Going through New Zealand and Australia for about 2 months between May-July on part of a RTW. We're intendeding to mostly stay in hostels, but we were wondering whether a sleeping bag would be useful as going to be coming from South America and don't particularly want to be carrying an uneccessary weight. Cheers for any help.
Most hostels in New Zealand and Australia don't allow sleeping bags to be used, to prevent bed bugs from spreading. This is true for all YHAs, and the majority of other hostels, although not for all hostels, and I've even stayed at a few places where they didn't provide any linen at all. Those were few and far between, though, so generally speaking you should be fine without sleeping bag.
Coming from Asia, I bought a cheap sleeping bag when I got to Australia, it was only aus$20. If you ever want to do any camping (you should!) )its worth it. If you do organised trips- eg Fraser Island, Kakadu, you can hire sleeping bags, but it costs about $15-$20 anyway, so if you plan to do a couple you may as well buy one. I also camped at Ularu, and on a few long road trips, eg Darwin to Alice. So it was definatly worth while for just 8 quid.
Some of tyhe cheaper, grottier hostels in both Aus and NZ only provided sheets, not warmer bedding, and allowed you to use sleeping bags, or if they did provide duvets you had to pay extra.
But what Sander says is right, any posh hostel (obviously you pay more for quality) will provide beddding and not allow sleeping bags.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 7, 2007, at 4:48 AM by Clarabell ]