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1. Posted by walshy (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

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Can anyone recommend any hostels in Sydney. this site has loads and most sound pretty good but there's so many to chose from.

Probably only be staying for 4 nights, planning on seeing the Harbour, climbing the Bridge, see Bondi Beach and other general stuff.

Any other tips on hostels would also be appreciated???


2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Hi Walshy,

Best hostel in Sydney without a doubt in my mind is Wake Up! It's not cheap though but next to central station, very modern, a nice bar and very secure (key cards for every floor and room etc.) Definitely the nicest hostel I have ever stayed at, it even beats a few hotels :)

It's listed here as well by the way.



3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 11y

I must admit that after randomly deciding to go there, I haven't even wanted to try any other hostels - so theoretically it might not be the best in Sydney - but at the very least it's better than pretty much any other hostel I've stayed in anywhere else: Glebe Point YHA.

Glebe is a bit out of the way (a 15 minute walk from central station, and thus that end of the city center), but busses go every ~10 minutes most times of the day.

Most of the attraction of Glebe Point YHA is simply that it's located in Glebe, the most vibrant and bohemian neighbourhood of the city. IT feels like a small village - except that no small village ever feels like this. :) This is a place where people randomly start up conversations with random strangers, and everybody always seems to be smiling. Glebe Point Road is crammed with cheap little restaurants and cafes and used bookstores and other goodness like that.
Beyond this, the hostel is a very relaxed place, and its rooftop area is just plain awesome. Nothing better after a hot Sydney day than to watch the sunset while lounging in one of the hammocks on said rooftop, a cup of hot tea or a cool drink nearby.

  • grins happily* Life the way it's supposed to be lived, that. :)
4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Ah yes, the joys of Glebe :) Not a bad place at all!

The nice thing about being at Central station or nearby is that you are in the middle of so many things Sydney has to offer. Glebe, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay (opera house, bridge etc), Coogee, Bondi etc. are all very easy to get to if not walk to (wouldn't recommend that for Coogee and Bondi but it's a nice walk if anyone wants to try) :)

5. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

oooh that all sounds like great stuff, so how much are we talking for wake Up?? Just out of interest!

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Off the top of my head, somewhere along the lines of 23 - 25 AUD per night per person for the biggest dorm room. Depending on how full those are, it goes up to nearly 30 a head for a 4 person dorm I think...

Might also change for the different times of the year; you can check the prices at Wake Up prices

I just noticed when looking for that link that it won Number 1 hostel in Oceania; told you it was good! :)

[ Edit: Edited link ]

7. Posted by walshy (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y

Thanks for all that guys. I had a look at ‘Wake Up’ on this site, sounds really good. The Boomerang sounds pretty good too, bit cheaper which is useful cos I’ve spent a fortune since I’ve been here!!

So yeah maybe I’ll stay in one of these two.


p.s Oh if anyone ventures near Adelaide or probably anywhere in SA, you have to try Farmers Union Iced Coffee; its fnatastic!!! Reckon i'm hooked already!! Might have to smuggle some back to England when i go home!!

8. Posted by brittchic8 (Full Member 33 posts) 11y

DONT STAY IN KINGS CROSS IS SEEDY AND GROSS> Specially dont stay at the Globe its a poor excuse for a hostel.

9. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Hey thanks sam-thoses prices aren't that bad, i was expecting doulbe that when you said a little on the expensive side but least it was a pleasant supprise! LOL! I suppose you are paying for what you get! eh.

10. Posted by rhiannon (Full Member 52 posts) 11y

We spent a week in Sydney over New Year this year, and staying in the Maze backpackers on Pitt Street. Sydney was brilliant, but the hostel was pretty crap. Unless you were in the 'cool' group, no-one talked to you! There was absolutely no atmosphere, and there wasn't even anything planned for New Years Eve or New Years Day - we thought there would be a something organised for the big event - but no!! A mate stayed at Wake Up, and she said it was really nice, very much like a hotel! The pub in the basement is very good aswell!!:)