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Advice on Christmas/New Year bookings Sydney

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1. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 12y

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Can anyone advice me on booking up hostels in Sydney over Christmas and new year. I really wanted to wait until I arrive in sydney in October to check out hostels for xmas and new year.

Do you think its ok to wait until then to book, not sure how booked up they would get??

Any advice on this subject would be great


2. Posted by Tazza (Full Member 57 posts) 12y


Not sure about the Christmas period which is Aus's peak season, but I know that over August last year pretty much all places in Sydney were booked out. I have no idea what was going on in August, but I wouldn't think there was anything special happening!
It might be a better idea to book a few places in advance at least to start with. I'm sure there are other people much more qualified than me to really comment on this tho


3. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 12y

Hi Taz,
Thanks for that. Im just not sure what area I want to be in or which hostels are quietish and friendly.

will investigate

Thanks again:)

4. Posted by Tazza (Full Member 57 posts) 12y

Hey, no worries!
Like I said before, I really don't know the dish over Chrissy, but most places in Aus are extremly full so it prob is the best idea to book in advance.
A hostel with a central location in Sydney is a very good idea. It saves you heaps on public transport as long as you have a good pair of walking shoes!
Sorry I can't give you any specific names tho


5. Posted by Emma26 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Hi Nicola

I am going over to Sydney in August and have been reccomended a hostal called Footprints, a girl I know stayed there for a month so it must have been okay. There is also one called Wakeup but I think its quite big but it does have a bar so that's an advantage.

Hope this helps.


6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

"There is also one called Wakeup but I think its quite big but it does have a bar so that's an advantage." :) :) I like it... actually, this is a pretty nice bar too and the hostel is very modern (electric keys for the elevator for example - great for security reasons).

I would agree that having a place for a few days booked in advance is probably a good idea (for your arrival in October). You should be fine if you arrive in October and arrange something then for Christmas though I would think. Especially if you are willing to pay some kind of deposit or something.

Tazza, I think August is so popular because so many travellers wait till the summer in Europe is nearly over before heading down to Australia on their working holidays. It's smart for two reasons as they have time to work and save cash over the summer and they don't miss the European summer (head to Australia in their winter). The organizations that offer working holiday packages for Australia all definitely have their peak seasons in August/September and I assume the same goes for the travellers doing it on their own and the reasoning there. As 80% of all working holiday makers arrive in Sydney, it can fill up nicely at some times of the year!!



7. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 12y

Thanks everyone for your replies