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1. Posted by JamieH7777 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y


Im sure you’ve seen a million and one posts on people giving up their jobs etc to travel Australia and that’s exactly what ive done/am doing.
I get to Sydney from London on the 30th December just in time for New Years Eve, I planned to go with a friend who had a contact for accomodation but now disaster has struck and he is now not coming leaving me in the lurch for places to stay.
Having spent hours trawling through hostel sites none seem to have any availability for my arrival, does anyone have any tips or would it be a better idea just to turn up and try to find somewhere?

Leaving my life behind is stressful enough without the added extra problem such as this one !

Any help very much appreciated


2. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 5y

You could try short term lets or couchsurfing, try gumtree.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4953 posts) 5y

Try searching for changing number of days on the sydney accommodation page here. Many hostels have rules like a 7 or even 10 night minimum around New Years.
If you're female (your username could indicate either way I think) then Bondi Shores currently has a vacancy in a 10 bed female dorm for AUD $55 per night for the 30th/31st/1st, which is extremely cheap, considering. (Most regularly priced hostel beds in Sydney are booked 6+ months in advance for New Years.) Or Tokyo Village has female dorms (6 and 10 bed) available for a 10 night minimum with prices during that time ranging from AUD $26-85, while ChiliBlue seems to have an eight bed dorm available for a 10 night minimum, at AUD $27-29/night for most nights, and AUD $295 for the 31st and 1st. Other places are even more outrageously expensive.

Your alternative would be leaving Sydney straight after arriving. Definitely don't expect to find anything while there.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Dec-2011, at 15:35 by Sander ]

4. Posted by alexp86 (Budding Member 36 posts) 5y

Hi, i'm going to Sydney for the 29th december, not booked anywhere but i'm staying with my mate out there.
travelling up the east coast after that, let me know if you're on the same route?

5. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 5y

or you could try

6. Posted by JamieH7777 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

thanks for the help guys, ive managed to find space at Manly Backpackers, although i havent booked it yet.
i must admit the reviews on it have been awful, have any of you stayed there before?

7. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 5y

My advice would be get anything you can and get it ASAP, who cares if its not great, surely its better than sleeping rough!

Sydney is booked up months in advance for NYE, so I wouldn't be picky just get what you can. Things calm down the day after so you will be able to move on as soon as you like.

Trains and ferries run late on NYE so getting back to Manly from the CBD shouldn't be a problem.

8. Posted by JamieH7777 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

agreed, and thanks for the tips - ive booked a bed at kings cross backpackers for 9 nights although im slightly nervous they wont honour the booking as has happened to me a few times recently - have emailed them to double check.

only a few weeks now, need to get my flat packed away asap !

9. Posted by Mariessa44 (Budding Member 19 posts) 5y

hey jamie, i live in bondi, duno what im doing for new years yet no plans really il be out and about somewhere are you still stuck for somewhere to stay?


10. Posted by JamieH7777 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Hi Mariessa

Am staying at kings cross backpackers over new years, land on the 30th and will go from there!