney winters.