I'm going to Australia in August, after spending a month in Sydney Im hoping to go melbourne to get some work and hoping to be back in Sydney for Xmas and new year! All the hostels seem to be getting booked up already, I have found a few that still have spaces but need to stay there for at least 10 nights, to pay the full amount when booking and they do not accept cancellations! I'm just worried im goin to pay for this and then my plans changed when I get there! Has any other travellers been in this situation?? Shall I just wait till I get there??? I dnt want to be disapointed and not have somewhere to stay if I do keep to my plans!! coonffffusssiiiiionnnnnnnn
Laura x x
If you wait too long, there really won't be any spaces left; New Years is by far the most popular time of the year to be in Sydney, and everything is booked out ever earlier in the year. (I predict that by 2010, one needs to book a full year in advance.) So if you're relatively certain that you want to be in Sydney's for New Years, then booking soon seems prudent.
Hostels not accepting cancellations seems bad and weird to me, though. They should be able to fill such spaces without any effort whatsoever.
If I do a search here in the accommodation section of travellerspoint, for hostels in Sydney for seven nights starting the 25th of December, I still get five hostels which have all dates free. The accommodation booking process here only requires the usual 10% deposit, and doesn't seem to require any minimum number of nights...
try base backpackers in central sydney - i booked in the july for 2004 new yr and managed to get in. they didn't have a minimum stay at the time i don't think. also try the central YHA as its a large hostel.
i wouldn't wait til you get there as you could end up with nothing, or paying much more than you wanted.
When i was in Sydney for new year i booked at railway sqaure YHA, i didnt book it all at once, i kept asking for cancellations. but i didnt find it hard at all to find a place to stay.
Last Christmas and New Year we stayed at maze backpackers and booked about 10 months in advance because it seemed the cheapest - however when we got there they told us that the rates had gone up and we would have to pay more because we hadnt paid before we arrived (no one told us this before we had arrived though) - so make sure you know where you stand with the hostel.
They did have a few spaces free when we arrived, but I think its best to be safe and book in advance.